Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:20:47

Town Hall Comments

Mr. Adam Stutz, What a bunch of pacifist puke. People's Voice of whom? Why is terrorism put between quotes, "terrorism," as in Reuter's News Service, the New York Times and the BBC? Is there a better word for what's going on? Let's try murderers, savages, barbarians, beheaders of "infidels." That's where the quotes belong, around "infidels," meaning American citizens, meaning everybody and anybody who doesn't subscribe to Islam. Your choice of a background showed, I presume, American dead soldiers. Why didn't you use instead pictures of the gassed Kurds, photos of the Twin Towers, people jumping from them, the Pentagon and other atrocities committed by these animals and the King of Hell, Saddam Hussein or his fellow demons from same, the enlightened Taliban? Or, of course, you could have shown the Iraqi prison inmates being "tortured" (a different use of quotes) by having to have women's panties put over their heads. Poor babies! "U.S. aggression?" (Your term, my quotation marks). That's what every thugocracy run by absolute and viscious dictators or Dark Ages clerics are calling what most Americans see as liberating, first Afghanistan, then Iraq, no matter how unpredictable such things are. Not to mention those other wars of "U.S. aggression" which liberated all of east Asia from the "terrorists" in Japan and all of Europe from...well, are we allowed to say Germans without saying Nazis even if it just so happens those Nazis were Germans, uh, "terrorists?" Were those any different, and if so, in your own highly regarded opinion, why? As for no exemptions to any possible draft, ( as in the Israeli model), it's far from a done deal as you make it frighteningly so, thanks to our democratic system of government. And that's fine with most Americans, too. If you ever read a poll on the subject of the equality of any draft proposal, you would find that to be true. Using a part of your quotation from one of the bills proposed...."perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security....". Under this model, Bill Clinton would have had to actually DO something for his country, instead of being a career politician who never held a real job in his life; instead of being a draft-dodging, non-inhaling marijuana smoker who philandered with -how many, it's hard to keep track of - women young and of all ages. He definitely was an equal-opportunity president. Contrast his and his wonderful familys' contribution to America (drunken father, his victimhood) with Dumb Dubya and his father. George W. received his Bachelor's degree from Yale, then went to get his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He flew one of the most complicated, dangerous and uncontrollable warplanes in the U.SA.F., the F-102, as any former U.S.A.F. member will attest to; did so during his term in the Texas National Guard and received an honorable discharge. His fathers' record during WWII makes him a genuine hero, but not any more so than other millions who fought TRUE aggression. This, while John Kerry, who never fails to mention that he served in Vietnam, served four months, FOUR MONTHS, in that sorry conflict. Sorry only because of people like you, we lost that one. I'm sending your column to every newspaper and blogger I know of, accompanied by my rebuttal of this left-wing trash. I don't have time to look up who you are because it's not worth my time. Suffice it to say that you join the ranks (from wherever) of the liberals and democrats in this country, who want us to lose every conflict for freedom, including our own, that we still have the backbone to attempt. It's this simple, stupid: we fight them there, in "wars of aggression," or we fight them here, as in 9-11, done by "terrorists," in quotes, meaning so-called, as you put it. I much prefer turning the entire Middle East into an ash tray than see another single attack on this country inside it our out. Sir, you stink. William Mercer


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:17:53

Town Hall Comments

I honestly don't know what to think. I thank God every day that my son did not have to go to war. He is now over 40 years old. I think he would have had a nervous breakdown if he had to kill someone, and my heart goes out to all those who suffer, especially mentally, after having served in a war. And yet -- I want my country to remain free and I don't want the families of those over there now to have to suffer because their loved ones have had their terms extended, some more than once. It seems so unfair. I wish there would be enough men (I don't like women in combat) who would be willing to volunteer so we wouldn't have to have a draft, but I don't think that is going to happen. The only real answer is prayer. If enough people really prayed, we wouldn't get into situations like this. God bless America. Anne


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:17:23

Town Hall Comments

Yes indeed


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:13:17

Town Hall Comments

It may be hard for some to realize, especially the radical left, but if some haven't noticed we are at war. As a veteran, I know what it takes to keep this nation as free as it is. (so far) The draft will build men not only for our countrys protection, but it will make them better men through the self dicipline it instills in them. Those who have tasted the sting of war truly know how to appreciate what it takes to preserve our freedom. Compared to the rest of the world, we enjoy a freedom second to none, due to the sacrifice of the men and women that shed their blood for what we enjoy today. The Bible has many references to the reasoning behind fighting evil, and our enemy is definitely evil and they mean to wipe us so called infadels off the planet. God Bless America and the brave soldiers that fight for a just cause.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:13:04

Town Hall Comments

I CERTAINLY DON'T THINK THE DRAFT SHOULD BE RE-INSTATED. LET IT STAY AS VOLUNTARY ENLISTMENT. THE DRAFT WAS BAD ENOUGH WHEN JAPAN ATTACKED PEARL HARBOR. I KNOW BECAUSE I LOST MY HUSBAND IN THAT WAR AND THEN MY ONLY SON WAS DRAFTED AND HAD TO GO TO VIETNAM. BELIEVE ME I KNOW WHAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOVED ONES IN THE SERVICE ARE GOING THROUGH. I NEVER HAD A MOMENTS PEACE UNTIL MY SON CAME HOME SAFELY. I REPEAT "NO DRAFT" PLEASE!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:13:04

Town Hall Comments

I was drafted served on foreign land, 2 years , all young should be glad to serve this great land , if not they will be car bombs down the block from all of us in time, we are all in it together ,which person is better than the next , yes serve and be proud you did your part


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:11:42

Town Hall Comments

The draft should have never been stopped. I think every one should put in a couple of years.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:01:11

Town Hall Comments

Being a retired Vet from the WWll and Korean War and barely missed being sent to the Vetnam zone, plus being severly disabled from service in Korea. I definity disagree with the Draft again. The broken promises from the Govm't to we Veterns have been have been broken over and over. Elimination of services that were to be provided the retiree have constantly eliminated. Cut backs in funds to Vets Hospitals have caused them to stop providing medications that we need to cover pain because they are too expensive. We have to purchase these from our own pockets. This includeds the 100% disabled also. The all volunteer people in the Service now dont know what they are in for in the future. The postonement of this draft issue is only a great ploy for Bush's re-election. and I am firmly against it. I dont want to see it happen. My Son volunteered for a career and served eight years and when the Army wanted to cut-back, he was 'Riffed'. What will happen if we ever get out of Iraq, 'Cutback'.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:56:11

Town Hall Comments

No, I don't think we need the Draft, because there is enough volunteers, men and woman sign up everyday. Thanks, Jo


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:56:03

Town Hall Comments

THIS IS DIRECTED TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST THE DRAFT! DO YOU REMEMBER: MUSLIM BOMBING OF PAN AM FLIGHT 103, MUSLIM BOMBING OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN 1993, MUSLIM BOMBING OF THE MARINE BARRACKS IN LEBANON, MUSLIM BOMBING OF THE MILITARY BARRACK IN SAUDI ARABIA, MUSLIM BOMBING OF THE AMERICAN EMBASSIES IN AFRICA, MUSLIM BOMBING OF THE USS COLE, MUSLIM ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS ON 9/11/2001, ALL OF THE AMERICAN LIVES THAT WERE LOST IN THOSE VICIOUS MUSLIM ATTACKS? THERE WAS NO RETALIATION FROM THE US. WHY? THE PRESIDENTS WERE TOO WEAK TO PROTECT THE USA. I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT WE HAVE A STRONG PRESIDENT WHO IS NOT AFRAID TO GO TO WAR TO PROTECT ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE USA. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG, LONG WAR. NO ONE WANTS IT OR LIKES IT, BUT IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE DRAFT REINSTATED, THE TERRORISTS WILL MOVE INTO AND ATTACK THE US SOONER OR LATER. THEY ARE NOT AFRAID TO DIE, AND WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KILL AMERICANS. THINK ABOUT IT!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:53:46

Town Hall Comments

YES YES YES WE need the draft !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:49:29

Town Hall Comments

July 10, 2004 No I don't think we should bring back the draft. We have a lot of goo men and women try to join and were turned down because of education. If we could not train them when they were trying to serve, we should't expect them to be drafed in now. God bless our troops, our president and country.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:39:36

Town Hall Comments

NO I DO NOT THINK WE SHOULD REINSTATE THE DRAFT IF WE DO THAT WE ARE JUST LIKE THOSE OTHERS COUNTRYS WE ARE DOING AWAY WITH OUR AMERICAN MALES FREEDOM OF CHOICE >WE ARE TAKEING OUR MEN & WOMEN AS SLAVES WITH OUT THEIR CONSENT IT IS WRONG > VOTE EVERYWHERE AGAINST THIS IDEAL > I AM ^# YEARS OLD AND NOT IN DANGER BUT IT WORRIES ME TO SEE OUR YOUNG DIE FOR SOMEONE ELES WAR > IF OUR YOUNG WANT TO FIGHT LET THEM JOIN BUT DO NOT MAKE THEM FIGHT THEY MIGHT JUST FIGHT FOR THE OTHER SIDE OUT OF MAdNESS AT OUR COUNTRY >.THE ONES IN OFFICE THAT ARE PUSHING THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE FIGHTING NOR IS THEIR YOUNG MEN & WOMEN THEY HAVE THE POWER TO KEEP THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE HOME & SAFE DO NOT LET THEM DO THIS TO YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH OUT THEIR FREEDOM OF CHOICE > GOD BLESS THE SOLIDERs WHO ARE IN THERE RIGHT NOW >MJP


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:33:00

Town Hall Comments

I believe we should have the strongest military on earth, but ONLY about 1/100,000 ofthe current size & budget; ONLY HIGHLY TRAINED personnel would compromise that force. Currently, the United States is the most violent & aggressive nation on earth (not to mention with far more people in prisons per capita than ANY other nation!) There's a bill pending in Congress, H.R.1673, introduced by Congeressamn Dennis Kucinich, to create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace; I'd urge EVERYONE who has a better vision of ONENESS than of SEPARATENESS, LOVE over FEAR, to contact their Representatives & strongly urge them to support this bill. I am ashamed of the behaviors of a majority of members of Congress who allot the best of everything for themselves, sell Democracy to the highest bidder, support Corporate Welfare, & are creating a Police State in this Country.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:32:40

Town Hall Comments

If we are thinking about bringing back the draft, then close the loop holes &take away the right to vote,if you fail to serve period..... Freedom cost,if we are not willing to fight, then you don't deserve to be free.I am a vet &I am glad I served...I would fight the emeny on his soil than ours...The weapon of mass destruction was saddam himself, How many graves were filled of innocent people because they dissagreed with him..MAY GOD GIVE OUR PRESIDENT COURAGE TO KEEP THE HEAT ON OUR FOES WHO HATES FREEDOM ..GOD BLESS OUR BRAVE MEN & WOMEN IN HARMS WAY....


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:30:29

Town Hall Comments

I disagree that the draft should be started up again. I do not think we should even be in this "thing" with Iraq but since we were forced into it, the young people that signed up for ROTC, did it with the intention of getting a free education. I truly and so very sincerely hate to say that they were caught up in this mess but they knew there was a chance of something happening like this. I am sure they did not want to get involved in any "uselass war" but would fight for our country if we were invaded. I am sure some of them did enlist to be there for us but most of them wanted the education and again, I am so darn sorry they have to pay this was. There are plenty of people that are still joining the ROTC so let them go. On second thought, bring them all home and let the Iraq'a fight over stupid things as they have been doing for centuries. We or no one else will ever stop them from doing what they have been doing for so long.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:30:22

Town Hall Comments

1: we should only draft when we are capable of being responsible enough to use the draftees in a responsible manner. this stupid war we are in now didn't need to be. the president who led us into this war was not even capable of discharging his "peacetime" duty, never mind serving as a wartime military person, and to make matters worse- congress let him getaway with it. we need a way to control those we put in positions of leadership. what we have is not working. s/mccurley


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:30:04

Town Hall Comments

1: we should only draft when we are capable of being responsible enough to use the draftees in a responsible manner. this stupid war we are in now didn't need to be. the president who led us into this war was not even capable of discharging his "peacetime" duty, never mind serving as a wartime military person, and to make matters worse- congress let him getaway with it. we need a way to control those we put in positions of leadership. what we have is not working. s/mccurley


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:22:35

Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:20:57

Town Hall Comments

I believe that all generations should not only participate but be proud to serve this country. Whether on a volunteer or drafted basis. All of those vetrens from previous wars were not volunteers, but when drafted they served well and preserved the freedom that every one of us in this country enjoy today. I am sure that it makes the hearts of those who suffered, bled, and died to preserve your freedom,sad today to know that there are so many thousands of Americans who look on thier sacricices so lightly. You should reconsider your attitudes toward doing what ever is necessary to keep America Free and Proud. It is no wonder that so many of our people are willing now to witness rape, murder ect happen to even thier fellow country men and never lift a finger to help the person in peril. I deplore sites such as this one that promotes such rebellion to our society. Freedom is not FREE and never has been. It has always come at at a very high price. Even your Salvation cost Jesus Christ his life. His comment was I lay it down for my friends. Irvin Cummings Bryant Arkansas


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
18:13:15

Town Hall Comments

I believe we should have the strongest military on earth, but ONLY about 1/100,000 ofthe current size & budget; ONLY HIGHLY TRAINED personnel would compromise that force. Currently, the United States is the most violent & aggressive nation on earth (not to mention with far more people in prisons per capita than ANY other nation!) There's a bill pending in Congress, H.R.1673, introduced by Congeressamn Dennis Kucinich, to create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace; I'd urge EVERYONE who has a better vision of ONENESS than of SEPARATENESS, LOVE over FEAR, to contact their Representatives & strongly urge them to support this bill. I am ashamed of the behaviors of a majority of members of Congress who allot the best of everything for themselves, sell Democracy to the highest bidder, support Corporate Welfare, & are creating a Police State in this Country.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:55:34

Town Hall Comments

We need to pray to the good Lord that this mess is cleared up soon. If it takes a draft to keep our military strong enough to defend our country then I am all for it. I am a U.S.Navy vetran of the Korean conflict and four years in the service and four years reserve didn't hurt me any. Terrorism seems to be eveywhere any more so all countries need to pitch in and help stop it. E.B.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:48:42

Town Hall Comments

I do not think the draft should ever have been done away with. As much as I hate killing , and we all do, I think all men and women should be trained and ready. It teaches discipline if nothing else. Hopefully we won't need training for anything else. But we must defend our country. That is a way of life.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:35:47

Town Hall Comments

I hate that we need a draft. What is the alternative? We have got to get men and women trained to defend our country. If we don't fight in the countries that harbor terrorist, we will be fighing on our own soil. Do we have a choice? nnf660@aol.com


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:30:26

Town Hall Comments

We are for the draft, what has always been the younger generation who fought the wars and didn't make specifications if they were rich, poor or middle class, it was good for everybody, it would make a man out of a punk, which are far too many on the streets, now days some people like to get people to hate others because they are rich, poor, black, white,christian, catholic or whatever to cause problems in USA politics!!!Most of the young kids today watch MTV or play video games, they need to experience some discipline because most of them didn't get it while growing up or their parents would be in trouble with the LAW (what a shame). We have let our young people down by not being able to teach them proper manners, education and being drafted would help in a lot of areas. The younger people are no different than prior generations except they have too much time on their hands and need to learn responsibility.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:25:15

Town Hall Comments

I BELIEVE THE RESPONSIBILITIES IN PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY SHOULD INVOLVE ALL YOUNG MEN{ NOT WOMEN}!! REALLY NOT FAIR FOR A FEW WHO LOVE THEIR COUNTRY TO DO ALL THE SACFIFICING, LEAVING THEIR LOVED ONES AND FAMILIES AND GIVING THEIR LIVES BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!! BETTER TO HAVE THE FIGHT ON FOREIGN SOIL THAN HERE AT HOME!! THERE ARE "EVIL" TERRORISTS OUT THERE WHO WANT ALL AMERICANS DEAD, YOU REALLY SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT FACT!!!! SHAME ON THOSE WHO "BASH OUR BRAVE PRESIDENT AND OUR WONDERFUL MILITARY, I, AM ONE PROUD AMERICAN WHO IS SOOOO THANKFUL THERE ARE GOD FEARING, FREEDOM LOVING AMERICAN MEN WHO WILL FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST EVIL, SO THAT WE CAN BE SAFE HERE AT HOME!!! SHAME ON ALL THOSE WHO ARE COWARDS AND LETS OTHERS SHOULDER ALL THE RESPONSIBILTY OF KEEPING THE PEASE, WHILE THEY ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THE LABOR OF THE BRAVE MILITARY MEN!! GOD BLESS AMERICA, GEORGE BUSH AND OUR MILITARY!! MAW, ILLINOIS


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:16:50

Town Hall Comments

THE FIRST PEACE TIME DRAFT BECAME AFFECTIVE IN OCTOBER OF 1940, ONE MONTH BEFORE THE PRESIDENTAIL ELECTION. IF A DRAFT IS NEEDED, IT WILL NOT BE THE STUPID PROPOSALS OF REP. RANGAL OF NEW YORK, SUCH AS REGISTRATION OF WOMAN OR SO CALLED NATIONAL SERVICE WHICH WOULD BE A WASTE RESOURSES. THE AVAILANLE POOL IN THE AGE GROUP MENTIONED IS VERY LARGE AND VERY FEW MEN WILL BE DRAFTED. PLUS ALL THE SERVICES MUST USE THE DRAFT, SUCH AS IT WAS IN WW ll.AND A LOTTERY IS THE ONLY FAIR WAY.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:14:49

Town Hall Comments

I was a child of a serviceman during World War 2, am a widow of a man who served in Korea and VeitNam, am a Mother of a retired Coast Guardsman and the Grandmother of a soldier who was in the unit that took Bahgdad[?sp]. He is in the States now but will likely be going back in a few months. I am very proud of him and of course I worry as does our entire family. But, people, read the newspaper and look at the news every night and tell me how many of our young people are killed in auto accidents, shot down in the streets of America or die in other senseless ways. I do beleive in the Draft and do support our President. Anyone who is an American should. I firmly beleive there were and still are WMD hidden somewhere in Iraq. Or they were shipped out into one of the other countries who support terrorism.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:13:21

Town Hall Comments

yes we should draft---i was draft in 1959 and it may me a better person i think that all young people shoud spend time in tn th service for there county


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:12:17

Town Hall Comments

We are for the draft, what has always been the younger generation who fought the wars and didn't make specifications if they were rich, poor or middle class, it was good for everybody, it would make a man out of a punk, which are far too many on the streets, now days some people like to get people to hate others because they are rich, poor, black, white,christian, catholic or whatever to cause problems in USA politics!!!Most of the young kids today watch MTV or play video games, they need to experience some discipline because most of them didn't get it while growing up or their parents would be in trouble with the LAW (what a shame). We have let our young people down by not being able to teach them proper manners, education and being drafted would help in a lot of areas. The younger people are no different than prior generations except they have too much time on their hands and need to learn responsibility.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:07:21

Town Hall Comments

I think every able young man or woman should serve their country for at least two years after they are 18. If they are in college they should be allowed to complete the year they are in and then be called to basic training, it they are physically able. If they are not physically able for combat, there are plenty of office jobs or other less taxing jobs. We live in a great country that was made free by the shed blood of our fore-fathers, so today we all need to stand up and defend it from all enemy, or terriost that might try to take away that freedom. When I got out of school I joined the military and proudly served my country for many years and have never regreted it. I am too old now to join the active military, of which I would in a heart beat if I could, but now I am an officer in the Virginia Defense Force, in Lynchburg, Virginia, supporting the National Guard when they are called to duty. We help support their families in any way we can while they are deployed. Not only support the families, but secure the Armories and fulfill the role of the guard while they are deployed. If you are too old for active duty and have that military blood in you, then why don!t you join a State Defense Force and continue serving your country like this. Most every state in the country has a Defense Force now. God Bless the Military and all our young men and women serving, and God Bless the USA.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:05:18

Town Hall Comments

I have always felt that the United States should have a MANDANTORY 2 years in the military for ALL. I did my time and am proud of it and feel that it made me a better person for it. How else can we enjoy the freedom we now have if we are not willing to fight for it? REINSTATE THE DRAFT. R. L. Sieckmann, Jr RT 1 Box 275-10 Trinity, TX. 75862


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
17:00:31

Town Hall Comments

WHY NOT HAVE A DRAFT AGAIN? GETS YOUNG PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS AND THEY CAN LEARN A PROFESSION WHILE THEY ARE IN THERE. ARE YOU TOO GOOD TO STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY OR ARE YOU A RUN TO CANADA TYPE WHO TAKES ALL THE FREEDOMS WE HAVE COMPARED TO ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD FOR GRANTED? SOUNDS LIKE IT! NOT ALL BUT MOST COUNTRYS DO HAVE A DRAFT STILL IN PLACE SO QUIT THE FUSS AND SERVE YOUR COUNTRY PROUDLY. DONT TALK DOWN ON YOUR AND MY COUNTRY. I SERVED HER VOLUNTARILY FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THOMAS K. CENTRALIA, WA 98531


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:59:48

Town Hall Comments

I think that if they do reinstate the draft it should not exclude Congressmen and senators, and even presidential children and grandchildren what is fair for one should be fair for all. I do not uphold a draft or even a volunteer Military to fight a "neverending" war!! There is no such thing as a War on Terrorism. Terrorism it universal and you cannot defeat it with armies!!! Besides those countries have been fighting since before the time of Christ! What makes us think we can intervene now! I say pull out and worry about our own shores. We have plenty enough military if we mind our own business. I don't mind helping out the other countries but I didn't hear of them asking for our help. They don't even want us there. None of the other countries helped us fight our battles. If we have problems we stand alone as always. and So Be It. But don't keep killing our children for a fight we have no business in and while they are at it they can RECALL THE STUPID "pATRIOT ACT AS WELL"


