posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 06:44 AM
On the one hand...being the admitted lefty liberal (I believe I've been called "Tulipwalker", before - though it's not nearly as pretty a name as
Tinkleflower. Ho hum) that I am...it seems unconstitutional (and extremely unfair) to "force" a population into a military draft situation.
Having said that though, "National Service" might not be such a bad idea if there was a choice in how you served your country. If
you don't want to join the military, then your service would be in another area - teaching, physical labour, a zillion other community-based
positions. Many other countries still have this type of national service and offer a choice like this; not only does it encourage responsibility
and community awareness, it serves to teach valuable skills to a younger population that might not be learned elsewhere.
On the other hand, if such a thing is to take place - then yes, absolutely, the public should have the absolute right to decide for themselves and to
do so directly, not by proxy (ie, the President decides, the public voted him in, thus, the public "chose").