Originally Posted by holly
Governments have "standing armies" to fight in situations that they want them to fight in. The government and the armed forces accept that. When you call up civilians then they have to be sure that what they're fighting for is "right".
Really...when there's a raging war and the government needs men, and there's a draft...men should be able to simply say "No, I won't go?"
By that logic, we should also be able to say, "I don't want to pay tax. You're giving MY tax money to people I don't like, and to fund things I don't believe in."
No, by choosing the country you live in, you accept the government's policies. OR, work to change those policies. Or take the consequences.
Ali was willing to go to jail and to lose tons of money. He accepted that. That's the greatness here. He put his money where his mouth was.
The draft at the time did have exemptions. There were also weasel-ways out, like making sure to be assigned to domestic duty, a desk job, or "entertaining the troops." At the time I guess there was some question about religious exemption for Black Muslims who were promoting the Kill Whitey idea. No, if you are going to Kill Whitey, then you can Kill Yellowy too. But if your religion forbids killing anyone or anything, then maybe you can drive an ambulance or something as a "conscientious objector."