Do Not Fear a Draft from Either Party
By Ryan Parsons | Uncle Sam Image from LAZER 103
As we have gotten closer to the upcoming election,
both parties have increased their mud slinging at one anothers candidates.
And, considering this race is going to be close, this mud slinging is going
to be mean. Candidates have resorted to new tactics to win your vote. One
of the tactics I am about to discuss is the Moore/Democratic campaign to universities
and schools saying that if Bush is elected, he will re-instate the draft.
This campaign program also finds strength that a Draft Bill has gone through
the senate, so the threat of a draft is very real. However, knowing the
facts on the Draft is a way to help you find the truth among this campaign.
Lets go kick some butt
Draft Not a One Party Issue
First, Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, along with the whole Republican Party,
do not want to re-enstate a draft. Even before the idea of a Draft was written
up, Rumsfeld had already stated that there wouldn't be one. So, do not
believe everything you hear young people! Go online, look into the facts.
I recently went to Yahoo! and searched 'draft bill.' After submitting the
search, Yahoo! suggested the popular search phrase of 'bush draft bill.'
No part of the current Draft Bill has the name Bush on or linked to it.
However, the threat of a draft still slightly exists and I will tell you
why. Senate Bill S89 and HR 163 were, in fact, created with the effect of
re-instating the Draft. The thing that most should find interested is that
both these bills were written and sponsored by the Democratic Party. When
these bills had hit the floor, not one single Republican [who currently
control both Houses] voted for it. But the Draft Bill did receive two votes
from Democrats. The strangest part is that the Democrat that created the
bill also voted against it. Why vote against something you wrote up? To
throw a wrench in the Republican political machine. Then the bill can later
be pulled up [without the facts] to help drive fear.
By rumoring that a Draft is imminent under Bush, and saying that it is so
real that there are bills going through congress, it is easy to cause fear
in both young and old voters. But it is the young voters at campuses that
are being fed this rhetoric in order to scare a vote out of them. Please,
look into the facts being presented to you out there. There was a bill or
two, both created during the earlier period of the war, brought out when
the election was closing in to cause fear. The mass public had no idea of
these bills [released Jan. 7, 2003] until a few months out of election.
Do you wonder why?
Draft in United States History
George W. Bush, much like his father in Kuwaitt, setup a war plan that had
NO provisions for the allowance of a Draft. Instead, the war plan put reliance
on the National Guard and the Army Reserve. In 1965, after deciding to escalate
the war in Vietnam, Lyndon B. Johnson refused to call up the National Guard
or Army Reserve and chose instead to rely solely on the draft. Remember,
President Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat, not a Republican. The Draft ran
up until Nixon, a Republican, stopped the draft in favor of what was called
an 'all-volunteer force.'
So, to sum up what I just mentioned, the Republican Party is known for being
aggressive on foreign affairs, but this does not mean that there is any
legacy with this Party and the Draft. It is an assumption that is poorly
drawn for those that do not know any better.
Don't Worry of a Draft Yet
No matter who you are voting for, do not have the concept of a Draft weigh
on your decision. Both sides agree that the best way to get out of Iraq
is through training Iraqis to fight for themselves. Bush is currently conducting
this policy and Kerry plans to continue it [even though he claims he can
train more Iraqi troops faster]. Both sides have also stated that the war
in Iraq is one of special forces, not quickly trained grunts that only have
strength in numbers. If there were a Draft, this would be exactly what we
are sending out.
In the end, get out and vote. If you have any doubts on claims candidates
make, look into them. To help remove bias, find multiple sources on the
net to help you find the truth.
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