Thursday, August 17, 2006

draft billFrom the looks of this we are all in trouble, the government is forming a coalition of the have-tos. Taken from the Library of Congress this bill, Universal National Service Act of 2006, requires anybody living in the United States between the ages of 18-42, including women, to serve a minimum of 2 years in the military. During the person's service the President reserves the privilege to extend their time of duty. Yet, with every cloud there is a silver lining, the bill contains a "Conscientious Objection" clause exempting anybody who claims they disagree with violence on ethical or moral grounds - but notice the paranthetical interjection: they will "be assigned to noncombatant service (as defined by the President)". Email Representative Rangel and tell him he'll lose his seat unless this piece of legislative overreach is killed immediately.

1 comment:

Dana said...

As much as I was vehemently opposed to the Iraq war from day 1, I wonder if we'd had the draft in place, wouldn't the public have raised a much bigger stink about the unjustified war, before we got entangled in it? I'm not for the draft, especially as I have a 22 yr old son who may have to actually serve, but when it touches the general public, not just the gung ho who run to sign up for the military, it becomes much more of a public discussion.
So maybe the draft is just what this country needs to actually start massive public protests to the unjust war Bush has gotten us into, and the ones he may be planning for the future, i.e. Iran.