Fox & Friends: We Should Bring Back The Draft Because Kids Don’t Love America

“The teacher core would be opposed to that because it would teach love of America" which "they hate", said F.E. Buckley.

Chatting with New York Post columnist F.E. Buckley Sunday morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends agreed that America should reinstitute the draft – but not because it needs more soldiers.

Forcing America’s kids to serve would fix the problem of liberal public school teachers failing to instill love of country into the children in their classrooms, according to Buckley's argument.

Via RawStory:

During a segment on the Fox morning show, Buckley observed that today’s kids were not being taught morality in public schools. And he argued that a military draft would solve the problem because it is not controlled by the teachers’ union.

“Public school used to be the most American thing about America,” Buckley complained. “And you’d get out of public school learning some pretty good values. And now, the teaching core has completely abandoned that mission. Where you would find it would be in the military. So, I’m saying one extra year — up to now it’s age 16 — add another year.”

Fox & Friends co-host Griff Jenkins was sympathetic to the cause but wondered if it was possible “with the culture of public schools today” that teachers would encourage students to join the military.

Buckley replied that they wouldn’t:

“The teacher core would be opposed to that because it would teach love of America, it would teach personal responsibility, all the things they hate. So, yeah, all the more reason why we should do it. The only people I feel sorry for in all of this would be the draft instructors.”

RawStory notes that President Donald Trump “reportedly received five military deferments during the Vietnam War: four for college and one for a bone spur in his heel.”

Watch the segment above.

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How about we disband the unconstitutional standing military, set up the network of well regulated Militias across the States, then ...

We should institute a universal draft in the United States, with a strong public service option - from planting trees to assisting in schools to helping in hospitals - easily and readily available for those young people who don't want to go into the military.

The result will be a generation of citizens who feel more bonded with and committed to their nation, who have experienced the critical developmental stage of a "rite of passage" into adulthood, and who have experienced more of America and the world than just their own neighborhood.

Universal service would also help calm President Dwight D. Eisenhower's fears. The old general left us the following warning as he left office in 1960: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

"We must never," he added, "let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted."

As Jefferson wrote to Monroe: "We must train and classify the whole of our male citizens, and make military instruction a regular part of collegiate education. We can never be safe till this is done."

Herbert Hoover correctly noted, "Old men declare war. But it's the youth who must fight and die." When the children of our President, Vice President, and members of Congress are all obliged to serve, the odds are infinitely higher that our leaders won't speak so glibly about the acceptability of "a few casualties" in optional wars of choice like Iraq.