More dirty tricks by the Democrats this time by one of the most annoying, Charlie Rangle. This is just really ignorant and anyone behind the Democrats should think twice about a party that would actually do something like this.
Charlie Rangle has introduced legislation into congress backing a new draft. He's done this as a ploy to try and make Republicans look like warmongering fools who will send anyone into combat without thinking. That is just the start of this new charade.
After introducing it another group has picked up on the legislation and started mass mailing spam emails to college kids and other young folks saying that the draft is going to be reintroduced and is sitting before congress. They claim in the email that the White House and President Bush are behind and supporting it to push it through.
There is no mention that it's a Democrat introduced bill or that Charlie Rangle introduced it.
Here is the email, in its entirety, that is being sent nationwide trying to scare young kids into not voting for Bush.
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.
This is just despicable. There are college kids getting this that are passing the word around and saying that they won't vote for Bush because of the new draft about to go into effect.
Michelle Malkin has actually talked to someone who has seen evidence of this.
A mother whose daughter received the e-mail at the University of Arizona told me her "daughter said a lot of students are getting the same email and they are believing it and saying they won't vote for Bush because of it."
Note the lack of mention on who introduced the legislation, who's behind it and who's opposed to it. So who is opposed to it? Well according to this interview
Q: Will the government bring back a draft to keep the ranks filled?
A: Not likely. Some members of Congress have suggested that a draft may be needed, but Pentagon planners say U.S. forces and reserve and National Guard troop strength is sufficient.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld opposes a draft. Many top military officials also are opposed, saying a volunteer military produces better soldiers.
"I know of nobody who is studying reinstituting the draft at the present time. And I would think I would know," Rumsfeld said...
puts a nail in the coffin to these ridiculous emails.
Ignore all those Internet rumors. Despite the U.S. military's desperate need for more troops, there is no chance that the Bush administration or Congress will resurrect the draft, short of a new Pearl Harbor ... military experts say that conscription would hurt the quality and morale of the armed forces.
"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."
Read the rest of the article, they have a whole subsection entitled "MISLEADING E-MAIL" that addresses this exact topic. If you don't believe the military.com article go to the Selective Services website at http://www.sss.gov/
and look right on their front page:
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.
One last link that debunks this for the truly die hard liberal. Snopes.com
I really think there needs to be some kind of investigation into this election fraud. It is definitely a crime to influence an election with blatantly false information.
As with everything, do not take it at face value. Do some due diligence and research and find out for yourself, especially with some crappy email you receive. Email is so full of false advertising and ridiculous claims I don't know how you could really trust anything you get in it unless it is a statement from a friend, not just some forwarded article or advertisement.
This entry was initially brought about by a Betsy Page article.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin who did an entry on Pages article above.
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