I’ve joked many times about the fact that my status in the US represents “taxation without representation.” I am not eligible to vote, but am required to pay for the government that that those around me elect. Today I was reminded of a rather less amusing side of my status.

Those males immigrating to the United States within a certain age bracket are automatically enrolled for the Selective Service and today my enrollment card arrived. Naturally I won’t be fighting in any wars this country fights in. If the reasoning for future wars is anything like that lately demonstrated, chances are I’ll be too busy opposing them. But I can be called upon.

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