Ron Paul Absolutely, Positively Opposes Draft
The latest news from the Iraq War front is that the "Iraq War Czar" says it is time to reconsider the draft.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.
If there is any issue that affects young people more than anyone - it is the draft. Think about this tomorrow at Iowa, and going forward. How do Mitt, McCain and Rudy stand on the draft? I don't know, but I can guess - they are for the war, and I can only imagine that they would be for the draft.
Where does Ron Paul stand? There is no question. He absolutely, positively opposes the draft. If you have any questions about it - download and read Chapter 3 of his book "Freedom Under Siege," titled "The Draft or Freedom."
The Founding Fathers never granted constitutional authority to the Congress or the President to conscript an army. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments are very clear in stating that if a power is not granted to the federal government, that power is "retained by the people." The argument that the constitutional authority "to raise and support armies" gives the federal government the authority to force a young man to serve in the military was explicitly rejected by the authors of the Constitution.
If you ever have the opportunity to ask any of the other candidates a question - make sure to ask where they stand on the issue of the reinstitution of the draft.
We know where Dr. Paul stands.