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Sunday, February 07, 2016

No, we don't draft women

Will I do? The time has come to say enough to this political correctness. We do not draft women in this country. We protect them.

Yes, I know that women have the same rights as men, and that rights bring responsibilities, and that many women are more able physically than some men to serve in the military. But conveniently left out of this argument is what is in the best interest of the survival of the species. Bluntly, young men are expendable, young women are not. Civilization is based on the protection of women -- not their subjugation to a feminist's fantasy of a heteronormative patriarchy. We protect women not because they are frail and helpless, but because they bear the children who are our future. By all accounts, child-bearing requires a strength most men lack.

My argument is not chauvinistic, but chivalrous. One account lists the rules of chivalry as:
To fear God and maintain His Church
To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and defenceless
To give succour to widows and orphans
To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
To live by honour and for glory
To despise pecuniary reward
To fight for the welfare of all
To obey those placed in authority
To guard the honour of fellow knights
To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
To keep faith
At all times to speak the truth
To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
To respect the honour of women
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn the back upon a foe
These were the rules that protected Europe from hordes of Muslim invaders centuries ago. Sadly, chivalry fell out of favor as we pursue some nonsensical idea that men are the same as women. They are not. And a man in a dress is not transgendered; he is a man in a dress. Without chivalry, we have gangs of Muslims raping women in Europe -- and European leaders blaming the victims for the way they dress, an ordering them to avoid certain neighborhoods without a male escort. This is sharia law! Bring back chivalry.

The rules of chivalry civilize men, forcing them to put the needs of others ahead of their own wants, specifically, "to give succour to widows and orphans" and "to respect the honour of women." The stereotype of the frat boy runs counter to chivalry.

Yes, we should allow women the same opportunities as men, but we should not lower the bar in order to meet some quota. The military is not Sesame Street. It is not a bunch of muppets of various shapes and sizes singing, "Rainbow Connection." The military is a killing machine designed to protect our borders and our interests abroad. Its mission has primacy over the individual rights of its members.

If women wish to serve, fine. Let them. We should not force women into being mothers. But should we need to conscript people, take the men, not the women. Men are expendable. Women are not.


  1. We do not draft any people.
    We have 18 year-old boys sign up for Selective Service. But there is no draft.

    - Mikey NTH

  2. WRONG. Demanding equality means getting equality. Young women should be required to sign up for Selective Service.

  3. I agree 100%, Don, IF, and ONLY IF, we give up on allowing women in combat. If they are going to demand that, which will INEVITABLY degrade our combat capabilities, then by golly make them register w Selective Service as well.

  4. I served in the Air Force for 26 years, from 1964 to 1991. That goes back before the draft ended, and covered a half-dozen failed "social experiments" forced upon it. I spent quite a bit of that time working with Army, Navy, and Marines at my job. ALL of us will tell you we don't want to return to the draft. Forcing young men OR women to serve when they have no desire to, little ability to, and outright fear of serving is a formula for disaster. I'd rather serve with 100 volunteers than 300 draftees.

    That said, there are some jobs women can do better than men, and some they can do equally as well. We currently get enough volunteers there is no NEED for a draft -- either of men OR women. I would hope that holds true for the future. I think that even if we had a major war break out, enough people would still volunteer. I do know that there are millions of us who have served that would return to duty if the nation needed us (not the government, but the nation. Most of us are disgusted with the government).

  5. Along with chivalry, we could also bring back bloodletting, drawing & quartering, and a number of other archaic practices (or non-practices) of yesteryear. In war(s) of the future, there are any number of jobs women warriors could perform without being directly involved in combat, drone operators to name one. And just to be consistent, if your argument is that women should be kept out of harm's way in military service, then the same must be said of women serving on the police force or as firefighters: it's too dangerous, so no women allowed.

    The Selective Service has outlived its usefulness; it needs to be abolished for the unassailable reasons given by Old Patriot.

  6. I say it's worth talking about, just to get the women to talk about what they owe to the country, but mainly to open their eyes to this equality they talk about, and where that might lead them.

  7. Requiring women to register, and if a draft would be instituted, be subject to it is the inevitable result of political correctness gone mad.

    If a draft were started and women were not being drafted I guarantee among the first men drafted would be someone that would file a federal lawsuit. It may happen anyway just on the basis of having to register with the selective service.

    I'm with you Don, it's a horrible thing to contemplate women being forced into the military or even having to register but that can of worms has been opened, the toothpaste is out of the tube, the horse has left the barn, whatever you want to say.

    These retired military generals and other officers that get on TV and talk about how the military is being destroyed through this stuff, it's been going on for a long time. I'd be a lot more impressed if some actually had the backbone to say something when they had something to risk like their pensions before they retired. It's easy to speak out when you have nothing to lose.

    It's going to happen. Women are going to end up having to register and possibly be drafted and I hope that when they do they remember those that sold them this bill of goods.

  8. To paraphrase Shakespeare, these words move rage and not chivalric protectiveness in me.

    If women are "equal" and if they are "strong", then by all means, they should be drafted and sent into combat.

    Let then turn that unique strength that supposedly is required to bear children (possessed by sterile women as well?) and use it to defend their country. It's their country and they should be EXCLUSIVELY responsible for defending it.

    The lives of young men are expendable only because we are talking about millennials.

  9. I favor the repeal of the Selective Service Act; we ought to get rid of the mechanism of the draft totally.

    But as long as Selective Service exists, men and women should be treated as equals; both required to register. The only military jobs that average women can't do as well as average men are infantry.

    1. I don't know that I would want to be on a tank crew with a woman for a loader. Nor would I want to be a grunt depending on an artillery battery staffed by women. There are a lot of other jobs that require brute force that should not be manned by men who are less than tops in the physical fitness department.
      Women can shoot as straight as men. They can fix equipment and drive trucks as well as men. Female pilots have proven they can roll in the fur balls with the roughest jocks. The brute force element just is not something that they can do. This isn't Sonny and Cher skit, this is national security.
      Every man should be a member of a militia. That is how we started, it was the right way. After the (un)Civil War some folks decided we'd be better off with out the militias since the South damn near kicked ass until northern industrial might saved the day along with immigrants who landed mostly in the north.

  10. I favor universal conscription - for men. Everyone should pull a couple of years in the service. But not for women. If we conscript women who will manufacture the weapons and munitions the men will need to secure victory? - Elric

    1. We conscript them into the weapons/munitions factories.

      How many of you have read "Starship Troopers"? The only way to earn citizenship and the right to vote is by signing up for 25 years of government service.

    2. I agree with part of the "Starship Troopers" premise - military service for 3 or 4 years to gain citizenship. But I'm a bit old fashioned in that I would prefer the voting franchise to be limited to property owners. - Elric

  11. Men have a duty to protect women. This duty is assigned by God. Those who deny it are in...denial, pure and simple. If they insist on this denial, they are fools. Educated fools, perhaps, but fools nonetheless. It matters not whether some or most women are foolish themselves; the duty still exists. The Sovereign of a nation has a duty before God to preferentially protect the women under his rule. We the People are the Sovereign of this nation, and We likewise have this duty. It's not a matter of strength; it's not even a matter of survival of the species (although it's rich to see the atheist, claiming to believe in 'survival of the fittest' etc, then inconsistently calling for women in combat). It's a matter of duty before God. I will shoot any person who comes to take my daughter and put her in harm's way, barring a last-ditch/defense of home situation. If I die doing so, I die doing my duty. My sons, on the other hand, are 'fair game' should the need arise.