I've given a lot of thought to what I'm going to talk to you about right now given the gravity of the most recent prediction I have been preparing to reveal. These are not logical things I'm going to say, but things that I feel very, very strongly about.
Would this be an enormous undertaking? Certainly. But the country badly needs some nation-building at home and, aside from its goal of having us share the burden of military service, this could make a significant contribution to that process.
Football is so popular that the league's annual player draft, which involves no actual athletic participation whatsoever, is now a three-day event. This is a beautiful thing for those of us who think way too much about football.
Sgt. Bales is a prime example: he had been sent into battle, faced death, then came home to comfort and safety. Then he was thrust back into battle, facing bombs and bullets and possible death once more, then home to comfort and safety. Again and again.
I am the mother of an 18 year old and a 24 year old. The last thing I wish to see is for this country to institute another draft. Nonetheless, I believe our current situation is unfair, disproportionately burdening a tiny percent of the population with the actual costs of warfare.
The longest war in the history of America turned ten years old today. While we take this time to thank our troops for their service, we should remember the sacrifices for this war are paid only by a small number of American families.
Our challenges cannot be resolved within our current manpower system. They can only be met by reinstituting conscription -- a "draft" -- albeit within a system of mandatory and universal national service.