WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential Democratic lawmaker on Sunday called for reinstatement of the draft as a way to boost U.S. troop levels and draw a broader section of the population into the military or public service.
To think or say that forcing more people to work for the government is a good thing, as an end in itself, is absolutely disgusting. And even if most of Rangel's colleagues recognize that he's a nutcase, I doubt they have the grounding in rationality to see beyond misconceptions like this.
And even if Rangel won't be able to directly enslave people through a draft, he is
chairman of the House Weighs and Means Committee
, which oversees taxation, tariffs, Social Security, unemployment benefits, Medicare, etc. With destructive premises like his - in which he believes people should be forced to serve the government - that's no doubt an unsafe place for him to be. (In fact, the safest place to keep him is probably prison or an asylum.)This
is the reason I didn't agree with Peikoff on voting Democrat - not just over Rangel, but over other Democrats that are equally intent on enslaving people, and because I don't think Democrats in general can stand up to that way of thinking. I didn't actually go through his argument in detail, since I didn't need to vote, since I don't live in a swing district, so I'm not up to snuff to argue about it; but this is why my gut reaction, at least, was to disagree with Peikoff.
"The only value men can offer me is the work of their mind. When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit." -John Galt
"Objectivist readers will already be familiar with the em-dash, because Objectivist writers seem to have a particular love for this piece of punctuation. I use it as often as anyone, and I donâ€™t think anyone used more em-dashes than Ayn Rand." -Keith Lockitch