April 12th, 2004

lookin' good

From Daniel Webster's December 9, 1814 speech to the U.S. House of Representatives

As published here:
The people of this country have not established for themselves such a fabric of despotism. They have not purchased at a vast expense of their own treasure and their own blood a Magna Carta to be slaves. Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war, in which the folly or the wickedness of Government may engage it? Under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest rights of personal liberty?[...][A] free Government, with an uncontrolled power of military conscription, is a solecism, at once the most ridiculous and abominable that ever entered into the head of man.
More recently, from a sitting congressman, The Honorable Dr. Ron Paul, as published here:
Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense. What right does anyone have to sacrifice the lives of others for some cause of questionable value? Even if well motivated it can’t justify using force on uninterested persons.
Just my thoughts this evening, a long-delayed echo from a post--was it you, cz_unit--on the return of draft boards. Let us study history lest we are doomed to repeat it.