2 words: Conscientious objection http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscientious_objector http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thom-nickels/conscientious-objector_b_4029879.html http://www.swarthmore.edu/library/peace/conscientiousobjection/co website/pages/HistoryNew.htm What year were you drafted? Conscientious objectors (CO) who believed in a Supreme Being were allowed to register for CO status from the beginning of the Vietnam war. Beginning in 1970, agnostics and atheists were also allowed to register for CO status based on strongly felt moral or ethical objections. I guess that if you were an agnostic or atheist before 1970, and you were drafted before that year, then you do have a valid beef with the U.S. government. At least the law was changed before the end of the conflict in 1975. Any atheist or agnostic CO drafted into service who survived until that year could have then registered for CO status and been removed to non-combat duty. Re: your comment on directing government spending, I am sure that the government spends more than you pay in taxes on things that you & yours utilize and desire. You should assume that's your money going where you want it to go for those things, be they roads or public education or parks or food stamps or unemployment or Medicaid/Medicare or Social Security or disability or fire protection or whatever it is that the government provides to you and yours at a greater overall expense than your individual tax contribution. What you propose is also unconstitutional. "The Purse" is one of the duly elected powers of Congress. Your vote alone may not count for much. If you direct your passions to political activism, you can leverage your efforts by orders of magnitude. In a congressional district, that could make the difference between major party candidates winning the seat. At best, U.S. voter turnout in federal elections hovers around 40-60%, depending on the election cycle. Think of all the votes that are just out there, unaccounted, and yet if every single one of them turned out, you'd very easily have a 3rd major party.