The draft also has some hidden benefits, one of which is it brings the country together. Literally. It brings people from all across the country to the same place to work on the same mission. Young people from diverse backgrounds -- geographically, economically and ethnically -- come together to work on the same project and learn from each other. I think we are underestimating how much that binds a country together.
Of course, they don't have to come together just in wartime. It's hoped we can have a draft and not engage in senseless wars like Iraq. Young people can serve their country, grow together and be actively engaged in our foreign policy decisions. Also, we have to keep in mind that Rangel is not suggesting that every person drafted be forced to serve on the front lines. His proposal includes serving your country in other ways as well. We want to have a sensible policy that serves the needs and talents of different individuals.
Given all this, there is an excellent chance that a draft could lead to a stronger, more connected, more united and wiser country.