In light of his recent difficulties, I thought you might forgive me for reposting this November, 2006 piece, in which I affirm my undying support for Uncle Charlie:
I support Charlie Rangel in his call for a draft. Clearly, certain elements of our society are missing from the roles of those who serve, while other elements are too-well represented. This is an egregious error, and will cause untold problems in the not-too-distant future.
To rectify the situation, I propose that we instate not only a draft, but a selective one at that.
Effective immediately, I would press into service members of those under-represented classes, and force out many of those currently serving.
If put into action, my plan would remove liars, cheats, thieves, and whoremongers from Congress and replace them with Midwestern farmers, New Jersey mechanics, Texas ranchers, and various small businessmen from all the other states.
I know it will cause a strain on the under-represented honest classes, and I know they will resist. A certain number might even flee to Canada to avoid serving their terms. In the long run though, I believe the country will see that this is in everyone's best interest.
Please write your elected representatives and tell them to institute the draft.