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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Left-Wingers and Right-Wingers find common ground in their mutually complete and utter inability to grasp the obvious in Charlie Rangel's proposal to reinstate the draft. Jesse Jackson, on the other hand, does get it. And while a military draft is really not a realistic or viable option, I do hold out hope for some form of mandatory national service to break the culture of self-absorption and greed that seems to have consumed the nation in the last 20-30 years.

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Blogger Eric said...

I've wrestled with this idea from time to time, but in the end I always come out against compulsory service of any kind, barring a true national emergency. I think it's ultimately incompatible with the best traditions and values of our nation.

Also, there's a rather obvious flaw in Rangel's logic that never gets mentioned. If a nation that has a draft is less likely (in his opinion) to go to war, how did we get into Vietnam and lose more than 50,000 soldiers, all during a time of draft?

11/22/2006 10:00 PM  

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