Daily Show's Jon Stewart Supports a Military Draft

On Saturday 10/6/12, the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly dueled in a 90-minute debate, entitled “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In response to question from moderator E.D. Hill, Stewart revealed that he was in favor of a compulsory public service for Americans, including military service: “I think there should be a draft, not necessarily just for the military, but kids should have at least one year where they have to do some form of service, whether it be military or some form of public service or something along those lines...”

O’Reilly responded that he did not support a draft, though offered no direct criticism toward Stewart on his position.

Stewart is known to be supportive of more government control in many areas, such as healthcare, but many of his fans might be surprised his advocacy for control extends to compulsory labor as well.

Libertarians are sure to be turned off by this, especially notable since Stewart had earned respect for criticizing the media for dismissive treatment of libertarian Republican Ron Paul during his Presidential campaign.

(The segment begins at 56:30 in the video above)