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During recent increased US-Iran confrontation, so many people viewed the Selective Service website to find out about the draft that the website crashed. People were right to be concerned about a return of the draft.

With the ongoing military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan unlikely to end any time soon, and the possibly of the US being neoconned into war with Iran and possibly even Russia or China, the demand for troops is likely to rise. At the same time, soldiers return home with lifelong medical problems, including psychological problems, causing a horrifying number of veterans to commit suicide. All this can make it more difficult for the military to attract recruits. And it can leave a Congress unwilling to pursue nonintervention with a choice: increase spending on troops’ pay and benefits or bring back the draft. A Congress facing an over 25 trillion dollars debt may reinstate the draft instead of further increasing spending on the troops.

Any future draft will probably include women, thanks to judges, politicians, and feminists who think women should have the “opportunity” to be forced to join the military.

A military draft violates the principle that individuals have inalienable rights that no government should violate. A draft also puts all of our rights at risk. If we accept that the government has the legitimate authority to force individuals to fight, kill, and die in a war, then how can we argue that the government cannot force citizens to pay high taxes, purchase health insurance, or submit to TSA screenings? How can we argue against the government forbidding people from smoking marijuana or owning “assault” weapons? Many traditional conservatives, including Ronald Reagan, opposed the draft, pointing to its threat to individual rights.

Some antiwar individuals have endorsed the draft on the theory that a draft makes politicians less likely to support war. But the draft did not stop politicians from supporting unnecessary wars like World War One, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While the draft helped galvanize opposition to the Vietnam War, it took almost a decade of American casualties for opposition to reach critical mass. More importantly, the draft violates the nonaggression principle, which is the moral heart of libertarianism. Advocating use of force to advance even as noble a goal as peace is itself immoral and sets back the cause of liberty.

Some antiwar progressives oppose a military draft but support forcing young people to participate in a “national service” program. Some conservatives join these progressives to say that national service is a way for young people to “pay back” government for the privilege of living in a free society, as if our rights and liberties are gifts from government. Mandatory national service will likely gain support when the next market meltdown occurs, as it would serve as a jobs programs for young people.

All those who support liberty must be prepared to fight any attempt to reinstate the military draft or to mandate any other type of national service. We must mobilize as many people as possible to tell the politicians it is unacceptable for the US government to enslave people in the military or otherwise. We must also support those who engage in civil disobedience. As Ronald Regan stated, the draft “rests on the assumption that your kids belong to the state…. That assumption isn’t a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea.”

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, Draft, Iran 
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  1. Angharad says:

    One of the chief forces in Open Borders is the Pentagram. They need bodies, to figt their wars. Americans are increasingly skeptical (THANK GOD!) of the Forever Wars – and aren’t signing up. Hence the need for an endless influx of foriegn nationals.

    EVERY young person that I know is hip to what’s going on, If a draft is implemented, EVERY young person I know will NOT comply. ZOG is going to have a Civil War here. I am not a fan of Bernie Sanders – but does ZOG imagine the Bernie Bros are going to march off to the induction center? The (((military))) may still recruit a number of exceptionally STUPID Americans – but the lesbians, sodomites,trannies, and foriegn nationals who possess no allegiance to the USA at all – let them all fight Iran and Russia. I curse them all.

    • Agree: Alfa158
  2. Alfa158 says:

    When you look at combat footage it is striking that the men doing the real fighting are disproportionately from the US population of Bitter Clinging Flyover Deplorables (BCFD).
    The present complement of actual on the ground shooters has shrunk too much from the post-ColdWar, Iraq War One numbers to fight another real war such as an invasion of Iran.

    I also see a diminution of enthusiasm amongst BCFDs for another forever war. Last year during the let’s invade Syria campaign I commented about the abrupt change in military recruitment TV ads. They used to be directed at young people who are just looking for a nice government job with great benefits and no actual risk. Therefore you saw earnest looking POC’s and women in camouflage looking intently at computer displays, on flight decks saluting jets as they screamed off the catapults, relaxing off-duty in cheerful multi-ethnic, all genders camaraderie, in gowns receiving their GI Bill sponsored college degrees etc. In short, the military as a more glamorous version of a job at the DMV or post office.