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:53:32

Town Hall Comments

I have long been a proponent of Universal Military training (1 year of training) for each and every able bodied person age 18, or upon graduation from high school, whichever is later. This would provide a "ready" base for our military to upon if and when they are neeeded. In this case a draft would not be needed. Bob LeRoy - USAF Veteran


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:48:58

Town Hall Comments

This is fine if every one is in the same class and young mens and girls are on the same equal base. And do not let money or politic keep any from going and service there times. The rich one have to go the same as the poorer class. Then I have no problems with a draft but remember what happen in Viet Nan only the ones that could not buy thier way out and run off to Canada did not show up.. John Schnebelt Martinsville, Ind jts8525@msn.com A vet of WWII, was in the Army and the Air Corp from 1944 thru 1946


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:48:11

Town Hall Comments

I THINK IT IS A SAD STATEMENT THAT WE WOULD EVEN HAVE TO CONCIDER THE DRAFT,,IF THE REST OF THE "FREE" WORLD WOULD JUST BAND TOGETHER,,THIS TERROR CRAP COULD BE ELIMINATED,,,,PERHAPS THESE OTHER "FREE" COUNTRIES ARE PROFITTING FROM THIS MADNESS SOME HOW!!!!!! I JUST HOPE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT REMEMBERS ALL WHO HAVE TURNED THERE BACKS ON US AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE WHO SO DESERVE TO LIVE IN FREEDOM AND PEACE AS WELL AS THE OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE OPRESSIVE HANDS OF TERRORISTS,AND DICTATORSHIP,,MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS US AND KEEP US A PROUD AND NOBLE NATION,WHO WILL STEP IN AND FIGHT FOR THE WORLDS PEOPLE,S RIGHT TO LIVE IN FREEDOM SAFETY AND PEACE. ENOUGH SAID!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:44:11

Town Hall Comments

Many Countries have required Military duty for a few years. I do not think we should revert back to the draft..I do think we should clear out of Iraq and all other countries.Let each country fight their own war and form their own government.We stay home and protect our borders against any acts of terror or invasion.We can not save and finance the world.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:43:12

Town Hall Comments

I believe that we need to the Draft again. I see nothing wrong with requiring our children both Male and Female to serve a period of time in the Armed Forces Defense of our Country if for no other reason than to say thank you for the Honor of being brought up Free with the Bill of Rights the law of the land that allows everyone to pursue their own happiness. This is the only geographic location on the surface of the planet where these unalienable rights are guaranteed by our forefathers and if we don't train our people in the Defense of this Awesome Nation, we may NOT HAVE IT FOR ANOTHER DECADE. We need to be prepared to defend the country at all times and therefor, every citizen needs to trained in the Defense of the Nation and prepared to Defend her at all costs. Respectfully, Ellery D. DeSanto, Jr., & Judith G. DeSanto AVCM, US Navy 58-80, (Ret) & A2C, US Air Force, (Vet) 1718 Apache St., Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-9408 Phone: 252-480-2725, Fax: 252-480-1274 E-mail: JUELKDH@aol.com "Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' (Samuel Adams) The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were Treated and Appreciated by their Nation. (George Washington) "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan." (Pres Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address)


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:38:38

Town Hall Comments

I believe that we need to the Draft again. I see nothing wrong with requiring our children both Male and Female to serve a period of time in the Armed Forces Defense of our Country if for no other reason than to say thank you for the Honor of being brought up Free with the Bill of Rights the law of the land that allows everyone to pursue their own happiness. This is the only geographic location on the surface of the planet where these unalienable rights are guaranteed by our forefathers and if we don't train our people in the Defense of this Awesome Nation, we may NOT HAVE IT FOR ANOTHER DECADE.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:35:13

Town Hall Comments

I believe the draft should be reinstated!! We in my genaration joined freely and the one's drafted fought very hard and lost a lot of live's to preserve the " THE FREEDOM " that our children and grand children are enjoying now and they sould do the same for their's. God Bless America aand the "Freedom" we have. John J. Northern


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:35:13

Town Hall Comments

I would be afraid but proud if my son chose to enlist. He is too young now; I don't have to worry about that for another five years. However, I support President Bush, I support the war on Terrorism and though I would be in constant prayer if my son were called, someone's son has to go. If I want my country protected at the expense of other peoples' sons, then it is only right I be willing to see my son go off to protect us as well. People who are against the draft have the right to their points of view but I'll bet none of them want to live under a government like the Hussein Regime or Castro's or the Taliban's or Lebanon, or Syria, etc, etc, etc. Islamic terrorists believe a country should be ruled in such way as the Taliban ruled Afganistan. If one thinks it is far fetched to imagine the United States under a rule equal to the Taliban, then remember how great Rome was and that Rome completely fell after only 500 years. Our country is only a little more than half the age that Rome lived to be. Islamic terrorists believe that every country not ruled by thier interpretation of religion is evil and should be destroyed, overtaken, and converted to thier way of government. Would I rather have the draft or Taliban style of government - I'd take the draft.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:32:27

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I think military service should be mandatory for everyone coming out of High School, male and female. There is such a total lack of patriotism in this country now and it is very sad. We have so much to be thankful for. Being born in America, gives us a certain obligation to help others in need. They want to have the same freedom we do and if we can help then to obtain it we should. When the draft was in effect, no one objected because it was your American duty. It should be that way again and people who leave the country to avoid it should be punished accordingly. Phyllis Pajka Virginia


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:30:04

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After reading some of the comments about reinstating the draft it boggles the mind to realize how many people are sitting on their brain. How can these right wingers not see what "W" is doing to our people. Obviously they aren't the parents, friends, siblings or spouses of service personnel who have either paid with their lives or been permanently maimed by this totally unneccesary war. The people of Iraq don't want us there. We have no business being there. If we were spending the money taking care of our own people who are badly in need of help, instead of letting "W" try to get revenge for his father and pad the wallets of his wealthy friends, our country would be in much better financial circumstances, poor people here would be taken care of and the world wouldn't hate us. My son was drafted and served in Viet Nam. He died at the age of 52 from our country exposing him to something he could never get over. That's exactly what we are doing to our people that are in Iraq. Wake up and face facts. Bring our service personnel home and never, never force another person to be required to serve his country. That should be a choice they make for themselves.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:28:05

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Dear Sir, I believe that the draft should be re-instated as I think every young male between the ages of 18-22 should serve their country in some way. Not only for combat, but some form of service. Ron Patterson.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:26:22

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I think that the draft has to be reinstated, because from what I am hearing from the liberal left of this great USA, no liberal will enlist. We must all come together if we are going to fight the rats(terrorists). That is exactly what we are up against, and we didn't start it no matter what the desperate liberals say. These people would behead all of us if they could. I think that we should help the Iraq's get their country straightened out and then help any other country that needs it. If it means drafting more soldiers, so be it. I enlisted in 1952, along with two brothers, during the fiercest fighting of the Korean war. Being drafted seems to be what is necessary now. This war is not about oil and our president did not start it. The liberal all have their own version of the truth, to suit their purpose,(getting the White house back), which isn't going to happen.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:24:05

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Reinstating the Draft would be one of the most SENSIBLE ACTIONS that the United States could accomplish. As a draftee in the Korean War, I was provided with a true sense of patriiotism, given leadership training, taught the meaning of professional, discipline and the price for freedom. Please show me where the young citizens of our country learn these traits, today. Certinly not in the universities and colleges in our country. Serving our nation through the draft with commensurate benefits from training and post service education would be a wonderful accomplishement for this nation's future. Robert B. Craig Colonel U.S. Army (Ret.)


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:20:07

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I don,t support the draft for this cause. I didn't think we should be involved with this conflict in thw first place.You are fighting a losing battle.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:14:38

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Many people thought it was wrong to go to war against Hitler, too. Hitler had not attacked OUR country yet. I believe that Sadam moved his WMD to Syria so we haven't found them. The world is much better off without him.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:06:15

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Every able bodied citizen should support his country on a voluntary basis for a minimum of two years. All should complete six weeks of basic military training and then serve in hospital,educational institution,etc. They should be compelled to live in quarters just like the military and at the same salary and benifits. This is your basic equal opportunity. The Dept. of Defense ( does not) want a citizen who does not want to serve their country in a military fashion. This has been stated publicly for the last two years and we will continue to use the voluntary system. I know of no soldier,sailor,marine, or airman that wants to put his life on the line beside a draft dodger or protestor.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:04:53

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Everyone who is healthy and able bodied should serve in some capacity. It would give the young people getting outof High school the ooprotunity to decide what they want to do with their future. Also, they gain maturity while in the service. If a young person is not able to serve as a "foot soilder" they should serve at a desk. They are as able to do things that people that walk around do and sometimes a lot more.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:02:30

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I served 35 years in the U.S. Army (8 years enlisted and 27 years commissioned). I joined when I was 17 and believed I gained 2 years of maturity during my 8 weeks of basic training at Ft Leonard Wood, Mo. I entered the service in 1954 and served with draftees and enjoyed the experience gaining much respect and insight into the characteristics of many,many folks with different backgrounds. I never heard a draftee complain about putting in 2 years of service and never heard a draftee bad mouth the administration or President of this land of ours. I have always been a believer in the draft and feel strongly that we should never have discontinued it. However, rather than 2 years, I believe 18 months would do as well to train up males and females so they can then continue their commitment in the Reserves as citizen soldiers available if needed. I believe with all my being that Rumsfeld is correct and this terrorist oriented war is not going to be over in a long, long while. As the new Chief of Staff of the Army stated "it's not going to be over in my lifetime"..... Proud to have served my country and would do it again (Right Now) as long as I can walk, talk, and contribute without putting fellow soldiers in jeopardy!!!!! "God Bless America" Larry Masters (Col, US Army Retired, but ready again if called...)


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
16:01:01

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I feel the public should definitely be more informed about these new bills and that as a parent of a draft age son, I would not want it to be passed. Having most of my family previously and currently in the armed services and not seeing some of them come home, I really would like the men and women the right to enlist and not be drafted.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:59:49

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The choice is not whether or not to restart the draft. I believe it's a given. Otherwise, you better get out your "prayer rugs" and face mecca 5 times a day.I promise you that freedom loving people will not go down without a fight. It's just that it is better that it happen in Afghanistan or Iraq than here...again. We need fighting men and we're simply not getting enough volunteers to defend our freedoms.So, let's get the show on the road. R. Heald USMC World War 11.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:59:49

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DO not REINSTATE THE DRAFT !!!!!!! STLDOMAK@AOL.COM


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:56:10

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July 10, 2004


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:56:03

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I HAVE A SON IN THE MARINES AND HE IS THERE BECAUSE HE INLISTED, RIGHT AFTER 9/11 AND RIGHT NOW HE IS IN RAMADI IRAQ. HE SWITCH FROM MARINE MP HOME SECURITY TO MARINE FIRST DIVISION IN ORDER TO GO. I FOR ONE WOULDN'T WANT PEOPLE THERE WITH HIM, THAT DIDN'T WANT TO GO IN THE FIRST PLACE. CAUSE IT COULD CAUSE DANGER TO THEIR FELLOW SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. IF THEY WERE TO HAVE BETTER BENIFITS AND PAY, MORE MIGHT BE WILLING TO JOIN. THEY HAVE TO PAY TAXES WHEN NOT AT WAR AND PAID FOR EVERYTHING THEY GET. MY SON HAD TO PAY 80.00 ONCE JUST TO HAVE HIS PROMOTION PATCHES SEWED ON HIS CLOTHS. I DON'T SEE HOW THE ONES WITH CHILDREN MAKE IT ON THEIR WAGES. SOME EVEN GET SECOND JOBS. WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF OUR MILITARY LIKE WE SHOULD. BUT ALL IN ALL WE MUST HAVE GOOD MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN CAUSE THIS WORLD IS SO EVIL AND WE NEED THE KNOWLEDGE AND STENGTH AND BRAVERY THESE FINE AMERICANS HAVE. YOUR'S TRUELY MOM OF A MARINE LINDA M.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:55:36

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I DO NOT WISH TO SEE A DRAFT. AND FAR AS I AM CONCERN, NONE OF THE POLITICIAN AND THERE FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE TO SERVE TO. STOP THE WAR ON OIL.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:51:36

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I agree with the Father who wrote the open letter to his Sons. If we don't wake up and see what is happening to our world we will be speaking Arabic and wearing turbans. Those people do not intend to quit just because we want to bring our sons and daughters home. They are out to take over the whole world. And with the state of America right now, I can believe that most people will just stick their heads in the sand and think it will never happen here. Wake up America. How do you think we got where we are today. We sent sons, daughters, husbands,wives, fathers,and mothers to war and fought for every freedom we have. It wasn't handed to us just because we happened to wake up one morning in America. Nothing comes easy. Even cutting your first baby tooth was painful...so is trying to keep our country free for all our decendants. Each and every one of us have loved ones who have died or been wounded or mentally scared by war. It is not fun, but sometimes it is necessary. I happen to have had 3 sons in the Navy. One passed away at age 34 but the other 2 are still in there and they have been fighting just like yours and your friends children, to preserve these United States for their children and their grandchildren. Get your heads out and look at the real facts. A Mother who loves God and this country.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:46:06

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U.S. National - AFPUS press questions Bush's Iraq war justification in light of Senate report 1 hour, 22 minutes agoAdd U.S. National - AFP to My Yahoo! WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Senate probe into CIA (news - web sites) failures in pre-war Iraq (news - web sites) intelligence made headlines in US newspapers, which questioned how US President George W. Bush (news - web sites) and his war planners used the data to justify the war. AFP Photo Latest headlines: · Group Threatens to Kill Pakistan Hostages AP - 11 minutes ago · Marines Clash With Insurgents in Ramadi AP - 31 minutes ago · Power Outages Test Iraqis' Heat Endurance AP - 31 minutes ago Special Coverage   "Sadly, the investigation stopped without assessing how President Bush (news - web sites) had used the incompetent intelligence reports to justify war," The New York Times said in an editorial Saturday. That matter will be addressed in a second part of the Senate report on the Bush administration's use of intelligence to convince the world to go to war. Bush's decision to go to war is a major issue ahead of the November 2 presidential election. The Times editorial said the investigation also "left open the question of whether (intelligence) analysts thought they were doing what Mr. Bush wanted" in supplying evidence to go to war. "No one had to pressure analysts to change their findings, because the findings were determined before the work started," the New York daily said. The Los Angeles Times wondered: "Did the White House pressure the CIA to concoct reasons to invade Iraq?" The Washington Post said: "Mr. Bush, Vice President (Dick) Cheney and other senior officials sometimes exaggerated the flawed intelligence they were given, even if they were correct in identifying Iraq as a threat." "The report offers yet another reminder about the weakness of US intelligence agencies, one that the Bush administration and Congress should be answering more urgently," it said. The Washington Times, meanwhile, said the senators fell down on the job of overseeing intelligence-gathering. "The senators who criticized the intelligence community for its failures played a major part in the subsequent tragedy," it said. The conservative Washington daily named Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry (news - web sites)'s running mate, in particular. "Committee members -- including Senator John Edwards (news - web sites) -- were charged with the duty of oversight and received the necessary powers to do so. They had access to the classified materials, they had the authority to question CIA executives and analysts," the Times said. "So where were the senators while the failures were building?" The New York Times also took the Bush administration to task for its policy of holding periodic news conferences "to warn us that we're about to be attacked." Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned Thursday that al-Qaeda is planning a large-scale attack on the United States in a bid to "disrupt our democratic process." "The public will have to believe that the president is acting against a real threat, not one manufactured to justify a political agenda," the Times said. "There is no reason to go on television and repeat vague warnings that seem to be intended to frighten everyone.   "The report is a condemnation of how this administration has squandered the public trust it may sorely need for a real threat to national security," the Times declared. The president has alot to answer for.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:43:49

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No we should not re-enstate the draft they have enough of our men fighting over there and that really is not a legal war our men are there to straighten things out and help those people and are only fightnig to protect themselves not as in a war.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:38:51

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WHERE DO SOME PEOPLE GET THIS DRAFT WILL TURN BOYS INTO MEN! ALL IT WILL DO IS GET THEM KILLED OR TORTURED OR BEHEADED! THERE IS NO PROOF SAADAM HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH 911. WE NEED TO GO GET BINLADEN, SO WHY A WAR IN IRAQ? IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT OIL FROM THE START AND STILL IS. LET THE ONES WHO WANT TO GO TO WAR GO, WHY DON'T THEY DRAFT THE PRISIONERS HERE, THEY LIKE TO KILL! EVEN BETTER, SEND BUSH'S D.U.I DAUGHTERS, THEY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:34:22

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I'm never sure how "accurate" some interenet info is; but assuming this is accurate here are my views. I believe the war in Iraq is a personal vendetta on Bush's part wanting to "top Daddy Bush" and wanting the history books to proclaim him as superior to his dad. Also believe all the info coming out about faulty CIA/FBI reports is and will be used as an "out" for Bush's starting an unprovoked war against Iraq. I truly love America, but it is and can be only as good as its leaders (whom we elect) choose to make it. I feel this war is also about "big money" which equates with "big power." The love of "power" is humankind's greatest fault. Yes, some of our nation's young people need lessons in responsibility, but there are many young persons living good and responsible lives we never seem to hear much about; I know because I personally know such young persons. We can't expect kids to behave any differently than what they have been taught by the very parents who are bemoaning how awful "other people's kids are now-a-days." Military service, in and of itself, does not teach respect, responsibility, love of brother, etc. Look at the behavior of "some" military persons in the Iraq prisoner abuse. Thankfully, some young military persons said even "if they were ordered" to behave in such a horrendous manner, they would have refused even if it meant court-marshall. If we expect our young persons to behave differently we need to realize they mimic the adult behavior they "see" more than what they "hear." Teaching basic American values of common decency, needs to begin with children at the very earliest age "at home" rather than looking to the military or schools or wherever to correct the problems "after-the-fact." I have great faith in America and believe that when we've had "enough" governmental dishonesty and power plays we will, like the alcoholic who has hit bottom, do what needs to be done to correct the system. I also believe we cannot expect peace until we are willing to "be" the peace we say we want. As in the words of "The Peace Song;" "Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin WITH ME."


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:33:15

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No, the draft should not be re-instated. NO ONE should have to be made to go to war. The men & women already at war should be brought home immediatley. Keep our solders in America & there will be enough here to protect our country. Why are we sending them overseas to protect people who are killing them????


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:32:56

Town Hall Comments

NO - do not reinstate the draft. And please, do not recall up the servicemen that have already served their country once before. Not fair.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:28:25

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We need participation fromm all countries in controlling terrorism


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:26:55

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I believe in the draft, yes it should be reinstated. I have lost family from the Civil war, right on through.I have also the freedom to worship,write, talk and travel throughout the US as I please. Thank you to all who gave of themselves since the US began. The draft should give all of our youth some goals that have never been presented to them before, from any source.I also think the illegals who want to join us should be considered for citizenship afterwards. Let the rest of them be sent back immediately to where they come from.GOD BLESS AMERICA.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:25:57

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I AM 100% AGAINST THE DRAFT BEING BROUGHT BACK. THE SMARTEST THING TO DO IS EMPTY THE PRISONS AND LET THEM ALL GO FIGHT. THEY WOULD LOVE IT, BE MORE THAN WILLING TO GO, AND PROBALLY BE GOOD AT IT, THEY HAVE HAD LOTS OF EXPERIENCE IN FIGHTING AND KILLING. SURE WOULD SAVE ON THE EXPENSE AT THE PRISONS ALSO, THATS ALL WE HEAR IS HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IT TAKES TO HOUSE A PRISIONER A YEAR. SO THIS WOULD BE A SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING. BUT WHO LISTENS ANYHOW. TLS IN HOUSTON, TX.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:23:45

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As frightning as it is to think that about, if our sons' and daughters' don't serve their country to preserve their right's, then who? Our freedoms are far from free! I was coming of age during the Viet Nam draft, I enlisted in 1969. I was in Viet Nam by October of the same year. It is not something I would wish for anyone, but just as my father served to protect his generations freedoms in World War Two, our newest generation has to think of their childern, and their own freedoms just as our parents thought of us. No one wants to fight, but as we all know deep in our hearts, if our children don't protect their freedoms, some one will surely take them away. God bless us all!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:23:35

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As a retired Marine of 24&1/2 years & 5 & 1/2 wars I can tell you that the draft will ruin the armed forces because that person who is drafted don't give a shit about the USA or what they are doing so in the long run we are better off just keeping the all volinteer service & besides none of our wonderful elected peoples sons or dauters would serve anyway Gy/Sgt Ron Dias USMC Ret. !952 to 1976 on page 166 of the Purple Heart 2003 directory.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:22:42

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As frightning as it is to think that about, if our sons' and daughters' don't serve their country to preserve their right's, then who? Our freedoms are far from free! I was coming of age during the Viet Nam draft, I enlisted in 1969. I was in Viet Nam by October of the same year. It is not something I would wish for anyone, but just as my father served to protect his generations freedoms in World War Two, our newest generation has to think of their childern, and their own freedoms just as our parents thought of us. No one wants to fight, but as we all know deep in our hearts, if our children don't protect their freedoms, some one will surely take them away. God bless us all!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:18:41

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WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE DRAFT. IT DOES NOT CTREATE THE QUALITY OF SERVICEMAN THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE THROUGH VOLUNTEER SERVICE. OFFER THE MILITARY A BETTER DEAL TO ATTRACT THE BEST.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:17:51

