Saturday, October 16, 2004
Kerry raised the draft issue in an interview with the Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest newspaper. "With George Bush, the plan for Iraq is more of the same and the great potential of a draft. Because if we go it alone, I don't know how you do it with the current overextension" of the military, Kerry said.
Now, I have a two draft age boys and I would be pleased as punch if they would decide to sign up and serve their country, but it is clear that the volunteer army of the United States is doing fine. The last thing the military wants is a bunch of unwilling soldiers mucking up the works. Charlie Rangle, Democrat, is the congressman who started all these draft rumors by starting the legislation... he wouldn't even vote for his own draft legislation. Got that? The Democrats submit legislation to start up a draft and vote against their own legislation... just to scare the young men in America. Well, I know young Americans and they don't scare that easily.
And the other story? Even after seeing what happened to America in the 2000 election, the Democrats have put out a playbook saying, "If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a 'pre-emptive strike." So, if the Republicans are winning, trump up some charges against them and get it in the press... oh, and if you can get a minority to make a statement, all the better.
"If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a pre-emptive strike," rule No. 2 says.
Then, the manual says the operatives should issue a press release "reviewing Republican tactics used in your area or state." They should also quote "party/minority/civil rights leadership as denouncing tactics that discourage people from voting."
Indeed, a press release from the Colorado Democrats on Wednesday looked straight out of the playbook.
After Secretary of State Donetta Davidson and Gov. Bill Owens, both Republicans, said anyone caught defrauding the voter registration process would be prosecuted, the Democrats shot out a statement decrying Davidson's and Owens' remarks as "voter intimidation."
The release also quoted two minority elected officials: Rick Garcia and Michael Hancock, both city councilmen. But Casey said she first saw the playbook on Thursday morning, the day after they had issued the press release.
"The first time I saw it was today after reporters called. We sort of looked at each other and said 'Gee, we did all the right things,' " she said.
Integrity, Integrity, Integrity, John.