Marty wants to know how I feel about the draft. Well, Marty, unfortunately, I don’t know. Or perhaps that is fortunately, because the draft has not been active in my lifetime, at least not to that point where I was able to talk. So I don’t really have an opinion on the matter. But I’m sure I can come up with one.
I think that my main problem with the survey, which generated Marty’s question, and things of similar nature, is twofold. First and foremost is the forced nature. I don’t mind telling the government who lives here. After all, it’s not like they don’t know. What I do mind is having to tell some minion how much I make a year.
It’s not like they couldn’t find out if they are authorized – but it’s a royal pain. I think perhaps it’s the inefficiency that bothers me. The government knows who lives here. They know how much I made (not how much I made last year, not yet, but the year before that), they know just about everything. Why in the world is there a need for someone to walk around taking a census? That’s just insane.
So how does that apply to the draft? I’m not sure that it does apply to the draft. I suspect that it would probably mean that if you wanted to fight in a foreign war, go for it. But if you didn’t believe in it, and didn’t want to, that’s just fine. After all, look at Iraq. I’m not saying I am for or against it – but there seem to be plenty of people to fight the war, and we don’t have a draft right now.
Other than that, I would probably limit the draft to the defense of the country – and by that I mean the defense of the actual country, not an obscure defense of our way of life or something that often seems to fuel the wars that we’ve seen in the last half-century. Specifically I find it odd that we fight for freedom in Iraq while New Orleans struggles to recover. I find it strange that we help others gain freedom while our freedoms are not only being restricted, but the weight of the freedom grows more by the day because of the bureaucratic nonsense inherent in our bloated government.