June 16, 2004

Black Caucus members want to reinstate the draft!

I keep catching hell from folks who want to insist that a new draft is coming, and that the Bush Administration is engineering it so that "their rich kids" won't be caught up in it.

Citizen Smash has done the legwork to find out exactly who is behind this push.

But who is behind this movement to reinstate the draft? Let’s check the Congressional Record.

In the House of Representatives:

Charles Rangel, NY
Neil Abercrombie, HI
Corrine Brown, FL
Donna M. Christensen,VI
William Lacy Clay, MO
John Conyers, Jr., MI
Elijah E. Cummings, MD
Alcee L. Hastings, FL
Sheila Jackson-Lee, TX
John Lewis, GA
Jim McDermott, WA
James P. Moran, VA
Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
Fortney Pete Stark, CA
Nydia M. Velazquez, NY

In the Senate:

Fritz Hollings, SC

Never mind that both of these bills have been stuck in committee for over 18 months, and have almost no hope of ever seeing the light of day.

Now, what Smash doesn't point out here is that the aforementioned Messers. Rangel, Christensen, Clay, Conyers, Cummings, Hastings, Jackson-Lee, Lewis, and Norton are all Democrats and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Mind you, the "Soul Patrol" are the ones who are most vocal to me about a new draft and "rich white kids" being protected.

Don't believe me? Check the Congressional Record yourself. The bills are S89 and HR163.

So now I ask you. Who really has black folks' best interests at heart, and who is selling out our children for "thirty pieces of silver?"

Posted by mhking at June 16, 2004 04:50 PM

You missed Rangel's explaination of why he put this out there.

1. It was to point out that the troop rotation is too hard on them. He wants the U.S. out of some areas, and by bringing up the idea of the draft, he's hoping to force a discussion.

2. What he proposed has far less exclusions than previous drafts. For example, no college deferment. So, in effect, he would get a broader cross section of people.

With that background, "So now I ask you. Who really has black folks' best interests at heart, and who is selling out our children for "thirty pieces of silver?" I think your comment is a little off base.

Posted by: DarkStar at June 16, 2004 07:07 PM

To the contrary any legislation is like the proverbial sausage. Once loosed on the congress critters it morphs, evolves, and just plain turns into a frank...........

Praise Allen.

Posted by: dorf at June 16, 2004 08:18 PM

Rangel's explanation is one thing. His real motive is another--to try to make the war unpopular enough among college students that they start revolting in the streets like back in 1968. Why? Because you create a generation of morons that you can manipulate--see liberal baby boomers, for example.

Except that Rangel & Co are going to have a hard time explaining why they pushed those kids into the draft in the first place.

Posted by: Brainster at June 17, 2004 03:46 AM
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