Here I Stand

At what point are you willing to take up arms against the state? What will it take? What right will they have to violate so flagrantly that you find continued submission intolerable? Where would you draw the line?

For Christopher Cantwell, it’s the conscription of women into the armed forces. I’ve dealt with such proposals before, albeit with an air of mockery. For Cantwell, however, such a proposal would signal the end of our civilization and necessitate an armed insurrection.

I call on every American man to state it as loud as he can to all who will listen, we will wage a war against our own government, before we let it draft our women into foreign wars. This is one line that shall not be crossed. We will kill and we will die before we allow nonsensical egalitarian sentiment to enslave our women and doom our civilization.

There’s a lot to unpack from his declaration of intent. On one level, I want to say “about time!” The line needed to be drawn. It should have been drawn years ago. That meme going around saying the Founding Fathers would have started shooting by now is absolutely right.

If this line does get crossed, it’s only because the feds crossed bigger and more important lines than this.

The reason the state makes so many advances, despite the sometimes violent and deadly behavior of these advances, is because individuals don’t set limitations. There’s no threshold of tolerance. There are no clear-cut boundaries. That standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada back in 2014 was an example of the state knowing its boundaries and when to strategically withdraw. But for the rest of the time, they know they can push and no one will push back.

The other positive aspect of this particular line Cantwell’s drawn is that the issue is fairly black and white in terms of what is happening. Either women are being conscripted into the armed forces or they aren’t. Either they are forced to sign up for Selective Service, or they aren’t. Anyone can find out. No one will die under misunderstandings and all the propaganda in the world can’t hide what can be confirmed or denied with a simple inquiry.

At the same time, I have admittedly conflicted feelings about this particular issue. In a society and culture where woman have been given more and more privileges, while men have had their rights stripped of them time and time again, I’m less than inclined to fight to keep women from having their rights violated when many of them have eagerly participated in stripping men of their rights; even though this specific issue obviously would not be the sole reason for violently resisting the state, I’m personally not terribly concerned about the fate of strangers, female or not, who will show no appreciation for my sacrifice and who probably are the cause of the problem in the first place.

Yet, looking at it only through this limited perspective would be to miss the bigger picture. It’s not today’s women who would be drafted, or just some women I don’t care for or for whom dying in a senseless war would be poetic justice.

The victims of this atrocious policy would be the women of tomorrow, the young girls right now in preschool and those who have yet to be born. It would be women who haven’t participated in the war against men.

It’s also about the women in our lives, present and future. For me, it’s the future that would compel me to fight.

The point isn’t that the draft is suddenly evil when women are forced to register or are conscripted but its perfectly fine to do it to men. It’s that we’re reached the point where the madness must be contained by force, because no other solution will suffice. Such a policy would represent that there truly is no turning back through purely peaceful means.

I’ve made my thoughts on parenting rather clear, which should tell you my thoughts on conscription. If I’m not going to let the state educate my child, I’m certainly not going to let it kidnap them to fight in their foolish wars overseas. I just finished reading A World Undone, a book that chronicles the mass slaughter and mayhem that was World War I; such wanton, senseless carnage will not happen to my children. Despite having strong reservations about becoming a parent in this world, I still desire a family and will, in all honestly, probably start one at some point. When I do, I will have the responsibility of protecting them and preparing them for the world they will inherit.

I imagine the possibility of having a daughter who, after having invested a significant portion of my life into raising according to my values and beliefs and customs, is forced to enter a culture of death and killing, where compassion and nurturing and all other civilized qualities is shunned and treated with contempt, where individuals are commanded to butcher their fellow humans at the behest of sociopaths; to have her then return home robbed of any vestige of her femininity, tormented by guilt and haunted by terrible memories of what she has done or had done to her, to have her humanity, her innocence, her beauty taken from her so that her dignity as a woman has been robbed from her…….

Such a possibility will make even the most reluctant man capable of putting a bullet into another person without hesitation and without remorse.

But to be frank, there are plenty of other lines I’ve already drawn.

No daughter of mine, nor any children I bring into this world, shall be conscripted to kill for the state, regardless of what law or decree or edict they try to shove down our throats. If they try to bring such barbarism to my home, they will be greeted with an even greater barbarism.

But if any daughter of mine is forced to fight, it will only be because the state killed me first.

As a monk declared so famously centuries ago, “Here I stand. I can do other. God help me.”

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