Politics Information


Is Reinstating The Draft Such a Bad Idea?


In his bid for the presidency, John Kerry pronounced a "secret plan" to reinstate selective service. The fact that New York Democrat and fellow leftist Charles Rangel had proposed this plan wasn't mentioned, so Kerry's allegation created hysteria within the blue states. But there are several ways in which reinstating the draft could benefit our country.

FREEDOM IS EARNED

Too many people in the United States believe that the freedoms granted them under the Constitution are an entitlement program provided by the government. A general paucity of historical education, combined with a public education agenda derogatory to the Founding Fathers as well as God, contribute to this attitude. The fact is, the Founding Fathers understood that codifying our freedoms within a constitution was only part of the picture, but our freedoms are ultimately earned and protected through military preparedness and the judicious use of force, generation after generation. The reinstatement of selective service creates the opportunity for every citizen to participate in the protection of the freedoms they hold dear, and having thus participated, would contribute to a greater appreciation of and gratitude for those freedoms.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

One reason that war has traditionally created a phenomenal decline in the unemployment rate is that during a war, a large section of the workforce is taken out of the labor market. By reinstating the draft, unemployed young people would in fact become employed, and would no longer be counted among the jobless.

Within that population, there are many with limited to no job experience or skill development. During peacetime, military service can help young people develop their skills and become more focused on "what they want to be when they grow up." Military service is a more effective career development tool than is a series of low-paying, dead-end jobs.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OBLIGATIONS

Unlike many conservatives, I firmly believe that women as well as men should have military obligations. If we women truly want to claim equality under the law, we have an obligation equal to that of men to protect and defend the Constitution which allows us to make that claim. Women in the United States have the right to vote, to own property, to receive an education, to work outside the home, to pray, and to speak our minds on social policy. Why should we be exempt from action when those rights are threatened? Feminists fought long and hard to allow women to serve in combat roles; including women in selective service call-ups is the logical result.

DEFENDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT

Gun control advocates use the excuse that the average citizen shouldn't own guns, as the Constitution only guarantees the right to bear arms to those involved in a "well-regulated militia." Having every citizen actually be a soldier eliminates this argument. Plus, having more law-abiding people actually trained in the effective use of firearms would certainly contribute to the safety and security of cities and towns across the country.

The United States is one of the only countries that does not mandate military service for its citizens. Our partner and ally, Israel, has always expected its citizens to be prepared, trained, and ready to defend itself against the burgeoning monster of terrorism. Since the events of 9/11, shouldn't we begin to think along those same lines?

About The Author

Jean Fritz is a farmer and freelance writer, residing in the incorrigibly "red" state of Indiana. She can be reached via email, or through her website: http://jmtpubs.tripod.com.

This article has been submitted with no restrictions on reproduction, as long as author credit(s) are published.

jeantype@excite.com


MORE RESOURCES:

Thai Politics In Chaos: Delayed Election Results And Charges Of Cheating  NPR

The Pheu Thai party — which was ousted in 2014, shortly before a military coup — wants to form a coalition government. But so does the ruling junta's party.


How to Deal with Chaos in Climate and Politics  Scientific American

I am obsessed with “large initial-condition ensembles”—LICE. These are climate models that run multiple scenarios to reflect uncertainties about the system's ...


How British Teens Blended Pop and Politics  JSTOR Daily

In the 1970s, the National Front blamed immigrants for the UK's economic problems. Anti-racist groups formed in response, with the help of pop music.


On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week  The New York Times

From the Mueller report to the Democratic primary, it's been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed (and ...


Sunburn — The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics — 3.25.19  Florida Politics

Good Monday morning. The digital version of the Spring 2019 “Technology” edition of INFLUENCE Magazine is now live. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: ...


When It Comes to Dating, Millennials Put Politics Over Good Sex: Survey  PEOPLE.com

Millennials are placing more importance on political beliefs than what happens in the bedroom, according to data from OKCupid.


The Perils of Scandal Politics  National Review

I remember well the atmosphere on the Right during the Clinton administration, when some influential people would be whispering that indictments and ...


Supreme Court to Consider the Politics of Redistricting  U.S. News & World Report

The justices are scheduled to consider whether voting maps in Maryland and North Carolina need to be tossed out in a case with broad implications for the ...


