The incoming chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, said restoring slavery will be his top priority when Democrats resume control of Congress in January:
Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.
Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, said he will propose a measure early next year.
In 2003, he proposed a measure covering people age 18 to 26. This year, he offered a plan to mandate military service for men and women between age 18 and 42; it went nowhere in the Republican-led Congress.
But Rangel's draft proposal really isn't about deterring future foreign wars; it's about destroying the right of individuals to control their own lives:
[Rangel] said having a draft would not necessarily mean everyone called to duty would have to serve. Instead, "young people (would) commit themselves to a couple of years in service to this great republic, whether it's our seaports, our airports, in schools, in hospitals," with a promise of educational benefits at the end of service.
Mandatory public service—indentured servitude—has been a silent objective of many Democrats and Republicans, including potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a Rangel ally.
If this policy comes to pass, in whatever form, I don't think it's one that Americans, and certainly not libertarians, can passively accept. If a draft comes, the only response that I can justify is one of violent resistance.