Revival of draft is another rumor to spread fear

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2004

For months the Internet rumor mill has warned that if George W. Bush is reelected, he'll reinstate the draft.

Ironically, earlier this week, the House tried an rather interesting experiment. They tried to turn that rumor into a law.

It use to be that if you saw it in print, it was in stone.

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That has now been replaced by the Internet.

If you see in cyberspace, then it's so very true.

Yes, it is true.

Just like Microsoft is going to send us all checks and don't forget that if you send an email to 1,500 people you'll get a free meal at a 4-star eatery. When it comes to the federal government, rumors fly around like sand in a hurricane. The Federal Communications Commission has been battling since 1975 to kill a recurring, rumor that it is about to ban religious broadcasting. That is almost 30 years of rumor fighting.

Folks, there is not going to be a draft anytime soon.

The president said no.

His opponent said no. The Pentagon said no. Even the majority of Congress said no and let's face it, our country would not stand for it in whatever form.

With all those no votes, the rumor still persists because of people who prey on the fears of draft-age young people and their parents.

The legislation proposal earlier this week was basically something to give some pranksters in the House something to do.

When it came to a vote, the revival of the draft lost by a 402-2 vote.

So what gives here?

To continue to fight the wars we have now, a draft might very well be required to increase the size of the U.S. military.

The longer we go on, the more unpopular this whole situation becomes and the public relations fiasco will continue. So with all that said about the draft being dead, we offer these thoughts:

How realistic is it to think the government can attract more volunteers in the midst of such a controversial war? How big an Army does the United States need? What kind of a military does the country need?

Instead of offering such legislation to have something to do, we should see Congress debating these questions.