Conscript the Children of Politicians into the Military
By RALPH NADER
"The breaking news about 23 year old Prince Harry secretly being deployed in Afghanistan as a "battlefield air controller" since December created a public sensation in Britain. It also resulted in the quick return home of the Prince--third in line to the British throne--for security reasons.
The episode pointed to the British tradition of expecting the sons of British kings and queens to enter military service during periods when their country is at war.....
Ask your member of Congress to introduce a one page bill that says the following: Whenever Congress and the White House take our country to war, all able-bodied military-age children of every member of Congress, the President and the Vice-President will be conscripted automatically into the armed forces.
That simple law will generate deliberations containing relevant, accurate information and assumption of proper constitutional responsibilities by the Congress and the President.
When politicians' children are required to go off to war, it tends to concentrate their minds toward waging peace before waging false pretense wars."