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There’s talk of a draft coming, but it isn’t like your daddy’s Vietnam draft… it’s a kinder and gentler world, where men and women age 18-34 (you read that right, 34) not only register with the Selective Service System, but regularly keep them up-to-date with their skills. It may only sound like hot air blowing through Congress, until you realize the information was pulled straight from the SSS via a FOIA request.
You may be thinking that, shucks, maybe it isn’t a bad idea after all, because we always need to be “maintaining a national inventory of American men and, for the first time, women, ages 18 through 34, with an added focus on identifying individuals with critical skills,” but to some of us who believe in the Bill of Rights, that smacks of Fourth Amendment infringement which says:
IV – The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Now, I’m all in favor of protecting America, and would have no problem picking up an M16 A2 service rifle and shooting anyone who threatened my way of life, and it’s why I supported the war in Afghanistan after 9-11. You send people into my house and try to hurt me, and I will go to your cave and blow it up, simple as that. But Iraq faltered in making that same level of sense. In fact the case for war was built thinly and only through a draft would the Bush administration be able to send troops anywhere without causing massive revolts.
That’s the score on Bush, he’s in favor of the draft, but he’s going to bide his time and hope he can get re-elected, after which he can slyly push it through. Kerry on the other hand, is even more clever, he would definitely like to see it, but making it mandatory in high school students before they are even 18. Way to indoctrinate America’s youth, Kerry. The word “mandatory” was removed from Kerry’s site after Libertarian candidate Aaron Russo pointed the spotlight on the issue.
It’s clear where both Kerry and Bush stand on drafts and mandatory service. Both of them are political scum.
Again, I want to reiterate that I fully respect and commend the soldiers who serve our country, even if our leaders are narrow-minded and send them to war under false pretenses. One of the gravest travesties of the Vietnam era was the vilification of Veterans instead of investigating the source of the crimes. As with the 6 soldiers in Iraq who should be charged with war crimes, but instead received a slap on the wrist, Vietnam had soldiers who did not want to be there, and behaved badly, we simply canot paint the entire military with that wide brush of vilification.