Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. is again proposing the idea that the U.S. government institute a draft. Typical of a politician, Mr. Rangel's proposal to solve a political problem is for citizens to cede their freedom. The only way, it seems, to prevent Rangel and his cohorts from being tempted into starting unnecessary wars is for young people in this country to be treated as serfs.
There are less insidious means to prevent war. How about a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds majority of both Houses of Congress to send troops overseas for any reason. Or we could hit them where it hurts with an amendment that would prevent any Congressman who voted to go to war from running for reelection for the duration of that war.
BTW, how is making it easier for government to mobilize a massive armed force a deterrent for war-making?
Why is it that a politician's solution to every problem is to abrogate the freedom of citizens?
Update: Here is Don Boudreaux's brilliant take on the matter.