If you're under 50, you've never faced being drafted to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. You may not know the term "Conscientious Objector."
not to fight.
COs are people who oppose fighting in all wars for religious or ethical reasons. Many of them perform civilian public service instead. Some go to jail. Others agree to serve in the military but not to carry weapons or fight in combat.
They perform duties as medics and chaplains - risking their own lives during battle to minister to their comrades.
The rights of Conscientious Objectors are not found in the Constitution. But they've been recognized and respected by the Supreme Court and the Selective Service System.
Throughout our history, some who could afford to pay special fees or stay in college have been able to avoid conscription and the dangers of war.
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,
Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, lord,
And when you ask them, how much should we give?
Ooh, they only answer more! more! more! yoh,
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, one.
"Fortunate Son" 1969
Credence Clearwater Revival