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Sir, I am a Retired U.S. Navy Master Chief (Diver) who served 30 years in the U.s. Navy in service to my country.I think that the draft being re-instituted is the only option we have left. Our troops are fighting in Afghanistan & Iraq and we are (since 9-11)fighting a Global War against terrorism. President William Jefferson Clinton reduced our military to a size so small that we cannot defend our country. I spent 30 years of my life defending people like you. Your article rings of TREASON. You are cut out of the same mold as Michael Moore & the rest of the bleeding heart Liberals who think we should hand the terrorist "Flowers" & everything will be alright. If you don't wake up you and your children and grandchildren will be bowing down to Mecca. Print This. Colin Kelly Blair, Master Chief (Diver) Retired. Thank you sir and may the Lord help you. Please pray for our troops and our President & Commander-in-Chief. George W Bush


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:17:29

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I feel it should be a requirement TO SERVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY & I looked upon my service 68-74 an honor. What I do not agree with is the US trying to be the Police officers of the world especially for an ungrateful country such as Iraq who does not Want us there to begin with. Nobody wants thier sons & Daughters to be Cannon Fodder in a unwinable and Unclear war with Shaded and constrained objectives. To offer up our youth and Monetary resourses to these third world countries is really a shame. Draft or No Draft I feel it should be a requirement to serve in some capacity. No Matter what political views we may Have...we need to remember one thing Very clearly...Always Support our troops....Our sons & Daughter doing thier Job and Serving their country. Patrick Dwyer Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:14:00

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I can't believe that somebody really thinks that Bush didn't start this war. Where has he been???? I was there on 9-11, what in hell does that have to do with Iraq?? With attitudes like this we will always be at war. WAR IS HELL!!!! Sam Blodgett


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:12:51

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I SUGGEST THAT YOU ALL GO TO SEE THE MOVIE FAHRENHEIT 9/11. THEY TAKE A POLL AMONG THE CONGRESSMEN AND THE SENATORS AND TRY TO SIGN THEIR CHILDREN UP FOR WAR. THOSE PEOPLE WILL NOT EVEN TALK WITH THE SIGNERS. THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR CHILDREN OVER THERE FIGHTING A WAR THAT WAS NEVER NECESSARY IN THE FIRST PLACE. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THE MILITARY SO BE IT BUT DO NOT FORCE ANYONE INTO SOMETHING THAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO DO. SPEAKING AS A MOTHER........I DO NOT WANT TO SEE MY SON COME HOME IN A WOODEN BOX TO DOVER AFB.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:10:03

Town Hall Comments

Reinstate


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
15:04:21

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FIRST OF ALL--PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOT START THE WAR!!!!!!--IT WAS STARTED MANY YEARS AGO. I BELIEVE THE DRAFT, SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN STOPPED. I HAVE 4 SONS & WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY PROUD TO HAVE THEM IN THE SERVICE (3 OF THEM ARE PAST THE AGE TO BE DRAFTED & 1 DIED 15 YEARS AGO FROM CANCER) THEY BECAME OF AGE JUST WHEN THE DRAFT WAS STOPPED & AT THE TIME I THOUGHT IT WAS A MISTAKE--IT TEACHES RESPONSIBILTY, PATRIOTISM,CONFIDENCE,STRENGTH & MUCH MORE--THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS IGNORANT ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON--IT IS NOT THEIR WAR, IT IS EVERYBODYS' WAR AND IF IT IS NOT TAKEN CARE OF THERE IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF HERE AND ANYWHERE ELSE THE MUSLIMS WANT TO TAKE IT--DON'T YOU REALIZE ALL THE TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT ONLY MAKES THEM FEEL BETTER ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND IN MOST OTHER WARS IT WOULD BE TREASON FOR ALL THE ROTTEN THINGS THAT ARE SAID AGAINST OUR PRESIDNT WHO I ADMIRE FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES IS RIGHT AND IT IS NOT WAR FOR OIL--IT IS WAR FOR OUR LIVES AND FOR OUR COUNTRY TO SURVIVE!!!!! AND THERE ALREADY ARE PLENTY OF THEM IN THIS COUNTRY --WE JUST MIGHT GET A SURPRISE HERE AGAIN SOME DAY AND THEN PLENTY OF PEOPLE WILL BE CRYING FOR HELP--DO ALL OF YOU REMEMBER 9/11/2001--WHAT A SHOCK TO ALL OF US IN THE U.S.--WE JUST MIGHT NEED THE DRAFT TO HAVE MEN ON DUTY HEREIN OUR COUNTRY--FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES--AND NO I DO NOT LIKE WAR BUT IF SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO KILL ME, I WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FIGHT BACK AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING IN IRAQ--THIS COULD START ANYWHERE--THEY WANT TO KILL ALL THE INFIDELS--ARE YOU AWAKE!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS PRESIDENT BUSH FOR HAVING BRAINS AND USING THEM AND IF HE IS NOT REELECTED GOD HAVE PITY ON THIS NATION!!!!!!! FRANK GULYAS


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:58:28

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i am against any war, we have seen enough of our childredn being hurt and killed and for what?? these people will never change and who are we to be the ones to stop them, we have enough going on in our own country, let us start at home and make this a better place. grannyphyllis@webtv.net


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:58:21

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Shame on Canada why should we not provide a safe haven for those opposed to a war that has no reason.My heart goes out to the mothers wives children who will not see there loved ones again. It seems that some have no conscien but to drop bombs at will even on their friends Lets not forget the lose of four Canadians who lost their lives not by the enemy but by so called friendly force. and no feeling of remorse or apology. If war is to be lets have a good reason Vern Mittelholtz


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:54:39

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We should always have a draft just to protect ourselves and also will give our children some sort of direction.R Munto Ogdensburg N.Y.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:51:28

Town Hall Comments

Maybe everyones missing the point , seems to me that our president might have jumped the gun just a bit , instend of waiting for more countries to join in with us on the Bush war and allowed more time to confirm the facts we might not be over there to begin with , how many more sons and daughters have to die before we wake up , by the way do you see George W-S daughters in the military . Think about it . As you can damm well tell I do not agree with reinstateing the draft .


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:49:59

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I was at the age of between wars but always felt there the draft should have been left alone. it would have done a lot for me. We need to stand ready for freedoms. When I was young--if a person had 3 times in serious trouble they went into the service. I think all should have a year of training as soon as they turn 18/19 or sooner they are then on top draft status for 5 yrs +. only those in hardships can be removed from the standing. We need the young to be part of America not just take from it. to bad it has to be the young but people my age could only handle office duty. To sacrifice is the cost to have freed oms we have


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:46:57

Town Hall Comments

I DO NOT BELIEVE THE DRAFT SHOULD BE REINSTATED. IT SHOULD BE UP TO THE INDIVIDUALS TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT TO JOIN THE SERVICE OR NOT. I BELIEVE WE HAVE ENOUGH YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL MAKE IT A PRIORITY IN THEIR LIVES WITHOUT THE USE OF THE DRAFT SYSTEM! WHERE IS THEIR FREEDOM, RIGHTS THAT WE TALK ABOUT IF WE REINSTATE THE DRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:45:41

Town Hall Comments

I believe we should reinstate the draft to make sure our country is always ready. In fact, I think every man, when he graduates from high school should have to go to a military camp for awhile, both for training and to learn to be courteous.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:40:59

Town Hall Comments

I definitely do believe that the draft should be re-instated. I know it is a time of war and men are not running to join the services these days, because they would have to work for their free money. Our country needs the manpower to protect the world or take the initiative in defending freedom around the world.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:38:46

Town Hall Comments

GREAT IDIA TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT WILL GET KIDS READY FOR A REAL WORKING LIFE ! EXCEPT ONLY SON OUR FAMILY HARDSHIP CASES IF HE OR HER GETS A JOB TO HELP OUT!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:37:19

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I am the mother of three boys (men) and the grandmother of six, (two of them are of age and would likely be called. All three of my sons, have done a hitch in the sirvice. One in the Navy and two in the Army. Each one, if they were able would gladly re-enlist, in order the keep the homeland a safe place for their children to grow up. Yes, I believe we should bring back the draft, then turn our backs on Canada of any other country that give a safe haven to the draftees run there to escape their responsibility. Maybe, we should even think about the old movie "The Dirty Dozen" for the ones who are in jail for crimes,that they committed. It may be with the draft, we would have an inferrior military in some of the draftees, but soon they would know what disclipline means and would learn how to respect their own parents as well as others, instead of take, take, take. I was raised in a time when you stood and placed your hand over your heart when the flag was paraded by. And people respected the President of the United States even if they did not agree with everything he did. This man is a man of morals and believes in the things he is doing. I pray he is re-elected this year. If not we will be saying, God help the U.S.A. Pelpel will be glad to put God back where He belongs. I also thought this site was a site where homeland and Christian vallues were top on the list. AL


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:30:16

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No draft--The Congress and the wealthy are all able to keep their sons out of any war so why should the middle class and poor do all the fighting in these war that are only fought for the international bank--they finance both sides. We don't even have free elections here. The Internationalists control both horses in the same race and then which ever one gets in they still controll. Bush and Cheney are fascists---9/11 was an inside job and as for Kerry and Edwards--they ought to scare the hell out of everyone with a thinking brain. Kerry wants us to be just like Europe and be controlled by the United Nations. His wife even said on Larry King that we ought to get used to Terriorism because that what is happening in Europe every day and why should we be better. Also if gas goes to $5.00 a gallon we should just get used to is as that is how it is in Europe. We don't need a billionaire to impose all that crap on us and that is what will happen in Kerry gets elected. What we need to do is clean out the Senate and that make sure we elect a good person to the House. They are closer to the people and have to be elected every two years and we could keep them in line if we watched and let them know often what we want. That is the only way to get this country bact to the Republic that ouf Founding Fathers gave us. Shirley in California


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:29:36

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We live in the greatest country in the world!! We have freedoms that no other country or people have ever enjoyed. However, we have all of this because someone in the past was ready and willing to sacrifice, even with their life, so their family and friends could continue to enjoy the "good life." If it takes reinstituting the draft to protect the freedoms that so many take for granted, then so be it. USN Veteran


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:29:25

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I am very sad to see this political slant on what I thought was a loveing, caring, beautiful web site. We can get all this information on other web sites if we are really interested in debating pro/cons of the draft. I had a relative killed in the World Trade Center and one in the Korean War, others who have served and come home with many scars. I think the best thing we can do is pray --one Nation " under God". God Bless America !! I am proud to be an American !! MLG


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:28:13

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I AM ALL FOR THE DRAFT, MAKES MEN OUT OF BOYS. BUT, THE ONLY EXEMPTION SHOULD BE FOR FAMILY HARDSHIPS.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:27:50

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I AM CANADIAN BUT HAVING 4 COUSIN IN THE US I FOLLOW US POLITICS VERY CLOSELY. I LOST MY BEST FRIEND IN THE BOMBINGS OF THE TOWERS TELL ME WHAT DID SHE DIE FOR? I REMEMBER NAM IT WAS A WAR FOR NOTHING AND WHEN THE US SOLDIERS CAME HOME WHAT THANKS DID THEY GET? HAVE THEY RECEIVED THEIR PENION YET? NO, TELL ME WHY SO NOW U WANT TO GET DRAFT AGAIN? WHY HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVE DIED AND U WANT MORE? IS THAT THE AMERICAN WAY?


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:27:01

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I believe all male & females should be required to service in some brance of the military upon completion of highschool.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:22:53

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I feel it must to done but not at this time.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:21:09

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KNOW WAY JOSE


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:20:13

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What Do You Think? Should we or should we not reinstate the draft? Deffinetly not---


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:17:13

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I think we should have the draft dor your sons and daughters . We are at WAR and we had better win this the 3rd World War!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:10:39

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please do not even think about it!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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14:09:35

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no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:07:36

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Why are you so against Bush? I believe every American should consider it an honor to serve his or her country. What were the men who signed the declaration of independence thinking when they signed their names as well as their lives for this country? They gave ALL for our freedom which we so much enjoy. We live in a day and age where we want, but so unwilling to work or sacrafice for it. God help us all with our attitude and hardened spoiled hearts.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:06:38

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I believe that you should have a say as if you want to go fight. There are a lot of young people who want to do this and that is good.There are also some who have a higher ambition and want to go on with a life helping others here at home. I think they should have the opportunity to have the job they want.I think it ruins the life of some and may help others that have problems togo into service.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:05:05

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The dedication to killing "infidels" and especially Americans is a known and unchangeable objective of the extremist Islamic terrorists. It is nothing new and will not change. They leave no alternatives - just war. "Liberal" thinking and appeasement won't change their obsession. We have no choice. We must fight and the draft has to be. It is better to answer their challenge on their soil than to make it easy for them to bring it to our shores. I am a disabled, combat wounded infantry veteran of WW II and vividly remember how despots act and think. Charles R. Hughes (chuckrh@xmission.com )


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:04:41

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I would rather that the draft was not brought back~~BUT at the same time I don't think I would want the USA to be a battle ground like Iraq !! And yes,I have people that could end up in the draft~~ and they feel if that is what it come to then so be it!! MJ


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:04:04

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There should be a military draft system, not only is it needed for the nations security, but its good training for the countrys young people , teaches them dicipline and morality. something sadly missing in socity these days.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
14:04:04

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I wrote in a comment and may I add to that> I belive that our children would be better prepared to live constructive lives. I see so many things in the news. Our children have no direction in life. All they think about is h aving a good time, a good car and clothes,provided for them by their parents. I am not saying that they a re all this waybut, think about it! The military would provide a life for some these boys that are out there fighting for a piece of turf in the hood and trying to get something for nothing. NOthing in this life is free., especially our freedom. The JIhad is comming so don't stick your h eads in the sand. Belive me they want us dead!Whether it is Bush or what other president we put into office. WE need to support them! It i s time for heads up! Don't let them take our freedom away.OUr life will never be the same again.We were hit on our turf. It is not going to stop there!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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13:59:13

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No mother ever wants her child to go to war. But to do nothing when there are Hitler like people trying to harm so many and do nothing willnot stop it. Freedom has always had a high price. Seem like the people who allways talk about there rights are the ones not willing to fight for them always runing this great country down burning our flag ect. If you are lucky enough to live in this country then you should be willing to defend her, the draft bring it back. If you opose war then serve your country at home for afew years . Beleve it or not I am a Californian


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:56:53

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Thank you! We the people need to be made aware of the fact, that our young people are going into a war that will last many years. Those in the military at this time, will be required to stay in. Since the current administration is keeping mum about this, if Kerry wins the election, he'll be blamed! Let's take our country back, write to newspapers, send E-mails, and do everything needed. This is not to say we don't need protection,but IN THIS COUNTRY, not in a country that doesn't want us.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:49:59

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I believe we should encourage young women and men to enlist so our retirees wont have to go back in the service. Sincerely, D Custard, Papillion,NE


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:49:06

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I firmly believe that a draft to military service for all young men and women is not only necessary, but will add positively to our basis for continued freedom. Our young people today are being raised in a very materialistic and 'me first' society. A mandatory draft would do much to re-instill a sense of responsibility and patriotism in these young people. If it were a draft with no abstintions, for men and women alike, and with certain benefits after service, such as either 4 years of college or a skill certification program, there would be little ground upon which to oppose it. Yes, some of those young people might not live to reap the benefits, but that is the price of freedom. Thousands of people have died to give us the freedoms and benefits we now enjoy, why should future generations expect to do less! Just as important as an equitable draft, is the returning of our country and government to the Christian idealism upon which this nation was formed. Bring God back into this country and any war we might engage in will be a justified war.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:45:00

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I think the Draft would be great.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:44:55

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If a Draft is needed in order to shore up our Forces for a continued War against Terrorism, I believe it is everyone's duty to do so. Those that oppose a Draft won't understand until we are hit again and perhaps that same child that you didn't want to fight against the Terrorists overseas will die on our Homeland, during that attack. Wake up America. President Bush has it right. Ignore him and we'll all pay.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:43:52

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I am 100% for the draft, the kids of this generation do not know anything but what they can get right now. They do not know what respect for people or their property is. They want top jobs now without working for it. Schools can not be hard nor can their dad`s and mon`s correct them without the threat of them calling the law on them. Prayer was removed from schools and that really killed the fair training that kids don`t get now. The draft & army would really be a great teacher for them. I am retired Army with 23 years and loved every day of it because it made me a better man and it was not so hard that a person could not take it. The kids of this day are soft and really don`t know that much, the schools have had to DROP their leavels in classes which short changed them. I know young boys that the army would be the greatest thing they could get into to get them on the right track. Drive by a high school and look at the NEW cars, these kids don`t know the value of the dollar or the freedom they have. We can go to any church we want to, say anything we want and have the right to vote for the PEOPLE we want. I pray that Bush gets back in because it is not his war. They hit us first on our homeland and it's the people that doesn't wave the American flag I feel sorry for, I still get tears in my eye`s when the flag is waving,The people that stand with their hands out and not want to pay for freedon should get the h--- out of this country. I belive in GOD and COUNTRY and that is the fact, I would gladly go back in the army to help train or do anything I could to help but I am now 67 years old so they would not take me unless it comes out to defending my country in the front ward when we are invaded by foreign troops. Then, maybe I could help out. American born and proud of it, full speed ahead UNCLE SAM I will back you with my life. Sgt. ret.army Carl


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:43:26

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The people in the Middle East countries have been at war many times over the past 2000+ years. Our president is adamant and determined that we can bring peace and democracy to Iraq. I seriously doubt his stubborness will accomplish that. We have already lost too many men and women over there. Give it up! No draft!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:42:38

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Im am American first, I support my country and the troops, but Im against this war, a draft would be ok, our youth today is lacking in discipline, respect, guidance, sadly parents are not teaching the kids ethics today, yes, we do have some fine young people with the above, and a maajority without, but I will say this, when the vote is taken and the draft is implanted, Rumsfield, Bush, Cheney, all that voted for and wants to send these marvelous young people over to fight the "oil war", let these get on board first!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:42:32

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Well, you asked for it and you darn well got it. You see.... some or rather alot of people actually do find out more facts then our national media and folks,apparently like yourselves, feed us. Oh THE SKY IS FALLING!!! Trying to get people all stirred up with the 'them and us' opinions... divide us. I am very disappointed in this material on this site. Would I want my grandson to be in danger? No! But he already is. Right here in this country. We need to put a stop to terrorists and those that want to take over the world with their evil ways. If it means a draft,then so be it. More military, respect a purpose worth fighting for... less sex and MTV!! A good site to enjoy for those with patriotic sets of mind is: http://www.catsprn.com/cowboy.htm It tells how I and many others feel. We may not like everything our government is doing but it could and possibly would get worse after election day. Then we could be new world order, United Nations control bound, in the wrong hands. God Bye FREEDOM Please stick to the uplifting things we have enjoyed on this site in the past. Thank you. Lola


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:41:16

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Yes if there is a need. We would have lost world two if we had not had a draft.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:40:03

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I could not believe what I just read.All along I thought this was a Patriotic Christian web-site,could this site be coming from FRANCE? You need to put the French flag on all of your products and pack up the rest of the so called liberals, Jane Fonda, etc.and move to France. Weston Malone PS:You just lost a reader


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:39:39

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You just lost a subscriber. All the work you do to make this site beautiful and for everyone has just turned to rust for me. I am a 24yr. retired USN & Vietnam Veteran. I gey so sick of you damn liberals politisizng every damn thing you people do in life. What is really something is none of you seem to have a clue of what the real world is all about. Take me off your damn email list. CR Schafer...Colo Spgs, CO


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:39:36

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No! we should not,why should our son's,doughters,mother's,father's,and grand children go to war for something they dont belive in. Bush has caused a war that was uncalled for.now he has made such a mess of our country that it will take years to recover from. I do hope the american people have wised up, to this awful mess he has made of our country and replace him with someone that has combate knowledge.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:32:46

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I am very disappointed that your page has gone "political". I have always enjoyed it, but if I want a liberal view I can always tune in to ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN & MSNBC, or I can read 99% of the newspapers. Yes I believe we should have the draft if needed, but I have read snopes.com and I believe them. I will give you one more chance, but if this is going to be a liberal Bush bashing site then I will unsubscribe. God Bless President Bush and all the men and women in the military. This is from an old man who has "been there did that".


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:29:19

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As the wife of a retired military man,who spent 25 years serving,and was not drafted,I firmly believe the draft should be reinstated.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:27:27

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WOW, LOTS OF OPINIONS. I THINK IF YOU MAKE SHORT COMMENTS, YOU GET MORE PEOPLE TO READ THEM. PAGES OF LETTERS DON'T GET ATTENTION. KIND OF LIKE A 15 PAGE RESUME OF USELESS INFORMATION! Penny from West Virginia


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:27:03

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I for o ne am a firm believer in the draft! It saved us during all those troubled years. Why not now? I had three brothers in the service. My friends allhad someone in the service. I belive we are in the worst situation possible today With the Jihad. Belive me they want us dead or wearing a burka. I too have an eighteen year old granddaughter that is going to enter college in the fall. I belive that we are all responsible to keep our country free. What ever it takes!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:26:35

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Personally, after having served in Viet Nam, I think that the first Congressman or Senator that votes for the war should be allowed to serve with front line troops. Hand these individuals a rifle and canteen and show them boot camp, then live action. This whole thing is about oil folks. Bin Laden should have been caught before we decided to wage war over who gets the oil in Iraq. The money spent on a trumped up war could have been better spent on alternative fuels, more technology efficient sources of propulsion, and helped create jobs in this country instead of outsourcing them to other countries. Ou military needs dedicated professionals, from ALL ethinic and ecomomic groups, not just the poor and middle class. The draft allows those with greater economic wealth and political connections to escape active military service in front line areas. I served with hunter-killer groups in Viet Nam - often on 6 man ambush patrol behind enemy lines - it's no picnic. Let our political folks know that the word "patriot" is often misused by politicians to support their own personal adjendas. Sgt C.D. Carter, 2nd Bat., 18th Inf., 1st Inf Div. retired. (Viet Nam 5-69 to 4-70).


