Anyone who knows me at all is aware that I am rediculously liberal.In fact, I have been known to call myself socialist. But recently I came across a website called draftresistance.org.
I used to think the draft was a fascist, terrible idea, mostly agreeing with the ideology of this website. I was horrified by the thought of people fighting in a war that they did not support, but then my friend asked me, “what motivation does the American public have to support or fight against a war if there is no draft?” and she is absolutely right. During Vietnam millions of people protested in the streets. Why? Because there was a draft and there was a strong possibility that they or their son or daughter may have to fight. What better motivation than that?
When rumors of the draft came around at the start of the “War on Terror,” the administration vehemently denied it:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in an Op-Ed blaming “conspiracy mongers” for “attempting to scare and mislead young Americans,” insisted that “the idea of reinstating the draft has never been debated, endorsed, discussed, theorized, pondered or even whispered by anyone in the Bush administration.”
Of course it hasn’t been discussed. The American public would be rioting in the streets, just like Vietnam. No one supports this war any more, but no one has an investment in fighting against it, because President Bush has told them repeatedly that they do not have to go.