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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