Well, if the Democrats are one thing –it’s persistent and if they are two it’s persistent & predictable… Yes, they are at it again –using false information to try to win elections. No boys and girls, I am not talking about memo-gate…I am referring to the email circulation about the ‘secret plan’ of the President to re-instate the draft….
The email reads as follows:
“Mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages18-26) starting June 15, 2005
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate, S89 and HR 163, to reinstate mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages18-26) starting June 15, 2005. This plan includes women in the draft, eliminates higher education as a shelter, and makes it difficult to cross into Canada.
The Bush administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections. The Bush administration plans to begin mandatory draft in the spring of 2005, just after the 2004 presidential election.
• The Congress has added $28 million to the 2004 selective service system budget to prepare for this military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005.
• Bush has ordered the Selective Service to report to him by March 31, 2005 on their readiness to implement the draft by June 2005
• The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.
Please act on this:
• Tell everyone you know - parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents,
godparents, friends, teachers
• Call and write to your U.S. Senator and your U.S. Representatives and ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills.” End email.
Funny thing is that even news outlets that are covering this story and reporting that the Administration is (and has always) denying this –are stating that there are indeed two bills right now calling for this –in the House and the Senate. This article goes as far as to say with ‘these bills’ out there it will be hard to kill the rumor…leaving the implication that the administration is involved. What the media has failed to tell the American people is that the two bills (actually three if you count one from 2003) that are ‘out there’ are all sponsored by DEMOCRATS…an integral part of the story wouldn’t you say?!
The House bill was introduced by (D) Charlie Rangel. “Under his bill, the draft would apply to men and women ages 18 to 26; exemptions would be granted to allow people to graduate from high school, but college students would have to serve. Anyone who didn't qualify for military service because of impairments would be asked to perform community service.”
In response to Rangel’s bill Donald Rumsfeld said, “"We're not going to re-implement a draft. There is no need for it at all. The disadvantages of using compulsion to bring into the armed forces the men and women needed are notable."
This House bill presented in 2003 is sponsored by 13 Democrats (8 are members of the Black Caucus –as is Charlie Rangel)
The Senate Bill is Sponsored by Fritz Hollings (with no co-sponsors) also a Democrat. Not one Republican looking to re-start the draft.
I looked at the Selective Service website, and they have a statement regarding this matter on their main page:
“Notwithstanding recent stories in the news media and on the Internet, Selective Service is not getting ready to conduct a draft for the U.S. Armed Forces -- either with a special skills or regular draft. Rather, the Agency remains prepared to manage a draft if and when the President and the Congress so direct. This responsibility has been ongoing since 1980 and is nothing new. Further, both the President and the Secretary of Defense have stated on more than one occasion that there is no need for a draft for the War on Terrorism or any likely contingency, such as Iraq. Additionally, the Congress has not acted on any proposed legislation to reinstate a draft. Therefore, Selective Service continues to refine its plans to be prepared as is required by law, and to register young men who are ages 18 through 25.” www.sss.gov
Couple this new scare tactic with Kerry out there saying that ‘this administration’ is going to reinstate the draft, implying that there are already plans to disenfranchise black/poor voters (translation –the mean GOP won’t let the jails install voting booths…I’ll have to find that article again), and sending little old people letters saying that President Bush wants them to starve in their old age. In 2000 the NAACP and the DNC ran some of the most despicable ads…saying that black schools will burn and there will be burning crosses on lawns again if a Republican wins –claiming that GWB didn’t want to punish the killers of James Byrd (his young daughter in the commercial saying that GWB was killing her dad all over again) –yet Dubya strongly advocated the death penalty for Byrd’s killers.
Republicans are always being accused of employing the infamous ‘Republican Attack Machine’…a tactic perfected by the Clintonistas to deflect any and all criticism that came their way (never mind the small fact that 99% were true). I have never seen a GOP ad that shows a Democrat picking the pocket of a corpse or a soldier –but a Democrat is running one now. The DNC knows that their base is anything but thrilled over their candidate…no Democrat has ever lost the woman’s vote and Kerry is…they even had to bring in Jesse Jackson because they are losing the Black vote –so they resort to scare tactics and lies to reclaim power. Anyone that says that the GOP is using scare tactics by citing terrorism –better go watch this...
I’m waiting for the true commercials to start…”The Black Caucus thinks you white folks get off too easy…we want to reinstate the draft so you have to serve along with the 30% of the armed services that are minorities….” If they are introducing the bills –why not stand up and campaign on it?