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    Friday, February 02, 2007

    Your Servant Congress Considers Involuntary Conscription for the Military

    Congress, or at least Charles Rangel (Democrat, New York), thinks that it is okay to draft you and me and our children to send them to fight and die in foreign lands. Or so I am led to believe by the introduction of H.R. 393* in the House of Representatives.

    Oh, and women, you can thank the feminist movement for this, you are now equally as liable to be drafted as men if this bill is passed.

    I have a question -- what happens if a mother and a father of a young child are drafted at the same time?

    There are no co-sponsors to this little act of tyranny yet, but I will publish their names if they appear.

    Congress needs to learn that INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE IS NEVER OKAY!! If Congress were to pass this bill, that act would be perhaps the most obvious in a long chain of abuses and usurpations of our Liberty, which it is their sacred trust to uphold. In the face of such tyranny, much smarter and braver men than I concluded that it is the right, and even duty of the People to throw off the offending Government and appoint new guardians of their Liberty.


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    *H.R. 393 I.H. 110th Cong. (2007)
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    2 Comments:
    Blogger Urshanabi said...

    The problem is that somewhere along the line, the government acquired an institutional notion that it is above the People and that we exist to serve the needs of the government.

    This bill would never have been introduced under the first generation of legislators in the United States.

    It is time to start loudly quoting the Declaration of Independence again. I wonder if Congress-critters are still banned from quoting it in floor debates?

    2/10/2007 8:49 PM  
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    Blogger BadTux said...

    To be fair, Rangel really doesn't want a draft. This is a political statement. He is stating that if We The People want to go to war, we should be willing to pay for it with both our money and our bodies. If we don't want to do that, We The People via our elected President and Congresspersons shouldn't go to war. Rangel has attempted to introduce this bill for each of the last four years. It'll never get out of committee this year either, because it's one of those "no such thing as a free lunch" bills. God forbid that we the people actually pay with our bodies and our money for a voluntary war that we the people wanted!

    In short, Rangel is saying: Want war? Fine. Put your body on the line. Pay up, bud. (Not that I have to worry about that, since I'm above even the current cutoff).

    - BT

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