Quotes / Conscription

I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don't think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!

An army cannot be built without reprisals. Masses of men cannot be led to death unless the army command has the death-penalty in its arsenal. So long as those malicious tailless apes that are so proud of their technical achievementsóthe animals that we call menówill build armies and wage wars, the command will always be obliged to place the soldiers between the possible death in the front and the inevitable one in the rear."

Military examiner: Is there a reason why you're keeping your jacket on?
Fonzie: I don't want to get caught in a draft.

Some folks are born to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays "Hail to the chief",
'Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord,
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no.

"Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription."
— Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King on the Conscription Crisis of 1944.

"Got a letter in the mail. 'Go to war or go to jail'."
—Excerpt from a US Army cadence.

Professional armies waste material, conscripted armies waste human lives.
—Sir Basil Liddell Hart

Radar: Style Right Shoe Company. I read it on the back of a matchbook. It said that you could earn extra money in your spare time selling Hi-Style wing-tip shoes.
Major Murphey: How did this work?
Radar: Well, you just filled in your name and address and stuff, and they sent you a demo shoe, a measuring thing and, uh, an order blank.
Major Murphey: But you're a corporal in the United States Army.
Radar: Well, that's not my fault sir.

Where there's a whip, there's a way!
Where there's a whip, there's a way!
Where there's a whip —
We don't wanna go to war today,
But the lord of the lash says nay, nay, nay!
We're gonna march all day, all day, all day —
For where there's a whip, there's a way!
Where there's a whip, there's a way!
Where there's a whip, there's a way!
Where there's a whip, there's a way! (Left, right, left, right, left...)
Where there's a whip, there's a way! Left, right!
The crack on the back says we're gonna fight!
We're gonna march all day and night and more,
For we are the slaves of the Dark Lord's war! Left, right, left, right, left, right!