“They talk about conscription as a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery.” -Meyer London
“Democrats have always been the worst on slavery. ” -Gregory Anthony
The “Universal National Services Act” of 2013 (H.R. 748) was proposed by Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) on February 15, 2013 and referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel on March 6th. The summary is as follows:
“To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or as civilian service in a Federal, State, or local government program or with a community-based agency or community-based entity, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes.” Full.
But the blue team are the good guys, right “liberals”?
The most disgusting manifestation of state power is the draft. The state asserts that you do not own your body or your fate — that you must be sacrificed, if need be, for the always intangible greater good. The fact is that “war is a racket,” according to Smedley Butler, and wars do not occur unless the elites of the aggressor nation believe they have something to gain. To think, the Nuremberg Trials did nothing to delegitimize “just following orders” — your taxes enforce penalties for not killing on command.
As racist and plutocratic as they mostly were, the Founding Patriarchs recognized that standing armies are very dangerous – hundreds of thousands of brainwashed, sexually frustrated and jingoistic men just itching to go kill something. These young men (and sexually threatened women) are inevitably taught that the enemy is subhuman. They yearn for the glory of triumphant bloodshed. War is a force that gives us meaning, to borrow Chris Hedges’ phrase. By contrast, civilians require a helluva compelling reason to set down their work, leave their families and risk their lives forming a militia to defend against aggression (inevitably by a state).