Monday, October 18, 2004

The Politburo Strikes Back

In the latest attempt to chill political debate, Ed Gillespie, Komissar, er... Chairman of the RNC wrote a letter threatening the 503(c) status of Rock the Vote (PDF) because of their discussion of the possibility of a draft. Rock the Vote wrote back refusing to be silenced. RtV President Jehmu Green wrote, "By your logic, there should be no debate about anything that you disagree with. There's a place for that kind of sentiment (and your threats), but its not here in our country."

Meanwhile, the Administration is unable to give any satisfying answer about how they are going to remedy the extreme over-extension of the military. And it is hardly only Rock the Vote and the Kerry campaing who are talking about the prospect of a draft. Non-partisan Iraq veterans' group Operation Truth is also speaking out about the possibility of a draft and other force enhancers. This issue is not an 'urban-myth' as Gillespie labels it, it is a legitimate and troubling possible response to this Administration's misuse of the military. It seems the Administration would much rather attempt to intimidate its critics than engage in an open and honest discussion of the issues. But, really, what's new about that?

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