"Is that a draft I feel?" "No, Senator Kerry's talking out his ass again."

“Well, that explains the stench…”

A little while ago I wrote this piece about the possibility of the draft being reinstated. I was castigated by some for not providing a direct quote from Kerry at the time, and (despite the backup from my colleague Paul and others) always felt a little wrong about that piece.

Yesterday, though, I was rescued from my embarassment by Senator Kerry himself. Speaking to the Des Moines Register, Kerry said “With George Bush, the plan for Iraq is more of the same and the great potential of a draft. Because if we go it alone, I don’t know how you do it with the current overextension” of the military.

Now, I normally try to keep a level head when I’m writing here. Paul does an excellent job at the “angry man” postings, and I wouldn’t want to step on his toes. But this time Kerry’s gone too, too far.

First, I’ll recap my earlier work and point out that it would take a huge effort by the administration to get the draft reinstated, requiring supermajorities of both houses of Congress. Then there would be a huge public backlash, followed by the utter dissolution of the party that led the reinstatement of the draft. The American people simply will not stand for it, and will make damned sure it doesn’t last.

But now let’s look at it even closer. Senator Kerry says that the Republicans are itching to bring back the draft, but he either forgot or failed to mention that there was a bill just reccently to bring back the draft. It was proposed by his Democratic colleagues in Congress — exclusively Democrats. It languished in committee, like so many bad ideas do, until the Republicans finally got sick of the issue and brought it up for a vote.

And when given the chance to express their disapproval of a draft, how did Senators Kerry and Edwards vote? They didn’t even bother to show up.

Finally, let’s not forget which campaign actually brought up the idea of mandatory government service for young people. The Kerry campaign has since deleted this from their offical web site, but in cyberspace nothing ever truly goes away.

Recently I asked Kerry supporters to express exactly why they are behind their candidate. Does this change anything for you?

J.

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