Headline: With women in combat roles, a federal court rules the male-only draft unconstitutional
Hmmmmm… I seem to remember a discussion in one of my books about this. 🙂
Seriously, it’s an issue that has been brought up before. Many times.
The article says, in part “The decision deals the biggest legal blow to the Selective Service System since the Supreme Court upheld the draft in 1981. In Rostker v. Goldberg, the court ruled that the male-only draft was “fully justified” because women were ineligible for combat roles.
But U.S. District Judge Gray Miller ruled late Friday that while historical restrictions on women serving in combat “may have justified past discrimination,” men and women are now equally able to fight. In 2015, the Pentagon lifted all restrictions for women in military service.” (you might want to read the rest of the article, too.)
So, what are the possible outcomes of the SCOTUS review? Well, they might strike the Selective Service program down, or they might uphold it and require females register too. If, after all is said and done (court challenges, legislative explosions, executive jawboning, etc), the SS is applied equally to females as it is to males, now. What would the immediate and second-order effects be? Just a few speculations as I mentally try to game it out:
Many activist and leftist women will simply refuse to register in protest. OK… that will make them ineligible for FedGov jobs and government guaranteed student loans. Which will, in turn, mean that many of them will not be able to afford to go to college, and will be shut out of government jobs. That will cause a crash in college admissions, a drop in college price, and a de-feminization of the federal workforce.
Other women will find ways to register, but them make themselves ineligible, such as getting pregnant or taking care of their elderly parents, making them the “sole provider” for a family unit of some sort. Others will register and then go to college to avoid the draft, though I suspect any rewriting of the SS law will remove this provision, given the percentage of kids that now go to college. Some will register and claim substance abuse, allergies, or other disability / disqualification from service. Regardless, it it make them understand much more viscerally the issue men have faced for millenia.
Some will suck it up, register, and go on about life as they otherwise would have, like men have for the last few decades.
The first set of outcomes are fine, IMHO, the second not so much, but the only real question is what percentage of women go which way.
But a deeper aspect It will be hysterical to hear them try to use the “my body, my choice!” mantra when involuntary servitude is compared to the abortion issue. Talk about changing the rhetorical landscape… it’ll be epic, and I really don’t want to hazard a guess how it would go because there are so many subtle variations with radically different outcomes that run through my mind. But it will, dramatically, change the nature of several debates: traditional gender roles, physical versus mental equality, abortion, childbearing, family, national defense, the very nature of what is a nation, and more. It will strip away the mask and reveal the inherent incoherence and contradictions in modern leftism like nothing else I’ve seen in recent history. And it’s really meme-able.