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Saturday, March 7th, 2009, 12:40 PM
The Draft: Just Say No

by Rep. Ron Paul

Much has been made by the new administration of the idea of national service and volunteerism. While service to one's community is certainly admirable, it is not the federal government's place to "encourage" or promote volunteerism. Moreover, there are troubling signs that national service could transition from voluntary to mandatory, or de facto mandatory, such as the requirement of service in order to be granted a diploma, or something along those lines.

Involuntary servitude was supposed to be abolished by the 13th Amendment, but things like Selective Service and the income tax make me wonder how serious we really are in defending just basic freedom. The income tax enslaves workers for nearly four months out of a year by garnishing what amounts to all their wages in that period of time. A military draft could demand your very life, without your consent. This should be unthinkable in a free society.

Proponents of reinstating the draft claim it is needed to protect liberty from enemies abroad. But what about the enemies of liberty right here at home? I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10-mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill than there are on the rest of the globe. If we get our troops off of foreign soil, those perceived enemies of our liberty abroad are much more likely to stand down and let us be. We have more than enough troops to mind our own business and defend ourselves. It is only for world domination that we have a troop shortage.

Nevertheless, some think recruiting for our military is too low and that the younger generation will not answer the call of duty willingly, and must be drafted by force. I take extreme exception to this characterization of young people today. First of all, I believe they correctly see that foreign policy, as unpopular as it has been under Bush, is not significantly changing under Obama, and has little, if anything, to do with defending the United States, and certainly not the Constitution. Second, many see friends and acquaintances who have voluntarily enlisted, and have taken note of how soldiers and veterans are treated. Perhaps rather than blaming younger generations for being selfish, older generations should remember their promises to those who volunteer for military service and be mindful of how they are treated. Every homeless vet by the side of the road, every suicide, every report of substandard conditions in veteran hospitals is a sign of how we let our military down. Perhaps we should look to those issues if we have problems with military recruitment, rather than trampling freedom in the name of protecting it.

If that is not enough reason, consider that most in the military are against a draft. There is a vast difference between serving alongside another volunteer and serving alongside a reluctant conscript. Americans need to be on the lookout for any propaganda trying to ease us back into the draft. Too often a flawed foreign policy prompts the need for a draft. Abolishing Selective Service is one thing we could do to counter those efforts.


Thursday, April 9th, 2009, 01:46 AM
Volunteerism is great.A volunteer army navy,whatever.But I oppose the draft.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009, 02:56 AM
Yeah. You get drafted so you can risk your life invading a foreign country and stealing its wealth or somehow used to further someone elses political agenda. Of which you get almost nothing for yourself (in regards to the wealth/power taken), but you take all the risk of death, injury etc. It makes no sense. I would sooner fight my own government then go along with the draft.

Yet if we are invaded by a forieng power I'll pick up a gun and become a "terrorist" the same as the Iraqis are doing. I don't need to be drafted into an army to do that. In other words the draft seems useless other than for bad intentions.

Friday, May 29th, 2009, 05:36 AM
It makes no sense to fight otherwise when the best you can hope for is to come back in one piece.

I would have fought with NS Germany had I been of military age at the time.

The current U.S. policies are the most anti-White in world history in my opinion and no White person should consider joining unless they want to get some good training, like Navy SEALS, Green Berets, etc., and only then if they plan to use it in service of their race on American soil someday. After receiving that training they should get out of the service immediately and not allow themselves to be deployed to a combat zone.

Just say no to the draft and tell other Whites to say no also.

Uncle Seany
Sunday, May 31st, 2009, 09:39 AM
I view support of national service as a mark of being a slave to the system.

Which, actually, is one of the major problems I have with a lot of right-wingers - they are typically in favour of national service, connecting it to patriotism. The more right-wing one is, the more patriotic, the more in favour of national service one has to be, apparently, and none of that civil service faggotry, either. :/

The way I look at it, once you’re sufficiently disenfranchised from the system to be considered an individual rather than a tool, the left-right dichotomy disappears.