I'm finding it pretty hard to be optimistic about the next two years. The Republican party doesn't appear to have learned their lesson and the Democrats are busy reverting to their idiotic form:
Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.
Of course, the fact that Rangel is chairman of Ways and Means is disturbing enough. The fact that he's willing to trash our defense capabilities (the last few year have made it pretty clear that that a volunteer force is vastly superior to a drafted one) on the theory that the only reason politicians supported the war is that they're a bunch of selfish b******s who advancing selfish goals says a lot about him. It's apparently never occurred to him that maybe they thought they were doing the best thing for the country. If it had, he'd no that they'd be willing to do that even if the personal risks were greater.