exploited wrote:I agree that any such law is unlikely to stand, but as I said to Spider, I don't view it as particularly onerous or out of line. The draft, absolutely vital in past years, was a far worse imposition, and remains legal to this day. And I'm sure I could think of more examples, but really my point is that it isn't antithetical to democracy.
It might offend the idea of freedom, but if reasonably legislated and enforced, would have very little practical impact on your day to day life or liberties. It is a pretty minor requirement, like forcing people to fill out a census, and it wouldn't result in serious financial or judicial penalties. So I don't think its antithetical to freedom either - maybe mildly opposed, but that's the extent of it.
It's a bit more onerous than you've put out there with the current way it works. Sure, I get time off of work, but can still be a pain for people with a long commute to go to work, come back, then go back to work. For those without transportation, even registering to vote can be difficult. I think though, we could could change the system to be much easier. And that's sort of the point I've been trying to make. That, before we start manhandling the voters into showing up, we maybe take a look at how to make it more accessible to people. You know, maybe try the freedom angle before force?
As for the draft, I actually find it entirely unethical except where applied to defending our country from invasion. Forcibly sending our citizens overseas to die for other countries is, to put it mildly, evil.