Say “NO!”, Loudly and Clearly, to the Draft!
The Bushtards seemed to have finally discovered that the dual wars in
Many quasi-libertarian “conservatives” argue that this is actually a blessing in disguise, that a draft will force accountability upon the Executive Branch of government, thus making it less likely to pursue unpopular wars lacking any rational defensive basis. They often point to the Vietnam War as an example, claiming that the war ended precisely because of its unpopularity and that because a draft was in effect, the average American saw himself directly affected by the war, either because he himself was subject to it or had a close relative or family member who was. However, no libertarian can really buy into this argument on a philosophical basis, since it condones the use of force by the State. What follows are three key reasons, though by no means the only reasons, to oppose institution of the draft.
Conscription is costly. Maintaining a bloated and ineffective (for the purposes of national defense) fighting force is already costing this nation more than it can afford. Instituting a draft will only worsen the situation. Because conscription involves forcing people to do what is not in their own best interests to do, the government must implement extra enforcement mechanisms to compel people to comply who would otherwise use every means at their disposal to evade military service. While more than enough has been written on this elsewhere, suffice it to say that the last thing that a beleaguered imperial mercenary force trapped in a losing quagmire of a foreign war (and this is exactly what the U.S. armed forces have degenerated into) needs is to be flooded with conscripts who have been forced into service against their will. Rates of desertion and rebellion with the ranks will skyrocket, requiring that the military allocate scarce extra personnel and resources to combating desertion and crime. Such wasteful misallocations will do nothing but detract from what little operational readiness the armed forces are able to sustain, thus even further eroding defensive capability that is already highly degraded through neglect and wasteful misallocation of appropriations and materiel.
Conscription is unnecessary for national defense. History has proved time and again that any nation suffering an unprovoked attack by a foreign aggressor will see its citizenry rally to action with all available resources to defend their homes, property and families. An excellent if tragic example of this was the response of the citizens of the
What the Bushtards and their puppeteers realize but refuse to acknowledge is that Americans are simply not interested in being poorly paid and under-equipped mercenary occupiers of the entire planet. They also realize and refuse to admit that the odds against foreign invasion of American soil by a comparably armed force are precisely zero (or less) and that they cannot justify the size and mission of the armed forces as now constituted. Thus they must find a way to force the people to comply with their insane imperial goals through either propaganda or executive fiat backed by force.
Conscription is slavery. This simple statement is the most powerful argument against any form of military draft, or indeed, the use of force by the State against the citizen for any other purpose. It does not matter that the State’s premier judicial organ has issued fiats to the contrary; the fact of the matter is that the State is compelling the individual to do something that he or she would not otherwise do voluntarily. This constitutes the use of coercion, something that every true lover of liberty strenuously opposes as a violation of natural justice and the rights of man. The usual argument against this libertarian reasoning is “well, if we didn’t have a draft, no one would volunteer to defend the nation against aggression.” As I pointed out in the previous paragraph, such reasoning is utter nonsense. Individuals, alone or as groups, will always do whatever is necessary to defend themselves and their property against genuine threats. Nations full of individuals are no exception. To force an individual to do something against their will is to force an individual to do something at their expense for your benefit. This is the very definition of tyranny and is exactly what the
So next time someone urges you to support a return to the draft, or if you should hear your senator or congresscriminal argue for such a measure, tell them to spend their own money on a soldier of fortune to fight their pet conflict du jour. Better yet, tell them to go suit up in a uniform, pick up a weapon, and go off and fight it themselves. Just leave the rest of the nation out of it; we’ll fight when we see the foreign hoards actually landing on our shores and posing a direct threat to our own lives and property.