The Politics Surrounding Mueller Have Changed A Lot Since He Started  FiveThirtyEight

One big question, now that special counsel Robert Mueller has filed his report, is what the process of revealing Mueller's findings will mean politically, which is a ...


Jon Meacham: Mueller's report will shape American politics for years  MSNBC

Presidential historian Jon Meacham says he believes the Mueller report 'will shape who we are' and 'have significant implications going forward.'


The Fed Needs to Start Playing a Smarter Political Game  Bloomberg

The central bank should rethink its notion of independence and how it relates to politics.


The 2020 Presidential Hopefuls and the Politics of Consensus  The New Yorker

Beto O'Rourke, the latest candidate to enter the 2020 race, toured the small eateries of Iowa earlier this month, climbing onto coffee counters and bars to deliver ...


Emergency Politics Podcast: Mueller Has Filed His Report  FiveThirtyEight

Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and submitted his report to Attorney General Bill ...


The Art of Navigating a Family Political Discussion, Peacefully  The Atlantic

Lots of American families fight, but most are unlikely to fight about politics: In a study released last month on the extent to which Americans live in “bubbles,” 39 ...


Media’s botched Russia coverage will bring 'day of reckoning… like we haven't seen since 2016': Joe Concha  Fox News

The media's constant push over the past few years of the unsubstantiated claim that President Trump and his campaign staff conspired with Russia is going to ...


Both Sides Hope for Political Fodder in a Mueller Report That Remains Under Wraps  The Wall Street Journal

Politicians across the political spectrum are calling for the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections ...


Racial politics heat up in Chicago mayor's race with Lori Lightfoot under attack at Toni Preckwinkle rally  Chicago Tribune

Much of Chicago's African-American political establishment united around mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle at a raucous South Side campaign rally Saturday ...


Ex-Trump aide: Trump will use report as political bludgeon  CNN

Former White House aide Cliff Sims tells CNN's Alisyn Camerota that he thinks President Trump will use the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's ...


Plenty of politics at play in Venezuela-Catalonia friendly  Fox News

There will be lots of politics to talk about when Venezuela takes on a Catalonia squad in a friendly soccer game in Spain on Monday.


Politics this week  The Economist

A gunman killed 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, streaming part of the atrocity live on Facebook. The attacker, an Australian who had been living ...


Political reaction pours in after Mueller report drop  Fox News

The submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to the Justice Department Friday prompted a wave of reaction from the political world.


From Israel to Brexit to France: Trump dips into allies' politics  CNN

Washington (CNN) He's trashed the British Prime Minister. He's cheered protesters in France. And now he's handed Israel's embattled leader a win days before ...


Sunday Politics  NPR

We look at the week in politics, including President Trump's response to the mosque shootings in New Zealand.


Political correctness, identity politics could create huge problems for the military, country at-large: Dan...  Fox News

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-TX, said Friday that identity politics is a problem in America that will lead the United States military and the country at-large to failure.


Trump’s Free-Speech Executive Order and the Right’s Fixation on Campus Politics  The New Yorker

Osita Nwanevu on President Donald Trump's executive order barring colleges that are deemed unduly restrictive of free speech from receiving federal funds.


Theresa May Has Poisoned the Well of British Politics  The New Yorker

Sam Knight writes about the speech given by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, as Britain careens toward a no-deal Brexit.


Recall effort offers taste of real grassroots politics: messy, passionate, and not beholden to anybody  Greeley Tribune

The Colorado GOP is not involved. Neither is the Weld County GOP. Political experts and insiders say it's a waste of time, at best, and foolhardy at worst.


Generals Are Back in Israel’s Political Vanguard  The New York Times

The return of the generals to Israeli politics is viewed as an emergency call-up by those hoping to rout right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: On Speeching Terms  The Atlantic

The president's latest executive order on campus free speech is largely redundant. Plus: Trump calls on the U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan ...


Europe’s view on Brexit: It’s the politics, stupid  The Irish Times

Brexiters don't get it but in Europe's moments of truth, politics trumps the economy.


Marching has returned as a force in British politics  The Economist

THE GREAT achievement of parliamentary democracy is to take politics off the streets. In the 18th and early 19th centuries Britain was a land of people on the ...


