Sunday, October 17, 2004

Prepare to be Drafted?

Well, for the past few weeks, Dems and the media have been trying to scare the American people into believing that a military draft was afoot. MTV's webpage even states "the possibility of a new military draft is not a hoax or an Internet rumor," and it even has a form letter that you can sign your name to, demanding answers from the RNC and DNC. See http://www.rockthevote.com/draft/

C-BS News ran a "news" story on the issue, as ratherbiased.com reports, which included dubious information:

Three weeks after he denounced the internet as being "filled with
rumors
," the embattled CBS anchor ran a story on his Tuesday
"Evening News" program hoping to stir up fear of an impending military
draft. In a story that was a textbook example of slipshod reporting, CBS
reporter Richard Schlesinger used
debunked internet hoax emails
and an unlabeled interest group member to scare elderly
"Evening" viewers into believing that the U.S. government is poised to
resume the draft.

Littlegreenfootballs.com has also dug up some interesting material on Kerry's website from a few years ago. Whereas the President has unequivocaly stated that the voluntary army is sufficient, Kerry, in years passed has delved into the relm of obligatory national service. See http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=13038

The most intersting thing is that the only bill on the table that would have required a draft was written and proposed by democrats. Just recently republicans made the extra effort to kill the bill successfully. Talon News states:

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a Democratic bill Tuesday that would reinstate the draft, 402-2. The vote was scheduled to silence a Democratic whispering campaign that accused President Bush of having a secret plan to restart the draft if he were reelected.

Tom Delay made a few poignant remarks after killing the bill. He stated:

"For months now, the American people have been subjected to -- and had their intelligence insulted by -- a manipulative, dishonest, and willful campaign of misinformation.... This campaign, which started as a whisper but has since been given voice by the leading Democrats in the country today, asserts without any evidence whatsoever that there is a secret Republican plan to reinstitute the military draft."
DeLay continued, "This campaign is a baseless and malevolent concoction of the Democrat Party, and everyone in this chamber knows it. It has one purpose -- to spread fear. To spread fear among an unsuspecting public, to undermine the war on terror, to undermine our troops, to undermine our cause, and most of all, to undermine our commander-in-chief ... in an election year."

The whole thing is pretty pathetic. I predict as the election approaches, Dems are going to bite and claw their way in an effort to win at any cost. The whole notion of "Anybody but Bush" reflects that. For if you're willing to have Anyone as president, but Bush, why wouldn't you be willing to do Anything to get him out?


1 Comments:

At 8:51 AM, Blogger jbob_sqpants said...

For the last couple of weeks the Rick Roberts radio show has been debunking this draft myth. From what I understand, there were two "draft" bills presented by democrates shortly after the war began. They were meant to be a formal way to protest the war.

 

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