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October 3, 2004 #319
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"The only thing consistent about my opponent's positions is that he has been inconsistent. "
G.W. Bush 9/30/04
ABOUT THAT DRAFT RUMOR
Not having anything worthwhile to say for himself, John Kerry has his surrogates out starting nasty rumors about the Bush administration. Our liberal national media doesn't seem to mind when Kerry minions spout obvious mistruths. The large media news organizations never bother fact-checking and questioning Democrats about even the most blatant lies, so Democrats babble on with impunity.
We, however, prefer to take notes and lie in wait until the actual candidate starts feeling confident the trial balloon sent up by minions is safe to follow.
John Kerry, of course, is libel to say anything. So, it didn't take long before Kerry himself started verifying the origin of the path of mistruths trod by his campaign crew and their media coworkers.
At a September 22 address to a group of communists, socialists and other Social-Democrats, Kerry cited the war in Iraq, and other trouble spots in the world, as reasons a second Bush administration would probably reinstate the military draft. Kerry also said he would not bring back the draft, then whined about how unfairly it was administered in the past.
Kerry neglected, at that time, to mention that he has a plan to conscript at least a million young people a year, for a two year period of service, as soon as they graduate from high school. But, nevermind. That's a different story.
The half-truth by Kerry and supporters is bolstered because there really is a bill in the House (H.R. 163) to reinstate the draft and there was a bill in the Senate (S. 89). What Kerry & company intentionally misrepresent (by not mentioning it) is the source of the bill.
The Senate bill was submitted by retiring Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) in January of 2003 and is no longer available.
The House bill is much more interesting. That bill was also submitted in January of last year -- by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY).
The summery states: "Universal National Service Act of 2003 - Declares that it is the obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the United States, between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a two-year period of national service, unless exempted, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense. Requires induction into national service by the President. Sets forth provisions governing: (1) induction deferments, postponements, and exemptions, including exemption of a conscientious objector from military service that includes combatant training; and (2) discharge following national service."
Furthermore, the bill "amends the Military Selective Service Act to authorize the military registration of females."
It gets better, though. Along with Rangel, there are 15 cosponsors: Rep Abercrombie (D-HI)[*], Rep Brown (D-FL)[*^], Del Christensen (D-VI)[^], Rep Clay (D-MO)[*^], Rep Conyers (D-MI)[*^], Rep Cummings (D-MD)[^], Rep Hastings (D-FL)[^], Rep Jackson (D-IL)[*^], Rep Jackson-Lee (D-TX)[*^], Rep Lewis (D-GA)[*^], Rep McDermott (D-WA)[*], Rep Moran (D-VA), Rep Stark (D-CA)[*], Rep Velazquez (D-NY)[*], and Del Norton (D-DC)[*^].
After each name is the standard designation of party and state, followed by brackets containing a "*" and/or "^" to designate organization. The "*" is used herein to designate that the person is an active member of the Congressional arm of the Socialist Party: the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The "^" after the name designates the person is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
So there we have the source of that rumor: A bill introduced in Congress 20 months ago and sponsored by sixteen of the worst members of Congress. Eleven of them are card carrying socialists. Eleven are members of the Black Caucus. Seven are card carrying members of both. But, membership cards notwithstanding, all are practicing socialists -- and staunch supporters of John Kerry.
So yes, by all means, let's keep this story of the draft alive. Everyone should hear about it for the next few weeks. The proposal was sponsored by the communists and socialists in Congress who most adamantly support Kerry for president. Voters need to know that.
Wander over to <http://thomas.loc.gov/>, enter HR 163 in the box at the top of the page and see for yourself. The Senate bill was pulled, but the House bill is still there for all to see.
Oh . . . and be sure to tell all the women in your life that the Kerry supporters in Congress added a little something to the old draft law. They want to "authorize the military registration of females." That should really please the distaff set.
NATIONAL SECURITY = ARMED FORCES
Strip the Army of those Bradley Fighting Vehicles used in the Gulf War. And take away the big M-1 Abrams Tanks the Army likes so well.
Strip the Navy of the last few fancy Aircraft Carriers so popular to provide air cover. Then, scrap the Aegis anti aircraft system the Navy depends on to search, track and guide missile functions. Scrap those P-3 Orion upgrades, too. The Navy doesn't really need the better anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
Over at the Air Force, let's get rid of the B2 stealth bomber that sneaks in on targets and wages destruction. Also get rid of the F-15 all-weather tactical fighter and the F-16 Fighting Falcon all potential threat fighter aircraft. The Navy and Marines might like more FA-18 multi-mission fighters, but they can probably get along without them. We have all heard of the F-117A Stealth Fighter attack aircraft. But, are they really necessary in today's world?
While we're at it, we may as well kill the Patriot anti Missile system, too. After all, it's not 100% effective yet.
There's more to this list, but by now most readers are getting the idea. These are all projects that Senator John Kerry voted to kill. Fact is, John Kerry voted to kill every military appropriation for the development and deployment of every weapons system since 1988 -- including a bill to provide battle armor for our troops.
