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Conscription 1980 Jimmy Carter begins registering young men 18 years of age for a possible draft The cold War is raging NATO confronts a numerically superior Warsaw Pact the Russian communists invade Afghanistan Iran is holding American hostages and US confidence is slipping 2002There is no Soviet Union No more conflict over who is the superpower no credible evidence of possible global conflict communism is all but deceased Washingtons DemocraticCapitalist allies dominate key regions around the globe and The United States of America reigns supreme both Economically and militaristically The United States Government should stop registering young men for a possible draft In the late 1970s the carter administration contended that registration was a necessary step to preserving or enhancing our national security requirements Unfortunately for those officials exactly one week prior to the presidents announcement the selective service prepared a report citing post mobilization registration as preferable to a peacetime system Scrambling to find an alternative rationale Office of Management and Budget deputy director John White contended that the president was merely indicating to the world our resolve However there is little evidence that the world even noticed During the 1980 presidential campaign Ronald Reagan a long time opponent of conscription denounced enlistment for doing little to enhance our military preparedness He debated that draft registration actually decreased military vigilance by making people think that we have solved our defense problems and by annihilating the very values that our society is committed to defending President Bill Clinton who himself worked so hard to evade service in Vietnam announced his opposition to congressional proposals to end the draft sign-up Enlistment is he explained essential to our national security To conclude I ask that you reevaluate your support or even opposition to conscription Then taking whichever course of action that you feel to be morally sound
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