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:26:15

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I'm not sure about the manatory draft. But if they do the first to go should be the new immigrants to this country. If it's good enough for them to reap the benefits. It good enough for them to defend. See how many come then. Bush did the right thing no matter what the reason was. There are millions of people free today because of him and we will all received the benfits of this sad war in years to come.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:25:23

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I believe we must support our government. President Bush is a great President and I don't believe he would do anything that would be bad for our country. The fact that we can debate these issues is because we are free and can do so without recriminations. Are we just supposed to sit back and allow terrorists to constantly threaten our country, kill and maime tousands of people to futher their cause? Unfortunately the only thing terrorists understand is force. Thank God we live in a free society where we can worship and vote as we choose. God Bless America.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:22:35

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Personally, after having served in Viet Nam, I think that the first Congressman or Senator that votes for the war should be allowed to serve with front line troops. Hand these individuals a rifle and canteen and show them boot camp, then live action. This whole thing is about oil folks. Bin Laden should have been caught before we decided to wage war over who gets the oil in Iraq. The money spent on a trumped up war could have been better spent on alternative fuels, more technology efficient sources of propulsion, and helped create jobs in this country instead of outsourcing them to other countries. Ou military needs dedicated professionals, from ALL ethinic and ecomomic groups, not just the poor and middle class. The draft allows those with greater economic wealth and political connections to escape active military service in front line areas. I served with hunter-killer groups in Viet Nam - often on 6 man ambush patrol behind enemy lines - it's no picnic. Let our political folks know that the word "patriot" is often misused by politicians to support their adjendas.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:17:47

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It never cease to amaze me that the right wingers believe they are the only ones that GOD loves. and the rest of us are not his children. The Lord told us to remember the poor for them you have with you always. I wonder if the Bushes relize God loves the poor and someday they will have more than all the rich. For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. NO the draft should not be reinstated. But if you are looking for freedom anymore you will have to go some where else because we sure don't have it here in the USA.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:12:45

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I am of the WWW 2 generation and yes we should have the draft,just so our nation is prepared not for a police action but for aggression on our country!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:12:40

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I am a retired Marine after 20 years of service and I have had two sons in service during the current war on terrorism, and one who did not. Personally, I would like to see the draft reinstated. Not just in wartime, but during peacetime as well. Many of today's youth need guidance, discipline, and maturity. The military will give all of that and more. I also believe that freedom isn't free. There has to be some sacrifice so that the whole may enjoy the freedoms that we have come to take for granted. I voluntarily entered the military while the draft was still active during the Vietnam War. I joined, not to beat the draft, but out of a sense of patriotism and honor. I believe that everyone that is physically qualified, male and female, should serve their country in an effort to keep us free. The freedoms that we enjoy today, came from the sacrifice of those men and women who have served our country in the past. If we are to continue as a free society, we must continue to have a strong military and the will to use it, when absolutely necessary. F. Walker GySgt/USMC/RET Sylvester, GA


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:12:26

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What I thought when I origionally found Deerlake Designs, at last a conservative site with no political agenda. First impressions are sometimes wrong. I see this site is no different than MoveOn.org a site backed by a foreigner George Soros who should not be involved in our political system and TruthOut.com Both sites are of the far left with an agenda to make America a secular nation such as France. They along with the ACLU and liberal Federal Judges appointed By Clinton and Carter are fragmenting the constitution piece by piece while People such as you are asleep at the wheel. Remove God From America is their Motto. When has it become a terible thing to fight for the freedoms you enjoy. This is a war against Terrorists that will not end until they are all dead. Korean Veteran (1951-1952) David Lee Groves


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:11:25

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I don't believe we should be drafting our countries' young people to fight a war that we started!!! The United States never started a war to 'defend' this country. We were attacked by Saudis not Iraqis.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:10:38

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My feelings are that the National Guard is here to protect the Nation and not to replace troops fighting in another Country that we should not be in to begin with!! And I honestly believe that this quote says it all -- "I believe every able-bodied young American should put in two years of service for our Country to instill responsibility, honor, and discipline whether there is a war or not. It will make better Americans out of them" -- thanks FJM ~~~~~ So yes, I am in favor of a draft.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:10:02

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This would interfere with our freedom of choice, I beleive there are enough young people who would jump at the chance to fight for our country, should this ever be needed, We do need to keep our armed force staffed, & well managed, but not by way of the draft. I encouraged everyone to write, call E-mail or fax the congress to let them know not to start the draft. Congress is not dealing with veterans the way they should, veterans need more help & the need will grow with more comming back from Iraq,etc. Young people need to have choices, not drafts. Betty Lewis, OHIO


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:06:40

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That the best thing we could do is bring back the draft. It could teach our young people,and keep then off the street. They would have to stay in for two years. Thanks


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:05:04

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Hello !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Instead of worring about the draft, it looks to me like some of these folks need to go back to school just for the basics. WOW !!!!!! My young grandchildren can spell better. As far as the draft goes, like anything else, the rich can stay out of it because they have the money. Like everything else in this country, the middleclass and poor would be the ones to be drafted.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
13:01:30

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We should not reinstate the draft. Keep the Military as a career of choice. Let men and women have the freedom of choice. J Wyble NY


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:55:17

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WE ARE AGAINST THE RENEWING OF THE DRAFT IF IT IS FOR THE TYPE OF MESS WE ARE IN AT THIS TIME. WE FEEL IT SHOULD ONLY BE DONE IF OUR COUNTRY IS IN DANGER OF WAR.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:51:06

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The draft should not have ever been stopped. We need at least three additional active duty divisions and all citizens owe two years active duty and seven years in active reserve. I served for 22 years in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. I beleive in you owe, you owe so off to active duty you go. I know of what I speak so lets get it together for the long war on terror for it is like country music......It Is Here To Stay for the forseeable future. We must get and keep our stuf together or face the very real possibility of loosing the hard won freedom for which so many have given so much. Off your ass and on your feet America with your heels together and pick up the step as we continue to march into the bright future as we are ready to make it so for our children and grand children to include my nineteen great grandchildren and counting! Msg E8 JC Poe US Army Retired


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:49:28

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NO, the draft should not be put back in. I for one and maybe only one think this war in Iraq is so unnecessary. Iraq is a personal war. Bush, is trying to do what his dad should have done. I am not a very smart woman but, any fool should have know when we went into Iraq the borders should have been covered first. They were covered by Iraq but when we went in Iraq had to bring all their man power to fight us there for leaving the borders unprotected. For God sake are we in this country so stupid that we can't see what is happening here our freedoms are being taken one by one we are under a dictatorship . God help us all


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:48:18

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I also resent your comments about American Aggression. While I don't necessarily go along with being the "world Policeman", we do need to intervene where our own freedom may be in peril. As for the draft, I believe it should be reinstated. Not just to be ready in a National Emergency, but to instill some disipline in the youth of today. There is more killing and mayhem going on on our own streets than there ever was. When you have a military draft, as almost every other country on the face of the earth has, you produce people that have some values and character and who respect others. Of course, as we saw in the prison scandal in Iraq, there are exceptions, but as a free and open society, it's been brought to light and is being dealt with. Let's pray we (all mankind) learn to live in peace, and in the meantime, let's bring our youth back into a God Fearing and Law Abiding frame of mind... A Korean Veteran and proud of it... Thank You...


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:47:23

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I was very surprised to see this on your web site. Aren't you getting political? I have mixed feelings about the draft. I think it would be good to get more in the military so that our great servicemen now fighting could come home and not have to stay so long. As far as women are concerned, a lot of women served in WWll but not in combat. We have the feminists and Clinton to thank for women being in combat. I do not approve of that. I get so tired of hearing that the Iraq war is about oil. How many times does our country have to be attacked before we respond? Some people are taking cheap shots at President Bush. He was strong enough to fight back which is something Clinton didn't do. WE HAVE AN ENEMY AFTER US PEOPLE. The sooner you wake up to this the better. The time of isolationism is long past. We can't bury our head in the sands and ignore the danger. Our brave men and women have always responded to the need to protect America and our freedom. Our troops are doing such a wonderful job. I am so proud of them. And I am proud of our President who did what he knew was right in spite of the opposition. I definitely do not think that this site belongs on your web site. It sounds like Bush bashing to me. I am disappointed.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:45:26

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I have enjoyed your web site up until now but I don't care for your liberal bovine feces. Please take my name off your list. R.L.Shults


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:44:45

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I read the article and then I read many of the posted comments about the article before I decided to reply. Certainly everyone is passionate about their beliefs on reinstituting the draft or not. This is my view as a single mother of two children who are both of age to be drafted, a boy and a girl. And, also, as a teacher in the public school system...I work with "at risk" youth, meaning, children who are poor, of color, some non-English speaking, parents in jail, prostituting themselves or using/selling drugs, drug babies. These are wonderful little children who have hard lives through no fault of their own. My own two have been raised somewhat middle class - though with the low pay I receive in today's economy, we are closer to lower middle class. Yet, mine have all the necessities. As to the draft, I have said for a long time, here is my proposal.... There should be a mandatory draft of 1 year for all males and females the minute they graduate from high school or the minute they drop out of any grade from age 13 and up. During that year they will receive all the training that goes with the military, however, they will NEVER be sent to other countries during that year to shoot at other people, nor to be shot at. They will be trained in HOME defense if it becomes necessary. In addition, they will be trained in discipline and manners and patriotism and what it all means and encompasses. There is NO RESPECT or RESPONSIBILITY in the U.S.'s youth these days. Let's give them some. Overall we will be a better country for it! At the end of the first year they have a choice to leave to continue college, trade school, work, or whatever they would choose for their life. OR they would be encouraged to reenlist and protect our country and all we stand for. Many would choose to do this. Thus, we have a win, win situation. We have bettered todays society after the 1 year service to our country, and we have given direction and encouragement to other's who want to have a possible career in our military. As for the draft for drafting and sending after a short training to a foreign country to be shot at and possibly maimed or killed, I think not. At least not at this time. I am one of the biggest patriot's our country has. My dad, uncles, brother and cousins have fought in WWII and Vietnam. My brother received the purple heart. I currently have a nephew in Baghdad being shot at daily. We are a military family, though not career. But we have all loved our country no matter what. Let's think long and hard to come up with a good solution for all of us.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:43:29

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It has been a good read - I do not know exactly how many countries there are in this world that could bear arms, but the US is or has been in 141 countries giving aid, keeping the peace and if necessary being an ally to the oppressed HOWEVER - I do not feel that mandatory draft is necessary in these times. Foot combat is old fashioned - we have stargate type warring machinery - we do not need to erase cultures on purpose or in many many instances by accident - why should innocent women and children of other poor countries ravaged by their dictator governments end up maimed for life - their homes reduced to rubble. If you think 911 was bad - that was one block of buildings - that went down with nearby building infrastructures made unstable. Bad enough and the rebuilding is still not complete - but the country still stands - why are we hated?????? by so many????? has the mindset of our forefathers never left???????? what kind of an example are we setting for the world??????? are they jealous of us because we have so much?????? or because they have so little - DRAFTS cost money - that's us - the taxpayers - the money printing press that was churning out megabucks to be in a Iraq war that now Senators are saying should not have been fought (515 pages) due to bad intelligence. How do we know that there has not been other situations of bad intelligence. ???? And would it ever be admitted. War makes money for corporations who go in for the cleanup - who create new facilities using the people of the ravaged country for help after they are trained - this is a good thing - but it can happen without a war - simply being good global neighbours would do the trick - if you had a good neighbour - don't think you would be scheming to plant a dirty bomb on his doorstep. I think the entire world stage has heated up too much - there should be a cooling off period - and lastly back to the draft - perhaps drafting those in our State prisons should be the first place of training and deployment - with the advent of the Digital Angel chip - they could not get very far from the fold. Before I would say "yes" to the draft, I would want a guarantee that our coastal waters and towns would be have adequate surveillance mechanisms. Instead Bush has reduced personnel and funding - state troopers, cars, support staff miserably. I would want the US/Mexican border properly protected against illegals and drug runners. I would want the CIA and all of its octupus arms brought up to snuff - in the USA and all the counterparts in the other leading nations of the world who also erred in their faulty intelligence that resulted in thousands of lives lost, hatreds towards the West deepened, cultural and historic artifacts bombed out of existence. And lastly - why has previous governments given arms, drugs, chemicals and only GOD knows what else to nations that are unstable. Of "they" know that bioterrorism is a strong possibility because we supplied the chemicals - and the know how - I will say one thing about Bush - he is not my favourite but at least he did not do that. He does believe he is on the side of right - he was simply given the wrong facts.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:41:36

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I did my job for this great nation,twenty years worth. I feel as though in order to understand what freedom we do enjoy every man and woman SHOULD serve a minimum of two years of service. Am I worried about my children? Yes, all six of them. Maybe then some of the "ATTITUDE" of this great nation would share a common bond. Americans have grown complacient and this is just the wake up call needed...no longer will they be able to sit on the couch and complain...they will be involved-like it or not. :) Let freedom ring and GOD Bless America and GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS. Signed, ThunderheartIII,AKA Jim Blackwell


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10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:37:16

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I think the draft should be reinstated. we need a cross section of the american society in the military and I don't care for your statement about american agression overseas. wheather you know it or not this a fight for our very existance.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:28:39

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I believe in fighting for all the liberties that we enjoy. No one wants to see war, fighting, and death but no one wants to give up the life and freedoms that we enjoy. How do we keep these freedoms? It seems that many who wrote comments about no draft seem to think that "someone else" will come to our rescue. So far that has not happened. The letter from the attorney had many good points. These extremists want us DEAD. How can we keep a strong military, a strong homeland defense, and a strong willpower to win without some system in place to supply the manpower to do these things? I have served in the Air Force and feel that every U.S.citizen has an obligation to do what they can to keep our country strong. The terrorists must know that we have the will and the means to fight and defeat them. We will not be intimidated and we will not lose. I support a draft that should be equitable and not easy for anyone to avoid. Jack Vesano Charlotte, NC


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:28:22

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I feel it is wrong.back in world war 2 My brother was drafted and left my sister-in-law home alone to take care of 7 children Just as my father-in-law taken an Mother-in-law left with 6 children and her husband came home to die.with very little help from the goverment.I do believe that if it happens bush's daughter should be in the first draft. God Bless Walt Chapman


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10 Jul 2004
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12:21:21

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I wonder if Bush's twin daughters will serve or be like daddy ?


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:17:45

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The draft should not be reinstated. We were doing fine till we invaded Iraq. I for one do not want to see any more of our young people wasted.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:15:45

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Hello, You've presented yet another reason this country needs a drastic change in our current administration. Under the table dealings, and late night policy changes should not be a common thing. Yet, it has become the normal way of doing things and we must not accept these tactics!!! Please keep posting your opinions---America needs you. Catherine DeHorse


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:14:55

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I am a veteran of WW II with a total of 31 years in the active and reserve military, so I am obviously not anti-military. I was not drafted, I enlisted in the Army on December 8, 1942, while I was in college. In my opinion, we should not allow the federal government to restart the draft so they can send our youth to attack sovereign foreign nations such as Iraq, which it has now been shown was never any threat to the security of the United States. President Bush had no authority to declare war in Iraq. According to Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress is the body that is responsible for declaring war, and it has no authority to delegate that responsibility to anyone else, including the President. Therefore the war in Iraq is unconstitutional. President Bush and his top advisors know this. They should be impeached for assuming dictatorial powers beyond their authority and violating constitutional authority as directed in Article II Section 4 of the U. S. Constitution.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
12:00:43

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I reviewed your article on the potential upcoming draft and believe you are raising concern that is not in the best interest of our country. The draft is an option always available to us as a country when we are at war! WE ARE AT WAR! Don't forget that we must stop this Terror which continues to kill and has no moral values, who, what, where, when, or why to kill, just kill. These terrorist have declared war on us and we must defend ourselves and that takes people! Who are you to think you know better than our elected officials who we put in office to make the decissions necessary to run this country and defend our freedom from terror? I am tired of liberal media (including you) attempting to tear down the very fundamental values our country was founded on. Wake up people before it is too late, and bring God back into your thinking..........Phil


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:58:41

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Yes, with an Administration in power that does not really want the "full-fledged large standing military" because they do not want to pay anyone retirement pay. They have tried to play the odds in the Iraq battle by sending in Reserve and National Guard Units........which in time they will run out of units to send over there. The scary part is the fact that we are in between a rock and a hard place, in case the North Korean Idiot jumped up and came down into South Korea, we could not handle more than one "firefight" at a time, so we would have to bend over and let North Korea kick our butt. I have never really been for a draft, but we do need it and will need it more so down the road. The Iraq fight with the Muslim is only a test of our will. Muslims are spread over much of this earth and number in the millions and millions........YES, in time we will fight all of them. I lived in that part of the world years ago (Iran) and I can tell you about them......Bill Clinton gutted the military forces, he hated the military and vice versa. I assure you. It is time to rebuild regardless of cost. Draft? Yes, it would most certainly help our defense posture a bunch. John R. May, Master Sergeant, US Army Retired


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:55:37

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I do not like your liberal views on a site that should be enjoyable. Up to now I have enjoyed it but no more. You may take my name off your list. Fed up in NE and may God bless President Bush!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:54:44

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BY ALL MEANS START THE DRAFT AGAIN IT MAKES MEN OUT OF THESE KIDS THAT DONT HAVE A JOB. GETS THEM OUT OF TROUBLE. SECURITY FOR OUR COUNTRY. RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER,


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:53:27

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I hope and pray in draft is not put back in force. I realize our country is in great danger from terrorist, but I don't feel the draft is the answer.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:52:30

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Yes, with an Administration in power that does not really want the "full-fledged large standing military" because they do not want to pay anyone retirement pay. They have tried to play the odds in the Iraq


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:48:45

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You are a Bleeding Heart Liberal that wants the world to be Loving and peaceful RIGHT NOW. The problem is that not everyone in the world shares your views. I am not a BHL as I view the world a little more realistically. No I don't like war any more than you do, but like it or not, we are in a war. This could actually be the beginnings of WWIII, again like it or not. Unbeknownst to most BHLs, we did not start this war by invading Afganistan and Iraq. This was brought on by Moslem extremists that want all non-Moslems dead. Remember carefully, that to theMoslem extremists, all peoples that are not of the Moslem faith are infidels and they are Hell Bent to Leather to eradicate all infidels. We, of the rest of the world, had better wake up and understand just what we are into and what needs to be done. I am a Christian and attend Mass weekly. This is no time to turn the other cheek and just pray for our enemies. That will not work in this situation as our enemies are fighting the rest of the world in the name of Allah. We can certainly pray for understanding and peaceful solutions, but we had better unite as a world if we are to win this, the largest war in the history of our little planet. This is not childs play nor for the faint of heart. We (the peoples of the world) must take this threat seriously and soon. We have already lost Spain to the Moslems and France is not far behind. The goal of the Moslems are to take one country at a time until they have all the power and I assure you, they will not want non-Moslems to remain alive on the face of the Earth. This is not a political thing as you present. I stand firmly behind my President and you had better also. If a Democrat wins the nest election, I will be firmly behind him as well and will continue to pray that he rules and acts with the wisdom of Solomen. This is certainly not the time of division. The following is a letter written by a Father to his sons. It is long, well written and contains many facts for all of us to chew on. First, let's examine a few basics: 1. When did the threat to us start? Many will say September 11th, 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us: Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979; Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988; First New York World Trade Center attack 1993; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998; Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000; New York World Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001. (Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide). [1] 2. Why were we attacked? Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We can not fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter. 4. Who were the attackers? In each case of attacks on US they were Muslims. 5. What is the Muslim population of the World? 25% 6.. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful? Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian), that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). ( http:// www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm). Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the 6 million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others. Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way - their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else.. [3] The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing - by their own pronouncements - killing all of us infidels. I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die? 6. So who are we at war with? There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting. So with that background, now to the two major questions: 1. Can we lose this war? 2. What does losing really mean? If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions. We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to the second question - 'What does losing mean?'. It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like post Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get. What losing really means is: We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us over the past 18 years. The plan was clearly to terrorist attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them. We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and can not help them. They will pick off the other non Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do, will be done. Spain is finished. The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us. However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast. See the attached article on the French condition by Tom Segel.[4] If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslims, how could anyone else? The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war and therefore are completely committed to winning at any cost. We better know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost. Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple. Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort to win. So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by imploding. That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win. Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation. President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war. For the duration we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently. And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then. Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him? No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply to war. Get them out of your head. Some of us have gone so far out in our criticism of the war and/or our Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening, it concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause. Of more recent vintage, the uproar fuelled by the politicians and media, regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war by a small group of our military police. These are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the same type enemy fighters who recently were burning Americans and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently the same type enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of an American prisoner they held. Compare this with some of our press and politicians who for several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners - not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. Can this be for real? The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can. To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned - totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife. Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means that they absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us for many years. Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels. That translates into all non- Muslims - not just in the United States, but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense. We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant'. That charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world. We can't. If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the World will survive if we are defeated. And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the Press, equal rights for anyone - let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the World. This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read. If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little on the established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar? Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"? I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. I believe that after the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are in and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking about. Do whatever you can to preserve it. Love to all, Lloyd Maple [1] Source for statistics in Par. 1 is http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001454.html . [2] The Institute of Islamic Information and Education. http://www.iiie.net/Intl/PopStats.html [3] Note the attached article by Tom Segel referred to in Foot Note 6 infra, the terrorist Muslim have already begun the havoc in France. [4] I checked this article with two sources - Hoax Busters and Urban Myths. It does not come up as a Hoax on either. I also then e-mailed Mr. Segel and he confirmed the article was his. [5] "I don't think the Army or any branch of service runs any type of war any more. It's done by senators and congressmen. There are too many civilians involved." Returning Iraq veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Greg Klees as quoted in the Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette on May13th, 2004. [6] There are 64 Muslim countries. This does not count countries like Spain that are controlled by the Muslim terrorists.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:47:56

