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Mandatory Draft?

I don't know how true any of this is, but if it is true, then I am glad to be 27 (28 years old soon), but most importantly, it shows just how urgently we needs to get Bush out of the White House, and his cronies out of Congress and every other place his roaches have managed to snake a place into.


Mandatory drafting for boys and girls (age 18-26) starting June 15, 2005, is something, I believe, everyone should know. This literaly affects EVERYONE since we all have or know children that will have to go if this bill passes.

If there are children in your family, READ this.
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately. Details and links follow.
Even those voters who currently support US actions abroad may still object to this move, knowing their own children or grandchildren will not have a say about whether to fight. Not that it should make a difference, but this plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a shelter and includes women in the draft. Also, crossing into Canada has already been made very difficult.
Actions, Actions, Actions:

Please send this on to all the parents and teachers you know, and all the aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents.... And let your children know -- it's their future, and theycan be a powerful voice for change!
Please also write to your representatives to ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and write to newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.
$28 million has been added to the 2004 selective service system (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see website:
www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the sss annual performance plan - fiscal year 2004.

The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.
Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and, influential members of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5146.htm

Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward this year, http://www.hslda.org/legislation/national/2003/s89/default.asp, entitled the Universal National Service Act of 2003," to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." These active bills currently sit in the committee on armed services.

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era. College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.

WHAT TO DO:
- Tell all your friends
- Alert the news media
- Call your congressional members (Senate and House) and tell them to oppose these bills.

We just can't sit and pretend that by ignoring it, it will go away.
We must voice our concerns and create the world we want to live in for our children and their children's children.

Comments

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akrodha
May. 20th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
seems like it could be legit. let's wait for media coverage.
rcornelius
May. 21st, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
My fear is that by the time the media coverage begins, it will be too late.

Especially in the minds of Americans, where anything in the news cycle longer than 10 days unless it has to do with knife wielding, breast bearing, celebrities gets whole disregarded. :-(
akrodha
May. 21st, 2004 04:31 am (UTC)
but when it comes to something like a draft, people won't be at all pleased. i'm sure it will become a big thing.
swedishchef79
May. 20th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC)
So here's the dilemma, in the only format I know how to write:

Conditions:

1. Bush is an idiot, and may re-institute the draft.
2. "Don't ask, don't tell" means that I can use the fact that I'm gay to get out of military service.
3. I'm 24, so I could be called to duty.
4. I disagree with Bush, his war, and "Don't ask, don't tell."
5. I'm extremely patriotic, and I think that service in the military should not be "dodged" if it's necessary for our national security just because someone might not want to interrupt their life to go get shot at in the desert.

Concerns: There's a battle between the patriotic side of me which says, "if my country needs me, I'll go fight for my country", and the other side of me that says that I should wave the rainbow flag if called in protest of the fags-can't-fight policy, which would also indirectly allow me to protest the fact that Bush's war is dumb.

Recommendations: Determine what wins: the desire to stand up to the discrimination and refuse to serve in silence -- if they won't take me as a homosexual, they won't take me at all, or the desire to do my part to protect our country, even if I'll end up going to Iraq where I don't agree with the mission?

rcornelius
May. 21st, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
Hmmm....very very interesting points, and I don't know that I could have the answers to those.

In the end, if I were of drafting age (now I feel all old and everything), I wouldn't go first and foremost because of the policy on gay soldiers. Second, because I don't believe that Bush's war is worth me potentially for (I support the troops there, but I don't support the commander in chief), and third, I have an immense sense of patriotism, but I can't go to serve a country that would ask me to fight for the American ideals, and then discriminate against me due to sexual orientation and other factors.

I can't support a draft just because Bush is too prideful to ask for help and to be willing to share with other countries both the risks and the rewards, of going to war

But that's just me.
swedishchef79
May. 25th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
I thought about this more after my comments, and I agree with you -- should this come up, I'll give the military the option to choose whether or not they want to accept a homosexual, and if they choose not to take me, then it's their problem ... I'll show up and give them the choice, but I won't hide anything.
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