Branka - Aleksander Sochaczewski (Source)
What? You didn't vote for him? Of course not, no one voted for him, he's an appointed official. Appointed officials do a lot of things in our name.
Next question: who appointed him? Why the President of the United States did and we get to vote for that office. Right? Well, sort of. Actually the Electoral College votes on who gets to be President. We don't do that directly. But hey, those guys obey our will, our vote. Right? Not necessarily.
All that aside, a couple of generals visited Congress the other day (one Army, one Marine) and indicated that women should have to register for the draft, just like men. (Or that they "support" the idea of having women register for the draft, I've seen it worded both ways.)
The Sarge's take on all this? Well, I figure it this way. There has been a lot of noise lately about opening up various jobs in the military to women because well, DISCRIMINATION! SEXISM! No doubt RACISM! as well.
There are all sorts of "isms" involved. Politicians and their fellow travelers (bureaucrats) listen to the loudest voices. In their little tiny heads the loudest and most vocal people express the will and desires of the many. Right?
Okay, no, I don't buy that either. But the media likes the loud mouths and the screamers because it makes for "good ratings." It's all about bread and circuses, right? That's the way it seems sometimes, at least to me.
Anyhoo... The politicos want to "look good" to those making the most noise, so the media will start asking them questions they either can't or don't want to answer.
First step - "study" the issue.
Politician: "Marine Corps! Can women serve just as capably as men in all the various skill sets within the Corps?"
Marine Corps: "No Sir! Men and women are different. Men tend to be stronger than women and able to lift heavy objects and run faster and farther!"
Politician: "I don't believe you. Try again!"
Marine Corps: "Yes Sir!"
Politician: "Well, what did you find out?"
Marine Corps: "Sir! Some women can do the job just as well as men. Not many and I'm talking about shooting stuff, running farther and faster and carrying heavy loads. Of course, some men are not very good at that stuff either."
Marine Corps: "So we don't let them be Marines. I guess as long as we don't lower the standards, we can live with women lugging rifles in the Corps."
Politician: "I see."
Now we've all been assured that standards won't be lowered, little Jane will have to pass the same tests as little Johnnie and all will be well. Maybe.
My personal take on the two generals indicating that women should be required to register for the draft is this -
Okay, you are forcing us to open all jobs to women. Fine, as long as you don't lower the standards. Now we're calling your bluff. If all jobs are open, women should be held to the same standards as men in ALL things. Ladies, get thee to the Post Office and register with the Selective Service when you turn 18.Of course, the Department of Defense cannot make the ladies do that, only Congress can make that call (by changing the law). SecDef can make all the noise he wants, only Congress can make the ladies register. The generals are telling SecDef (and this infernal Congress) to either sh!t or get off the pot. Can't have it both ways. If you want one, thou must needs be have both.
All jobs open. All equally liable for the draft.
I've expressed my feelings about conscription in these spaces before and was going to do so again when it struck me, I don't think that way any more! What happened? Well, first you must understand that I used to feel that the draft (read conscription) is the same as involuntary servitude, which is unconstitutional. I've had lawyers wave their hands in the air and say "no, no it isn't, English common law, blah, blah, blah" and others say "well Congress is empowered to raise... blah, blah, blah" and I still think that conscription should NOT be allowed in this country as a matter of morality and legality. The Constitution is either written in plain freaking English or it's not. Common Law be damned. If it ain't written down, it ain't law.
But as a matter of practicality I've come to the conclusion that conscription is a necessary evil, in some cases. I still don't like it and I still think that your average politician would rather send someone else's son (or daughter) off to fight in some foreign war than go himself (or herself) or send their own sons and daughters.
Conscription is a necessary evil when far too many men and women are either too lazy or too stupid to defend themselves. Or defend others, I recognize shades of gray here. Not many but they are there.
But ask yourself, why do we need the Selective Service? Why should anyone have to register for the draft? I have my thoughts, I'd like to know yours. Are these generals calling the politicians bluff? I'd like to think so, I really would. What say you?
Perhaps tomorrow I'll climb down off my high horse, maybe it's a soap box. I dunno, all this seriousness is giving me a headache...