Opportunity Project SC seeks changes in opportunity gaps, politics  Charleston Post Courier

Like many South Carolinians, I have seen our hospitals close, driven on crumbling roads and witnessed far too many of our students struggle to find their way.


Raw Politics in full: Brexit plan B and copyright vote controversy  Euronews English

Don't miss Monday night's episode of Raw Politics.


No civil war coming: Believe it or not, political tribalism in America is overstated  Salon

Yes, political division in the Trump era can seem dire. But Americans are not as bitterly divided as they seem.


DUP rejects Theresa May's personal plea to support her deal  The Guardian

Theresa May's hopes that she can force her withdrawal deal through parliament faded on Monday after the Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, ...


Politics Podcast: Which 2020 Candidates Have Had The Best Rollouts So Far?  FiveThirtyEight

The Democratic primary field is taking shape. In this episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew debates which candidates have done the best job ...


For Trump, attacking McCain is a way to appeal to his political base  The Washington Post

Republican leaders gasped again this week at President Trump's conduct, expressing horror at his scathing criticism of John McCain, the late Arizona senator ...


MPs poised to take control and vote on Brexit options  The Guardian

The government has all but conceded it will lose control of parliament this week and MPs will hold a series of votes on different Brexit options, with ministers ...


Dying of whiteness: how racial politics backfires on white Americans  Vox.com

Jonathan Metzl explains how racism gets whites to support policies that hurt them.


Qatar’s break with Hamas shakes up Mideast politics  The Jerusalem Post

This should come as no surprise. Hamas, lest we forget, is classified as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the US Department of State, and its terrorist status ...


Are Beto and Amy O'Rourke the future of politics or the past?  The Washington Post

Beto's campaign for president has put his marriage in the spotlight, showcasing a relationship that is at once the most modern and most traditional of any 2020 ...


Are Israeli Politics Dooming Kushner's Peace Push?  POLITICO

A prime minister in legal peril. A surging challenger. And a Trump plan that few have seen.


The Right's Identity Politics Is More Dangerous Than the Left's - Reason.com  Reason

A renewed commitment to pluralism is its only cure.


Bernie Sanders-Style Politics Are Defining 2020 Race, Unnerving Moderates  The New York Times

The leading Democratic candidates have largely broken with consensus-driven politics and embraced progressive ideas on health care, taxes, the environment ...


Okay, Mayor Pete, politics ought to be more like James Joyce  The Washington Post

You're a big James Joyce buff. Is running for president more like “Ulysses” or “Finnegans Wake”? Definitely more like Ulysses than it is like Portrait. Finnegans ...


Millennials care more about politics than sex  New York Post

An interesting finding from a recent OK Cupid survey: dating within one's political party has gone up as a priority, while good sex has gone down. What that might ...


Historic Do-Over Election in North Carolina Brings Out Bruising Politics  The Wall Street Journal

RALEIGH, N.C.—The do-over election for North Carolina's empty Ninth Congressional District seat is off to a contentious start, with accusations of misconduct ...


As Hillary Clinton Steps Away, a Political Era for Women Wanes  The New York Times

For decades in American politics, Hillary Clinton and many other women followed in the footsteps of a husband or father. None of the six women running for ...


What happened to the middle in American politics?  CNN

Would you rather have a President who didn't do anything that the vast majority of the country didn't want -- or a President willing to do something very few ...


Love across the divide: couples on Brexit, politics and religion  The Guardian

What's it like to fall in love with someone with very different opinions? We hear from couples who know all about compromise.


Politics Podcast: Brexit’s Moment Of Truth Is Approaching  FiveThirtyEight

The British Parliament voted Thursday to extend the country's deadline for leaving the European Union beyond March 29. The options now appear to be (i) ...


Brexit march: Million joined Brexit protest, organisers say  BBC News

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in central London calling for another EU referendum, as MPs search for a way out of the Brexit impasse.


Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes  The Washington Post

There is suggestive evidence that Trump's rhetoric matters.


The Club for Growth of Identity Politics  The Wall Street Journal

Fringe campus politics has gone mainstream, and identity politics is a core Democratic tenet. So it's unfortunate to see this rancorous ideology also adopted by ...


