Some of you may recognize the title of this article.
Some of you may have known it in the past but forgotten its meaning.
Some of you have yet to be enlightened.
One of the most dangerous things in the world is a Social Liberal with an idea to enhance the Greater Good.
One bright idea that surfaces from time to time is the concept of Mandatory Federal Service.
It would be good for the Nation, it would benefit the Youth, allow all sorts of needed and beneficial public service.
It would also be in complete violation of the Spirit and the Word of
The XIIIth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
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.
I ask you? What is so complicated about those words?
Now I have a confession to make. I at times have looked upon the Draft as something not entirely negative in its effects on the Republic.
Before you get too excited, let me explain. My thoughts stem in part from my upbringing.
I am a Navy Brat. I spent my childhood on military bases, in many ways isolated and protected from the outside world.
As a small boy I understood the Order of the Universe.
It was ordered in this fashion.
The Marine Corps
The Air force.
Other assorted Vermin
Then way down at the bottom some very scary things called.
At the time I did not really know what Civilians WERE, but I got the distinct impression that they were not very nice, however I was not worried the Base Marines were between me and whatever they were. ;-)
So part of me approves in principle of a Military composed in large part of temporary members who do not WANT to be in it forever. Prevents Military Coups and such unpleasantness.
All of that may be true, but still does not in my mind over ride that Mandatory Federal Service is in fact,
involuntary servitude, NOT as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted
For me it is that simple. No attempt to rationalize or justify it can negate the simple words in the
Some maintain the Constitution is a living document to be reinterpreted and modified as our Society changes.
I say we as a Nation paid too bitter a price for this Amendment to discard it for wishful thinking.
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Some may maintain that this is only the pipe dream of a few Transnational Progressives and no danger of it ever being attempted by the Government is possible.
I commend the following to their contemplation.
John Kerry Outlines Plan to Require Service for High School Students
As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.
But what about the Constitution? Well another Democratic Leader who ran for his Party's nomination had some interesting words on his concept of Presidential Power.
"When I'm president, we'll do executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day," Gephardt said.
So much for Separation of Powers and the Rule of Constitutional Law.
These were not obscure and unknown political theorists, but persons who had the potential to be come the Commander in Chief of ALL US Military Forces .
Think about it.
Oh the title I began all this with? Began with that title because it is what comes to my mind whenever I hear a proponent of Mandatory Federal Service?
Arbeit Macht Frei?
Work makes free
It was the sign over the main gate at Dachau.
It was a lie then, it is a lie now.
Make no mistake Mandatory Federal Service is Involuntary Servitude under the meaning of the XIIIth Amendment and is nothing more or less than an attempt to rationalize and justify what is in reality the simple concept called.
In a free Society there may be places the Government can prevent you from going, but when the day comes it prevents you from leaving. You are no longer free.
"Take this Job and Shove it" I'm out of here is the minumum basis for Personal Liberty. That line when crossed is the Demarcation between a Free Society and a Slave State.
What is Mandatory Federal Service but that?
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