While the Orlando killings had the country distracted, the US Senate voted to require all women to register for military slavery. Most of the opposition, from Republicans, isn’t principled opposition to the draft but merely opposition to including women. Ted Cruz said, “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls in combat to my mind makes little sense at all” Forcibly conscripting young boys into combat makes perfect sense to him, though. Rand Paul introduced a bill to abolish Selective Service, but it appears to be going nowhere. Whether Trump or Clinton gets elected, we’re going to have a president who makes Obama look as if he deserved his Peace Prize.
The government will never end the registration of people for forced, life-endangering service while people comply. People have to refuse. If you’re called on to register for the draft, don’t register. If you’re a teacher instructed to direct your students to register, refuse. It’s time to finish what the abolitionists started.
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