Over the weekend, I remembered a quote made by Ronald Reagan, the single individual most responsible for the fall of communism. Love him or hate him, it's hard to deny his place in history. I've done a bit of searching on the interwebs, but so far have been unable to find the exact quote that's on my mind. So, paraphrased, as best I can remember it..."Conscription makes us no better than that which we oppose: the oppressive communist system of the Soviet Union."
In my search however, I did find this Reagan quote from 1979...
"America was founded on the principle of individual liberty — that the government exists to serve, not enslave, the people. Yet conscription is a form of slavery, a horrible and costly exception to America’s founding principle. It is morally repugnant to the ideals of a free society.
Without the draft, unpopular wars are very difficult to fight. The ability to use conscription actually encourages politicians to wage even more wars — the massive resources are a temptation that is hard for the war-lover to resist. When the draft was finally undermined in the 1970s, for example, the Vietnam War ended."
Food for thought...and a stark contrast to patriocentricity.