The first U.S. peacetime draft was inaugurated on this day in 1940. I suppose controversies over draft resistance are at most a fading memory now, but it sure was a big deal for my sub-generation, the last (so far) to experience conscription. Here’s a real period piece: from the Smothers Brothers show in 1969, an obscure band of antiwar pseudo-mimes (yes, mimes) called The Hello People lip-synching a fine folky song, “Anthem,” about being jailed for draft resistance.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
Lorie Shaull/FlickrDemocrats Should Leave Divisiveness to the RepublicansThey should take bold action on issues that are overwhelmingly supported by voters.
YouTube Screen CapturePoetic Justice For Native Americans in North DakotaRepublican attempts to suppress their vote backfired rather spectacularly.