should the united states return to the draft yes or no
In 2002 , New York Congressman Charles Rangel proposed that the draft be reinstated . Such measures did not gain nearly enough political and public support for it to ever come to fruition . Congressman Rangel knew this so perhaps his motivations were elsewhere . Regardless of the strong opinion enacting such measures , it did create a discussion in this field . The United States is currently at war with extreme factions with Iraq and as peace efforts which have been enacted towards both North Korea and Iran , have been responded to with mixed results , the question
is not if there will be another war but when the next international armed conflict will fall upon the United States , thus forcing lawmakers to reinstate the draft . That time has not yet come to America . However when it does , it would behoove the general safety of the American public , to be ready to bring back the draft
There is some historical justification to bringing back the draft to the American public in that the country might be better protected . In the immediate months leading up to the War of 1812 , President James Madison was at a loss as to how exactly he was going to defend American ships from British poachers . His successor , Thomas Jefferson , an individual who was always weary about the power that the government had over its people , shrunk America 's standing army to less than a few thousand soldiers and a scattered array of ships . The defense of the United States had been severely compromised . The United States spent the first few months of the War of 1812 , trying to catch up with the speed and power of the British Army . This speaks to the need of a strong defense a defense that comes from bringing back the military draft
During the Civil War , President Lincoln brought to the American people the first draft in its history , The South soon followed as both sides felt that the issues that they were fighting for , was too important to be left to only the volunteers . Had the North not enacted the draft there might be two Americas to this day and the unity of the country would have been forever compromised as the South would become a separate and sovereign country unwilling and unmotivated to adapt to the civil rights measures that the North had adopted . The failure of President Lincoln to instate the draft and the United States would look very differently today . It was to the absolute benefit of the United States people that the draft was implied . The historical examples continued with the First and Second World Wars . More so in the Second World War In the decade leading up to the war , the United States was nearly completely unified in their desire to stay out of European wars . When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7 , 1941 , the United States had barely any Armed Forces at all as a decade of isolationism stripped the Army , Navy and Air Forces...