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…TEN More Minutes, Please, Mr. Trump? Please OPPOSE the DRAFTING of Young Women!

This may become a semi-regular column and I think I know how to get it to the right person(s) this time.

If I had ten minutes with Donald Trump (yes I did go to the rally last Friday) I would say this today:

  • You need to denounce this barbaric idea about subjecting young women to the draft – yes I know it is just a registration for the draft – but if the pols decide we need a draft – BOTH men and women WILL be drafted!  Now I am telling you I am ready to be the nation’s oldest hippie if that happens.  Peacefully fill the streets of the USA to oppose the drafting of women.


Here’s an article on it and here’s a useful article on it for teachers and the speech by Daniel Webster opposing the draft for the War of 1812.  Here’s a wonderful part of it:

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. The Constitution is libeled, foully libeled. The people of this country have not established for themselves such a fabric of despotism. They have not purchased at a vast expense of their own treasure and their own blood a Magna Carta to be slaves. 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?

Don’t you wish we had a Congress and executive branch filled with people possessing that attitude?

Both sides in the War Against Southern Independence instituted a draft and there was also one in the First World War and before the Second.  The combination of the draft and the numerous exceptions to it such as the college deferment and our willful failure to seek victory caused the American people to turn against the Vietnam War.  The draft was abolished and a volunteer armed forces set up.  Then draft registration was reestablished BUT ONLY for men – and that distinction was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

The new draft registration would apply to all women who…

The new requirement would affect as many as 11 million women, according to a nonpartisan Congressional Research Service report in April. Women who turn 18 on or after Jan. 1, 2018, would be required to sign up.

I have a daughter born on January 12, 2000.  This is personal for me!  (My other daughter might have to register as well.)

Thank the Lord for Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas who stripped out the draft registration for women from the House bill!

The House Armed Services committee approved the same requirement in its defense bill, but Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions single-handedly struck down the language as chairman of the House Rules Committee. The House passed its defense bill last month.


Sessions called the Selective Service policy “clearly wrong and misguided” after the Senate’s vote Tuesday. Asked how far he’ll go to defeat the measure when the chambers convene for negotiations, he said: “We’ll find out.”

And guess who supports it?  Senator John McCain!

Congress has been at odds over the women in the Selective Service requirement in recent months, though it has earned bipartisan support from many Republicans and Democrats who say it’s the next step in gender equality in the military and beyond. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services committee, has championed the inclusion.

My Arizona readers (if any!) know what to do – vote for this person in the GOP Primary!

The drafting of women to fight in combat is barbaric and unworthy of a great nation.  Mr. Trump, I appeal to you to stand for the nation’s daughters.  It will help your standing with women and men too – and is the right thing to do.  Use your political sense and place Hillary on the spot – are you for subjecting the nation’s daughters to draft registration?


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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