Week In Politics  NPR

We have a recap of the week in politics, including Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress and a failed nuclear summit with North Korea.


How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign  The New York Times

After a state election defeat, Republicans in the Scranton area complain the country is being overtaken by undeserving outsiders and the Democrats who ...


The Division 2 and the Severing of Politics from Video Games  The New Yorker

Simon Parkin on how video-game developers have continued to borrow politically charged settings while arguing that their games are politically impartial.


Nepal: CK Raut joins mainstream politics averting conflict?  Aljazeera.com

Raut, who had been campaigning for the secession of Madhes region, has signed a deal with the government.


Why We're So Obsessed With How Politicians Eat  POLITICO

Food is an intimate activity thrust into a ceremonial role. Maybe that's why it's so fraught on the campaign trail.


Opinion | Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times  The Washington Post

As politics has become a religion in so many lives, political discourse has taken on theological overtones. I am not referring to President Trump's accusation of a ...


Trump Didn't Call Neo-Nazis 'Fine People.' Here's Proof.  RealClearPolitics

News anchors and pundits have repeated lies about Donald Trump and race so often that some of these narratives seem true, even to Americans who embrace ...


Trudeau Promised a Fresh Approach to Politics. Now He’s Embroiled in Scandal.  The New York Times

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada promised a *fresh* approach to politics, one that was based on openness, decency and liberalism. Now he ...


On Politics: Michael Cohen Testifies  The New York Times

President Trump's former personal lawyer accused him of an expansive pattern of criminality, painting him as a lying, cheating, racist president.


Thai Court Disbands Political Party For Nominating A Princess As Its Candidate  NPR

A court in Thailand has voted unanimously to dissolve an opposition political party that nominated a princess as its sole candidate for prime minister, raising ...


A Children’s Book Is Causing a Political Scandal in Baltimore. It’s Quite a Tale.  The New York Times

What has become a full-blown political scandal in Baltimore started innocently enough. In fact, it began with a children's book. Mayor Catherine Pugh, a fitness ...


The apogee of capitalism and our political malaise • Social Europe  Social Europe

At the heart of the crisis of trust in politics lies the corrosion of public *service* by the ethos of private gain.


A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris’ identity  Los Angeles Times

Harris' time at Howard was transformative. It shaped her political ambition and her outlook on race, and it forced her to confront the nuances of criminal justice ...


Attack on Government Minister Rattles New Zealand’s Friendly Politics  The New York Times

The attack on the minister for climate change stunned a country where only the prime minister has security and constituents don't shy from approaching their ...


Missing Flowers and Bitter Politics Put a Damper on Afghan Nowruz Party  The New York Times

What cast a pall over this year's celebration was President Ghani's decision last week to fire the local police chief, a protégé of Mr. Noor, and replace him with his ...


Kamala Harris' Texas trip, Hickenlooper's 'embarrassment' featured by 'Daily Briefing' on Political Tales from the Trail  Fox News

"The Daily Briefing" on Thursday featured Tales from the Trail, the best recent anecdotes from the contenders for the Democratic nomination for president.


Justin Trudeau vowed to change politics. Now a scandal may doom him.  NBC News

The scandal has already cost Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau his top aide, as well two of his most high-profile female Cabinet ministers.


The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America  The Atlantic

As American towns become more politically segregated and judgmental, what can we learn from one that hasn't?


The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics  POLITICO

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies ...


Southern District of New York doesn't 'care about politics,' Preet Bharara says  NBC News

Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, explained in an interview Sunday with CBS's "Face the Nation" why he thinks his ...


Labour party's general secretary diagnosed with breast cancer  The Guardian

Jennie Formby says she will keep working as much as she can despite starting treatment.


Grocery Stores Are at the Front Line of Turkey’s Latest Political Battle  The Atlantic

The country's leader is trying to strong-arm policy prescriptions for a teetering economy. But his critics say he could be making Turkey more fragile in the long ...


Climate change politics may defy even the most rational arguments: Don Pittis  CBC News

Private sector group's *fresh* stab at convincing Canadians on the merits of carbon taxes may fall on deaf ears. Don Pittis · CBC News · Posted: Mar 25, 2019 4:00 ...