Town Hall Comments

I think the draft should be put back in. You see we need the draft for men and not women, I was in the reserve for 8 years, and i was not trained to do fighting like a foot army was trained. We need the reserve for protecting the war at home. I think that for outsiders to inter out country they should do at least 2 year service to have the benefits of america. I think that boys of our country should serve in order to appricate america. I think fathers and married men should be home raising their children and supporting their homes, teaching their children, and protecting the home front. We must put the draft back in, and use the reserve to protect the home front. As far as girls they should enlist and serve on the I want to help front. we need nurses, and office jobs, desk jobs that women should be doing. I do not think women should be fighting with guns on the war front period. old fashing sam fitzgerald


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:43:50

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I entered service in November 1953 and was separated in November 1955. I found an active reserve unit in January 1956 and remained a reservist until 1985. I could have stayed active least three more years if I had chosen to apply for a different position for my grade. I transferred from the active reserve to the Individual Ready Reserve and served there until 1993, when I was placed in the Retired Reserve. Although I was not exposed to any hazardous duty, I was ready and available to go, and in fact was activated as an Individual Ready Reservist in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm. My son and daughter are too old for draft age and my grandchildren are too young, but I would like to think that they would be willing and able to do whatever is asked of them in order that we may continue to enjoy the life styles that we now have. In other words, I am definitely not in opposition to the reinstatement of the draft to assure an adequate pool of sufficiently trained personnel to do whatever is necessary to maintain our way of life.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:32:45

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I beleive we should send Bush to the front lines with a yellow vest on & then he would lern what war really is. My cousin come home from vietnam half here the other half gone forever!! Bush is already that way so he has nothing to lose. Helen


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:31:09

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I AM AMAZED AND ASHAMED OF YOU PEOPLE, I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO YOUR SITE ON SATURDAYS. NOW I FIND OUT THAT ALL OF YOUR PATRIOTISM WAS NOTHING BUT YOUR FLAG WAVING CHANCE TO SELL NECKTIES AND TEE-SHIRTS. I AM A KOREAN ERA VETERAN WHO SERVED FOR FOUR YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORP, AND AM DAMN PROUD OF MY SERVICE TO OUR NATION, AND THE FREE WORLD. OUR NATION IS AT WAR, IT STARTED WHEN THE FIRST TERRORIST ATTACK TOOK PLACE IN 1979 AS FAR AS OUR GREAT COUNTRY IS CONCERNED. WHEN WE WERE ATTACKED ON 911 THE WAR WAS BROUGHT WITHIN OUR BORDERS AND THE WHOLE NATION WAS SHOCKED THAT THIS COULD HAVE OCCURED ON OUR SOIL, BUT NOW WE ARE BESIEGED BY A POPULACE THAT IS CRYING ENOUGH, BRING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HOME. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT OUR NEWS MEDIA REPORTS ONLY THE BAD NEWS, AND EVEN WORSE THAT ALL OF THE SOB SISTERS TAKE THOSE REPORTS AS GOSPEL AND FAIL TO SEARCH OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DOING IN THIER POSTS ALL OVER THE GLOBE. WE ARE AT WAR, AND RATHER THAN FIGHT THE WAR ON OUR SOIL, IT JUST MAKES SENSE THAT GIVEN A CHOICE WE FIGHT IT SOMEWHERE ELSE. BE ASSURED THAT IF THE TERRORISTS ARE GIVEN THE OPPERATUNITY THEY WILL BE BACK ON OUR SOIL KILLING JUST AS MANY AMERICANS AS THEY CAN. I FEEL THE DRAFT WOULD BE A WONDERFUl IDEA, AS OUR CHILDREN ARE SPOILED ROTTEN AND IF THEY WERE TO BE OUT IN NATIONAL SERVICE FOR TWO YEARS AFTER THIER EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY A CERTAIN PRIDE OF CITIZENSHIP WOULD BE INSTILLED IN THEM JUST IN FACT THAT THEY HAD SERVED THIER COUNTRY.IT WOULD GIVE THEM DIRECTION AND TEACH THEM THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, AND THAT ALL AMERICANS FROM OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ON DOWN HAVE HAD AN OBLIGATION TO SERVE AN PROTECT OUR LAND. IT WOULD ALSO GIVE THEM A SENSE OF RESPONIBILITY AND SHOULD THEY GO INTO GOVRERNMENT AFTER THIER TOUR OF DUTY THEY WOULD BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO SEND SOMEONE INTO HARMS WAY. AS FOR YOUR SECOND OFFERING THIS WEEK, THERE ARE NO ATHIESTS ON THE BATTLE FIELD AND YOUR ATTEMPT OF BEING CUTE WITH PRAYING FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRISTS INTERVENTION AS GOD FEARING PEOPLE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. ALSO THE PLOY OF CHANGING R&R FROM REST AND RECREATION INTO YOUR RENEWAL & REKINDLING NOT AT ALL CUTE.I AM TERRIBLY DISTREST THAT YOU FOLKS HAVE PROVEN YOURSELVES TO BE NOT MUCH BETTER THAN THE MONEY CHANGERS IN THE TEMPLE AT THE TIME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. READ AND KAY ROGERS


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:30:35

Town Hall Comments

We should not reinstitute the draft. This would merely allow our Federal Government, controlled, by the Eastern Eastablishment Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)to use our youngsters as gun fodder in their foreign, unconstitutional military adventures. We should stop being an aggressive nation, stay at home, mind our own business and stop trying to be the world's policeman. Our so-called leaders are committed to building a military force that will be used by the United Nations to bring about a world government (The New World Order) which will end up being a world dictatorship controlled by internationalists with no patriotic committment to any sovereign nation. The draft is a bad idea. We don't need it. We should bring our military personell home from the 140 some nations from where they are stationed. Congress should force the administration to do that, and if they don't, the federal leaders should be impeached for using their authority for unconstitutional, illegal, and perhaps treasonous purposes.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:30:28

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We should not reinstitute the draft. This would merely allow our Federal Government, controlled, by the Eastern Eastablishment Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)to use our youngsters as gun fodder in their foreign, unconstitutional military adventures. We should stop being an aggressive nation, stay at home, mind our own business and stop trying to be the world's policeman. Our so-called leaders are committed to building a military force that will be used by the United Nations to bring about a world government (The New World Order) which will end up being a world dictatorship controlled by internationalists with no patriotic committment to any sovereign nation. The draft is a bad idea. We don't need it. We should bring our military personell home from the 140 some nations from where they are stationed. Congress should force the administration to do that, and if they don't, the federal leaders should be impeached for using their authority for unconstitutional, illegal, and perhaps treasonous purposes.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:30:04

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RE: The Draft First of all, I want to say that Mr. Stutz seems like a bleeding heart liberal. I wonder if he would rather fight the terrorists on our soil or fight them on theirs? I did not bother to read the whole text when I came to the word terrorism that is in quotes. I served in WWII, lied my age to get into the service, went willingly, served 4 years and was discharged. It seems to me that people like Mr. Stutz wants his cake and eat it too! I am for a compulsory draft with no EXEMPTIONS, all must serve at least 18 months. It works for Switzerland why not here? We have become too complacent in this country, should we have turned the other cheek, as Clinton did when we were attacked by TERRORISTS? We are at war with the terrorists, Islam is out to destroy us because we are a Christian nation, or at least the nation was founded on Christian beliefs. It is one of the reasons that we went to war against Iraq, better to fight them there than here. To reiterate, if the draft becomes reality, which I doubt it will, it should be compulsory with no, repeat, NO, exemptions, all must serve at least a year. The United States is in a battle for survival, this battle must be fought on the terrorists soil, they started it and we will finish it or perish. These are my thoughts, joebee@velocity.net


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:26:28

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The draft should never have been done away with in the beginning. Every person shoulf have to render some service to their country. The military teaches a person respect for other people, and self discipline.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:25:38

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It has come down to "we must do what we must do." If that means to reinstate the DRAFT... then so be it. Sealing our borders and letting them fight their own wars, is not even a slight possibility. Sealing our borders is like "sticking our head, in the sand." When other nations have been conquered... the United States will be next. We must stand and fight or we will no longer be free... GOD BLESS AMERICA


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:19:03

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We should reinstate the draft. Robert Fennell, Benson, Mn , 56215


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:15:30

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I think if our country needs to reinstate the draft, then it should. My husband was drafted out of high school during WWII, these young people are no better than he was to serve. He was taken a POW by the Germans and it cost him his life.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:12:11

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Yes, I believe they should re-instate the draft. Why should some families be asked to pay the price for freedom and not all? We are living in a very dangerous time. I do not believe that a family should be asked to send both parents to a war zone. Mothers should be allowed to stay near their children. I also believe one year in a war zone should be long enough and that is why we need to increase our military force. Our young men and women now in the military make us all proud. God bless them all and their families, Helen O. (California, USA)


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:02:29

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Restart the draft. Our young people are at a loss as to who they are. Look at the dress and hair styles. When we had the draft many had the oportunity to learn what they wanted to do with there lives.What field interested them to persue. It is a job better little pay and learn how to manage than no pay& depent of parents to support or better yet welfare.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
11:01:59

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We are spread too thin throughout the world in our efforts to maintain "peace" or to aid those in need. We now face something we haven't faced for a couple of centuries. That is, war and destruction on our own soil. We need the personnel here at home to protect our own. The law enforcement community can't do the job alone. The draft is necessary and each of us needs to be prepared for the possibilities of the future. I, for one, am mighty tired of the "Bush bashing" that seems to be in vogue these days. I resent the innuendos in the posted letter which is the basis for this discussion. War and the threat of war is certainly not a good thing, but closing one's eyes won't make it go away. Unfortunately, it's always the young who must be called on to sacrifice........and to be drafted.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:59:10

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I don't think it is any of your buisness concerning the draft. If it had not been for the draft in wwII you would be speaking German or Japanese. I think you are out of line and I am going to unsubcribe from your Junk.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:58:51

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It is about time. Young people need to serve their country. We have a spoiled "Me" generation.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:58:46

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Absolutely we should reinstate the draft. We have lived on easy street for over 30 years. However I don't believe women should be in combat. Call me old fashion, I am definitely a HAWK, and definitely a conservative. It should be everyone's patriotic duty to enlist. Thanks, Barb


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:57:50

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I did not download this site to get any political views. Please refrain from adding yours to this site.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:55:04

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My feellings are that with the Hated that the Muslims have for use it would be a very good thing. With believing in God I know that I am at risck because the way Muslims feel. I am to old to serve but if I was not I would gladly serve. We live in bad times now after 911 or do you remember what happend to use. Thank you very much. In Him David Andrew Arndt


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:53:47

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I feel the "Draft" is important as a blessed and free nation to stand together and protect our country as well as helping others who desire freedom. I have 3 sons and love them very much, but if the Draft becomes necessary, I would be proud for my sons to serve their country. I know they would not fight alone and that God would be with them. We all need to take a stand and come together as proud Americans to help others to enjoy what we freely enjoy and let God the Father be our leader. God bless! Peace, Joy & Blessings, Jacqueline


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:53:26

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YES, I for one feel that the draft should be reinstated. In my personal opinion it should have NEVER went to a volunteer status. I know there are those who disagree with me. Why should this generation be different from passed generations. Our Country has always stood for pincipels and on BIBLICAL PRINCIPELS. We have depleated our Military so low we have to have military personel to stay beyond the their term in order to continue to fill the gape for the shortage of personel. I PRAISE THOSE THAT IS CURRENTLY DEFENDING OUR GREAT COUNTRY. We should NEVER lose site of what the UNITED STATE`S stands for. THANKS God Bless Gerald - Sulphur, La


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:51:52

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If it is necessary to bring back the "draft" in order to have enough military personnel, then let it be. I personally see nothing wrong with it. Other countries require a military committment out of all their young regardless. All can serve in some capaacity. There was a draft when I was young and my brothers answered to it. If we want to remain a FREE NATION, WE NEED ADQUATE MILITARY PERSONNEL. dOROTHY, iNDIANOLA, ia


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:47:44

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Yes, the draft should be reinstated if that's what it takes to build our military to the size that it needs to be to fight and win the war on terrorism. It's time we woke up to the fact that America is in the biggest fight of its history. There are people all over the world, as well as right here in our own country, who hate us and are determined to see us wiped off the face of the earth. Each day they are plotting how they can kill Americans and put an end to our way of life. What purpose does it serve to argue among ourselves? Neither Republicans nor Democrats are the enemy but the terrorists who wish to take away our right to be either. Let's start being "united" in the United States, stand behind our leaders and fight for our freedom and indeed for our very existence!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:37:58

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I totally agree with a draft of men and women, women NOT to go to combat. My late husband always maintained that all young people should have at least two years of military service.He gladly singed for our daughter to join the United States Navy upon high school graduation. The same for our youngest son to hoin the United States Army when he was only 17 years old. He got to finish school while in the Army. He retired with 20 years of active duty at the age of 37. Both of my children are proud to have served in the military and speak fondly of their years of active duty. My daughter is still in the military you could say as she is married to a career Navy person who has been in for 33 yearand they have been married for 29 years!! Both children have benefitted highly from having joined the military. Margaret Stump Bettsville,Ohio


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:35:16

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We have a son who is serving his second tour in Iraq. He joined the Marines never expecting to go to war. We had never experienced the anguish of having a child in such a situation, but we have seen this child grow into a man, confident and proud, and willing to take on the responsibility thrust upon him. I believe every young person would benefit from serving in the military, in any branch, and any type of service. We need our future leaders to feel pride in their country and in themselves, as well as a sense of duty to serve to honor and thank those who died before to protect our freedoms. We can see now that our defenses are woefully inadequate due to the downsizing of our military and the billions cut from our defense budget by former administrations of our government. I do not want any of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters to die in this war, but these soldiers believe in what they are doing and their families support them, as should all who are enjoying their freedoms at home. While in harm's way they work to help a depressed and oppressed people have a better life, or just to have safe drinking water, fertile land to farm to feed their families, and hope for the future of their children who need and want education. Over 50% of Iraqi men and 75% of Iraqi women are illiterate. These are the masses who were controlled by ruthless and greedy leaders who kept them in servitude by fear of death and torture, and taking away any means of self support. Where were you on September 11, 2001?? Where was our army of volunteer soldiers? We were all trying to peacefully go about our lives. We did not invade their homeland first, we did not seek to kill thousands of innocent people. All of the peace, prosperity, and success of the United States was won at a price...there was a cost that some had to pay in order to ensure the freedoms this country has enjoyed for many decades. Would you sit back and allow someone to invade your home, take the lives of your children, and destroy all that you have worked hard to earn without raising a hand to try to stop them? Our nation was attacked and we lost our sense of security, of feeling safe to go to work, walk our streets, or speak to strangers who look different than us. Unimaginable, that these terrorists were in our country, living as we do, with the abundances and advantages we enjoy available to them,...FOR TEN YEARS, and yet their evil plans were never aborted. Do you really think if we leave Iraq, or had never gone there, that these terrorists (who come from several different countries) would not have continued their evil work? Do you really believe they have left our country and are not planning more evil and destruction? I believe we need the draft and should never have abolished it. We must always be ready to defend the United States of America and must show a strong front to all who look at us with envy and greed, and seek to take from us what they don't have, and that each generation of Americans has worked to earn and preserve. DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY....we seek it or we lose it. The choice is now ours to preserve the freedoms and security of our nation for our grandchildren and for future generations of proud Americans.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:33:36

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The United States of America must defend itself or it will be lost to other regimes. We have a wonderful military force now, willing to "lay down their lives" for our protection and to keep freedom for this country. Our young people are more patriotic today than those of several generations before them. As for college, it can be delayed for the more imminent need facing this country. The government would help them financially to go to college later. Many young people entering college today go there for the games, parties, and drinking.Ask them. Compare a person who has served their country,matured,and then gone to college to one who believes that he is "owed" this wonderful life, and is pampered from cradle through college... In these perilous times, how about checking out Teresa Heinz Kerry's interest in the Tides Foundation -it is anti-American--are you? Thanks, Lu


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:32:40

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Below is an article from Truth or Fiction and I have found they are as accurate in their reporting as anyone concerning hoaxes. Before you read it I would like to say a couple of things: First of all, freedom isn't free as it always costs someone and it cost our ancestors dearly so that we could have the freedoms we have and the privilege of agreeing and disagreeing. We have to be willing to pay the price to keep that freedom and some give more than others, but in a democracy or any other government that will always be the case. Second, if we don't keep terrorism or any other freedom-stifling oppression away from our USA by helping others get out from under that bondage we are going to wake up one morning subdued by a "peaceful" religion whose goal is and always has been to kill the infidels which is anyone who does not support their way..and sad to say even if you convert it is no indication that you won't be beheaded, ground up, lose your fingers one by one or dozens of other atrocities. Reinstating the draft does not necessarily mean everyone goes to war; there are many civil jobs that need to be done and what better way to serve your country and preserve the freedoms we have had for over 200 years. As for it being a "new" bill I think someone needs to do some more researching. Since it was "dissolved" years ago there has been talk of reinstatement to keep our armed forces from becoming so unprepared and "thinned out" as has been the case of the last couple of decades or so. If we don't have prepared armed forces to defend out country how in thunder do we defend our freedoms? Maybe discipline is what some of our "younger" offspring need to make them appreciate the wonderful country they have inherited from those who gave all! Now please read the following to see what I am talking about. And God Bless the USA and give us the "gumption" to do what it takes to retain that blessing. The U.S. is Gearing Up for a Military Draft in 2005-Fiction! Summary of the eRumor The eRumor warns that there are two bills before Congress that, if passed, would bring back the military draft and make it mandatory for both boys and girls starting in June, 2005. The Truth The bills, S.89 and H.R.163 are real. But they are not new. An eRumor started circulating in June, 2004 warning that the draft was only a year away. In reality, these twin bills have existed since 2003 and have never gotten out of committees. In other words, they are stagnant. Nobody in Washington seriously expects a draft and certainly not by 2005. It's known as the "reinstate draft" bill or the "Universal National Service Act of 2003." The wording of the bill says it is "To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes." It would require U.S. citizens and other residents, both male and female, between the ages of 18 and 26 to serve two years of "national service." The reason the bills have gotten attention in 2004 is the military actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the war on terrorism. There has been debate about troop strength in Iraq and the status of all the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. Selective Service, however, says that despite the Internet stories, the agency is not getting ready to conduct a draft. It says it is ready to do so should the President and Congress decide, but "that responsibility has been ongoing since 1980 and is nothing new." The Selective Service further says that "...both the President and the Secretary of Defense have stated on more than one occasion that there is no need for a draft for the War on Terrorism or any likely contingency, such as Iraq. Additionally, the Congress has not acted on any proposed legislation to reinstate a draft." Last updated 6/18/04


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:31:43

Town Hall Comments

I for one feel that the draft should be reinstated. I proudly servered in the US Navy during the Viet Nam era, and do not regret a minute of it. It helped me to mature a good bit and definitely instilled a sence of responsibility in me. Those are two things that many of our young people today do not have.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:28:04

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When the President, Brash I believe his name is, send his twin daughters to Iraq and those others in power who have children/grandchildren of Draft age, send their off-spring I will certainly review a positive position about the Draft. I might start by having the current non-elected President return to finish jis duties in the military which he so fervently retreated from - except to land a plane on an aircraft carrier to impress _______________. I guess he proved that he can still fly so he is qualified to be in the service. Well Mr. President are you made of chicken or are you all bull?????


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:26:02

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I think that there is some merrit to the article especially about the manner in which the draft would be conducted. In 1952 as a senior in college, I receiced a draft notice to report. I talked to the draft board and was advised that they or the college dean had made a mistake because I should not have received a draft notice at that time but they could not recind it but could delay it until I finished my current college quarter. I finished my college quarter and then enlisted in the US Navy where I spent 5 years on active duty and was released from active duty as a Lieutenant, USNR. I was lucky and had appointments at good duty stations and I enjoyed my time on active duty as well as feeling that I was doing something to help my country. However, I wish that some of the regulations in the proposed legislation would have been in effect and published at that time so that I could have had time to consider my options and the effect on my future life.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:24:26

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I am in favor of a draft. We are too weak and are having to rely on National Guard to do the job that has to be done. They are not trained well enough. We would not be able to go at two snake heads at the same time. WmCW


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:21:41

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I do not believe in reinstating the draft, for this so called war. Mainly because I do not feel we have any business in being over there or in killing any of those people. They will continue to fight just as Ireland as done for many years and I say let them go at it they must enjoy that sort of life. We do not need to stick our big mouths in any other countries problems, and feel we should stay out and just try to keep our people peaceful and without all the fighting. Bush in my mind has not been a president that has been in any way an assest to us. He is too busy nosing around trying to make a name for himself and he has, he has allinated so many countries towards us its sad people could not see that he was not president material, the apple sure did not fall far from the tree in that family. Let us hope we have all learned some lessions from this diastratous choice. Thank you for giving me the opportuniy to delete your letter and I hope many others do the same.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:19:21

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For many years we have enjoyed the luxury of having a volunteer military to defend this country. If at all possibe I would like to see this continue. But we live in a very different and dangerous world. One that we may all have to make sacrifices to secure and protect our country. Unfortunely there are millions of people that would like to see the United States and our way of life destroyed. We may have to reinstate the draft to secure the freedom of our country. Those who do not see the eminent danger to our country are are deluding themselves with a false sense of security. Believe me, I do not take this stand lightly. We have six beloved grandsons and several nephews and nieces that this could effect. And my husband enlisted during WWII. We have a son who served 2 terms in Vietnam and 2 grandchildren who has also served in the military. Scary? yes! But not nearly so scary to think about fighting on our own soil. No doubt about it. We are under attack from so many fronts, many that we do not even realize yet. One last obersevation. As Christians, we know that the Lord can protect our loved ones in any situation if it be His will. God bless America and everyone who defends Her!


