A bill has been introduced to require women to register for the draft. Now, reading this article, it seems that the sponsors have introduced this bill as a way of provoking debate about the topic, as this snippet referencing Duncan Hunter spells out:
Hunter said he likely wouldn’t vote for the bill if comes to the House floor and that it’s “unfortunate” he had to introduce it.
Earlier in the article, a quote is given which leads me to believe this is more about partisan politics than concern for women being in combat roles or registering for the draft. I’ll let you decide for yourself whether or not this seems partisan to you. By the way, both of the sponsors are republicans.
“If this administration wants to send 18-20 year old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives.”
There’s some hypocrisy in there, in that there isn’t such an opposition when the president wants to deploy combat troops to another country without congress having to discuss and pass a declaration of war.
While this bill may be tongue in cheek, it is a disturbing development. You may have heard recently about the decision to integrate women into all military combat roles. This debate is a follow up to the decision to send women to combat, as military chiefs have just stated this week that women should be required to register for the draft just like young men.What’s a bit shocking to me is that I would expect military chiefs to want more cannon fodder at their disposal, but a woman legislator, Senator Claire McCaskill agrees with the military in requiring women to register for the draft. I would expect bitter men who feel unfairly treated by the draft requirement to want to require women to be subject to the same due to “equal rights”. However, it doesn’t make much sense for a woman to actively promote subjecting women to the same dehumanizing burden, which is that the state claims to do with your life as they see fit. As an aside to my mention about men wanting to subject women to the draft using the equal rights argument, I would instead like to see the equal rights argument used the other way around. As in, “If women don’t have to register for the draft, then men shouldn’t either. Let’s end draft registration all together”. While there are even better arguments to be used against conscription, if you are going to use equal rights as your argument, it should be to end the draft, not subject more people to it.
It is interesting how legislated “equal rights” are used to enslave. I specifically call out legislated equal rights, as this legislation coercively forces society to organize in a specific way instead of letting societal organization happen voluntarily on its own. This concept is not new of course. I recently finished Jason Jewell’s Course on the history of Conservatism and Libertarianism and in it he mentioned how Phyllis Schlafly actively opposed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970’s, which was supposed to legislate equal rights for women. Among her reasons for opposition was that the amendment would lead to women not being protected from military combat roles and registering for the draft.
So, what do you think? Should women be required to register for the draft like men, or should the draft be ended for everyone?