    Those new ads showed predominantly BCFDs in combat, kicking doors in a dusty Mid-East town and shooting real bullets. It looked like the Empire was worried about getting enough volunteers in combat MOSs to staff the next big war, or even enough to sustain what is going on now. I’m skeptical recruiting foreign nationals in exchange for citizenships is going to fill a shortfall. Non-BCFDs are happy enough to sign up for peacetime military duty, but how much enthusiasm will they muster for actually bleeding for a country they don’t regard as their own?

    Restoring the draft is just another step to the next civil war.

  3. Rich says:

    I can’t imagine there ever being another draft in the US. Helicopter parents would flip out, spaghetti armed junior would get the vapors and the typical American gal can’t run ten feet. For better or worse, I think better, we will have an all volunteer, professional military for the foreseeable future

  4. renfro says:

    A military draft violates the principle that individuals have inalienable rights that no government should violate. A draft also puts all of our rights at risk.

    The government has already violated citizens rights.
    Bring back the draft……it will wake up the sleeping majority to oppose our war loving politicians.

  5. I support Ron Paul for being consistently antiwar. However, I think his libertarianism is too rigid. As a Vietnam-era vet draftee myself, I agree with Andrew Bacevich that we need to bring back the citizen soldier, although the country is probably far too gone for that.

    Men like John McCain were big proponents of an all-volunteer army. But, as a war hawk, his motives were sinister. He and the neoconservatives knew that they could not engage in endless war as long as young men were being drafted against their will. They could not risk another Vietnam.

    So, they would rather hire mercenaries and pay them six figures a year than ditch their beloved all-volunteer military. Ending the draft was the Master Stroke of the Empire.

  6. If it happens then those drafted will be lined up before being shipped out, forced to take the Vaccinations that will protect them from Anthrax etc and then start dropping like flies or return home with a raft of illnesses.
    Big Pharma will be rubbing their hands together and jumping up and down with joy.

    Ex Military Nurse And whistleblower Sherrie Saunders shares the truth about vaccinations given in the military.

  7. Blip Blop says:

    But the draft did not stop politicians from supporting unnecessary wars like World War One, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    No mention of WW2, the most unnecessary of all. Our leadershit moved Heaven and Earth to get us into that one.

    • Replies: @Sean O'Farrell
  8. Crazy Horse says: • Website

    Actually it was the “Great Emancipator” who introduced conscription allegedly “freeing the slaves” while enslaving everybody. There is little difference between a draftee and a slave expect in the manner of ownership.

    Personally I think if those morons in congress and the Whitehouse signed the bill there’d probably be that civil war the Media has been predicting. Only it wouldn’t be the left versus the right but the people against the government.

  9. I was drafted in 1965. If I had known then what I know now I would have gone to prison or to Canada.

    The military doesn’t want or need it. Today’s generation wouldn’t stand for it.

    Some form of national service maybe. With exact representation of every skin color, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Maybe white men would be exempt because they suck. White men could attend re-education camps.

    I find myself in general agreement with Dr. Paul.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  10. Rurik says:

    Today’s generation wouldn’t stand for it.

    Exactly why they should do it.

    And yes, include womyn and transgenders and Muslims and especially, orthodox Jews.

    America’s wars are a crock, and since the war of 1812, always have been. We should demand that every child of America, serve on the front lines for two years minimum. That would end these treasonous wars for Israel, but pronto.

    If a war was fought on rational grounds, the last people to fight, should be the women, the protection of, is the reason that men fight wars. But we’re no longer a nation of men, but worms, and SJW, and sniveling cowards of every stripe, who’d shit their knickers, rather than tell the truth, about our serial wars for Israel.