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10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:18:41

Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:16:34

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ALL I HAVE TO SAY, IS, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! TO THE DRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:13:47

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I believe that every American should be concerned about our country and safety of ~~~ Americans that live here. Why should just a few that know what they do will make us safe from harm. Our young people today do not seem to have the guts to stand up and say yes I will do my part to save and perserve our country for my children and grand children in the future. I myself think we should have finished the business in Iraq and Kuwait during the Desert Storm. We drag our feet too much and seem to be afraid that we might hurt someones feelings. I worry about my great grand babies and what they may have to live in and with in their lifetime. My life is not long. My husband served and I am proud that he did his time. I would think that every woman alive today would feel the same. We worry about our sons and daughters being killed while serving in the military. Well I would rather have mine killed serving our country (if he has to be killed) than perhaps by a drunken driver or perhaps some one ~~~ doped up on something. I am pro military ~~~ the way. Now if the draft is the answer I do not know. I would think that it would be a shame to have to bring it back just to fill the positions that needed to be filled. Step up to the plate and do your service as a man or woman and make yourself proud to be an American.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:13:39

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THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS SITE IS NOT COMPLETELY TRUTHFUL AND IS MISLEADING. TO GET THE FULL FACTS GO TO http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/draft.asp SO MUCH OF WHAT IS POSTED ON THE INTERNET IS MISLEADING, IS NEITHER FACTUAL OR HONEST, BUT DESIGNED TO CREATE AN IMPRESSION OR PROMOTE A CAUSE. I DO NOT KNOW THE AUTHORS OF THIS SITE OR THEIR PURPOSE, BUT THEY ARE CLEARLY TRYING TO MISLEAD YOU AND OR FRIGHTEN YOU. BEFORE YOU SPREAD FALSE OR MISLEADING INFORMATION, CHECK IT OUT. DON'T BE THE DEVIL'S PAWN.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:12:04

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I think your article starts one to think. However, I also think we should remember that our own freedom did not come without a cost. Nor maintaining it, either. My husband is a veteran from the Viet Nam era. My two adult children, my husband and myself are members of the Air Force Sergeants Association and are proud of our military. No one likes or relishes the thought of war - it's expensive in monetary value as well as in the number of lives (both military and civilian) that will be lost. All one must do is remember "9/11", the "USS Cole", our embassies that have been bombed, Pearl Harbor, the first time the twin towers were hit. Was it fair for them? I live in an area that has become more high crime. I'm not going to move. I plan on getting a block watch started and working more with the police. Granted, no one is forcing me to do this. I can move. Deployed personnel cannot. Do the police and firemen have the respect they deserve? Their lives are at stake everytime they go on a call. What about teachers in schools? These people go outside of their neighborhoods to do their jobs. I do think this country has gotten somewhat passive with the thought that it can't happen here. But it did. I grew up during the Korean War, Viet Name, the Cuban crisis, Persion Gulf and now the war on terrorism. But I enjoy the freedom to go to the church I want, to go to the grocery store and buy foods that are in abundance, to be able to write this to you and not fear retaliation. No, I don't want to see the draft start up again. I'd like to see more people volunteer for the armed services - fill them up to overflowing and keep getting new recruits in. We no longer have the innocence that we had before 9/11. And that's a hard lesson to learn. But I will support this measure if it happens.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:10:30

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We need the draft, as we have no military to defend us in case of more threats. The soldiers that are fighting now, some of them should have already retired, they have served their country. I would think it would be an honor to serve your country. We are a free people and we want to keep it that way. We don't want any more attacks on our country like the one on 911. I think in order to prevent this we need to go back to the draft. Our nation has gotten a little soft since we did away with it. There are things we need to do and the draft is one of them. I know, people with children that would be called up, won't agree with what I say, but it was good for our grandfathers and uncles and husbands. They did it with out any questions, it was their duty to God and country and they were proud to do it. S. Wilson


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
10:07:40

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I feel this is just a scare ploy to get voters to vote against Pres. Bush. The Dems They want it to pass so as to say see what the Bush admin. has created. When is the Dems. going to get on the band wagen and help end this war and not try to block everything for political gain.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:59:43

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No I do not believe we should re-instate the draft. What are we fighting for now? So Bush Cheney & all the other millionaires can get more money. Bring our boys ( and girls) home & let the other country fight their own wars. Our country would be fine if we mind our own bujsiness & not try to take care of everyone elses.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:59:36

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I think the draft should be instituted because; 1. It is very educational for young folks who have never been far from home. 2. It teaches young folks a sense of patiroitism.(Which is sorley lacking in recent years) 3. Young people learn a lot from their peers and it gioves them a feeling of self sufficiency. 4. 18 year olds do not have enough knowledge about world affairs and oportunities open to them to make informen decisions as to what career they want to persue.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:57:34

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Even when I was of draft age (and I was drafted, but opted to join the Air Force instead) I did not think an all volunteer force was a good idea. We live in a wonderful country. We have rights and freedoms not available to most of the other "free" countries. We can travel at will anywhere in our country and most of the world without having to get permission. We have social welfare programs (too easy to qualify for) to support those in need and many of those just too lazy to work. We have opportunities for careers and promotions to provide our families with what they need as well as a great deal of what they want. Our political system is second to none although recent years have shown it to be shifting in an unsavory direction. I do believe in having a draft for military and/or government service. I think this should be a mandatory qualifier for the majority of our citizens to apply for many of the social welfare programs we offer. Yes, I mean women, too. And, yes, there are those individuals who by no fault of their own should get aid although their physical/mental conditions prevent them from entering government service. I served almost 21 years and am now the recipient of a military pension. In fact, I met my wife in the service and she also made a career of the Air Force She was deployed during the first gulf war. We still pay taxes on our pensions, both state and federal. We pay for medical and dental care. We are am proud of our service to country and disgusted with those who want everything for free. People in this country are spoiled. They don't believe there is a bottom to the money barrel for all the giveaway programs. Sooner or later the bill has to be paid and it is you and I, the tax payers, who will pay. Congress spends, they don't earn. Congressmen should get the same retirement benefits that you and I get. Currently they vote for their own pay raises, benefits, etc. You and I get whatever our congressmen give us. This article is an attempt to politicize the movement to bring back the draft. The liberal left is using any excuse to blame the present administration for whatever. I have never seen a party so rabid to get back into power after performing so poorly and setting such a bad example of ethics and principles as the Democratic party of today. Feeling strongly about your cause or political stand is one thing, but to put our country's safety and security in peril is equal, in my opinion, to treason. Understand this about the terrorists: Their goal is not just to drive us out of the middle east. They want to see every American dead.... not humbled or shackled.... DEAD. I choose not to go along with that. Joe Brickham, USAF Ret


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:55:41

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THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS PAGE IS PARTIALLY FALSE, MISLEADING AND CLEARLY INTENDED TO FRIGHTEN PEOPLE. IF YOU WAN AN HONES AND OBJECTIVE OLLK AT THE FACTS, I SUGGEST YOU CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK. http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/draft.asp YOU WILL THEN SEE JUST HOW DISTORTED THIS SITE IS. I URGE EVERYONE WHO READS THIS TO "GET THE TRUTH" BEFORE SENING THIS INFORAMATION IN A PANIC TO OHERS. I DON'T KNOW THE MOTIVATION OF THE SITE AUTHORS, BUT DO KNOW THAT MUCH OF WHAT IS PASSED AROUND THE INTERNET IS NOT FACTUAL AND HAS A HIDDEN PRUPOSE. GUARD YOURSEL AGAINST BEING TAKEN IN BY FALSE AND MISLEADING MATERIALS......IT IS THE DEVIL'S HANDIWORK!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:55:05

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As much as I dislike the idea of reinstating the draft, being honest with myself causes me to think that this is the best option, given the climate and the times we are living in. Out of necessity our country and its people must be protected at all costs. We as a nation are not an agressive people in that we harbor no desire to conquer the world, or bring other nations under our domain. We only act militarily when we are under threat, or have been attacked. Traditionally back through the years our military was made up mainly of draftees along with volunteers who served to protect our interests. This worked well for many many years and in the process made more out of many men and women who served than they would have been, had they not served. Then we evolved into an all volunteer military. This seemingly worked well during the time of relative peacetime when no great threat was faced by our country. But as the years have gone by, our military has been decimated by some administrations to the point that given the threats we face nowadays with terrioists around the world who certainly long for and are working towards our destruction, our military is stretched so thin around the world trying to protect our interests, I see no choice but to reinstate the draft, which I will wholeheartedly support.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:52:24

Town Hall Comments

My son is in the Marines. You know freedom is not free. Remember 9-11 what about all those people, do we just forget that? Do we turn our back? Let these other nations get stronger and stronger. We have fought for freedom all our lives. We will have to keep fighting. I don't like it either but what do we do to keep our freedom? we have to fight.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:50:23

Town Hall Comments

I think if we want to live in a country where we have, and enjoy all the freedoms we do, then we should be willing to fight to keep our land free. Even if one of my grandchildren were to be called up, I still think it's only right and good to be willing to defend our land and the things that we so freely enjoy. I do not think women should be included in the draft.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:47:27

Town Hall Comments

I don't agree with drafting our young people to fight in another country when they are displaced unwanted people in this their own country.I lost many family members and friends in Vietnam,don't care to lose my grandchildren also.IF the wealthy greedy people in this country want to take over other countries for more wealth,let them SEND their OWN children to overthrow, NOT mine!we get nothing from these takeovers but dead children,grief and more oppression.Send your own leave mine alone we've given more then enough of our youth!! A very angry Black/Indian mother and grandmother


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:46:31

Town Hall Comments

Sadly Do we have any other choice but to start drafting again


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:40:08

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OF COURSE WE SHOULD START THE DRAFT, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS THIS TIME. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE HERE AND EVERY TRUE AMERICAN SHOULD BE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY.KEEP AMERICA FREE AND FREE OF TERRORISTS. MY SONS ARE FIGHTING AND ALL SHOULD BE TOO.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:38:17

Town Hall Comments

I wholeheartedly oppose the reinstatement of the draft. The American people lied to,gouged, made fun of by our government far too many years. Are we the protector of the world or do we have so many friends because of the money we can provide? Something to ponder, is it not?


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:36:37

Town Hall Comments

I in no way support a national draft. We are suppose to live in a country that allows us the freedom to 'choose'. As an ex-Army wife, and a woman who has several family members still in several branches of the military, I encourage our government to be more 'family friendly' to our men and women who now serve. Without going into a long winded list of issues, we have some serious problems with military retention, and recruiting; don't you think it would make more sense to correct those things? We saw what happened in Vietnam with those who were forced to sertve.......Not good for moral, not good for anyone. Give better rewards to those who feel the obligation to serve our country in this capacity. A happy soldier is a productive soldier ! Let us continue to pray for our country, its leaders and those who serve it well!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:32:42

Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:32:11

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No, I do not support a draft. We don't even know now what we are fighting for. I thought it was freedom. How much freedom is a draft???????


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:31:09

Town Hall Comments

No I do not beleive in re-instating the draft. I have lived through that era once and would not like to see my Grandchildren have to go through it


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:29:21

Town Hall Comments

We have had too many wars where our young people have been killed and nothting really accomplishedas to helping the countries we "helped"In some instances those helped have then depended on us to keep them afloat. I understand the "it keeps the war out of our land" theory but feel maybe we need to make country stronger s we can fight them when they come over. America hasplenty of problems here that need to be addressed so why not tackle those first. Our boys need a chance to grow andlive a full life not de at 21. Mary Trout, Decatur, Il.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:20:20

Town Hall Comments

Most definitely reinstate the draft! It is long overdue.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:18:46

Town Hall Comments

People always perform better when they aren't forced into doing something. Just look at the great people who are now in service....because they want to be. I am surprised and disappointed to see this article appearing on your site. This is an election year and you should not take the opportunity to tip the scales either way.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:16:40

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I THINK IT IS A BAD RULE .WE SHOULDN'T BE THIER TO START WITH.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:14:29

Town Hall Comments

This was written by a retired attorney, to his sons, May 19, 2004. Dear Tom, Kevin, Kirby and Ted, As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot of important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth. But this really takes precedence over any of those discussions. I hope this might give you a longer term perspective that fewer and fewer of my generation are left to speak to. To be sure you understand that this is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and including our present President, I have without exception, supported our presidents on all matters of international conflict. This would include just naming a few in addition to President Roosevelt - WWII: President Truman - Korean War (1950); President Kennedy - Bay of Pigs (1961); President Kennedy - Vietnam (1961); [1] eight presidents (5 Republican & 4 Democrat) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); President Clinton's strikes on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (1998). [2] So be sure you read this as completely non-political or otherwise you will miss the point. Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII). The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means. First, let's examine a few basics: 1. When did the threat to us start? Many will say September 11th, 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us: Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979; Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988; First New York World Trade Center attack 1993; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998; Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000; New York World Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001. (Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide). [3] 2. Why were we attacked? Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We can not fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter. 4. Who were the attackers? In each case of attacks on US they were Muslims. 5. What is the Muslim population of the World? 25% 6.. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful? Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian), that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). ( http:// www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm ). Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the 6 million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others. Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way - their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else.. [5] The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing - by their own pronouncements - killing all of us infidels. I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die? 6. So who are we at war with? There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting. So with that background, now to the two major questions: 1. Can we lose this war? 2. What does losing really mean? If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions. We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to the second question - 'What does losing mean?'. It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like post Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get. What losing really means is: . We would no longer be the premier country in the world. . The attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us over the past 18 years. The plan was clearly to terrorist attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them. . We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and can not help them. . They will pick off the other non Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do, will be done. Spain is finished. . The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us. However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast. See the attached article on the French condition by Tom Segel. [6] . If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslims, how could anyone else? The Muslims fully know what is riding on this war and therefore are completely committed to winning at any cost. We better know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost. Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple. Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort to win. So, how can we lose the war? Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by imploding. That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win. Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation. . President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war. For the duration we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently. And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then. Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him? No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply to war. Get them out of your head. . Some of us have gone so far out in our criticism of the war and/or our Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose. I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening, it concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause. . Of more recent vintage, the uproar fuelled by the politicians and media, regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war by a small group of our military police. These are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein. And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the same type enemy fighters who recently were burning Americans and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently the same type enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of an American prisoner they held. Compare this with some of our press and politicians who for several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners - not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them. Can this be for real? The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can. To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned - totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife. Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means that they absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us for many years. Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels. That translates into all non- Muslims - not just in the United States, but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense. We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant'. That charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world. We can't. If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the World will survive if we are defeated. And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the Press, equal rights for anyone - let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the World. This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read. If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little on the established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve. Doesn't that sound eerily familiar? Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"? I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. I believe that after the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are in and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking about. Do whatever you can to preserve it.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:13:56

Town Hall Comments

I do not think we should reinstate the draft,men should have the option of choosing to serve in the armed services.I had six brothers that served their country during the second war,some were drafted and some voluntered to do so,the draft was so discriminating against the less educated and the poorer segement side of the society,it will be so again,they say not and pretend to make even selections but the truth is, the rich can pretty well call the shots when it comes to getting drafted, and you can be assured the sons of the powerful and rich etc. will all have reasons that their progeny have to do special things outside of the service,just wait and see, it has always been that way and will continue to be so,if the draft is reinstated it will just make it easier to extend a war that should be ended and our men sent home,it is time to let the people of the warring nations decide who will rebuild and run their countries.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:12:46

Town Hall Comments

I believe the draft should be reinstated. I don't believe it should have ever been taken away. I think every American should have to serve their country for 2 years upon completion of high school. Other countries have always required it. I think it helps our children to not only mature, but teaches them the discipline that due to this country's current permissiveness attitude, they no longer get from their families, and would help them prepare to be able to defend those same families from whatever the future may bring. In decades past, our ancestors were beating down the doors to join the military to help defend their freedoms. This is no longer the case. Most of this country, including illegals that are here enjoying our lifestyle, want the liberties and freedoms we have, but don't want to have to do anything for it. They expect to just sit back, relax, and enjoy, never thinking about the price that was paid by those courageous souls, past and present, to preserve those rights around the world.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:07:37

Town Hall Comments

I am not opposed to the draft. I'm 75 and have seen wars. If war comes to our shores, we need to be prepared. My husband and 5 brothers served in the armed forces as did my son. They were all better men because of it. I'm so thankful this younger generation are more patriotic than the last. The 60's and 70's were dark years and not just because of VietNam, but because of turning from God. I lost relatives in WW2 and have relatives in Iraq and Kosovo. I'm proud of our President and Proud to be an American, but even more thankful to serve Jesus Christ! Betty harcey


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:07:14

Town Hall Comments

add the draft-nothing would be better for all physically qualified young men to acquaint them to our free life and what is requied in keeping it that way


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:06:15

Town Hall Comments

I do not believe they should reinstate the draft at all...there are alot of people who have not joined any armed forces for a reason..It should be a choice of free will, people should not be forced into joining just because the government can't figure out what to do about terriorism.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:05:19

Town Hall Comments

NO TO A DRAFT! BUSH GOT US IN THIS MESS, AND FOR WHAT? HE NEEDED TO GO AFTER OSAMA BINLADEN, NOT SAADAM! IT'S ALL ABOUT OIL AND ALWAYS WAS. CAN YOU IMAGEINE ALL THE FAMILIES THAT WILL BE TORN APART WITH A DRAFT? THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WAR IS FINALLY COMING OUT AND WE SHOULD IMPEACH BUSH! HE GOT US IN A REAL MESS THIS TIME.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:04:34

Town Hall Comments

I FEEL THE DRAFT BEING REINSTATED IS A MUST FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE ARE AT AN ALL TIME LOW AND SINCE OTHER COUNTRIES ARE INTENT ON DESTROYING US WE HAD BETTER BE READY AT ALL TIMES. EVERYTHING CHANGED WITH 9/11 AND WE HAD ALL BETTER START UNDERSTANDING IT NOW BEFORE THE WAR COMES TO OUR OWN HOME LAND AND WE ENDURE YEARS OF WAR AND DEVASTATION AS THE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE. IT WOULD ALSO GET OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING, LEARNING A DIRECTION IN LIFE, POSSIBLE SCHOOLING FOR THOSE THAT COULD NOT AFFORD IT OTHER WISE. THERE ARE BENIFTS TO THE DRAFT AND WAR IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUES AT HAND. WE HAVE SUCH A NEGITIVE FORCE AROUND US, THINKING WE CAN HIDE OR AVOID THINGS AND THEY WILL GO AWAY. THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE THERE WERE CHAPTERS OF WAR, DO WE REALLY BELIEVE WE RULE THINGS?? THINGS HAPPEN AS THEY WERE PLANNED, WE JUST HAVEN'T GOT THE MESSAGE. OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE OUT OF CONTROL AND WANDERING AROUND LOST, THERE IS NO FUTURE IN LOST SOULS. IF YOU LOVE LIVE, LOVE YOUR COUNTRY AND FEAR THE ENEMY THEN WAKE UP AND REALIZE FREEDOM IS NOT FREE AND WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT. WAR IS NOT PRETTY OR KIND BUT IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE SADAMS, BIN LADENS, CASTRO ECT.. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE YOU CAN REASON WITH TERRORISTS, THUGS AND HEARTLESS PEOPLE???CAROL FROM TEXAS


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:02:36

Town Hall Comments

In MY opinion, our USA should have a draft to defend the homeland. This personnel should be 'at the ready' for all homeland positions. I-E: the borders, harbours, all air ports, public and private facilities--(In as much as they serve the public). I believe we are in an never-ending struggle against terror groups, (just like Israel), and every able bodied person should have proper training in recognizing any unusual, suspicious events or persons. It takes training to be efficient and alert to those situations. Vulgar language has NO place in the public forum and must be abandoned!! It can degrade (and does), and only serves to weaken the true objective!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:02:29

Town Hall Comments

I think it would be a good thing.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
09:00:18

Town Hall Comments

I don't agree with your sleezy assessment of our activities abroad as "agression". you must be a stinking liberal democrat!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:51:52

Town Hall Comments

I definitely do not believe we should reinstate the draft. Let it be voluntary. Whoever inlists will end up going to war and we are having enough young men and women being killed now. It will only get worse. No draft, please!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:50:15

Town Hall Comments

I truly love your newsletters, however, I feel the one about the Draft is a Hoax and I will not pass it on. I think you should keep your nose out of politics or you will lose several readers. thank you, Bob Anderson


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:47:28

Town Hall Comments

I believe every able-bodied young American should put in two years of service for our country to instill responsibility, honor, and discipline whether there is a war or not. It'll make better Americans out of them. FJM


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:47:12

Town Hall Comments

I served my country willingly. My husband served our country. As did both our fathers. Our two eldest daughters now serve and, it won't surprise us if our youngest does, as well. It shouldn't take a "Draft" for our young people to stand up in support of our country. However, there remain those who feel this world owes THEM. If it takes a draft for them to stand up to their responsibilities, so be it.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:43:43

Town Hall Comments

No, I do not think this in necessary! We shouldn't be over there still anyhow! BRING OUR PEOPLE HOME; DO NOT SEND MORE!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:41:34

Town Hall Comments

We do not need to reinstate the draft. There are enough young men wanting to join for the money.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:38:32

Town Hall Comments

Perhaps we have too many CHOICES and not enought MET OBLIGATIONS(RESPONSIBILITIES)! FREEDOM to be/do is a direct result of LIVING UP TO OUR RESPONSIBILITIES! Not saying I'd love to see my grandchildren caught up in "the draft", BUT, my husband & others of his generation realize there is a "growing up" that results from that kind of service! Does our Country NEED the military to be strong & courageous & well-trained & outfitted to do a good job of defending us & helping others even obtain their God-intended freedoms? YES!! SOMEONE has to pay the price! We are blessed! WE can't do it all, but nobody will be free if everybody sits on their hands (or talks about it only!)!!!! Thanks. mi


