Statist politicians of both the left and the right – John McCain, Robert Reich, Charley Rangel – keep asserting a claim the lives of young people. And if conscription into the military creates resistance, they are always ready with something called "national service."
This week on the Podcast, Ron Paul calls mandatory national service not just anti-liberty, but un-American. And has anybody in Washington bothered to read the 13th Amendment which forbids "involuntary servitude"?
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11 thoughts on “Ron Paul on An Ill Wind – The Draft and National Service”
Civilians drafted into military service do not, by the nature of their service, actually produce anything while consuming resources at an astronomical rate. Unless those new soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are sent on wars of conquest to physically enrich the coffers of government, the primary result of their service is the reduction of the available work force in the United States. This void, unless filled by imported workers (perhaps illegal aliens), will result in less production capacity and a decline in the US economy overall. Or maybe we can just continue to borrow from our future opponents and stave it all off for a few more years.
On the other hand, requiring national service (which will no doubt equate to military duty) will force every family in America to have some 'skin in the game' and may contribute to a tide of antiwar sentiment when Mom and Dad realize what's in store for little Dick and Jane. The military is having a hard enough time winning battlefield victories with an 'all volunteer force'- consider how much more difficult that will be when faced an army of troops most of whom don't want anything to do with whatever war has been cooked up for them. Might want to review those statistics of mutinies and 'fraggings' from Vietnam and wonder how the less-inhibited youth of today are going to add to those numbers.
I don't understand your first paragraph's logic, so I gave you a premature down vote. However, I couldn't agree more with your second. Ron Paul seems to be obsessed that the bad days of the draft will return, but is that even on the horizon? I contend that the end of the draft in the early seventies was the master stroke of the Empire. Most opposition to US wars of aggression was instantly muted. College age kids became largely apolitical. The streets, swollen with protesters, became empty.
Besides, what is the need for a draft? The military can continue to attract enough mercenaries as long as they keep paying them well. And how many soldiers and airmen does it take to just stay in the sky and keep bombing people we don't like back into the stone age?
study: USA vs usA , send these maniac politicians to war
The United States already suffers from a crap economy because people are not producing things of value to daily life. We waste our man power in collecting taxes, fighting lawsuits and military weapons. All of these jobs make money change hands and nothing else. The only time military power will help an economy is when you’re invading lands and stealing from the people of that land. We are doing that in the middle east. But everyone knows what happened when nazi Germany made their bet on military conquest in the contemporary world.
Slavery is not a problem to those un-American, anti-liberty politicians, as long as they are government slaves.
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