THE WRONG FEET ARE THE SAME TODAY AS THEY WERE IN THE SIXTIES | 2003-01-11
Actually all those campus protests in the 1960s had nothing to do with political leftism. The day that the military draft disappeared was the day that students totally lost interest in anti-war protesting.
What happened to the fashionable war protests in the 1960s was exactly what happened to the fashionable campaign against profiling after September 11, 2001.
Until the Vietnam War got serious, nobody minded the draft much. Working people got drafted but anyone who mattered could get an exemption by going to college or something.
During the Vietnam War very few upper income people were drafted and even fewer were forced into combat. But in the 1960s the slightest threat to the comfort of the class of people who fly commercial airliners today caused a major political explosion.
Even a hint of a serious military draft could cause a political revolution, and a serious draft has been politically impossible for decades.
Now if there is any kind of draft, Congressman Rangel has put liberal fingerprints all over it. He is stupid enough to be a respectable conservative.