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:38:22

Town Hall Comments

I believe the training and dicipline would be good for all eighteen year olds and up.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:37:54

Town Hall Comments

I think the draft is a great idea. I am a Republican and a korean vetrain.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:36:52

Town Hall Comments

No, I do not think they should have the draft again.In fact I think they should bring all of our service people home from Iraq and Afganistan.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:35:10

Town Hall Comments

Positively, absolutely no more draft. It should stay a volunteer force. We also need to concentrate on the war against poverty in our country as well as healthcare and terrorism. We have to come first.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:35:10

Town Hall Comments

I do believe the draft is an option that should be considered. I am a veteran of the Korean War. I do not want to see our young folks go to the far flung regions of the world but neither do I want to see the battles come to the United States.We need to stop the terror where ever it begins. Terror is not warfare as we know it.I would consider the Jewish nation and how they have had to live.Do we want to say to the nations that sustain terror,"We are not getting envolved,you don't have to worry about us stopping you".I truly want a safe country for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:35:09

Town Hall Comments

I agree the Draft should be brought back and become mandatory for all those that are of age. Not only would it elp our national defense but just maybe it would give the draftees a taste of life where MAMA can't tell the draftee what to do. Also the draftees would learn that life is not a "Bowl of Cherries".The draft will have an impact on everyone including the "Terror Mongers"


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:33:44

Town Hall Comments

Hello If we do not have a fighting military how do you propose to protect the country? The Al Quida is not finished with us and I do not want to live like Isarel. I do not believe for one minute we should not be in Iraq. I have talked to a lot of men who are now home, and they sure believe we should be there. The Al Quida only understands brute force, and we must have fearless warriors, or they will take this country. They are not a small group of tent no-mads. They are bunch of rich killers, and plan to put their ideaology in force world wide. So what do you think we should do? Carolyn Arnett


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:29:12

Town Hall Comments

I feel the U.S. needs to have required military service for all young people as many European countries do. Military service matures young people and makes them appreciate the U.S. The draft is needed because we have had (for many years) a nation of too many lazy, unappreciative young people who think the blessing they have as a U.S. citizen come with their birth--thinking it is their right to have freedoms and those things that come with freedom without their working to achieve it. There needs to be the draft initiated quite soon. After that, our Representatives and Senators need to work on the military service requirement for young people.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:28:09

Town Hall Comments

War is never pretty, but neither is our loss of freedoms that we now enjoy....the right to worship, the right to speak our minds, the right to travel as we please, just a few of the many freedoms we have. I agree the draft should have never been done away with. That is why the current administration has had to spend so much to build back the military strength that was lost in the last 8 years, just as President Reagan had to build it back after Jimmy Carter destroyed it. Some people still "don't get it"....they still think if we leave the rest of the world alone, they'll leave us alone. That is irrational thinking...don't they know about 9/11?? We did not attack them, they attacked us, at the cost of several thousand lives. Some want to live free but not willing to suffer for freedom. My husband served in combat in Viet Nam, one of my best friends was killed in combat there, and many others I know served in various wars. They went "willingly", not just because of the draft. We are proud of this country, and I am thankful there will be no more amnesty as in previous administrations for those cowards that went to Canada, welcomed back with open arms by the president at that time. Yes, I believe the draft should be reinstated. We need to raise up a generation of proud people...."givers", not just "takers". The liberals have some believing everything is okay, wake up. Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:27:03

Town Hall Comments

I AM THE WIFE OF A VIETNAM VETERAN, TREATED POORLY WHEN HE RETURNED FROM NAM. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN WAR. TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE LOSING THEIR LIVES, BUT OUR FREEDOM MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO ME. I NOW HAVE A SON WHO IS OF DRAFTING AGE, BUT HE WORKS FOR A LIVING, HAS A BEAUTIFUL WIFE. MY POINT IS, MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH WORK EVERYDAY, PAY OUR TAXES, AND FEEL WE ARE UPSTANDING CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. WE BELIEVE IN THE FLAG, AND OUR NATION UNDER GOD............AND YES I SAID GOD....... I HAVE A THEORY, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY OR MAY NOT AGREE WITH ME, BUT THAT IS A FREEDOM OF MINE, AND THAT IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH. WE HAVE AN OVERABUNDANCE OF PEOPLE LIVING OFF OUR SYSTEM, DEALING DRUGS IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR THESE PEOPLE. TAKE AWAY THEIR SO CALLED FREEDOMS OF OUR TAXDOLLARS, AND YES THEY THINK WE OWE THEM A LIVING. IF THEY ARE ARRESTED, DO AS THEY DID DURING THE NAM ERA. GIVE THEM A CHOICE. GO TO WORK, GET OFF THE SYSTEM, OR BE SENT TO THE MILITARY, AND I THINK THE LATER WOULD BE BEST. MAYBE WE WOULDN'T HAVE SUCH A MAJOR DRUG PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY. SEND THEM TO FIGHT FOR SOME RIGHTS FOR A CHANGE, INSTEAD OF JUST TAKING AND NOT GIVING BACK. THIS MAY SOUND CRUEL TO SOME, BUT I LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD, SURROUNDED BY DEALERS, AND THEY LIVE RENT FREE, AND DEAL DRUGS AND LIVE BETTER THAN THE TAXPAYERS IN THIS COUNTRY. SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? I ASK YOU? THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE SENT OVER FIRST, TO BE SET STRAIGHT IN LIFE.... MY SON IS PREPARED TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY. I WENT THRU THIS ONCE, AND DO NOT RELISH THE THOUGHT OF SENDING ANOTHER TO WAR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. M.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:24:44

Town Hall Comments

Yes, I agree that WE SHOULD DRAFT to save our country just as we have in the past..........the situation in this world is such that we must HAVE THE FORCES TO PROTECT US.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:22:22

Town Hall Comments

I believe in the draft only so all the sons and daughters od our elected officials will have an "equal" chance of having to serve our Country. I believe that if they knew their own children faced a good chance of having to serve in harm's way, they would not be so quick to talk "war". And make sure they couldn't dodge the obligation, like so many of our officials, including our Pres. and Vicee Pres. have been able to do. I don't count George's "no-show" in the National Guard as serving our Country. They wouldn't be "pounding their chests" so much if their own kids faced danger. Thanks for listening!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:16:48

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I am a U.S. Army veteran and definitely feel the draft should be reinstated. I have felt this way long before the war in Iraq even started. There is a lot to be said for serving your country for 2 years in return for all the freedoms you can enjoy when you get back to civilian life. There are too many today who have done nothing for this country but think it and everyone else owes them a living. Just draft everyone when they graduate from high school and when they return from the service they can start college. Don V.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:11:54

Town Hall Comments

I DONT WANT TO SEE THE DRAFT REINSTATED BY NO MEANS.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:09:33

Town Hall Comments

I SUPPORT THE DRAFT BUT WE IN THE USA KNOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STAY IN IRAQ FOR A LONG TIME. OUR TROOPS HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. I FOR ONE DIDN'T WANT THE WAR BUT WE HAVE IT AND NEED TO STOP AGGRESSION. I WAS IN COLLEGE WHEN THE KOREAN WAR STRUCK AND AFTER THREE MONTHS WAS TOLD THAT I WAS GOING TO BE DRAFTED. I DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE AND JOINT THE SERVICE FOR FOUR YEARS. THANK GOD I AM STILL ALIVE BUT COULD HAVE BEEN JUST LIKE OUR TROOPS ARE NOW. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH TROOPS KILLED BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MANY THOUSANDS THAT WILL BE DISABLE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE OVER FOR THE GUYS THAT ARE FIGHTING NOW. I AM NOT GOING TO TRY POINTING THE FINGER BUT IF PRES. BUSH HAD LISTENED TO THE ADVICE THAT HE RECEIVED WE WOULD NOT BE IN THE SITUATION. IF I KEEP ON I WILL EXPRESS MYSELF A LITTLE TO MUCH. I BELIEVE I HAVE SAID ENOUGH AND I AM SURE YOU GET MY MEANING. A.R. SMITH


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:07:24

Town Hall Comments

I am 70 years ols and have enjoyed all the freedoms our Nation makes available to us as Americans. I have lived through world wars, various "police" actions and the present conflict in Iraq. I am PROUD to be an American, and crybaby chatter such as you expouse in this page make me very sad that you really do not appreciate what a great country we have and all the many freedoms we Americans enjoy. You speak of your grandchildren.. a common left wing plea! Sorry folks! If we were not as involved in the world as much as we are, trying to make it a better place for EVERYONE, it is quite possible that your grand kids would never have all the benefits and freedoms which are ours to enjoy through our Democracy. I volunteered to be 'drafted' during the Korean war, and yes, it may have been a slight hardship to give two years of my life to the service of OUR country, but the price of freedom has never been cheap, and I was proud to have been able to offer myself to that cause. I think you should be ashamed of yourselves for your "anti-" protesting, and i strongly urge you to sit back, perhaps pray a bit, and thank Gos that you could post such an attitude on the Internet without fear of having you hands lopped off or worse. People of your ilk seem to have lost the spirit that makes our nation great. Terrorists are out to get you, and our armed forces are out there protecting you rights, such as "enjoying the 4th of July holiday with your family" By the way.. most young Americans (your age?) continue to offer themselves voluntarilly for service to their country. I, for one, have serious doubte the "draft" well come back. (Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Mr. Kerry!)


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:07:15

Town Hall Comments

NO DRAFT---------- BRING OUR BOYS HOME AND LET THOSE PEOPLE FIGHT THEIR OWN BATTLES. tHIS WAR WILL NEVER END FOR THOSE PEOPLE, THEY HAVE ALWAYS FOUGHT, AND WIII BE FIGHTING WHEN THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY COMES.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:03:30

Town Hall Comments

I do not believe this war is necessary and too many of our young people have been killed already and for what?? I do NOT believe in the draft. Thank you.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:02:46

Town Hall Comments

I don't believe and think that men and women should be drafted if they do not wish to be enlisted into the Marines or what have you. Service may not be their calling to this life, but may be called in service in another. I hope that this bill will not pass. Michele M. Contreras


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:00:55

Town Hall Comments

YEYES! The draft is needed! And I have 2 grandchildren that age! It would break my heart to see them go, but this Country does not have enough men protecting it, that is why you see other Countries like Iran and North Korea raising their ugly heads.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
08:00:39

Town Hall Comments

I wrote the article proceeding this one signed RV*. I wrote it before I read all of the other comments. To all of you patriots who wrote , "thank you". To all of the selfish extremist liberals who hate America, I pray for your children, that they won't have to suffer because of your mis-guidence. Ron Vandenboom


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:59:29

Town Hall Comments

I wrote the article proceeding this one signed RV*. I wrote it before I read all of the other comments. To all of you patriots who wrote , "thank you". To all of the selfish extremist liberals who hate America, I pray for your children, that they won't have to suffer because of your mis-guidence. Ron Vandenboom


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:56:03

Town Hall Comments

As for me, a vet from Nam, I am for the draft. Most Kids now have no aim, no goal in life. My son was no exception. He is serving in the U.S. Army in Korea. Now thanks to the military he has a corrier, that with his training he can use in the "outside world". He has self disipline as well, wich most of the younger generation sure does lack. Yes there is a draw back to all this; A war, but as his father, and his grandfather, and his great-grandfather, we have all served our country."Our Country called and We went". Signed Thomas E. Egan


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:52:28

Town Hall Comments

When we had the draft before it was mainly used for preparing our boys to fight for our freedom. We fought against aggressors like Hitler who was trying to take over the whole world. Unfortunately we have become the aggressors, invading for the sake of oil. Why should our children have to risk their lives for that? How can the draft work in today's philosophy. In World War II the American soldiers of Japanese descent were sent to Europe so there wouldn't be any problems. Where are you going to send the American Muslim draftees? Will they want to go fight their own people? There seems to be a question about that currently. Bring our military home and we won't need a draft!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:50:32

Town Hall Comments

Before they kill all the young men we have over there, I think we should bring them home to protect our own country and we wouldnt need to draft anymore.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:48:50

Town Hall Comments

NO Man Woman or CHILD should be forced to fight a war that George Bush brought about... let him put his BUTT over there, and he can take his wife and children over there to help him as well... If it is good enough for our children to do then it is good enough for him, if he is not willing to do this then he does not believe in what HE has done.. HE has stood by and watched our country be ripped apart by atheists who take GOD out of our schools and our country... this country was founded by people who deeply believed in GOD... he also stands willing by and lets millions of illegal people into this country. We have full blooded AMERICANS working their butts off to just make barely enough to get by while he hands out loans, credit cards, drivers license, medical care etc to these illegals... BULL CRAP I am not going to speak another language to make these people happy here.. IT IS MY COUNTRY if they want to live her let them live by our rules, speak our language... send these illegals over to fight HIS war if he needs help. Roberta Mattern, Maplewood, OHIO


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:48:00

Town Hall Comments

I have a 22 yr. old son and a 16 yr. old son. As a loving mother I hate the thought of either of them being drafted. However I also see the necessity of our continued fight against terrorism. To be successful in this it is going to take manpower. Therefore I am supporting the reinstatement of the draft. I do not do this with a light heart. However I realize the necessity of it and, I know the Good Lord will watch over and protect them should any of my sons be drafted. I consider it a priveledge to live in our Blessedly Free Country and if we don't fight terrorism we will not remain a free nation.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:47:10

Town Hall Comments

I guess it boils down to this, Would you rather fight them here, or over there. If we have to fight them on our turf, many more of us will be harmed, including civilians. Remember 9/11. Terrorists don't care who they kill, and they would kill every last one of us if they could and they plan to do just that. They get great pleasure beheading men, women, and children, especially christians.Don't forget, they started this war by killing 3,000 of our brothers and sisters, un-provoked. RV*


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:45:59

Town Hall Comments

The draft should never have been discontinued. All Americans have a duty to serve their country. This great country has given its citizens more than people in most countries can ever imagine. War is never pleasant. It's brutal beyond belief. It's time for we who have everything, to suck it up and face reality. Animals who hate us simply because of who we are are trying to destroy us. It's time to eliminate the problem.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:38:10

Town Hall Comments

To those who would seal our borders and not fight terror, I know that you don't know that in a short time the terrorists would hit us with un-thinkable atrocities and kill millions instead of the few thousand that have already died. The letter above calls us "The American Aggressors", well if not for our great American Army, Navy, Marine corp, Air Force, Merchant Marines and National Guard, your ass would be in danger of being wiped out. YES..YES..YES.. reinstate the draft... This from a Christian and a Veteran of the Korean War...


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:38:05

Town Hall Comments

Yes bring back the draft.if you won't fight for the freedom and safty your forefathers did then get out.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:36:04

Town Hall Comments

HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR FLAWED INFORMATION AND A PRESIDENT TO RESUME WHERE DADDY LEFT OFF AND A CONTROLLING AND MANIPULATIVE SECT'Y OF DEFENSE THERE WOULD BE NO WAR AND NO NEED TO REINSTATE THE DRAFT.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:30:14

Town Hall Comments

We are a military family. The draft should have never been stopped. The draft should apply to every one of draft age who meets the physical and mental requirements. No ones child son or daughter should be exempt because of who they are. This is our Homeland, our Country and we should all feel it an honor to serve. Draft dodgers should be punished in the most extreme way allowed, sound the same as desertion to me. As the posts regarding women in combat; there are many, many, military positions women qualify for. A minimum of 2 years service should be a requirement for all. We know everyone does not feel this way,we take pride in our 82nd Airborn Service and United States Navy . GO NAVY!!!!!! Our young people will find their life is changed for the better after boot camp in any branch of the service. Attitudes are evaporated and pride is instilled in who you are and who you represent. Respectfully submitted.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:28:22

Town Hall Comments

Lived through the Vietnam Draft; lost too many young people not prepared for what laid ahead of them. A Draft is not what we need. We need to Pay our Military better so those who "want to serve" can without hardship to their families; with incentives for a "job well done" through Education Bills again; With lower interest rates for Veterans and better benefits for all Americans who serve regardless of how they came to our country. And Finally, We need to look at the cost of Casualties and how we, as a society, treat those who return from War with medical, psychological, and moral support in our communities and in our jobs -- quit sending jobs out of America, keep our young men and women HOME. It was a tragic attack on our Country on 9/11; we are already at 1/3 of the total lost that day in the war on Iraq. Politicians need to wake up; pride is one thing; meaningless retaliation costing American men and women not only their lives but those who return seriously injured are piling up daily; what is the cost of War? It cannot be measured in dollars, only in hearts of loved ones. This "Draft" will undermind the hearts and souls of all young people and we will become a Country with Less Freedoms and More Controls, sound familiar to anyone we're fighting for now?


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:20:54

Town Hall Comments

I remember the draft from WWII and the willingness of those drafted to do whatever was neccessary in order to assure victory over the Germans and Japanese. Now we are in another tight spot, brought on by terrorists that have only one agenda: to rid the world of those who do not share their beliefs. Reinstatement of the draft should be a priority, regardless of political affiliation. Freedom is expensive but worth the cost.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:18:03

Town Hall Comments

We all should serve our country, Federal service should be required. Not only in the armd services but in many other positions. A minimum service of two years would make all of us better Americans. Bill Shrum


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:10:55

Town Hall Comments

Yes I think reinstating the draft is not all bad. Remember that teroist have killed over 365 Americians around the world in the past few years. This is plus the 3000+ killed on 9/11. We need to be more prepared.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:10:25

Town Hall Comments

I feel that the draft is the finnal answer to the problem. I'm a veteran also, served in the U.S. Navy. and proud of it.I will go again if called. But if we are to have the draft reinsated then we need to have everybody, not just certian few, we need the imiagrints from Mexico,and other countries that come here to "run away" from their home countries. Where we as Americans unite for one common goal . Lets also have the Senators sons, and not able them to be protected by Government just because they can hide under some poltical game. When we say for the good of ALL Americans let say for the good of all Americans. And may GOD BLESS Timothy J. Olsen, Wisconsin, USA


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:03:47

Town Hall Comments

I am against having the draft reinstated. There has been enough bloodshed already. Let the kids grow up and be what they want to be. I have a grandson going into collage and then perhaps marriage. I would like him to make his own choice if he wants to go into the service. Come on this is suppose to be a free America.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:01:47

Town Hall Comments

What else do we expect from a man who has stopped at nothing to bring our country to a place in history where we are considered war mongers , and killers of innocent people. Yes Saddam is a monster BUT were we asked by the Iraqi people to rescue them without first exhausting all diplomatic attempts? First our election was stolen and then our young sons and daughters are sent to be murdered because of lies. It is time we take back our country, go to the polls and vote! I am not saying John Kerry is a perfect answer, I am saying we will not let this country be like Nazi Germany where no one like Hitler BUT no one did anything to stop him either! If we decide that all politicians are alike we are in deep trouble. Now we have a draft looming ahead of us, that won't affect me, I am 69 years old but like everything else things will come after the election! Stand up for America and let the world know we will not allow our country to be fooled again, that will teach democracy better than all wars! God Bless America and our troops. One more thing. Those of us who have to vote on a machine that does not leave a paper trail as to how we really voted ask to vote by absentee ballot, those they have to keep.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:59:26

Town Hall Comments

My Husband served in the Army for over thirty years. So we are very much into the Military. But I feel that if we can get enough people to serve without the Draft it is better. People join because they want to and not because they have to. And that makes it easier for them. Not saying that someone Drafted cannot be good. I just pray that we can get our Country straightened out so there is no more fighting. I think we are in a mess that never should have happened in the first place and I do not think that we have seen the worse of what is going to happen to us. We have always helped people and nations but have never started a war. I feel sorry or both sides. This may not be a good answer but it is hard to explain exactly how I feel.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:59:14

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Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:51:10

Town Hall Comments

I THINK THE DRAFT IS THE FAIREST WAY TO GET ALL AMERICANS INVOLVED IN PROTECTING THEIR COUNTRY ! IT IS A NECESSARY EVIL. WAR IS NOT PRETTY BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE THE BODIES TO COMPLETE THE MISSIONS AGAINST THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE PEOPLE HERE IN THE USA DEAD.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:50:46

Town Hall Comments

If the draft is necessary to fight terroism, so be it. None of the bleeding heart liberals are offering an alternative, they just think the terroists will go away. The terrorists hate us and what we stand for, they don't care if we are nice to them, they just want us gone. I will even serve on a draft board if I am asked and I am a veteran.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:40:43

Town Hall Comments

I believe the draft should be reinstated, far too many people today want the benefits or a free and safe country in which to live their dreams, so show it by fighting to keep those for all Americans. I would support and pray for my only daughter if she is drafted, be very proud!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:39:52

Town Hall Comments

Yes, I do support the draft. With terriorson on the loose, not knowing when or where they might strike next, I feel that our country needs to have a strong military. Sorry to say it, but so many of our young adults want the freedom that we have, but are'nt willing to help protect our country in order to keep our freedom and rights. We had the draft before, and it worked. So why not have it again.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:33:08

Town Hall Comments

Nonesense about women should be staying home in doing what woman are supposed to be doing! Women are needed in all areas of the military service. For one example...nurses!!!! When a military female/male is injured during waretime who cares for these injured? Nurses and doctors do! For the individual chauvinistic stating that "WOMEN SHOULD STAY HOME AN DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE DOING" wouldn't know what to do without us NURSES who give all of themselves to make sure that you're on your way to recovery.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:24:29

Town Hall Comments

I believe the draft should be reinstated. Too many young people are without direction from parents about how great our country is. To keep this country free, we must pay a price. Too many people want to take God out of our daily life...What's wrong with saying a prayer in school? So many young people are at dead-end jobs, just maybe the military could set a direction for them to have a career. Those people who yell and scream about their rights should try fighting for them before they comdemn the soldiers dying so they be free.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:24:22

Town Hall Comments

The draft should never have be stopped to begin with. The way things are today we have to be prepared for any situation. It is a sad time that we are living in.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:18:09

Town Hall Comments

There is nothing wrong with reinstating the "DRAFT SYSTEM!" I'm a Vietnam era Veteran an served my Country "PROUDLY" to have our great Country in what it is today....it's called "FREEDOM FOR ALL!" K. Clark


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
06:14:57

Town Hall Comments

Freedom is not free! I have three grandsons coming up and I fear for their freedoms as well as their lives. Our military is the best trained in the world, and I feel if called, my boys will do a man's job in defending our country. I will always fear for their safety, and pray for it as well. Sherry


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
05:56:50

Town Hall Comments

We must remember that we are in a war that we have never experienced before. It is one that won't be over in three years or five even.It is one that we will be in for years and years to come.Our grand children will be affected by all that has happened in the past, 911 is a faded memory to a lot of americans,As long as we are comfy in our own little world nothing matters, we cannot remember the past.There are lot more 911's waiting for us down the road.We need to be prepared for them,so if the draft is needed then so be it.I had rather see us be ready and the draft not be needed than to need it and not have it. God Bless America


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
05:49:03

Town Hall Comments

Should the draft be an equal opportunity mechanism for both genders? How will senators with granddaughters react to this equality of opportunity?


