Well, not in the opinion of Daniel Webster who had this to say in his Address to the House of Representatives many years ago, The administration asserts the right to fill the ranks of the regular army by compulsion…Is this, sir, consistent with the character of a free government? Is this civil liberty? Is this the real character of our Constitution? No, sir, indeed it is not…Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war, in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it? Under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest rights of personal liberty?
Daniel Webster (December 9, 1814 House of Representatives Address)
Daniel Webster didnt mention that only men were to fill the ranks by compulsion; though only men have had to register for the draft since the Selective Service Act was passed in 1940.
All of Americas Armed Forces are currently, All Volunteer, though the Selective Service Act looms in the background as a Just-in-Case situation occurs when it is felt by the President that The Draft is needed due to the lack of volunteers.
The Vietnam War became increasingly unpopular as it dragged on for years with a huge loss of young lives and staggering monetary costs to keep it going. Rather than being drafted into this unpopular war, many draftees tore up their draft cards. Some were imprisoned and some fled to Canada or other countries. Most draft dodgers could quote the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1865, which says; 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.
The key phrase here is involuntary servitude and its servitude that is expected of every member of the Armed Forces.
Having been forced to register for the draft at age eighteen, and once having passed the physical examination and classification, an inductee may receive notice to report for duty at a facility. At that time, he or she will be asked to take an oath. This oath is as follows: I (name) do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and will defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic, and will obey the orders of the President and the officers appointed over me, so help me God.
Resistance to the Draft has always been widespread and sometimes violent, with comparisons made between conscription and slavery.
What got me started on this was Defense Secretary Leon Panetta saying
females may be included in the Selective Service Act and qualify for a potential draft should one be ordered by the president. And Im not fond of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lifting the official ban on women serving in combat roles, removing gender barriers from all jobs in the military.
I may sound Old School on this, but I just dont like the threat of young women being drafted into the armed forces. Its been a tradition of the United States, since its founding, not to draft women or register them with the Selective Service and I believe there are good reasons for that tradition. Among other sound reasons, the average woman couldnt carry 80 pounds of gear into battle. Think about captivity; what would they suffer there?
Personally, I volunteered and served in the navy for 20 years. I felt I was doing a patriotic duty for my country. And there are and were, women that did the same thing, and with competence. Yet there is something that just goes against the grain when our country forces young women to register with the Selective Service Board; much less be drafted. I would be on Daniel Websters side if that happens.