Skip to comments.McDermott Co-Sponsors Legislation to Reinstate the Draft (Democrats, not Republicans!)
Posted on 09/22/2004 1:54:46 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom
McDermott Co-Sponsors Legislation to Reinstate the Draft
January 7, 2003 - For Immediate Release
Washington, DC-- Congressman Jim McDermott (Democrat) has announced his co-sponsorship of Congressman Charles Rangel's (Democrat) legislation to reinstate the military draft and other forms of national service. The bill would require Americans between 18 and 26 to serve two years in the military or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security.
The bill, HR 163, is intended to ensure that the burden of military service is not borne disproportionately by the poor and numbers of minority groups.
Congressman McDermott commented that "I believe that if those who are pushing for war knew that their children might be required to share the burden of that war, there might be a greater willingness to work toward peace and a diplomatic solution. If, despite our best efforts, we end up in armed conflict, then fairness dictates that the sons and daughters of all classes participate."
" I am pleased to be an original co-sponsor of Congressman Rangel's bill, McDermott continued. " If we need to re-instate the draft in order to make the Administration consider the chilling consequences of war, so be it. I hope this will make them realize how important a diplomatic solution really is. "
In underscoring the need for broad public discussion about committing troops to conflict, McDermott reiterated his view that it is time to consider a period of compulsory service for every young person in our country. "The draft ended thirty years ago, and since then the sense of obligation as the price of citizenship has faded," he said. I agree with Congressman Rangel that we need to find ways to share the sacrifices associated with committing our country to war, whether it's a campaign against illiteracy, poverty, hunger, or terrorism."
Congressman McDermott served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps at the Long Beach Naval Station in California from 1968 to 1970. Congressman Rangel served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1948 to 1952.
The mainstream media are partisan hacks, and Kerry an outrageous and dangerous liar.
Turn this one around and make them eat it!
Meanwhile, the headline at Drudge reads.....
Kerry: Draft Likely to Return Under Bush
I think this ploy is going to jump up and bite them in the a$$.
Because the LSM won't point that fact out, so young people will assume it's the Bush administration that's behind it. Just another low down trick the Rats are using to get the young vote out for Kerry.
Yep, everyone should have to give their time to the government in the name of service. Communism I think it's called.
Someone SEND THIS THREAD TO DRUDGE!!!!!!!!!!!
I would love to know who in congress has sons and daughters in the military. Somehow it wouldn't suprise me to find republicans only.
Yes... that's what we need. More draft dodgers off to Canada. They will need to make their memorial BIGGER!
Geesh. This rationale is just the type if idiocy I would expect from a lunatic liberal like McDermot.
I think this way McDermott can say he voted for the draft before he voted against it.
This issue has the potential to grow ugly.
Perhaps we can kill it now with a 527 ad that stuffs it right back at the 'Rats.
On the record, and still on McDermott's website, the fact is that Democrats sponsored legislation, not Republicans.
Congressman Rangel served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1948 to 1952.
Something is wrong with these dates No one seved 4 years in Korea unless he was captured befor the War started and was exchanged before it ended.
Sure. While they're at it, why don't they introduce legislation to require everyone over 65 be painted bright blue? Both would have the same chance of passage. *ssh*les.
Rangel has been pushing for a draft since before the Iraq invasion.
Bills HR 163 and S 89 have been introduced, prior to the War in Iraq by Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Ernest
CO-Sponsors of HR 163:
ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - D, HI
BROWN, CORRINE - D FL
CHRISTENSEN, DONNA - D, VI
CLAY, WM. - D MO
CONYERS, JOHN - D, MI
CUMMINGS, ELIJAH - D, MD
HASTINGS, ALCIE - D, FL
JACKSON LEE, SHEILA - D, TX
LEWIS, JOHN - D, GA
MC DERMOTT, JIM - D, WA
MORAN, JAMES - D,VA
NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - D, DC
STARK, FORTNEY - D, CA
VALEZQUEZ, NYDIA D, NY
Maybe we need a good letter wrting campaign to media (national and local) and see if they will report the truth!
Rumsfeld has been against a draft from the beginning.
Just sent this to Hannity!!!!!!
I sent it to him this morning after it was first on freerepublic. Around 12.
McDermott is PROUDLY displaying his sponsorship of this bill on his website.
The hypocrisy and shamelessness of the Democrats is absolutely breathtaking!