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The Draft: Slavery as Literal as it Comes

A reader asked what my thoughts are on conscription — i.e., the draft. I view the draft the same way I view any violation of individual rights: As slavery. In the case of the draft, since your life is at stake, the slavery is as literal as it comes. The common argument in favor of […]

Reinstating the Military Draft

Congressman Charles Rangel plans to introduce legislation calling for reinstatement of the military draft. He says, “There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and […]

Draft Equals Moral Bankruptcy

Opinion surveys have indicated that a growing number of young people and their parents are wary of the Army’s recruiting pitch at a time when soldiers in Iraq are killed and wounded virtually every day. Spring is typically one of the more difficult periods of the year for military recruiters. Is it time for the […]

Drafts–Real and Imagined

If you are John Kerry, how do you strike fear in the hearts of twenty-somethings–a demographic that typically leans left but is notoriously unlikely to show up at the polls on Election Day? One way is to hint that your opponent plans to draft them into the military. Fanned by Internet speculation and MTV’s “Rock […]

The Economics of the Military Draft

Last year, Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) introduced bills calling for reinstatement of the military draft. A far more descriptive term for the military draft is government confiscation of labor services, but keeping with the spirit of euphemistic obfuscation, I’ll stick to the term draft. Let’s first ask why a draft […]

The Draft Is Anathema To Human Freedom

In his Op-Ed column, “To arms,” Tony Blankley argues that the youth of America needs to be sacrificed for the greater good and hints that we may need the draft to do it. Referencing the last living veterans of this generation, Blankly writes: Just as the country that sent those 4.7 million young men off […]

An Idea Not Worth Drafting: Conscription is Slavery

Since the attacks on 9-11, the issue of the draft has sat simmering on the backburner of American politics with intermittent bouts on the front pages of political news. Its latest proponent is Congressman Charles Rangel, a left-darling from New York, whose entire professional life has been spent in Washington. Quoting Mr. Rangel, “I believe […]

Grotesque Cynicism on the Draft

Charles Rangel, a Congressman strongly opposed to the war against Iraq, is introducing legislation to bring back the draft. How can this be? Ultraliberal congressmen like Rangel quite openly loathe the military, just like our former President Clinton once admitted. They advocate cutting military spending every chance they get. So why on earth would they […]

A Veteran Comments on Re-instating the Military Draft

Rep. Charles Rangel, (bio, contact) a decorated veteran of the Korean War, says he will introduce legislation to resume the military draft in the event of a war against Iraq. In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Rangel said the prospect of a draft would make Congress less likely to support a war. […]

The Purpose of the Draft is Not a Strong Military

Senior military officers are opposing bringing back the military draft. They point out that today’s military is so high-tech and complex that an all-volunteer, trained force is superior. For years, in fact, many military leaders have observed that motivated recruits are better than what amounts to slave labor. This won’t be enough to convince fervent […]

The Military Draft and Draft Registration Versus Freedom

No organization has done more for the federal government than al Qaeda. What other group could free it of so much restraint? Our elected officials swear to support and defend the U. S. Constitution as part of their oath of office. We, the people, through the Constitution, delegated to Congress the power “To declare War, […]