    Put their sons and daughters into uniforms and send them into the desert to fight for their own shitty little country for once. Sheldon Adelson’s son “fights” for the IDF, so he doesn’t risk a hangnail, which might hamper his money-counting efficiency.

    Ron Paul is always right in principle, but this is an issue of strategy. As long as it’s white men from heartland America getting blown to bits, and coming back in pieces, their attitude will continue to be ‘Such a deal!’

    We need to change the paradigm.

  11. @Angharad

    No, the draft is not coming back.

    The only people talking about draft are civilians who learned about war from Hollywood, actual military professionals want conscript army like hole in the head. The age of masses of cheap cannon meat is over.

    One of the chief forces in Open Borders is the Pentagram. They need bodies, to figt their wars. Americans are increasingly skeptical (THANK GOD!) of the Forever Wars – and aren’t signing up. Hence the need for an endless influx of foriegn nationals.

    This is the way of empire. Send Latinos to fight in the Middle East, send Middle Easterners to fight in Africa, send Africans to fight in Latin America.
    Worked for Roman Empire for 400 years. There was never shortage of volunteers from all over the Empire and beyond lining up under Roman eagles as long as there was money to pay them.

  12. …as long as there was money to pay them.

    There’s money to pay them? News to us.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Realist
  13. This article deals with the “draft” within the actual context of the US as an Imperial State. Fair enough.
    However, a draft may be instated for purely defensive reasons. (say Lebanon was to be invaded again by the Zionist entity).
    I suspect this would widen the area for debate.
    The US itself is not the best example for a “draft” debate. It’s government & 0.01% have so overtly proven themselves treasonous to the 90% that only ignoramouses would suggest they have a “right” to demand its citizens fight in its criminal wars.
    To his credit Mr Paul raises philosophical questions on the rights of the State over it’s citizens. Mr Paul is (as well known) a stout Libertarian.
    He asks whether national service is a “pay back” to the government for the privilege of living in a free state. He rhetorically asks whether rights & liberties are a mere “gift” of the government?
    In theory, as the government is the servant of the people, that can’t be true. In practice, westerners have allowed governments to usurp so many freedoms & rights that these things are almost “gifts”. (don’t expect too many prezzies under the tree — the government is Scrooge-plus).
    A draft is only prima face legitmate if the State (& it’s 0.01 % enablers) are known moral actors. No citizen should be forced to further the criminal enterprises of its 1%. Major General Smedley Butler is still a touch stone in such matters.

  14. Biff says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    There’s money to pay them? News to us.

    When they print it out of thin air there’s plenty – sure, it will destroy your savings, but this is one more reminder that they don’t give a damn about you, or your savings.

  15. Realist says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    There’s money to pay them? News to us.

    Sure it is fiat money…but it is money.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Adam Smith
  16. TG says:

    So when the rich want to export American industries to communist China so they can make a quick buck, of course they should be allowed to – I mean, a nation doesn’t matter, patriotism is dead, all that matters is whether the rich can make money, right? It’a all about freedom. We just can’t ask the rich to sacrifice profits in the name of mere patriotism. Freedom, freedom, freedom.

    But when the rich want regular Americans to be forcibly conscripted into military service, suddenly it’s a patriotic duty and every citizen must sacrifice their freedoms and possibly their lives for their nation. Duty, duty, duty.

    One rule for them, another rule for us.

  17. A million man army is not needed.

    The US is currently in cold war with Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Yemen and a string of other small countries using sanctions (war by other means).

    Financial strangulation is siege warfare, and it doesn’t take boots on the ground. Domination of airspace, shipping, electronic spying and control of commerce can be done with relatively few people in uniform. Creating and paying mercenary rebels is cheap but effective pressure.

    This age of small wars began in the 1990’s after the collapse of the USSR. It will end when there are no more weak, non-aligned states to push around. Syria was rescued by Russian involvement, a lesson which reverberated around the globe.

