Coming For Your Children
Korrin Weeks Grigg
by Korrin Weeks Grigg
ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not
discern the signs of the times?" Matthew 16:3 (KJV)
it's draft season again. As the brutal and unpopular war in Chechnya
grinds on with no resolution in sight, the Russian Army is finding
it difficult to fill its recruiting quota of at least 155,000 able-bodied
men between the ages of 18 and 27. Those who choose not to serve
in the military have the alternative of four years in government-approved
non-military service. But that term of involuntary servitude, notes
Free Europe/Radio Liberty, (RFE/RL) "is widely viewed as
too long and attracts only a handful of conscripts every year."
criticism of the Russian conscription program by "human rights
activists," who reported that those Russians without economic
or political means to evade the draft are subject to brutal (and
often fatal) hazing rituals.
we now have in Russia are Soviet armed forces, the same forces that
entered Prague, Baku, that fought in Afghanistan and Karabak,"
complains Valentina Melnikova, head of the Committee of Soldiers'
Mothers. "It's the very same Soviet army." Aleksandr Petrov
of Human Rights Watch reports that Red Army press gangs are conducting
raids of popular nightclubs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Novosibirsk
to "arrest" young men who have chosen not to enlist.
to note that RFE/RL is a propaganda arm of the U.S. government,
which treats the Putin regime on one day as a gallant ally in the
"war on terror" and on the next upbraids the former KGB
officer for his authoritarian practices. Like the hypocritical Pharisees
of old, Washington is always indecently eager to audit the shortcomings
of other governments, while studiously ignoring its own. What RFE/RL
describes in Russia today could be taken as preview of the United
States in 2007.
The air is
thick with signs that a serious effort to reinstate the draft will
occur sometime in 2006 most likely in a "lame duck"
session of Congress following mid-term elections.
reporter Kevin Zees notes that the Center
for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think-tank top-heavy
with former Clinton administration figures, sponsored a recent forum
to discuss a conscription plan quite similar to Russia's. As outlined
March issue of Washington Monthly by Capt. Philip Carter, U.S. Army
(ret.) and Paul Glastris, the plan envisions requiring all 18-year-olds
of both sexes to serve 1–2 year terms of mandatory service,
either in the military, homeland security, or in a federal program
like AmeriCorps, as a condition of being permitted to attend college.
This plan would
be politically viable, the authors insist, since it would dispense
with deferments and exemptions, and allow draftees to choose their
preferred form of involuntary servitude. More importantly, however,
by having a pool of conscripts required to serve several years of
reserve duty, this system would offer "surge capacity"
that is to say, a large and ever-expanding pool of potential coffin-stuffers.
the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century and the
'progressive' Center for American Progress are calling for adding
100,000 new soldiers," writes Zeese. "During the presidential
campaign Senator John Kerry also called for adding tens of thousand
more troops to the military services." Lawrence Korb, a former
Pentagon official under Ronald Reagan who now serves as a Senior
Fellow at CAP, also supports expanding the military by 100,000 troops,
and while he opposes a return to the draft at present, he would
support conscription amid agonies of professed reluctance should
we remain mired in Iraq for another year, or the Bush administration
choose to extend the blessings of "liberation" to Iran,
Syria, or some other country.
in this exercise is that of a shill the conman's henchman who
feigns skepticism and gradually allows himself to be "won over"
as a way of deceiving the victims. In an interview with the April
4 San Francisco Chronicle, Korb insisted that he "supports
the all-volunteer military" but warns that "the Bush administration
is severely straining the military and faces a deadline. 'You've
got about another year,' said Korb
. 'If you don't cut back in Iraq,
your all-volunteer Army and Marine Corps are going to be in big
Just as significantly,
the case for reinstating the draft has found an attentive audience
at the Council on Foreign Relations, the oldest and most influential
establishment think-tank. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) During
a March 9 presentation at the Council, Rep. Rangel, who has
sponsored a measure to reinstate conscription, outlined a plan very
similar to that proposed by Carter and Glastris.
to conscription "would be about 36 million people between 18
and 26," stated Rangel. "We couldn't possibly need more
than a million, probably far less than that, for military activity
So it would seem to me that
you bring everybody in, and then you
determine what can you do with them, what contribution can they
make? National security is not just guns and bombs
. We can train
people to do these non-military jobs. They can go overseas. They
can stay here. They could be the eyes and ears."
Carter and Glastris, is alluding to the Marxist concept of the "equal
liability of all to labor" in state-appointed forms of
compulsory service, as described in the eighth plank of the Communist
Manifesto. They also lay bare the essence of conscription, which
is the rejection of the idea of self-ownership (or, as Christians
believe, self-stewardship under God's sovereignty) in favor of the
idea that all citizens are property of the State.
Few have summarized
the lethal logic of conscription more candidly than Bernard
Baruch, chairman of the War Industries Board during World War I.
"Every man's life is at the call of the nation and so must
be every man's property," declared Baruch on August 7, 1918.
"We are living today in a highly organized state of socialism.
The state is all; the individual is of importance only as he contributes
to the welfare of the state. His property is his only as the state
does not need it. He must hold his life and possessions at the call
of the state."
the U.S. Constitution authorizes the federal government to conscript
citizens for any reason. While Congress has the authority to call
out the "militia" which is, in effect, the armed adult
population to defend our nation against invasion or insurrection,
this cannot be done through a draft without violating the Thirteenth
is that the government has blithely disregarded these clear constitutional
prohibitions in the past, and will do so again if permitted to do
so. It is easy to foresee a draft-cum-national service measure
being passed quietly in December 2006. Who's to stop this from happening?
of America, that's who.
Russia, the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers is desperately trying
to reverse an existing injustice conscription into a corrupt collectivist
army. In Pre-Soviet America, Mothers
Against the Draft (MAD) is organizing to pre-empt a return to
conscription. Unlike those who burned draft cards or fled to Canada
during the Vietnam War, MAD isn't defying an existing (albeit unjust
and unconstitutional) law; it's seeking to prevent the passage of
that law by forcing Congressmen to go on record before the measure
finds traction in the House.
activism of 100 mothers in a given congressional district would
be sufficient to compel a Congressman to oppose any measure reinstating
the draft in any form. The MAD website offers a printable petition
with room for ten signatures.
Are you a mother
disinclined to see your sons and daughters used as mortar bait?
Then sign a petition, get ten of your friends to do the same, and
have each of them enlist ten of their friends to do the same. On
May 18, the anniversary of the Selective Service Act of 1917, MAD
urges mothers across the nation to visit the district offices of
their respective congressmen to deliver their petitions and demand
that the Representative go on record regarding the draft. And each
mother should treat any answer other than an unequivocal "no"
as a threat on the life of her children which, in fact, it is.
Grigg [send her mail]
is a homeschooling mother of five in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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