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[–] CaldwellMadison 2 points 32 points (+34|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Nope. Mandatory service gives the government a right to our lives. So does a draft, which we should eliminate. This is contrary to the founding principles. We are supposed to have the right to our own lives in this country, which ensures the government doesn't get into reckless, unpopular wars.

From the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness


[–] TakeTheCannoli 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Nope. Mandatory service gives the government a right to our lives. So does a draft, which we should eliminate.



[–] dontforgetaboutevil 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Thank you! There are so few voices of reason here.


[–] larkan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is contrary to the founding principles.

Give me a fucking break. Conscription was a central component of the successful founding of the US, and has existed throughout its history during every military conflict.

In colonial times, the Thirteen Colonies used a militia system for defense. Colonial militia laws—and after independence those of the United States and the various statesrequired able-bodied males to enroll in the militia, to undergo a minimum of military training, and to serve for limited periods of time in war or emergency. This earliest form of conscription involved selective drafts of militiamen for service in particular campaigns. Following this system in its essentials, the Continental Congress in 1778 recommended that the states draft men from their militias for one year's service in the Continental army; this first national conscription was irregularly applied and failed to fill the Continental ranks.

For long-term operations, conscription was occasionally used when volunteers or paid substitutes were insufficient to raise the needed manpower. During the American Revolutionary War, the states sometimes drafted men for militia duty or to fill state Continental Army units, but the central government did not have the authority to conscript except for purposes of naval impressment.


[–] Ayytriarchy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I agree. However, if you cant buy your way out of a draft then that would prevent pointless wars since g-men would have to risk sending their own sons into battle.