I was thinking about the concept of female soldiers recently, and the proposal to make women register for Selective Service (aka the draft) that was suggested about two years ago. That is a broad enough topic for a decent column.
First of all, should women be soldiers? That is a more fundamental question than whether or not they should be drafted. Practically, historically, and theologically –are women meant to do battle for their people or their country? Is it acceptable, or even normal, for a young woman to leave domestic life, put on camouflage pants and shirt like a man, engage in arduous physical conditioning, carry a rifle, march and camp in the mud side by side with young males (maybe even in the same tent or foxhole), and try to kill the adult male soldiers of a foreign army?
I would argue that the answer to all of the questions in the above paragraph is “No”. Whether we look to history, practical considerations, or traditional Christian beliefs –it is clear that women are not meant to be soldiers. Nature itself teaches that the women is physical smaller and weaker than the man, and has a different role in life. Further, a woman, or at least any normal woman, has a very different emotional makeup than a man. She desires to heal, and to care for children -not to wantonly destroy human life. She desires cleanliness and physical comfort in a way that a man does not –not counting the mass of effeminized modern men slowly becoming the norm in decaying Western societies.
Practically, the strain of physical training and battle is too much to bear for the vast majority of women; they were not designed for battle, or for hard physical labor. And placing young women far from home and in (very) close proximity to young males will result in three things: fornication, pregnancy, and loss of unit moral. Women in combat units will destroy the sense of “brotherhood” that is necessary for optimum functioning. (Actually, racial integration of the unit will do the same thing, though perhaps not as dramatically.)
In the Bible, women did not fight in the Israelite forces. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, places the woman in the home –not the battlefield. The Greek Hoplons and the Roman Legions were male fighting forces –as were the Viking raiders. The American Revolution was fought by males, as was the Confederate resistance to the invasion of their country. History speaks with a unified voice on the matter of female soldiers.
And this is not even considering why a woman would want to be a soldier. Imagine a man who wished to grow his hair long and style it, wear a dress, stay at home to bake cookies and care for children, not do hard and dirty labor in the barnyard or at a construction site, and talk about his feelings over tea. Fifty years ago, any man doing that would have been considered not only unnatural, but mentally deranged (or a closet homosexual). It would still be considered odd by our modern decayed standards. But for a woman to do likewise, by leaving her family and becoming a soldier, is now considered normal -and a sign of her liberation!
Women do need to know how to defend themselves in the event that they are attacked when their father or husband is not present. But this is far different from preparing for and then engaging in formal combat/warfare. I bought my mother a S&W J-frame in .38 Special over a decade ago to help keep her safe. (Note: I do not think there is a great pistol choice for a woman who is basically a non-shooter, but a stainless revolver in .38 is near the top of the list).
But saying that women should not be soldiers, and thus should not be drafted, is not addressing the core question. Should anyone be drafted is the core principle in question.
I believe that any man worthy of the title of man would resist an actual physical invasion of his country, or a domestic tyranny. Other than the Southern men who fought for Dixie in the WBTS and Pearl Harbor (U.S. territory but then not a state), the above scenario has not occurred in America since about 1814. I would gladly bear arms to defend my country from foreign attack, or to defend the rights of myself and my people against a tyrant or an ethnos bent on our enslavement or destruction.
The Founders gave us the constitution, and it does not authorize a draft to form a Federal army. Article 1 Section 8 Clause 12 authorizes the Congress to from an army, not to compel men to join it. The Congress is not required to from an army, only allowed to do so. The authority to “establish Post Office and post Roads” granted in A1S8C7 does not authorize legally forcing men to work for the postal service or be jailed, and nowhere does A1S8C12 authorize the conscription of males to form an army.
If a man is a free man, that is to say, that he owns himself and is no slave, how can the state make him join their army/become an involuntary indentured servant performing military duties? It cannot. Further, the 13th Amendment outlawed involuntary servitude. If a man cannot choose how he employs his days, where he lives, and whether or not he will kill people on command -then how can he claim to be free? He cannot.
During the War of 1812, President James Madison proposed drafting/conscripting American men to serve in an army to fight the British invasion –in addition to Army volunteers and State militias. Though then under actual physical invasion by a foreign army, the U.S. Congress rejected this idea. Daniel Webster reviled the concept of conscription in a speech on the house floor, saying that it “foully libeled” the Constitution. We won the war and secured our territory without a draft.
In fact, the first time the U.S. government drafted men to form an army was when Abraham Lincoln did so to attack the sovereign states that had seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. Lincoln was the first America President to utilize a draft, or to print paper money. He also suspended Habeas Corpus. In so many ways, Abraham Lincoln was the first American tyrant, and laid the axe to the root of the Constitutional Republic the Founders bequeathed us.
The federal government of the United States of America drafted huge numbers of men to fight in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. In fact, during part of the mid-20th century the U.S. was drafting men in peacetime! And why not? If we reject the concept that a man is free during wartime, why not also in peacetime? When one betrays foundational principles, they open the door to the progression of absolute tyranny.
Women should never be drafted, or let serve in the armed forces voluntarily. Further, men should not be drafted. Free men will join the army or form up with their own arms as militia when they see a threat to their country, liberties, or homes. A draft may be necessary to fight a war of foreign aggression, but it is not necessary to defend a country from invasion –as logic and American history testify.
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