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The Purpose of Memorial Day: Honoring Virtue

The greatest soldiers of American history knew that freedom was sacred; no price paid on its behalf was a sacrifice.

Muhammad Ali and the Military Draft

Muhammad Ali and the Military Draft

“If the state may force a man to risk death or hideous maiming and crippling, in a war declared at the state’s discretion, for a cause he may neither approve of nor even understand, if his consent is not required to send him into unspeakable martyrdom—then, in principle, all rights are negated in that state, and its government is not man’s protector any longer. What else is there left to protect?”

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An Idea Not Worth Drafting: Conscription is Slavery

Since the attacks on 9-11, the issue of the draft has sat simmering on the backburner of American politics with intermittent bouts on the front pages of political news. Its latest proponent is Congressman Charles Rangel, a left-darling from New York, whose entire...

Grotesque Cynicism on the Draft

Charles Rangel, a Congressman strongly opposed to the war against Iraq, is introducing legislation to bring back the draft. How can this be? Ultraliberal congressmen like Rangel quite openly loathe the military, just like our former President Clinton once admitted....

North Korea Building Nuclear Bombs? Perish the Thought

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Honor Veterans, Rebuff Sacrifice

As a former captain in the US Army, I can attest that I never encountered anyone who joined because of some masochistic yearning to transform himself into a sacrificial animal.

God Bless Our Assassins, Commandos and Bombs

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The Battle of Environmentalists versus the US Military

As America's military deploys troops, armor, planes and ordinance to bases in the Middle East surrounding Iraq, they will do so after years of fending off another kind of attack, one by the massed forces of environmental organizations that have done everything in...

The Purpose of the Draft is Not a Strong Military

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The Media and the Military

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The Military Draft and Draft Registration Versus Freedom

No organization has done more for the federal government than al Qaeda. What other group could free it of so much restraint? Our elected officials swear to support and defend the U. S. Constitution as part of their oath of office. We, the people, through the...

A Kindler, Gentler…Less-Fit Military

Walk, don't run. That's an order for the service men and women of U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami. Their weekly fitness runs were terminated this past August when a female officer claimed they were "demeaning." According to media reports, the officer...

Letters: “Innocents” of War new!

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