Should we bring back the draft?
That's a question some in politics and the media want to put back on the table. After all, we are (as we're constantly reminded) in a war that could last a generation. And so far, the massive majority of Americans have had absolutely nothing asked of them. No one has asked us to sacrifice. No one has asked us to take risks. About the only thing we've been told to do is to keep our eyes open for anything that looks suspicious. I doubt any of us will be earning a purple heart or a silver star for performing an occasional glance in the line of duty.
But shouldn't we be asked to make some sacrifice in a time of war?
While the discussion is interesting and it's patently unfair that a small number of families must worry, obsess and even mourn while the rest of us go about our normal business, bringing back the draft will never happen.
So lately I've been trying to think of an appropriate level of sacrifice that should be demanded of the American people. My first idea was to hit us in our pocketbooks. Why should we be paying less in taxes when our countrymen are fighting a war? We should be paying more. We should have a war tax. We should have adopt a soldier programs. How can one get less for risking his life on behalf of freedom than someone else gets for shooting a ball through a hoop? Wouldn't public opinion about a war be more valid if we were being asked to foot part of the bill. Yes, you're in favor of the war, but is it worth say, fifty bucks a week?
But then I thought, no, that's too much to ask.
So then where should we sacrifice? At least we should be forced to acknowledge that a war is going on and be required to follow along with its ups and downs. Right? So maybe the American public should be targeted where we'll feel it the most. What I'm about to suggest will sound radical even to the most zealous patriots, but here goes anyway.