Dodge the Draft, America | TIME.com
Jared Sperli stashed this in politics
Our common defense is not the problem.
America is more than capable of protecting and advancing her interests. Our President commands the most powerful military known to human history. A draft, then, must be based on promoting the general welfare. In this case, American wants its young men and women to be instilled with an ethos of service and collective responsibility.
However it’s described, the formula is basically the same: this formative experience will tie together each group of heretofore unrelated peers, forging a grand community in the finest tradition of the American Melting Pot. But is the main effect of instigating compulsory service? Or is it a desirable by-product of an otherwise dangerous policy?
Forcing people to partake in something against their will should be considered a necessary evil. Having the governmental machinery to conscript young people is problematic for any rational American. It is a last resort, not a civic medicine. It has been 238 years since the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and the fighting that birthed the United States.
We have imposed drafts for a total of 40 years, just 17% of our history.
Conscription is not an American tradition. Consider too that almost all of the draft years when we used conscription took place between 1940 and 1973, when World War II and then the Cold War gave us justification for maintaining a larger standing military. This policy was changed under President Nixon, much to his credit, kicking off the evolution and professionalization of America’s military during the 1970s and 80s.
Since then, we have called upon the armed forces to accomplish difficult tasks in dangerous places time and time again.