Skin in the Fight

Skin in the Fight

One small step for fairness.
One giant leap for peace.

As oil tankers are torpedoed in the Gulf of Oman and America’s intelligence sources point to Iran as the provocateur, tensions intensify between the U.S. and Iran as does the likelihood of military action   .
Now’s the time, before any troops are committed, to rethink our reliance on a professional, all-volunteer army and make one critical and essential change to our military conscription policy.
This change applies only to elected officials in Washington currently serving in both Congress and the White House.

Recommended Peace Initiative:

“Any member of the family of an elected member of Congress — the House of Representatives or Senate — as well as elected officials in the Administrative Branch — the President and Vice-President — will be immediately, within thirty days, conscripted into active military service as the result of a commitment of U.S. military forces in any hostile activity, overseas or domestically. These members will be of military qualifying age and limited to the sons and daughters of all elected officials and the sons and daughters of said elected officials’ siblings.
No exceptions.
No exemptions.

Non-elected officials subject to this mandate include the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and the President’s National Security Advisor.
Physical deferments will not exempt the conscript from military service; however, it will defer them from combat assignments only.
Commitment by the U.S. to order military troops on an offensive or retaliatory mission can result from either Congressional action or an Emergency Executive (Presidential) Order.”

We can count on Congress ignoring this suggestion, so I propose the twenty-six states with existing initiative and referendum processes add this to their ballots immediately.  Legislators in the other twenty-four states should band together in their respective states  and declare an exception via a special referendum or adopt the initiative and referendum process in their state.

It is morally outrageous to declare wars you fight using other people’s blood.

This is a lesson in how decisions you make have consequences you must suffer.

I realize this will never happen, but I can’t help imagining the good that would result if it did.

Peace is worth the fight.

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