Thoughts on the Draft for Women
We should not equate the draft with voluntary service. We should not imagine that excluding women from the draft is a violation of their rights. We should equate the draft with government oppression.
The draft has not been enacted, and many do not see it being enacted in the near future. Even so, this is not an effective argument for the extension to women. The “it's ok because the draft will never happen” is a careless way to approach laws. We need to imagine what could happen, and the potential consequences.
The fact that “other countries” draft women is irrelevant. We aren't other countries. Our decisions should be based on who we are, not on who others are.
The draft will inevitably find a way to be unbalanced. No one need look farther back than the draft during the Vietnam War to see the power the Selective Service holds over a specific population.
We live in a time of fierce political polarization, and government agencies are used to persecute citizens of a particular ideology. In November, we face the choice between two individuals vocally naming their political oppositions as enemies. Look at the nominees and ask yourself if they would activate Selective Service. Then ask if they would send their own daughters or granddaughters. Will Clinton or Trump send the daughters of the elite?
The push for the Selective Service extension by feminists is contradictory. It is strangely a submission to oppression. Forcing women into government servitude in the military is a strange way to combat “patriarchy.” Nothing about the government coming to collect our daughters as conscripts demonstrates women's progress.
Feminists are failing to realize the position they hold regarding women being exempt from the draft is not one of degradation, but instead one of reverence. They are essential to the preservation of our nation.
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