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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sometimes I forget how duplicitous the Democrats are, but then they do something to remind me.

This is a copy of an e-mail that is being sent to college students. A reader's daughter who is attending the University of Arizona recieved it and so did many of her class mates. They are all worried about its contents.

Here's the e-mail.
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
Of course, the implication is that Bush wants to draft college students to fight in Iraq. No wonder they're scared. I'm sure the next step will be to mobilize them to vote against Bush. I saw a spokeswoman for Rock the Vote yesterday on TV and she was going on about what a worry an approaching draft is for young voters.

What the e-mail doesn't mention is that the bill in the e-mail HR 163 was introduced by prominent Democrats like Charlie Rangel, Jim McDermott, John Conyers, and John Lewis. There aren't any Republicans involved in the bill. They are introducing the bill to make people think just what the e-mail is trying to make them think. They are also using the bill to drum up opposition to the war. They are in the minority. The bill will never, ever pass. It's just a publicity gimmick and now they're using the bill to go anti-Bush.

If you look at the report from the Selective Service System and you will find that the SSS is setting up a prototype exercise of a lottery. And the reason they're doing that is because Congress passed a law requiring them to do so. That is the Government Performance and Resuults Act which was passed in 1993. I seem to remember that George Bush wasn't president then. And the Republicans didn't control the Congress in 1993.

So, according to a Democratically passed law signed by President Clinton, the Selective Service System is setting up a prototype lottery system for use in a national emergency.

But liberals aren't interested in facts; they just want to scare college students into voting against Bush. That is truly slimy.

UPDATE: I want to clarify that I don't have any information on who sent the e-mail. I don't know that Joe Lockhart or Max Cleland are involved. I don't know that the DNC is involved. I am just guessing that it isn't Karl Rove or any Bush supporter mailing out e-mails to scare kids about the draft.

UPDATE II: Michelle Malkin has more on how people are getting scared about this.
She links to this information on military.com
"A draft? It's just not going to happen," said Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services personnel subcommittee, agreed: "There is very little support in Congress for reinstating the draft."

MISLEADING E-MAIL

Perhaps those comments will help steady the nerves of many Americans apparently rattled by an e-mail that is circulating nationwide. It says that legislation is pending in Congress that would reinstitute the draft for the first time since 1973, starting as early as next spring. It also says that the administration is "quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections."

There is a kernel of truth to the allegation -- there is a bill pending that would restart the draft. But the Bush administration opposes it, as do Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress. Everyone remotely in a position to know is quite sure that the bill is going nowhere.

"I don't know anyone in the executive branch of the government who believes that it would be appropriate or necessary to reinstitute the draft," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in April.

The bill's primary sponsor is Rep. Charles Rangel, a liberal Democrat from New York who represents Harlem. Even he admitted that his bill won't pass. He said he introduced it to get people to discuss who is doing the fighting in Iraq.

"The burdens of war should be fairly shared across all segments of our society and not fall disproportionately on poor communities as they do now," Rangel said in a written statement Wednesday.

The Selective Service System even posted a message to debunk the new-draft myth on its website, www.sss.gov.

Here is the message from the Selective Service to calm those fears.
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.
Unfortunately, a bulk e-mail to college kids gets a lot more attention than a few blogs and a posting on the Selective Service's website.

UPDATE III: If the Republicans are smart, they'll get their Young Republicans organizations at every college they possibly can to write columns or letters to the school newspapers debunking this story and citing all the information that is readily available online to show how phony this rumor is. A commenter on Polipundit's page linked to this story that also debunks the rumors.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Betsy -

If this is legit (and I don't doubt you), this is a true disgrace. These people truly are the scum of the earth. Is there any lie that they will not tell?

Anonymous said...

oh it's legit. i just dealt with it being posted by a terrified mother of a college age girl on one the the message boards i frequent. i kinda assumed that she got a bulk email, but this confirms it for me. seems they were shocked, shocked i tell you, whn i pointed out not only who the sponsors were but how long the bills had been sitting around. and he gop is the party of fear??

Anonymous said...

Snopes has had this one up for well over a year. It's just a fear-mongering scam, so that reader should relax.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/draft.asp

Luther McLeod said...

Thanks Betsy, I will check with my nephew, student at UofA, to see if he received this. It will be nice to have some evidence to refute if so. He is, unfortunately a L3.

BaltimoreLenore said...

"Sometimes I forget how duplicitous the Democrats are, but then they do something to remind me. "

I see. This is something that the Republicans, never, ever, do. Right? Republicans always tell the truth. Thanks, I'll remember that one.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha you got fooled by something that's been on Snopes for a year. Are you going to warn us about Bonsai Kitten next? Sometimes I forget how duplicitous sheltered Bloggers can be but then they always do something stupid to remind me.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick observation, If it is indeed a hoax, why CAN we find the bill on http://thomas.loc.gov/??? I don't think that website would be involved in a hoax. Check it out---do a search for HR 163

Ann said...

Yes, this has been on the Snopes site...and yes, there are bills that have been introduced in both the House and the Senate -- H.R. 163 and S. 89. The thing is, they haven't managed to get past the committee stage because they don't have enough support. The "hoax" part of all this is the fact that suddenly a whole bunch of college kids are getting this email -- so is it just a coincidence that today of all days, John Kerry tells a bunch of people in Florida that if Bush is re-elected, he's likely to reinstate the draft? Coincidence, or coordination?

