As you all are aware, I am pretty much stuck in the middle of the group that should a draft be re-instated, will be eligible in the selective service (or should I say slavery) process.
I'm not serving under any oppressive administration, nor do I want to or will spill any blood of others...period.
It is MY body, it is MY choice, and I choose not to serve my country that way, but rather serve it without arms; serving America by continuing to fight without arms for progressive interests, civil liberties, equality, economical wisdom, ecological wisdom, sustainability, diversity, and non-violence. America is all about celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and this is how I want to live, this is how I pursue happiness, and everyone should respect that too.
I choose to serve my country like millions who never served themselves do; work as teachers, firefighters, union workers, doctors, etc.
I simply don't want to kill anyone or even touch an AK-47 or any gun in that manner. If I was selected, I would be more than willing to be thrown in jail, because underneath my layers of pale grey, grime and defeat on my face, I know deep down under my skin I remain true to myself, I remain all that I've stood up for, and my conscience is clear, and I can at least sleep rest assured I wasn't one who made all the terrible stories of war in history repeat themselves. Otherwise I just don't think I could ever live with myself anymore.
In Deuteronomy 20:8, it is written, "And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart."
The Good Book clearly speaks of all physically and emotionally fit men 20 years and older eligible to be drafted and participate in the military in the sense of nationalism, but also hints at the belief in the right to conscientious objector status. They also believe you shouldn't be drafted if you just moved into a new home, just started a new business, if you were engaged to be married, or if it hasn't been a year since you've been married.
Maybe there is a bit of cowardice in me too, but I believe I have a good reason. Because I wouldn't be turning my back on this country if I refused to fight, I'd be turning my back on an administration in my personal gut I find corrupt and don't want to do their dirty laundry. I don't care who believes this election win was a "mandate". 56 million still voted otherwise, more than any other Democratic nominee in history, and 51% of the vote is NOT a mandate.
And there, continuing to stay true to myself, in protesting the war AND in protesting to serve, is where the ethics and morals in the decision are.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20