Memorial Day, Liberty-&-Freedom, and the military draft

From the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

The quote below is from an article in today’s Union Leader by Vietnam Navy veteran Jim Adams (he was in the Navy and in Vietnam around the same time I was in the Marines in Vietnam):

“In 1940, as World War II loomed, Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie gave his support to his opponent — Franklin Roosevelt — in his push for a peacetime draft. Later in life, Willkie remarked that on his epitaph, he would rather have that he “contributed to freedom” than that he was a President.” But wait….

How does forcing people to join the military—whether in peacetime or in war—“contribute to freedom”? As any conservative and any libertarian knows, having a military draft is “involuntary servitude”…plain, simple, and vanilla.

Remember Memorial Day, and what it means

That’s why iconic Liberty-&-Freedom conservative Barry Goldwater said during his 1964 Presidential campaign that if elected he’d abolish the draft. Democrats, “liberals,” and other regressives were aghast. Both they and their emerging media lapdogs pilloried Goldwater for making the proposal. But he was right. And as the sainted Ayn Rand wrote later, any society that has to enslave people  in order to protect itself doesn’t deserve to be saved (yes, friends, this is why all government functions now paid for by forced taxation should be voluntarily funded…but that’s an entirely different subject…and, not incidentally, one not easily achieved).

And no, I’m not a silly “anarchist.” I stand for liberty & freedom. As the Founding Fathers knew, it takes a very minimalist, small-size government to ensure “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

I’ve been political my entire life, starting out with Barry Goldwater and The Conscience of a Conservative in the1960’s. In 1967 I enlisted in the U.S. Marines for four years, spending nearly two of them in South Vietnam. In 1972 I was a Florida presidential elector for Prof. John Hospers, the first Presidential candidate of the national Libertarian Party which was founded that same year. During the late 1970’s and into the 1980’s I was a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Reason magazine, and I’ve authored numerous articles in the print and online media about various subjects relating to individual rights and personal freedom. Today I’m a lawyer by profession; I divide my time between New Hampshire and Florida all year long, spending much of my time practicing law in Florida. As an early supporter and past member of the board of directors of the Free State Project, I was drawn to the Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire in late 2003 when it was chosen by a vote of the first 5,000 FSP participants. In 2004 I founded the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, and continue today to work within the state political system to advance the traditional NH values of frugal small government, low taxes, small business, free enterprise, and self-responsibility. To all, I say “Come and see what we are building in the beautiful, healthy, livable Free State of New Hampshire!”