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."To be fair, the ABC headline is quite misleading.
Kerry: Draft Likely to Return Under BushThat isn’t what he said. (It’s interesting to note that the major news services will give equal treatment to both the Right and the Left in distorting what’s said. In this case, however, is it to suit their own agenda?)
However, the rumor of an impending Draft is spreading like wildfire, and guess who are the alleged culprits making these evil plans? One of my cousins even repeated the Draft canard to me a few weeks back, attributing the bill to yet another of the “underhanded dealings” of those “horrible Republicans.” Fortunately, the research done (and point in the right direction rendered) for a months-old post yielded this information to give to cuz: the sponsor and all of the co-sponsors for the Universal Service Act of 2003 (a proposed implementation of a new Military Draft; go to H.R.163 and S. 89) are all Democrats; every last one of them.
Charles Rangel, NY
Neil Abercrombie, HI
Corrine Brown, FL
Donna M. Christensen, VI
William Lacy Clay, MO
John Conyers, Jr., MI
Elijah E. Cummings, MD
Alcee L. Hastings, FL
Sheila Jackson-Lee, TX
John Lewis, GA
Jim McDermott, WA
James P. Moran, VA
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
Fortney Pete Stark, CA
Nydia M. Velazquez, NY
Fritz Hollings, SC
But I repeat myself.
Sidenote: I did think that the line about North Korea and Iran was rather humorous. Weren’t BDS sufferers wailing in protest way back in early 2002 when President Bush referred to Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the “Axis of Evil?” Is President Bush going too fast in taking care of the evil-doers or not fast or not fast enough?
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more on alarmist (and distorted) email messages being sent to college students regarding a proposed Draft. Viva the Disinformation! For the record, both George W. Bush and John Kerry oppose the bill, though it's anyone's guess what the latter's position on it may be next week.
UPDATE: Oh. So this is where these recycled lies are coming from:
In a speech at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, [Democrat Former US Senator from Georgia Max] Cleland told students they might find themselves pressed into military service if Bush wins a second term.
“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.And here:
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."
Counting on an uninformed public are "we," gentlemen?
BTW, the MSNBC article does not mention H.R.163/S.89 at all, much less the party of its sponsors.