The following article about the Washington Beltway plot to bring back the draft (that's right, the draft that they used to send people to Viet Nam) that appeared in The New American Magazine:
Next Stop: Conscription
by William Norman Grigg
September 12, 2006
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"In early August, about 300 Alaska-based soldiers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade, shortly after returning from Iraq, were ordered to return to Iraq immediately. Because of a bureaucratic bungle, the unit was not informed while in Iraq that its tour of duty had been extended. As a result, the soldiers and their families, relieved and grateful for their safe return, were torn apart once again without adequate time to prepare.
"Shortly thereafter the Bush administration announced that at least 2,500 discharged Marines would be involuntarily reactivated for combat duty through the Marine Corps’ Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) program. Both of these developments illustrate just how over-extended the military has become as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how desperate it has become in seeking personnel to fill current needs — let alone those that will come if, as expected, military action is taken against Lebanon, Syria, Iran, or North Korea.
"Meanwhile, “centrist” Republicans and Democrats alike are promoting a “Universal Service” program in which all 18-year-olds of both sexes would be required to give a year or two of federally approved “service” as a condition of college admission. This would likely include a military reserve commitment and the option of active-duty service in the military.
"In their new campaign manifesto The Plan, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Bruce Reed, president of the Democratic Leadership Council, call for “a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us by establishing, for the first time, an ethic of universal citizen service.... All Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 should be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic civil defense training and community service.... Universal citizen service will bring Americans of every background together to make America safer and more united in common purpose.” One function of that proposal would be to expand the military by at least 100,000 men — a target that belies Emanuel and Reed’s assurance that they don’t endorse a return to conscription.
"A bill containing essentially the same proposal has been submitted by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), one of the most left-leaning House members; the concept has been endorsed by Republican presidential aspirant Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine, also endorsed the concept of universal service in an August 24 interview on FOX & Friends First, saying that it would be intended “to put us on a war footing mentality. We’re not there.”
No, we are not there, and we are not going to get there, either. Vote to oust that Republican Washington-beltway rubber stamp Congressman Hal Rogers, who rubberstamps 95% of what the Republican leadership recommends. Kenneth Stepp, as Congressman will introduce legislation to kill the draft registration. We can't draft people without a draft registration, and Kenneth Stepp will vote to end draft registration. Kenneth Stepp will vote against the draft, and vote against any plan of national conscription--universal or selective. Americans are meant to be free, and should not tolerate a Republican rubberstamp Hal Rogers who always votes with the Bush-Chaney-Rumsfeld administration in getting and keeping the U.S. in a never-ending war with no purpose, no goal, and no end in sight. Vote now for a return to normalcy. Vote in November for Kenneth Stepp for U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky Fifth District.