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“The Senator’s willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man, for the wrong job at the wrong time.”
US President George Bush – 10/28/04 Dayton, Ohio

After my last entry, I realized that I had gotten away from starting my writings with a quote. So, I found this one from the President’s appearance in Dayton, Ohio earlier this week. He was speaking about how the challenger for the presidency has used whatever was politically expedient at the time to further his political aspirations. Specifically, how Senator Kerry has accused our President of incompetence in the light of the missing munitions at the Al-QaQaa facility outside of Baghdad, Iraq; however, the senator used this topic to attack the President without verifying the facts.

It’s no small wonder that the accusations against the Bush administration which have no basis in fact keep springing up from the mainstream media, especially CBS. We learn, after the story has broken all over CBS and the New York Times, that these munitions weren’t even there when “an embedded NBC News correspondent said the facility appeared to have been emptied by the time U.S. forces got there.” (read story here) If it isn’t obvious to everyone now that the mainstream media exists only to further the liberal, Democrat party causes, then I don’t know how much more blatant they can be and still get away with it.

But enough about politics. The US elections are less than a week away, and from my limited and very impromptu polling, most people have already made up their minds.

After this election, the timbre of these musings should be much lighter and more to the original point of this web site… me!

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Drafted?

The president cannot authorize a Selective Service draft! Congress must first pass legislation which the President must then sign before a draft can take place. For all of the facts, check the Selective Service’s own web site (here) which states:

CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT AUTHORIZE A DRAFT [sic]
A crisis occurs which requires more troops than the volunteer military can supply.
Congress passes and the President signs legislation which starts a draft.

The resumption of the draft is a myth. Neither the President nor his opponent is interested in starting the draft. Even the Pentagon is against it. So, why is it that we keep hearing in the news that a draft will be imminent if President Bush is re-elected?

Why is Senator Kerry perpetuating this myth? ABCNews.com reported on September 22, 2004:

Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: “If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can’t tell you.”

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials have been asked numerous times whether they thought a draft would be necessary to maintain force levels in Iraq. They have said consistently that they think it is neither necessary nor desirable, since today’s military is built on volunteer service and professionalism.

Note, too, that Senator Kerry isn’t alone in his assessment. Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland (also a Vietnam veteran), and Howard Dean have both pushed the draft theory. On September 17, 2004, MSNBC.com reports:

“America will reinstate the military draft” if Bush is re-elected and continues the Iraq War, Cleland predicted, according to an account of his speech by the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Later, in the same report:

Former Kerry rival Howard Dean, now traveling the country to drum up support for Kerry and raise money for Democratic candidates, said last week at Brown University in Providence, R.I., “I think that George Bush is certainly going to have a draft if he goes into a second term, and any young person that doesn’t want to go to Iraq might think twice about voting for him.”

If you want the truth behind the recent draft talk, just turn to the Democratic Party. U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings and U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) are the ones who have introduced the idea to Congress ( Sen. Hollings’ bill, as introduced in the Senate, is S. 89. Rep. Rangel’s bill in the House is H.R. 163.). It’s all right here if people would take the time to calm down from abject panic at what is being reported by the mainstream press, and actually do a little fact-finding and research (Remember “research”? You know, that stuff that they were supposed to teach you how to do in high school and college for term papers?).

As educated and responsible citizens (and registered voters!), we should outright condemn the attacks that Senator Kerry and other prominent democrats have aimed toward this administration regarding the draft. They should be embarrassed to be using such immature scare tactics to secure your vote.

If this is the kind of rhetoric from Senator Kerry and his party, doesn’t it make you wonder about all of the other attacks they have made against our President?

*** UPDATE ***

From October 6, 2004 NewsMax.com Wire Report:

The House voted 402-2 to defeat the draft bill offered last year by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. … Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist ruled out consideration of a companion bill in that chamber, saying, “To the leadership of the United States Senate, it’s a non-issue and it’s one that’s not going to be addressed.”

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