TR said...

The hoax is created by the Democrats who claim the draft is a Bush administration "plan", when in fact the legislation has been sponsored in both the House and Senate by Democrats, and Democrats only. In fact, the House Bill has 15 co-sponsors...ALL DEMOCRATS.

If this really is a "Bush administration plan", then I guess you Democrats will have to start calling him a uniter, not a divider, as he's been able to get 16 Democrats across the House and Senate to introduce legislation that's allegedly "his plan" without involving a single Republican.

You liberals are a pathetic bunch.

Anonymous said...

I see. The Dems (exclusively)introduce the legislation which in turn becomes an anti-Bush scare tactic/talking point for the Kerry campaign, accompanied by a mass emailing to "informed" Rock the Voters on college campuses across the country... but, hehe, it has been on Snopes, and can be found elsewhere online, so nevermind, right? Right.

Talk about being daft.

Anonymous said...

1)The email is likely true
2)The email didn't come from Kerry. It probably came from a concerned citizen.

Anonymous said...

By: Howard Dean
Published: Sep 20, 2004

A key issue for young Americans and their families to consider as they prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming presidential election is the real likelihood of a military draft being reinstated if President Bush is re-elected. President Bush should tell us now whether he supports a military draft.

Here is the evidence that makes a draft likely:

The U.S. Army has acknowledged that they are stretched thin and that finding new recruits is challenging. They recently placed 300 new recruiters in the field. Bonuses for new recruits to the Army have risen by 67 percent to a maximum of $10,000 and $15,000 for hard-to-fill specialties.

The extended tours of duty have made service less attractive for both the regular armed forces, and particularly for the National Guard and Reserves. To meet this year's quota for enlistees, the Army has sped up the induction of "delayed entry" recruits, meaning they are already borrowing from next year's quotas in order to meet this year's numbers.

Reservists are now being called away for longer periods. In 2003, President Bush dramatically extended the length of time for the Guard and Reserves deployment in Iraq. Extended tours of up to a year have become common.

In a further sign of a lack of adequate staffing, the armed forces are now in the process of calling up members of the Individual Ready Reserves. These are often older reservists usually waiting retirement. They are typically in their mid-to-late forties, and have not been on active duty and have not trained for some time. Traditionally, they are only supposed to be called up during a time of national emergency. In 2001, President Bush authorized their call up but never rescinded this order even after he declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq in May of 2003.

The Armed Forces are already chronically understaffed. In 2003, General Eric Shinseki testified before Congress that an additional 50,000 troops would be needed beyond what the Bush administration said would be necessary to stabilize Iraq after the invasion. The President ignored him. We do not have enough troops in Afghanistan to be able to stabilize the country, as shown by the continual putting off of elections well past their announced date. In an effort to free up yet more troops in the coming years, we are moving troops away from the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and reducing the number of troops on the Korean Peninsula at a time when North Korea poses more of a danger to the U.S. - not less. Because of the President's military adventurism, our Armed Forces are under enormous pressure. The only place to go for more troops is a draft.

Selective service boards have already been notified that 20-year-olds and medical personnel will be called up first.

President Bush will be forced to decide whether we can continue the current course in Iraq, which will clearly require the reinstatement of the draft. The Pentagon has objected to a draft but, the President has ignored other Pentagon recommendations in the past.

American families and young people are owed an explanation about the President's plans. Will the President withdraw from some of our military commitments or will he reinstate the draft? We need to know that before we vote, not afterwards.

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, is the founder of Democracy for America, a grassroots organization that supports socially progressive and fiscally responsible political candidates. Email Howard Dean at howarddean@democracyforamerica.com

Drew said...

I blogged this three months ago. It's just NOW getting publicity?

LargeBill said...

I just got forwarded the email by a friend of my wife. Some of you people are making a big deal about Snopes debunking this a year ago. They are not targeting this to people who will take the time to find out if it is true. They are aiming for the few fools who are either undecided or uninterested. Young voters have to lowest turnout rate. If the Dem's can scare enough uninterested 18-25 year olds into getting interested enough to vote they could sneak a win in a close state.

Anonymous said...

It is just amazing to me that the "educated" ones, teachers, college students (well, they're attempting to become educated) professors, etc., just buy off on this stuff with ZERO scrutiny, research, validation of the content ofthe message, whatsoever. These are the very same ones that will devour someone from the right with copious amounts of phoney-baloney research to be able to say that they fully researched the issue when it avails their point of view...

This IS the dumbing down of America.

AYSO Region 425 Webmaster said...

Duplicity is a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Anonymous said...

If this is all a Democratic scam, then why dont the republicans come out and say it? they've attacked Kerry for just about everything else... even his military records. And yet when someone questions Bush, they are automatically anti-american. Its BS. Bush is a raging dueche and shouldnt be in office anymore. He displays Hitler/Nazi-like qualities all the time, and yet because republicans control the media, he comes out looking like the good guy.

What? Republicans control the media?
Yea, heres one example. Remember back to when Howard Stern was being release from all the Clear Channel owned radio stations? for "being to explicit". A few days prior to that episode he mentioned some anti-bush comments. and with the owners of clear channel being buddies with Bush... poof! howard is gone. Bush and the Clear Channel gang know each other from back when they were all involved in the oil business.

Theres nothing like a money hungry Hitler wanna-be as the president of the US. Gotta love it.