Sunday, August 1, 2010

The New Draft: Bringing Back Slavery to America

Hal O'Boyle
The Extremist

The difference between a drafted soldier and a slave doesn’t amount to a frosty mug o’ spit. Congress, apparently longing for the good old days of Viet Nam, Korea, and WWII, is proposing to enslave not just healthy young men, but pretty much all of us.

Most of the crooks and liars who form the political class today aren’t old enough to remember them, but there must be some institutional nostalgia for the days when America fielded vast armies of conscripts in a global struggle against tyranny. Congress must feel like fighting terrorism with a mere handful of volunteers is for military pikers. Iraq isn’t the kind of war that molds politicians into “great men.” And naturally, all politicians view themselves as great men.

What you need for real war, for firebombing cities, human wave attacks, and concentration camps—is to enslave pretty much everyone. You just can’t find enough volunteers for that kind of work.

Enter HR 5741. This law will require all Americans between 18 and 42 to provide the state with 2 years of their lives “in the furtherance of national defense or homeland security.”

I’ve always been leery of the notion of “Homeland Security.” It implies that there is an “Outland” that we also must secure. It has that semi-creepy, quasi-fascist sound I associate with dueling scars, saddle caps and jodhpurs, eager attack dogs, and nasty little Luger pistols. But “homeland security” is now one of the purposes of a law that will require all of us to dedicate two years of our lives to patrolling barbed wire compounds.

I can work up no enthusiasm for the good old days of military conscription, or for civilian conscription of any kind. Neither can the rest of the American public as far as I can see.

Although a majority of Americans supposedly still buys the much altered and ever evolving propaganda that we are fighting a monolithic terrorist threat in Iraq, that majority would vanish faster than a politician’s promise in the face of a military draft.

Americans have never been interested in foreign conquest. We’ve always been much more reluctant conquerors than our leaders. Since Woodrow Wilson’s war to make the world safe for democracy, the U.S. has never fielded an army in which the volunteers outnumbered the conscripted. In WWI over three quarters of those who served were draftees. In WWII, even after the Pearl Harbor attack, over 60% of those who joined the military did so at gunpoint. We fought foreign wars in Korea and Viet Nam with mostly drafted soldiers. At the height of the Viet Nam war draftees were suffering 65% of the casualties.

The difference between a drafted soldier and a slave relates only to the length of service, not the nature of the service. What could be more ironic than an army of slaves sallying forth to fight for someone else’s freedom.

It’s true that America’s founders believed adamantly in the “citizen soldier,” but only because citizen soldiers were our best defense against invasion and domestic tyranny.

The Founders to a man loathed the idea of a standing army. As they saw it, a well regulated militia, eager to serve in defense of their land and their freedom, would be the only army America would ever need. The Founders and early Americans both would have recognized conscription for the tyranny it is.

It is only the imperial armies of the twentieth century that have had to force Americans to fight at gunpoint. The first draft, during the Civil War, and ironically on the heels of the Emancipation Proclamation, was met with near universal contempt by those subject to it. The worst riots in the nation’s history followed the first draft in New York City in 1863.

Federal troops fresh from the fight at Gettysburg marched into the city to restore order after five days of lynching, looting, and arson. People in those days understood what freedom was. Despite appalling casualty rates, the Civil War was fought almost entirely by volunteers. Fewer than 6% of U.S. soldiers were drafted.

Before America began “making the world safe for democracy” and “spreading freedom throughout the world,” we had no foreign enemies.

Today, after 100 years of ever increasing meddling in the affairs of foreigners, America is hard pressed to find a foreign friend. Wars of conquest do not earn friends or spread freedom. Dropping bombs and bossing people around makes people hate us, manufactures terrorists, and forces us to trade freedom at home for imaginary safety.

America’s best defense lies not in drafting a huge conquering army, but in removing our soldiers from the 100 or more countries throughout the world where we are pestering the locals and earning enemies.

Safety and prosperity lie not in foreign invasion and constant domestic surveillance, but in the principles of peaceful commerce, strict neutrality, and the safety of an armed and informed citizenry. Americans have no enemies capable of invading our shores; we should reject the idea that we need to conscript an army of slaves to defend them.

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8 comments: said...

As the mother of two teen sons, I am appalled that a) Obama could even consider bringing back a draft and b) that there isn't an outcry!!! Surely this will never pass. (I can dream.)

robertdngn said...

There is a difference in the measure of control that governments have over volunteers vs "slaves". When governments intend to insist that its military personnel engage in acts that volunteers would refuse, governments can more easily engage in tyranny.

robertdngn said...

There is an abundance of evidence that the government intends to send military personnel into residential areas to confiscate weapons and force relocations to tactical enclosures. Draftees can be more easily forced to participate than volunteers. Fortunately, there are already True Patriots in our military who have organized themselves to resist tyrannical orders and actions. God is in Control.

robertdngn said...

Contact your Congressional Representatives and Senators and demand that they permanently retire HR 5741. Cast off the New Yoke. God be praised.

Bruce said...

U.S. Constitution (suspended?)- 13th Amendment (the second one): "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Destiny said...

If people thought Hitler was bad just wait, I'm as mad as hell, sorry, I am saved but knowing and researching the things I've found out this past year I'm infuriated by this so called draft HR 5741, when Obama was running for office and he made the statement, when I'm elected President, not if I'm elected, (mind control techniques)I will bring our troops home within 6 months! All he does is lie, he's just a puppet for the NWO, and Illuminati, but they have to get permission from the Vatican via the Black Pope, who makes all of the decisions. We all need to make sure this doesn't happen, if it was passed my husband, and daughter would have to go! My son is in a wheelchair and can't move anything, he just has enough strength to be on a computer, I need my husband to help care for him 24/7, remember the elite want over 80 % of us dead, and they're doing it through our water, GMO foods, Chemtrails, and the list goes on. Obama thinks he has no laws and will try his best to get the bill passed. GBU!!

Timster said...

Well, I agree in principle, however if you read Rangel's statement about the bill that he authored you will understand that it was more a protest than anything, and he knew it stood little chance of even passing committee. It is his contention that only the poor are carrying the burden of these unneeded wars...that the only way to guarantee that we all have a stake in them is to re-institute conscription. It will not become law again...count on it.

Anonymous said...

At least we will have jobs. I see the draft as a good thing. Hey, can we just stay in the military until the economy gets better.

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