FREE WILL AND POLITICS
God gave people free will. Some politicians want to legislate it away, but only in certain areas.
Some political types would make it the law for every woman to carry every baby from conception to birth. After that, however, it’s, “Sorry, honey, you’re on you own.”
They might be as enthusiastic about banning “fornication,” if that were not so popular. Same for other potential legislation involving personal decisions and lives.
The voices of legislators rise to a crescendo giving a president power to declare war. They beat their chests, then cross their fingers that volunteers will materialize to fight it.
It seems to me that it would be truer to our forefathers for those congressional folks declaring war to grab their muskets and take to the battlefield. Or, aroused by the same fervor that commits “boots on the ground,” they should reinstitute the draft, insisting every eligible person over the age of 18 sign on.
Of course, the law would provide for “student deferments,” meaning those 18-year-olds who continued their educations, could delay their commitments to their country until their educations were complete. That’s the way we used to do it.
National pride and patriotism, seems to grow in countries that require every person to do two years of national service after they reach a certain age. Some meet the two-year requirements in the military, others work in organizations like the Peace Corps or Red Cross or Salvation Army or….
My junior year in high school, two clever but rowdy fellows got in trouble with the police. They were given a choice: Military service, or jail. Both opted for the military. Both earned their high school diplomas in the service, then continued, eventually used G.I. Bill benefits for college and graduate work. In the most traditional terms, both became successful, one an attorney, the other a well-respected businessman. Surprised their families, and their community, including old classmates. Made us all proud.
If we are going to legislate lives, maybe we need to do it in a broader, fairer way: all or none.
And maybe we should confine our legislating to national interests and leave personal decisions on abortions and same sex stuff for individuals to negotiate with God.