Schapiro: Fiction trumps (sorry!) fact in Va. politics  Richmond.com

Contact Jeff E. Schapiro at (804) 649-6814 or jschapiro@timesdispatch.com. Listen to his podcast on Richmond.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, ...


NSW election: bush politics have changed, but the Nationals have not | Gabrielle Chan  The Guardian

The devastating swings against the party demonstrate that turning up with a big cheque before an election doesn't cut it any more.


New Mueller probe revelations explain Trump's rage  CNN

President Donald Trump looks -- and is acting -- rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of *fresh* disclosures on Tuesday show there is ...


Politics Podcast: Beto O’Rourke’s Path To The Democratic Nomination  FiveThirtyEight

Former El Paso congressman Beto O'Rourke announced he is running for president on Thursday. In this episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew ...


Brexit: MPs start debate on indicative votes as May hints she might reject what Commons chooses – live news  The Guardian

Rolling coverage including Theresa May's statement to MPs about Brexit and MPs voting on whether parliament should take control of the process.


Trump’s Twitter habits are affecting how local politicians behave online  Washington Post

The president landed in court over his blocking of critics, and elected officials across the country are getting the legal message.


The Dying Howls of British Politics  The New Republic

Brexit has finally revealed Parliament's pageantry for the charade it is.


Brexit petition to revoke article 50 exceeds 5m signatures  The Guardian

The petition asking the British government to revoke article 50 and reconsider its plan to exit the European Union has passed the 5m-signature mark, following a ...


European media delight in covering anti-Brexit march  The Guardian

European media covered Saturday's mammoth anti-Brexit demonstration in London with ill-concealed relish, before turning to reports of Theresa May's imminent ...


Blue city, red state: Do Tennessee's politics pose business risk to progressive Nashville?  The Tennessean

"You have Nashville trying to do all it can to attract workers. The state pushes back on that," said Joe Woolley, CEO of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of ...


College admissions scandal: Reactions from the world of politics  USA TODAY

Here are some examples of the ire and proposed remedies political figures have shared since the scandal broke.


Vietnam Wants Western Politicians, Not Western Politics  Foreign Policy

As the orange man meets the rocket man this week, the venue is also drawing attention. Vietnam, the host for U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean ...


Iraq Ferry Accident Sets Off Political Upheaval in Mosul  The New York Times

After a ferry disaster that killed at least 97, Parliament fired the governor of Nineveh Province and replaced him with a “crisis cell” to improve government ...


Pompeo vows to pile economic, political pressure on Iran  Fox News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News Thursday that the United States would step up financial and political pressure on Iran's theocratic regime as it ...


Black Box Politics: How National Pride Intrudes on Crash Probes  Bloomberg

The EgyptAir flight to Cairo had barely cleared the New York coast when it mysteriously dove into the ocean. Cockpit recordings eventually made clear what ...


A political upside to impeachment for Trump? Some Trump advisers think so  CNN

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump and his allies weren't shy about using the specter of impeachment during the 2018 midterm campaign to rally the ...


The Deepening ‘Racialization’ of American Politics  The New York Times

In 1992, before Bill Clinton became “our first black president,” before Newt Gingrich's “Republican revolution,” before the advent of Barack Obama, I wrote a book ...


‘It’s deplorable what he said:’ Johnny Isakson delivers the indictment of Trump’s McCain-bashing other Republicans won’t  The Washington Post

This post has been updated with Isakson's latest comments. Of all the political and societal norms President Trump has bulldozed, our reverence for war heroes ...


Senate Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto  The New York Times

The Senate voted to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration, delivering a bipartisan rebuke for what lawmakers in both parties saw as ...


Tell Us The Political Belief You’re Scared To Share With Friends  FiveThirtyEight

What political belief are you scared to share with your friends? Today's partisan politics aren't confined to Congress or cable; they can be intensely personal.…


Why Good Politics And Good Climate Science Don’t Mix  FiveThirtyEight

Imagine two people walking through a field. One of them tiptoes gingerly, zigging and zagging from one side to another. The other strides confidently straight a…


Democrats struggle to address rising border apprehensions as they seek to counter Trump on immigration  The Washington Post

The number of migrants taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border is on pace to be the highest since 2008 and twice as high as two years ago.


home | site map
© 2007