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The 13th Amendment – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on February 5, 2019

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service should be called the Slavery Commission. Requiring Americans to perform public service or serve in the military is akin to slavery no matter what the Supreme Court says. Forcing someone to work in a particular occupation—even if you pay him—is wrong, even when the government does it.

A free person owns himself.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/02/laurence-m-vance/the-slavery-commission/

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Although the word slavery does not appear in the body of the Constitution, the “peculiar institution” is alluded to in Article I, sections 2 and 9, and Article 4, section 2. This changed with the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Thirteenth Amendment was passed by the Senate in April of 1864 and by the House in January of 1865. It was ratified by the necessary number of states in December of 1865.

Although the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, it does not apply to the U.S. government.

In the Selective Draft Law Cases (1918), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that military conscription did not amount to involuntary servitude. Said the Court’s unanimous decision:

Compelled military service is neither repugnant to a free government nor in conflict with the constitutional guaranties of individual liberty. Indeed, it may not be doubted that the very conception of a just government and its duty to the citizen includes the duty of the citizen to render military service in case of need, and the right of the government to compel it.

In Lichter v. United States (1948), the Court declared that “the constitutionality of the conscription of manpower for military service is beyond question.”

The draft ended in 1920 only to be revived again during World War II. Although conscription officially ended in 1973, the U.S. government could re-institute it. The Selective Service System (SSS) is the government agency tasked with registering “every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person residing in the United States” who is between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six.”

For more than a year now, a bipartisan, eleven-member congressional commission has been trying to answer the question of whether females should be required to register with the Selective Service. The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service recently held a public meeting and issued an interim report.

According to the report, the commission is considering ways to implement universal service, such as:

  • Commit enough resources so that any American with a desire can perform service;
  • Establish a norm for every American to devote at least a full year to either military, national, or public service; and
  • Require all Americans to serve, with a choice in how to satisfy the requirement.

With respect to the Selective Service System, the commission is considering options that could:

  • Expand the registration requirement for the Selective Service System to include women;
  • Identify individuals who possess critical skills the nation might need;
  • Call for volunteers during times of emergency using the existing system; and
  • Incorporate reasonable changes to identify, evaluate, and protect those who object to military service, but are otherwise willing to serve.

A final report will be issued by March 2020. It will include “policy recommendations and legislative proposals regarding the military selective service process and ways to increase participation in military, national, and public service.”

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service should be called the Slavery Commission. Requiring Americans to perform public service or serve in the military is akin to slavery no matter what the Supreme Court says. Forcing someone to work in a particular occupation—even if you pay him—is wrong, even when the government does it…

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