On this day in 1792, the Militia Act established the first national military conscription.

Here are The Byrds with “Draft Morning,” a special song for men of my sub-generation (Draft Lottery number 265).

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.