since i am lacking inspiration, i figured i'd write about something that's been pissing me off lately: people talking about reinstating the draft. consequences for the military and the motivations for the war in Iraq aside, there are some serious issues with oligarchs snatching children and parents from families to fight their wars.
by definition, the draft is involuntary, "involuntary servitude" one might say. to cut to the chase, the Thirteenth Amendment specifically guarantees protection from involuntary servitude. seems simple, but there doesn't seem to be any sort of intelligent thought about the powers actually granted to the gubmint.
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution grants the authority to congress to levy taxes. specifically, Clause 12 grants taxing authority "to raise and support armies." being able to read, i understand that to mean uncle sam can raise money and spend it on a military. simple enough. but others take it to mean utter authority over the lives and freedom of any US male 18 - 35. yet others don't care to place limits on gubmint.
for the sake of argument, let's assume that Article I granted that authority. again, being educated, i know the act of amending the Constitution supercedes the original powers established therein. that's just how the whole system works. Amendment XIII really does state a specific protection from involuntary servitude.
i also think that any war that was truly just and in the interest of the country wouldn't require a draft. i don't think the US military wanted for recruits when invading afghanistan.
i have a couple quotes that i think are pretty cool (and compelling?):
- "Where is it written in the Constitution, in what section or clause is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battle in any war in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it." -- Daniel Webster, in a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives in 1814.
- “...it [conscription] rests on the assumption that your kids belong to the state. If we buy that assumption then it is for the state- not for parents, the community, the religious institutions or teachers- to decide who shall have what values and who shall do what work, when, where and how in our society. That assumption isn’t a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea.” --Ronald Reagan