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Article 1, Section 8 allows Congress to "raise and support armies." Congress has always interpreted this to include a draft.
The first national drafts occurred during the Civil War, with both the North and South drafting men to fight.
In 1917, President Wilson signed the Selective Service Act. The Act allowed for a national draft for wartime purposes only. The bill set the draft ages from 18 to 45,
President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Service and Training Act into law on September 16, 1940. It was the United State's first peacetime draft law.
Originally posted by crichton13
Shame it's not enacted really...
At least for 18 - 24 year olds.
It would quadruple the literacy and IQ of the kids in 2 years - make them respect society and themselves which would reduce crime to much safer levels in your country.
National Service here in the UK was phased out in the late 50's - just when all the increases in Crime generally started to rise.
All my older family members did their tour - and they ALL said it made them better people.
Originally posted by SyphonX
reply to post by crichton13
Really? ... Really?
You haven't served in the military, have you? I'd sure love to give you the grand tour to show you all the lovably respectful soldiers and marines with good literacy rates and "higher IQs".
I've been in plenty of installations, overseas, and in the states themselves. Some of these places are crime-ridden cesspools, akin to frat party dumps, but worse. Worse in that they make a reasonable attempt to hide it, but it's like trying to polish a turd without even minding the stink.
I knew a few soldiers, personally, that could not read. I am not joking. They could not read.
Frankly, I find you to be an idiot, to suggest that people could somehow become more intelligent if they joined the military. Absurd, just utterly absurd.
The requirements to be a soldier these days are simply rock-bottom. There are no improvements done to a person's worth. People go in disrespectful, dumb, and poorly educated, and they come out just the same. If not worse. Frankly, it's the preferable recruit, and it's the target crowd of the recruiters themselves. Easy targets, faster numbers growth.
[edit on 27-7-2010 by SyphonX]
Originally posted by Atom12
Can it get any worse???? Obummer and his henchmen are doing so much bad it's hard to keep track of it all. Thanks for the informative post. Now I have another reason not to sleep at night.
Originally posted by crkking
Reminds me of a certain movie....Starship Troopers. I do not disagree with the idea that we should all be patriotic and love our country. I also believe that we should be ready to defend our country. But when I say defend, I also mean ourselves as a people who are suppose to be free to have rights that have been fought for and won. I have not served in the military, but hold the highest respect and debt to our soldiers who have, do, and will put their selves in harms way to defend our flag, country and population as a whole. I do not have any problems with a draft when times force the situation. What i do have a problem with is the someone telling me I don't have a choice. What do we all do now as legal civilians of this country? Isn't going to work day in and day out to pay our taxes to provide shelter to those here illegally living off of us being a civilian? Did any one of us vote for Obamacare? Do I as a CIVILIAN have any rights anymore? The last 2 years has stripped me of several and I'm sure the next 2 will really be better I'm sure. Thank you my Democratic war mongering government for making the lives of the so called Land of the Free and Home of the Brave civilians the new government slave nation. We appreciate it.
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