“‘The administration asserts the right to fill the ranks of the regular army by compulsion….’ Is this, sir, consistent with the character of a free government? Is this civil liberty? Is this the real character of our Constitution? No, sir, indeed it is not…. Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents, and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war, in which the folly or the wickedness of government may engage it? Under what concealment has this power lain hidden, which now for the first time comes forth, with a tremendous and baleful aspect, to trample down and destroy the dearest rights of personal liberty?” - Daniel Webster (December 9, 1814 House of Representatives Address)
This is the letter from the Selective Service ordering me to appear for my “draft physical”. A lot of guys pissed themselves when they got this letter because it meant your number had come up and you’d soon find your ass in Vietman.
I know a lot of you Americans don’t have a problem with this but I’ve never been able to get my head rapped around it.