Opinion

The draft is unconstitutional

The draft has been an essential part of the country since the beginning. It has been used in almost every war we’ve fought in. However, it forces people who don’t believe in the war to have to fight in it.

The United States hasn’t used the draft in a long time and it should stay that way. Forcing young people to risk their lives for something they don’t believe in isn’t okay and shouldn’t be allowed.

One of the last times the draft was used was during the Vietnam war, or as America calls it, the Vietnam conflict.

Soldiers, some being so young they were still in high school, were forced to fight. When they returned home, they were met with hate and criticism.

In a country built off the idea of being free, why are we forcing anyone to fight?

The argument shouldn’t be who is required to register for the draft because, honestly, that doesn’t matter. The issue isn’t should everyone be required or not. The issue is why do we still have the draft?

We’ve seen it time and time again that when we fight in a war that citizens believe in, people are willing to join.

The draft was used during WW2 but not nearly as much as Vietnam and Korea. When it’s a just cause, people are willing to help.

We call ourselves a “free country” but we had citizens fleeing to other countries to avoid having to go die in a war. Draft dodgers became a normal part of life, and I don’t blame them.

The draft goes against everything we stand for as a country.

We’re supposed to be allowed to believe in whatever we want and do whatever we want with our lives.

I know personally I never see myself being a soldier and I shouldn’t ever be forced to become one.

Not to mention the public isn’t suited to fight. They’ve had no training and the average citizen isn’t physically prepared for what it demands.

I fully believe everyone is equal but physically that isn’t always true.

If I was forced to go into a war right now, I would have no chance at surviving. I’m only 5’4 and have zero athletic ability. I would be one of the first people to die. I would give our country zero support.

It shouldn’t be legal to force someone like me, or anyone, to go knowing they won’t make it back.

It’s not okay to ask someone to die for a cause they don’t believe in.

We’ve run off a full volunteer army since the 70’s, so it shouldn’t even be a problem. As long as we don’t get involved in more wars, the citizens don’t want to be fighting, we have nothing to worry about.

Again, the problem has nothing to do with the draft.

That should just be gone. The problem is partially the fact that our country fights in things that no one else wants them to be.

They pick battles that not even the other country wants to be in.

The draft is just unconstitutional and shouldn’t be allowed anymore. It goes against everything we stand for.

It’s taking away a very basic human right, the right to make our own decisions. Asking citizens to work to support a war they don’t like is already too much, let alone asking citizens to give up their lives for it.

I can’t even imagine the way soldiers in the past have felt.

The fear and sadness knowing they were most likely never coming home. No one should ever have to feel that way again.

Alyssa McMillan
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