I started writing this blog three and a half years ago and, by far, the most visited blog post is the one titled “Re-enact the Military Draft!”, which I wrote on June 25, 2012.  Not only has it had the most “Views”; but, almost every day or two, another reader visits it.  So far, 132 people have read it, as compared, oddly enough, to 104 visiting “You may never eat another chicken nugget again”. A link to the Draft post is as follows:

As we are navigating the oh too long Presidential Election cycle, which continues on until November of 2016, the war drums have been beating, especially in the Republican camp.  Not a one of them has served, and that should never be a criteria to vie for any public office.  But, if you are ready to send others into Harm’s Way, as well as their sons and grandsons, understand the severity of what you are doing.  Additionally, in the current economic environment, consider who would actually be deployed to these war zones.  For the most part, in an all-volunteer military, that means poor, young men and women, and perhaps many of those would have with less education.

In a prior blog post, I had written that America is war-weary.  The link is as follows: We cannot keep sending our same soldiers and marines back into combat.  Many have already been deployed four, five and six times, and even many National Guardsmen have been deployed three or four times.  Some troops have even been redeployed with neurological and psychological problems from prior deployments.  And, just think of what those multiple separations do to young families–and careers.

Lastly, keep in mind that, since the first of our two unnecessary wars in the Middle East, only one percent of America—military troops, spouses, children and families—have felt the pain.  If America goes to war, shouldn’t it be a National Cause, and not just be carried-out on the backs of the young and the poor?



  1. #1 by Don Hardeman on December 11, 2015 - 5:50 PM

    I agree 100% that the draft needs to be reinstituted. Before we send another of our fine young men or women into combat, we need to re-introduce the draft, and then take the pulse of the nation regarding war. It is too easy to simple use our military as a machine to be cranked on demand when the vast majority of families are not directly involved with it. The draft would spread the responsibility wider and perhaps cause more introspection before committing to war.

    • #2 by cheekos on December 21, 2016 - 8:33 PM

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