White House/Pentagon
March 4, 2003
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), who earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in the Korean War, deserves respect for serving his country with distinction. As a senior member of Congress, however, Rangel is letting down the troops. Together with ultra-liberal colleague John Conyers (D-MI), Rangel is sponsoring legislation to reinstate the military draft, which was abolished and replaced with the All-Volunteer Force (AVF) in 1973.

Under the Rangel/Conyers bill, Selective Service registration requirements would apply on an equal basis to all young men and women between the ages of 18 and 26, with no exemptions except for religious or conscientious objectors. Those found ineligible to serve would be conscripted for some sort of mandatory “national service.”

Rep. Rangel has promoted his proposal in terms of patriotism and support for national defense. That posture seems less than credible, however, since Rangel voted against budget appropriations for the Selective Service Administration on three out of four occasions. . . Read More

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