Keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction since 2008
Standing up to big government when there was 'the draft' was pretty ballsy. Whether or not you agreed with him.A a libertarian, I do think the the draft was government coercion, as a minimum.I would have gone, and volunteered, but my disability prevented me.One of my best friends was a conscientious objector - I wrote a letter supporting him to his draft board.Seemed counter-productive to force folks when others wanted to go...gfa
Quibble: Ali was a draft-resistor. He wouldn't go and he was prepared to take the consequences of that refusal.Draft-dodgers were those who used deferments, political connections and such to avoid going: Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, and so on.
Guffaw, I don't recall people flooding the enlistment offices to go serve in Vietnam.
I got my draft notice and got the Navy to backdate my paperwork... There was a rush every year when the lottery numbers came out. Anybody with a number lower than 50 was guaranteed to be drafted!
Old NFO:My recollection was it ran up to 150, more-or-less. My high school buddies had single digits. Mine was 300+. I had been planning on enlisting after leaving school, but by that time I realized that the politicians had screwed things up royally, had no clue what the hell they were doing, but were certain that they were all geniuses in micro-managing a war. By then, I had read my way through most of several libraries, and military histories was one of my areas of interest. I had little interest in fighting for a cause that they had no plan of winning. When they defunded the South Vietnamese 5 years later, that confirmed for me that the Democrats had no intention to ever stop, or harm, any communist/socialist expansion.Their micro-managing was intended to keep us, and the South VN, from stopping the North.
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