Matt, you are absolutely right. Anyone who tries to justify compulsory service in the state’s mass-murder apparatus based on contract law is a fool.
Laying aside the moral question, which is in my mind paramount, it is still manifestly evident that the state has invalidated every military contract that has ever been signed since the start of the Korean War.
Take a look at the contract here. Everyone who joins the military signs this, including Coast Guard and National Guard. The oath that you take when you sign up for military service (Section E) is to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over [you].”
These two clauses have been mutually exclusive since the undeclared invasion of Korea in June of 1950. When you join the military, you can choose to obey the orders of the President and your superior officers, or you can choose to uphold the Constitution and refuse to obey orders to participate in an illegal war. It is impossible to do both.Published in