The Draft

Response to my last column was instructive. Some readers believed that my reference to the draft was cynical and unjustified. Perhaps many Americans cannot believe that Congress would inflict this unconstitutional enslavement on American youth once again, especially those whose memory of the violent protests against it thirty-years ago are still fresh. For those readers I have some bad news.

House Resolution 3598 was introduced in Congress last December; it is called the "Universal Military Training and Service Act of 2001." (The best way to find the text is to go to and follow instructions.) Like whatever the Patriot Act was called as it gathered dust waiting for the right moment, this resolution likewise waits. And as you read this document do keep in mind the assurances that the Patriot Act only applied to foreigners, a blatant lie, as we know now, and remember the new powers usurped to use US military forces to police civilians inside the United States. Here is the heart of the matter:


(a) OBLIGATION FOR YOUNG MEN — It is the obligation of every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 22 to receive basic military training and education as a member of the armed forces unless the citizen or person is exempted under the provisions of this Act.

(b) ACCEPTANCE OF YOUNG WOMEN VOLUNTEERS — Female citizens of the United States, and other female persons residing in the United States, who are between the ages of 18 and 22 may volunteer for enlistment in the armed forces to receive basic military training and education under this Act. At the discretion of the Secretary concerned, the Secretary concerned may accept such volunteers to receive such training and education.

Upon graduation from high school, young men no longer need to worry about their next step in life, because they are going to boot camp. Willing young women can go with them. If they didn’t learn to obey orders in school, they will learn to obey orders now. And lest any high school dropouts think they’re home free:

(b) EXTENDED TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS — A person inducted as a conscript or accepted as a volunteer pursuant to this Act who has not obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent, shall receive basic military training and education as a member of one of the armed forces for an additional period of up to six months after the completion of the period established for members of that armed force under subsection (a). The Secretary concerned shall assist such members in earning the equivalent of a high school diploma while receiving their basic military training and education.

Isn’t that thoughtful of them! The jackboot standing guard outside your home might even be able to read his orders.

The only man in Congress who stood up against this draconian legislation was Dr. Ron Paul.

The District of Criminals have all of their pieces in place. They have eliminated the Bill Of Rights. They have eliminated the Posse Comitatus Act. The Executive has usurped the authority to rule alone. Now all they need is the manpower to enforce that rule. And it’s waiting there.

The time to stop the warmongers is NOW.