According to the Tea Party Command Center, (9/2/13), Congressman Charlie Rangel (D,NY), has called for the reinstatement of the draft before he will vote to approve Obama's proposed Syrian air strikes. According to the article, Rangel's rationale for his position is that the current system unfairly burdens the poor since they are more drawn to the military than are affluent people as a means of social mobility. Rangel's call for the reinstatement of the draft is an effort to make people from all socio-economic levels available for high risk, precarious duty such as the very unpredictable civil war in Syria.
Rangel has promised to vote no on Obama's air strike initiative when it comes before Congress for a vote. He is the former Chairman of the House Means and Ways Committee and the third longest serving member of Congress.
Obama is having problems with approval of his air-strike initiative from other Democrats as well, including several members of Congress from the Connecticut Congressional delegation, a Senator from Connecticut, and two members of the Washington State Congressional delegation, according to The Courant, (9/3/13). Congressman John Garamendi, (D, CA) also has expressed serious reservations about approving the initiative, as has Rep. Tom McClintock, (R,CA), according to KXTV-10 NEWS, 9/2/13.
The outcome of the vote is highly unpredictable at this point. One certainly can deduce that the President has his work ahead of him and that with Congressional members like Rangel, Garamendi and others with whom to contend, it is going to be a very bumpy path indeed. It is far from a done deal and it can go either way in this volatile political climate amidst a war weary public.