One for all and all for one

October 14, 2008

Here’s one I agree with Obama on rather than McCain:

Even as the U.S. confronts two long wars, neither Sen. John McCain nor Sen. Barack Obama believes the country should take the politically perilous step of reviving the military draft.

But the two presidential candidates disagree on a key foundation of any future draft: Mr. Obama supports a requirement for both men and women to register with the Selective Service, while Mr. McCain doesn’t think women should have to register.

Also, Mr. Obama would consider officially opening combat positions to women. Mr. McCain would not.

We should never have a draft except in times of dire national emergency. And if we get to that point, there’ll probably be plenty of volunteers anyway (just consider how many signed up after 9/11). We either have equal citizenship or we don’t. If we do, that means equal responsbilities as well as equal opportunities.

If nothing else, making women also eligible would make us as a country think longer and harder about reinstating the draft, and that’s a good thing.

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