Senators propose enslaving women

No matter how low Congress sinks, it can always sink lower. The latest evidence of that is the proposal from the Senate Armed Services Committee to require women to register for forced military service. They aren’t even bothering with a nice name, but calling it the “Draft America’s Daughters Act.” They’re boasting that they want to take people’s daughters and send them to die in foreign countries.

This is the point at which I have to call for civil disobedience. Refusal to register is the only thing that will shut Selective Service down.

I’m not advocating an illegal act. The military draft is slavery, hence a violation of the Thirteenth Amendment and null and void. The World War I era Supreme Court claimed it’s constitutional, but it can’t make a lie true. The Supreme Court’s power to rule on the Constitution provides a check on the government, but it has no more power to rewrite or ignore the Constitution than Congress does.

I’m asking you to uphold the law by not obeying an illegal demand from Congress. If you’re at the age where you’re told to register, don’t. If you’ve got children of that age, encourage them not to submit. Hillary Clinton (I’m resigned to her being the next president) and Congress would love a supply of unwilling soldiers to fight their endless wars. Don’t give them one.

Update: Here’s some better news: The House has removed draft registration for women from a defense policy bill. It’s interesting that it’s Democrats who want to expand the draft and Republicans who oppose it. Some Republicans “questioned whether the Selective Service, which needs $23 million annually to operate, should be abolished altogether with an all-volunteer force.” The answer is yes.

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4 Responses to “Senators propose enslaving women”

  1. Eyal Mozes Says:

    I agree that draft registration should be ended, and that extending it to women is going in completely the wrong direction. But you’re grossly over-reacting to this. After so years in which successive congresses and presidents have been doing so many terribly things that actually have consequences for people, it’s frankly ridiculous to declare that “No matter how low Congress sinks, it can always sink lower” over a purely symbolic requirement to register for a non-existent draft.

    It is clear that Hillary Clinton would like to re-institute the draft. But if she’s our next president, it’s impossibly to predict whether she’ll actually push for it; that will depend on her political calculations at the time. If she does, then if Democrats have control of Congress they’ll certainly support her; if Republicans retain control of at least one house it’s less certain, but there’s a still a good chance they’ll support her. If we ever get to this situation, then will be the time to start calling for civil disobedience; either by refusing to register, by refusing to go when drafted, or – by far the best and most effective form of disobedience – by getting out of the US, and moving to Canada or some other country with an all-volunteer military.

    If we reach that situation, it will be especially the time to call for all US citizens who have young children to look for every opportunity to move out with their children, sparing them the risk of being drafted. Moving out will be not only the right of such parents, it will be their obligation to their children. It is now 28 years since I’ve completed my conscripted military service, and I still don’t feel that I can completely forgive my parents for subjecting me to it by staying in Israel throughout my childhood and teenage years, when they had ample opportunity to move to the US (which had an all-volunteer military since I was 10); I would strongly urge all parents to show more consideration than that for their children.

    But all this will be true if the re-institution of the draft becomes an imminent possibility. For now, draft registration is purely symbolic. For over 35 years now, all boys in the US who reach age 18 had the choice of either going through a purely symbolic registration and then forgetting about and going on with their lives, or refusing to register and facing possible prison for a purely symbolic protest that accomplishes nothing meaningful. There’s now some possibility that girls reaching age 18 will now be faced with the same choice. That won’t change anything significant about this, and won’t change the fact that the first choice is clearly the reasonable one. If you weren’t calling for civil disobedience on this before, it’s completely unreasonable to start calling for it now.

    • Gary McGath Says:

      I’ll agree that I should have called for civil disobedience before. Even symbolically, the draft is a major outrage. It’s requiring people to sign up for forced, dangerous labor, even if Congress never exercises the power. The only difference now is that it’s come back to public attention, and that may improve the chances of putting an end to registration.

      • Eyal Mozes Says:

        You may be right that the chances for putting an end to registration are better now. If so, that’s what we should be calling for, not for disobedience. It’s completely unreasonable to ask 18-year-olds, male of female, to risk years in prison for the remote chance that maybe doing so will help towards ending registration.

        As Ayn Rand said in regard to the draft (“The Wreckage Of The Consensus”, In “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal”, talk originally delivered April 1967):

        Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom. To quote from an editorial on this subject in the April 1967 issue of Persuasion: “One does not stop the juggernaut by throwing oneself in front of it. . . .”

        • Gary McGath Says:

          According to the SSS’s own numbers, some states have compliance rates as low as 58%. No one is being thrown in prison. If the government started arresting people en masse now, the political cost would be too high.
          It’s like the census. I haven’t responded to a US Census since 1970, and no one’s ever gone after me.

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