    Countries protected by a nuclear-armed friend cannot be overrun by conscript or professional armies, no matter how large.

  18. A draft only promotes lasting wars and we will never leave the Mideast . Let us be brutally honest about this ,the only reason we are fighting in the Mid East is to do Israelis dirty work.we should have a volunteer draft to encourage science ,engineering,computer defense and math.the country has been dumed down to the point of people are walking idiots pining for holywood.

  19. @Angharad

    I really hope you’re telling the truth about the young people.

  20. @Alfa158

    Several years ago, someone tried to make the case that more non-whites were going into “combat arms” specialties in the military and thus being put at more risk. Surprise surprise, whites disproportionately go into “combat arms” fields.

    Brainwashing, too many John Wayne movies growing up, scoring low on the ASVAB (aptitude test), lack of aspiration to do anything but a continuation of shooting squirrels and digging holes like they did growing up, who knows?

    • Replies: @Blip Blop
    , @anon
  21. @Blip Blop

    That was my first thought when I read that sentence too, BB – Dr. Paul’s glaring omission of WWII as an unnecessary war. Was that simply an oversight on his part? Not a chance, as evidenced by his reference to Nazis in the very last sentence of his article (even though he is purportedly quoting Reagan). Of course those evil Nazis had a draft! And everyone knows that those evil Nazis had to be stopped at all costs!

    So while WWII was, without a doubt, an unnecessary war for the so-called Western democracies, it was an absolutely necessary war for International Jewry, hence its omission from Dr. Paul’s list of unnecessary wars. Though indirect, Dr. Paul’s virtue-signaling to his jewish masters is on full display.

  22. Blip Blop says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Combat arms typically have higher ASVAB requirements than support.

    As you might imagine, it’s common for intelligent (but young and naive) guys to want to go to combat arms for the experience itself.

  23. d dan says:

    People who think of using draft as a strategy to help the anti-war movement should really think twice. It didn’t work in the past and it probably won’t work in future. Furthermore, the majority of Americans is easily brainwashed. It is not difficult to throw out exemptions or other “privileges” (e.g. non-combat role) to their sons to divide their opinions. And soon you may see soccer moms writing “love letter” to Pentagon supporting draft while attacking others who object to it. (example: the silly fight between average GOP and democrats voters)

    Yes, the nation has reached an incurable terminal stage of stupidity.

  24. @Realist

    fiat money?

    You’re confusing money and currency.

    Currency represents money, or used to when it was convertable.

    Article 1 section 10 says No state shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.

    In 1920 you could walk into a bank, slap a 20 dollar note on the counter and exchange it for a one oz gold coin or twenty one oz silver coins. Or vice versa.

    but it is money.

    No, it is not. It is currency (or cash). You cannot “pay” a bill (debt) with a debt based instrument.

    You can discharge your debt in equity with currency, but you cannot “pay” it at law without money.

    Before 1971, any Federal Reserve note issued was theoretically backed by an equivalent amount of gold held by the US Treasury. Now a Federal Reserve Note is backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. taxcattle.

    I do not mean to be a word nazi, but the concept is important. If more people understood the nature of coin and credit I do believe the world would be a very different place.

    Perhaps I’m a fool for believing such nonsense.

    • Replies: @Realist
  25. Realist says:
    @Adam Smith

    You cannot “pay” a bill (debt) with a debt based instrument.

    I do it all the time. I send the power company a debt based instrument every month…and they keep the power on.

    I go to the store for a loaf of bread…I hand them fiat money, legal tender*, and walk out.

    I do not mean to be a word nazi, but the concept is important.

    But you are.

    * Coins or banknotes that must be accepted if offered in payment of a debt.

  26. anon[191] • Disclaimer says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    “Brainwashing, too many John Wayne movies growing up”

    I don’t think anyone has been brainwashed by John Wayne movies since the 1950’s or early 60’s. Saying that they were 15 years old in 1955 would make them 80 years old today, a little old for the draft wouldn’t you say?

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