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The Coming Conservative Draft Resistance that the Government Will Provoke

Political correctness is going to force a conservative draft resistance as the federal government tries to punish women for refusing selective service.

The inevitable conservative draft resistance moved another step closer to reality today. As Military Times reported,

Women will have to register with the Selective Service and would be eligible to be drafted in the military, under a provision narrowly approved by a House panel on Wednesday.

The proposal passed the House Armed Services Committee without support from its sponsor, Iraq War veteran Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who introduced the measure as a way to force congressional conversation about the role of women in the military.

But several Republicans broke ranks with their committee counterparts to support the idea of drafting women for military service, until now a possibility solely reserved for men.

Of course, it won’t technically be a conservative draft resistance but a conservative selective service resistance. Now that Defense Secretary Ash Carter has “opened up” combat roles to women (that’s Liberalspeak for condemning women to fighting) the legal rationale for barring the government from drafting women is non-existent.

In the past, liberal Republican have been content to let the courts do the dirty work and then shrug and say that the latest outrage is now the law of the land. But in this case they couldn’t wait. Republicans must want to draft women really badly.

And don’t forget that, out of all Republican candidates, only one was willing to oppose drafting women. Once again, Ted Cruz stands out as a conservative.

The draft, or military conscription, has never made sense as a conservative or Constitutional policy. If the country was in genuine danger, men would always volunteer to serve the Armed Forces. The point of the draft was to give the government a body of troops they could use to do what they want when the country was in no real danger. So there is an argument that conservatives should have always opposed selective service.

But drafting women is a great deal more opposed to all conservative principles. Men and women are not supposed to be interchangeable. There is a social division of labor that has existed in human history and human societies that we are foolish to try to change.

And it is tyrannical slavery to require our daughters to sign up for selective service. This House committee has voted to punish women who don’t register and acknowledged the state’s alleged authority to rip them from their families and force them into combat.

Yes, it is high time for a conservative draft resistance!

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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