As soon as Kerry took his seat in the Senate in 1984 he proposed cutting funding for the F-14 tactical fighter plane, the B1 and B2 bombers, the Peacekeeper missile, the Trident submarine, the Aegis cruiser, the Abrams tank, the Apache helicopter, and the Tomahawk cruise missile.
Like Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) so aptly put it at the GOP Convention: "This is the man who wants to be the commander-in-chief of our U.S. armed forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?"
Nowadays, at least part of the political debate is national security. After 20 years in the Senate, Kerry has a record on national security issues that we can check. Fact is, Kerry consistently voted against funding the military and intelligence agencies, and supported the intelligence fragmentation that made predicting and preventing 9/11 impossible.
Among other things, Kerry voted to cut the funding of the FBI by 60%. Kerry voted to cut the funding for the CIA by 80%. He voted to cut the funding for the NSA by 80%. Then, Kerry voted to increase our funding for UN operations by 800%.
Kerry was on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1993 to 2001, but attended only 24% of the meetings. Still today, Kerry is never available for security briefings simply because national security is not one of his interests.
During a Fox News interview last Aug. 5, General Tommy Franks gave the only correct answer concerning maintaining our national security and fighting the war on terror: "There are only two options: 1) We fight them here. 2) We fight them over there. I think we should fight them over there."
President Bush agrees. As Dubya said last month: "The best way to protect the American homeland is to stay on the offense. It is a ridiculous notion to assert that because the United States is on the offense, more people want to hurt us. We're on the offense because people do want to hurt us."
Ditto that. And keep our fighting forces very well equipped.
WATCHING THE DONKEY TROT OFF THE CLIFF
The self-centered, egotistical John Kerry obviously wanted to look his best for the debate. That is, after being told that his ship was sinking with the distaff set, Johnny thought he had better skuzzy himself up for the TV cameras. Unfortunately, the instant tan preparation the rich boy used gave him the burnt-orange look of an over-baked pumpkin pie.
That's about how most things have been going for Kerry lately. George Bush campaigns before huge, happy crowds. Kerry speaks before "groups" who often look like they might have been paid to be there and resent the imposition.
Can Kerry live down the attempted assist to his campaign by CBS and some of the far-left major newspapers before November? The liberal national media outlets seem to be talking to a smaller and smaller group of useful idiots every week. Of course, the liberal media is a large block of voters in themselves. They're so busy talking to themselves, maybe they won't notice before November that their believability rate among voters is now down to about 30%.
So -- limousine liberals unite -- the Kerry campaign called upon the "A-Team" of Democrats to help out. Only a couple of them were silly enough to ride this dead pony, though.
First, along came Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, adding a new twist of stupidity to the Kerry campaign. The last thing Kerry needed was Kennedy mouthing off again. But, Kennedy was asked to trash Dubya, so he tried.
Last week, Kennedy told students at George Washington University that: "The president's handling of the war has been a toxic mix of ignorance, arrogance and stubborn ideology. The president's arrogance toward the world community has left our soldiers increasingly isolated and alone." Then the almost sober Kennedy went on to scare tactics: "The war in Iraq has made the mushroom cloud more likely, not less likely."
What the heck is that all about? Alcohol induced dementia praecox, evidently.
Anyway, that didn't work out very well in the news cycles. No one (except the liberal media and union bosses) have paid any attention to Kennedy for years.
So, the bright lights at the Kerry campaign asked for an assist from Jimmy Carter. Carter wouldn't say anything too disparaging about Dubya. Instead, Carter whined that he thought the voting arrangements in Florida do not meet "basic international requirements" and could undermine the election.
Again, that didn't catch much interest in the news cycles -- except for a few laughs, that is. A lot of us are wondering how the senior citizen set in those infamous Florida counties, the ones who cannot even effectively poke a hole in a punch card, can be expected to learn to vote on a computer screen by November. The primary reason those precincts were so screwed up is simply because they are controlled by Democrats. Those poll workers need adult supervision, else they will never get the count correct.
The point is that Kerry cannot get any traction and that's his own fault. He talks so much and so fast that one needs only listen for a few minutes to hear something they will like. That's because it only takes Kerry a few moments to contradict what he started out saying.
The biggest and most important assist to the Kerry campaign is coming stealthily from the unions. Instead of running a lot of ads this year, the unions are saving a few million bucks for a get out the vote campaign. Which means, neighborhood activists will get a lot of "walking around" money. They will convert businesses and non-profit organization offices to phone banks. They plan to rent busses to shuffle voters from precinct to precinct, while providing everyone the enticement of plenty of food and drink, etc., etc.
Most of that is very illegal, of course. But, the practice worked well for the Clinton campaigns. Hardly anyone was convicted because of the activities. So, vote fraud has become an accepted practice for the Democrats. That's the only way they can win.
Meanwhile, an artificially colored burnt-orange Kerry is relegated to whining that the "avalanche" of negative television spots and attacks being shown is scaring off voters. "It's all scare tactics," Kerry said, ... "because (Bush) has no record to run on."
If it weren't so constantly amusing, the implosion of the Democratic Party might be sad to watch. But, they're doing it to themselves.
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