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
05:46:27

Town Hall Comments

LOOK, DO YOU REMEMBER 911???????????????? WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH S A I D, THAT THIS WAS N O T GOING TO BE OVER IN A DAY, AND W O U L D NOT BE EASY; IT WILL TAKE SACRAFICES. SOMEHOW, I, HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ELSE, HE HAS NOT CHANGED HIS STORY. SOME HOW PEOPLE HAVE NOT GOTTEN THAT MESSAGE........WHY????? EACH LIFE IS PRECIOUS, WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO LIVE LIKE THE IRAQ'S, THE WAY I SEE IT, IS, WE COULD ALL BE LIVING LIKE THEM. JUST REMEMBER THIS WHEN, WE MAKE THESE COMMENTS. LET'S HAVE SOME SUBSTANCE WHEN WE MAKE STATEMENTS, IT IS HARD TO GIVE UP OUR LOVED ONES, NO MATTER HOW IT HAPPENS, FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE, IF THIS HAPPENS, IT IS TO THEIR GLORY, AND WE CAN BE PROUD THAT THEY DID SACRAFICED THEIR LIVES FOR SOMETHING WORTHWHILE, ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT STOP THE HURT, BUT LET US NOT BE SELFISH.........LET'S LOOK BEYOND OURSELVES....THE COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS GONE ABROAD FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE NATION'S PEOPLE. SO LET'S GET OFF OF THIS SELFISH TRACK AND BE RELEASTIC........LET'S NOT GIVE THE TERROISTS FUEL TO FIRE THEIR CAUSE BY NOT STANDING TOGETHER......IF THE DRAFT IS ABSOLUTELY NECCESSARY, WILL THEN SO BE IT!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
05:41:02

Town Hall Comments

I do not feel the draft idea is in order. It is like a dictatorship telling us what to do. We should all have the right as a Nation to vote on the issue. Terry Burnett Sarasota, Florida


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
05:40:28

Town Hall Comments

Reinstate the draft. Remember, freedom is not free. Members of my family have paid the ultimate sacrifice as has friends and classmates. I honor them. Brigetta Gaignard


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
05:25:16

Town Hall Comments

Pharisee Watch Sherry's War - Part I Every day, Sherry girds herself for her war. She knows the names of her enemies, but she has learned not to name them too quickly. For it is unchristian in her circles not to love one's enemies. In a letter to WHTT Sherry stated, "We should be very careful that any criticism is directed at people as people and not according to their race or religion." But if encouraged, Sherry's true feelings pour out: "It is established fact," Sherry wrote, "that the militant Islamic agenda is the elimination of Christianity and of Israel, God's chosen people." Sherry's words leave little doubt she truly believes that Muslims are evil enemies of Christianity. Sherry considers Palestinians to be part of "Militant Islam" and is emphatic in her belief that Israelis are allies in her war. She states, "I support a pro-Israel stance because I believe it is Biblical. I have done a lot of reading on this and we have been to Israel. The Jewish people cannot even go up onto the temple mount." She adds that her Israeli allies "have been much maligned by the press and the other factions in the Middle East, when they have, in fact, been trying to defend themselves to keep from being pushed into the sea." Sherry's war is very real to her. Her statements may seem to some to be exaggerated and based upon racial and religious hatred, yet she bases her political beliefs upon her religious doctrine. Sherry is, in fact, a loving and caring person, and not a fanatic as her words suggest. What then do Sherry and her husband Lanny believe that fuels these powerful political attachments and prejudices? What is their life style, and who are their mentors in this anti-Islamic subset of Christianity? Sherry and Lanny are model church member in a fast-growing evangelical non-denominational congregation. Sherry is a working mom and Lanny is a stockbroker. Both considers themselves “born again” and would probably be described by fellow churchgoers as salt of the earth Christians, the kind of people most would like to have as neighbors. If one had a problem, great or small, Sherry and Lanny were the kind of Christians who would be there. They are sacrificially committed to supporting mission work. Sherry is a defender of those who cannot defend themselves--the mistreated and the persecuted. They are no doubt dedicated to their family and consider Jesus the center of family life. Sherry wants to believe a mail-order missionary named Wes, who has visited her church and been welcomed from the pulpit several times. Wes operates a mission in Sudan whose stated purpose is to train chaplains for the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). Wes claims that before starting his “permanent” mission, he bought and freed “slaves“ in Sudan. Sherry has sent money to Wes. She agonizes over his stories of slave trade, alleged forced-conversion to Islam, and blood-curdling claims of murder and rape of Christians for no reason except that they are Christians, all of which Wes claims is being carried out by the Sudanese Government. Sherry believes Wes' stories of his sacrificial mission to an army of black Christians battling a hoard of light-skinned Muslim killers and tyrants. She finds it natural to believe Wes’ story because she is sure Muslims are her natural enemy. She does not hesitate to say that Muslims, especially in Sudan, want to destroy Christianity and kill Christians simply because they are Christian. She considers all this to be fact and beyond question. Sherry associates Islam with anti-Semitism and believes Christians and Jews are inseparably bound together in a war against Islam. She believes the Bible commands her to “bless Israel,” at risk of bringing a curse from God down on her own head. Sherry believes Israel’s war is a global war with Islam. She wants to please God, so she says she will do whatever she can to bless the state of Israel. Sherry is an avowed pro-life advocate, supporting the right to life of every unborn child. But she sees no problem with opposing the rise of Islam by whatever force is required, even if innocent people must suffer. Sherry is probably sympathetic to the women and children in Iraq and Palestine who are the victims, but she does not allow herself to think about them, because she considers their problems beyond her scope. She attributes any such suffering and loss of life as “God’s plan.” She would note that God also ordered Israelite slaughters of Canonites in the Old Testament and had his reasons. Sherry believes that the leaders of Israel are often in error, and that they have strayed from God’s will, but she defends them nevertheless. She says she does not know why God has blessed these people, but he has. To her his absolute blessing on the present-day state of Israel is an unequivocal fact, based upon her understanding of Scripture. Sherry was incredulous when someone gave her a We Hold These Truths research paper that challenged much of what she had been taught about missions, slavery and persecution in Sudan Missionaries, Mercinaries, Missiles and Money. The report astonished Sherry by naming the very same mail-order missionary, Wes, who she was supporting financially, as one of the more questionable missionaries in Sudan. The report suggests that most missions in Southern Sudan are, at best, well-intended but ill-advised and totally impractical, spendthrift money-raising operations. It claims that some missions are knowingly financing a war of revolution in this poor African country, doing far more harm than good for the people they claimed to be aiding. More damning still, the report suggests that some organizations are fronts for a warring faction posing as a mission. Sherry was disturbed to learn the author claimed to have interviewed Wes and described him as a likable and convincing small-time opportunist who was taking advantage of the gullibility of well-intended churchgoers in America. Lanny and Sherry, like the conscientious Christians they are, decided to hear both sides. They discussed the matter with local We Hold These Truth advisors. They also listened to George, a part-time summer volunteer from their church, who had visited Wes’ mission in Sudan twice, and who raised the money for his trips to their church. After hearing what they considered to be both sides, Lanny and Sherry decided to believe Wes and George and to disregard the WHTT report. Sherry stated she simply could not believe George and Wes would lie in church. What tipped the scales in Sherry’s mind? Sherry came to see that the State of Israel probably has an interest in the war in Sudan and is probably financing the revolution, and that Israel needs and covets the new oil field in Sudan. Sherry and Lanny, trained in finance, did not doubt this report in the least. They quickly accepted the idea that Israel needs oil, and Sudan has lots of it. Sherry and Lanny believe they should support anything that is good for Israel, even if, in this case, it means war in Sudan. They do not mind helping what Wes claims is a school to train chaplains for what he describes as the black Christian revolutionary force of the SPLA. George proudly claims that Wes’ mission camp is defended by armed SPLA “rebels” armed with AK-47 rifles. Sherry sees herself as helping God’s plan along by financing Wes and George--an ideal way, she thinks, to help defeat the Muslims without actually shooting them. She is aware that a chaplain is actually a combatant warrior, and not a neutral party who conducts services but is under military command. Sherry’s love for the State of Israel and militancy toward Islam, Israel’s mortal enemy are the result of what she has learned in her church and in Bible studies. She was more than willing to provide a detailed list of the scriptures she used to defend her unshakable support for Israel. She believes these verses not only support theology, but demand her loyalty to Israel as the “Chosen People.” Sherry has years of training in her beliefs and is well able to support her arguments; she assumes hers is the prevailing Christian view and spares no effort in selling her beliefs to others. In coming chapters of “Pharisee Watch, Sherry’s War,” we will review Sherry’s favorite Bible verses. We will examine the media supporters of her view; we will approach the question, why do Lanny, Sherry, and millions of church going Americans like them, gird for war with Islam? Finally, we will inquire into what traditional Christians say about Sherry’s war. Sherry's War - Part II Copyright 2001, may be reproduced in full for non-commercial use. Home Copyright (c) 2001-2003, We Hold These Truths All Rights Reserved May be reproduced only in full. [ Back ] [ Up ] [ Next ] Please send questions and comments to info@whtt.org Copyright (c) 2004, Strait Gate Ministries, All Rights Reserved May be reproduced only in full. [ Home ] Please send questions and comments to info@whtt.org Pharisee Watch Sherry's War - Part II On January 19th Reverend Jerry Falwell was in Israel making a speech promoting Ariel Sharon for President, Sherry and Lanny were preparing for a Christ-centered weekend, and in a place called Gaza about 25 families huddled in the rain, watching helplessly as their homes and possessions were being destroyed by Israeli Defense Forces. How are these three incidents related? What do Jerry Falwell and a sincere Christian woman named Sherry have in common, and how are they part of the root cause of the human tragedy that continues to unfold in Palestine? In this series on Sherry’s War we are examining some of the strange beliefs that are held and acted upon by an increasingly dominant subset of Christianity, and how those beliefs fuel the endless wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. Based upon what the Bible tells her, Sherry believes that Israel--meaning the people who live there now and call themselves Jews--are God's “chosen people.” Like Jerry Falwell and a host of other Christian celebrities, she believes Jesus Christ left a loophole in his plan for the Israelis and, by association, for all who claim to be Jews, everywhere. She also feels that God has provided an escape from impending, apocalyptic events for her and for those who believe as she does. To be protected from God’s awful judgment on a sinful world, Sherry believes she must recognize and honor the special deal God has made with Israel, regardless of how she may feel about some of the actions Israel takes against others, including Christians. Sherry wants her friends to join in her discovery of God’s special grace for those who honor the State of Israel. She questions and perhaps even worries about this writer, who she feels may not have blessed the nation of Israel as God commanded. Sherry is convinced that anyone who does not do so will be cursed by God. Whether or not she believes that such a curse precludes salvation and eternal life is not entirely clear. But she wants no part of finding out, for she fears those found on the wrong side of Israel at the time of the “rapture” may be “left behind,” in the vernacular of a best-selling author of our day. No paid agent or professional propagandist for the State of Israeli could be more effective or persuasive than Sherry. She is a force to be reckoned with. Fired not by money or dreams of grandeur, but by zeal for God, Sherry is convinced that the prophecies of the Bible, as interpreted by others, tell her the inerrant truth. Sherry’s war is as much a crusade as any fought in the Middle Ages. She will not be swayed from her passionate attachment for Israel by any arguments of man based on any set of facts. No reports of deaths or inhumane abuses committed by Israelis will weaken Sherry’s conviction that her first allegiance, next to God Himself, is to the State of Israel. To understand Sherry’s War we must read her Book, and we must examine her cherished beliefs verse by verse. She is not an anomaly or an isolated fanatic, but a sincere and dedicated Christian who is a member of the newest and most influential subset of Christian belief. Because We Hold These Truths also holds God’s word sacred, we will consider Sherry’s beliefs in the light of the Book itself in this series, of which this is the second chapter. We will not utilize outside witnesses, linguists, commentaries, or biblical experts, but will rely upon the works and claims that Sherry gives us as the basis of her beliefs. We will examine each verse in the context of who says what to and about whom. We begin by referring our readers to a letter from Sherry which explains exactly what she believes. Sherry’s first interpretation of God’s word is perhaps the foundation of her belief in God’s “blessings and curses.” It is taken from the Old Testament book of Genesis 12:1-3, which Sherry quotes verbatim: "and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee...and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (KJV). Sherry quotes these verses first, and others, including Falwell, quote them as God’s immutable law favoring the state of Israel. It is clear from the words themselves that God did promise to bless and protect the man named Abram (later renamed Abraham). The context surrounding the verses makes it clear that God was addressing Abram and no one else when he spoke these words. It requires, as we shall discover, a giant leap of logic to assume these simple words were ever intended to have anything to do with a political state of Israel or any other state in a different age. This blessing appears on its face to be so personal that it could not include anyone except the person addressed. We will show that, by bringing a future political state into the blessing, Sherry is putting words in God's mouth that he did not speak. And we will examine why she honestly believes this. Traditional Christianity holds that God preserved Abram for the purpose of starting the line and lineage of the tribe that would stepfather Jesus Christ 28 generations later. These “generations” are listed in the first chapter of Matthew. All Christians that we know of have always held that in Jesus “all the families of the earth” would be blessed,” as God promised and intended. Sherry’s Book tells us that at the time of God’s blessing, Abram had no children, nor prospects of having any. We also find there was no person named Israel. God promised Abram a big and famous family. Two generations later, one of his grandsons, Jacob, was renamed “Israel” in his manhood, and Israel is listed in St. Matthew as a link in the ancestors of Joseph of Nazareth, who became the adoptive father of Jesus. Thus, the traditional Christian belief that God blessed all mankind through Abraham, as He promised. Sherry believes, too, that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was God’s blessing to mankind as promised to Abrams’s seed. But by combining this verse with many others, she also believes that the present-day State of Israel received title to the land that is now Palestine, Israel, Iraq, and more. Sherry and millions of other American Christians firmly hold that these verses grant title to the place that is now called Israel. Sherry believes it as firmly as she believes the deed to her house is granted by the paper recorded in the court house. It does not bother Sherry that those who call themselves “Zionists” did not pick the name “Israel” for their new county until almost 3000 years after the Abrahamic covenants were spoken. A not at all far-fetched analogy might be that of one who went to the courthouse and changed his name to Thomas Jefferson Jr., and then demanded the keys to Monticello from the long-since closed estate. Israelis do “Jefferson” one better by making a 3000 year old claim. God did indeed clearly promise Abram a great family--a miracle for one who was 75 years old and had no sons--but this promise was an answer to Abram’s prayers, not to those of some future politicians. The plain and simple language of God’s promise clearly reveals that God was speaking to Abram only and no one else, not even to Sarai, and certainly not to her yet to be born children. The Bible says with its customary undeniable simplicity, "I will bless them that bless thee." God’s promise of blessings is grammatically correct. God addresses Abraham as "thee," which means only him. According to Webster's New International Dictionary, 2nd Edition, "thee or thou is singular form, objective case, the person addressed." Webster tells us something Shakespeare put in practice; "thee" denotes "special implications of familiarity--as between intimates, or as used by a master to a servant." That is that exactly what God was doing--addressing Abram intimately, as a beloved servant. God addressed Abram as Sherry might address a son—as one might address one’s child as "my dear son" or “beloved child” instead of simply "you". "Thee" is reserved for a specific, loved person, as when Jesus addresses his Disciples as "thee." This is clearly the way that it is used everywhere in the Bible. But both Jerry Falwell and Sherry ignore the plain language of the words and assume the verse implies a blessing not only for Abram but also for the political state that adopted his grandson’s name 3000 years later. It would seem that if God expected the entire world to bless countless unborn, unnamed generations, he would have said so. If God had wanted to say this, he might have said, "I will bless you and all your generations after you, including the good ones and the evil ones, and including also those who cannot even prove they were ever of your seed, and for a hundred generations or more to come, and I will expect all men to know who they are and bless them also, else they shall be cursed." But God, using clear, direct language and correct, understandable grammar, did not say this. Why, then, do Sherry and ministers like Jerry Falwell interpret God as being incapable of clear and direct expression, speaking in riddles and incomprehensible vagaries, like the graduates of some of our modern schools? It is because the celebrity Christian leader from whom she takes counsel tells her she must take scripture “literally,” but teaches Sherry there are hidden meanings in most scripture. If you were to ask her, Sherry would be the first to say God created all of us and our languages, and all are perfect. She would also say she believes every word of scripture is true, even if she cannot explain the contradictions in her mentor’s interpretations of prophesy. The world could not function with the kind of metaphorical language Sherry has ascribed to God. If Sherry were to shout to a pack of dogs or unruly kids, "you stop that," without naming which dog or which kid she’s addressing, nothing would happen. If Sherry said to her neighbor, "my friend, will you come to coffee tomorrow morning," and the next day the neighbor arrived at her house with her five kids, her in-laws and her whole bridge club, Sherry would think her neighbor had a language problem, if not a mental problem. God’s plain and simple words named Abram alone for a personal blessing. Sherry forces God's words to mean what she wants to hear, and she does this because her leaders, whom she respects, do it. Consider the public statement that Jerry Falwell made in Jerusalem on January 19, 2001. He said, “As an evangelical Christian who takes the Bible seriously, I take a Judeo-Christian perspective on most moral and social issues.” Falwell goes on to explain his reasons for doing so, “…primarily and mainly because I believe that Abraham covenant literally. I believe God blesses those who bless Abraham, curses those who curse Abraham. I believe god has blessed America because in most cases we have been on the side of Israel, and not just the state of Israel but the Jewish people everywhere--and I could care less what some Gentiles and Jews might think about my position.” In so doing, Falwell, like Sherry, is treating God as one incapable of saying what he means and is mouthing it for him. He claims to read scripture “literally,” meaning it means what it says, but then he manufactures an implied metaphorical covenant with a political entity. Nothing could be less “literal.” Sherry and Falwell both know the ten commandments by heart, but in attributing to God something that is not of him, they do not seem to consider God’s warning not to take his name in vain. To Sherry, Falwell and a host of other celebrity leaders, the message of Genesis is that they are bound to love and aid the state of Israel, a sacred religious rite, or else they will be cursed and presumably denied admission to the Kingdom of Heaven. The age old, traditional Christian lesson of Genesis 12 is of God's mercy to Abram, who called on God to keep his promise to rescue him from his enemies before the end of the chapter. The story tells us Abraham got hungry and decided to throw himself on the mercy of the Egyptians. To save his life, he prostituted his wife Sarai to the Pharaoh. Nowhere in the chapter did God tell Abram to do this disgusting deed; Abram had God’s promise; he could have chosen to trust God to save him from the impossible. To make matters worse, he also lied to Pharaoh, breaking another of God’s commandments, by saying Sarai was not his wife but his sister. Abram became wealthy while the Pharaoh used his wife. Yet in spite of this, God kept his promise and put a curse (plague) on the Pharaoh until he finally released Abram and Sarai. Sherry and Falwell both believe that those who curse Israel (or fail to bless her) will be cursed as was the Pharaoh. Will God forgive Israel for years of cold-blooded, unrepentant killing of the little unarmed boys in Palestine who throw rocks at tanks? Sherry thinks so. Sherry believes she should not even see their sins, which is how she and Lanny have managed to travel to Israel and come back extolling the Israeli’s virtues. Millions of other Americans join in Sherry’s blessings and curses, believing they must do anything for Israel, even if it means ignoring its genocide of the innocent. The sixty-four Palestinian men, women and small children who stood in the cold pre-dawn rain in Gaza would have trouble understanding Sherry’s logic. They had been roused from sleep and forced from their homes. Now they had to watch as Israeli Defense Forces bulldozed their homes to the ground and threw their furniture and possessions in the mud, while tanks stood by in case they protested. What crime had these families committed? the Defense Forces had decided their homes were too close to a recently constructed Israeli settlement. Sadly, both Sherry and Jerry Falwell are responsible and must share blame for the 318 dead, many of them children, and the 8000 injured in the last year. Every professing Christian who supports Israel’s fanciful claims to these people’s homes based upon an apostate interpretation of the Bible shares in this guilt. They need to know. Those who guide We Hold These Truths also share in the blood guilt of the Israelis, for this brutality has endured for 50 years. Let us now call each other to task. In the next chapter of Sherry’s War we will examine the New Testament verses that Sherry and millions like her rely upon for their unconditional support of the camouflaged war for the assets of the Middle East. Sherry's War - Part I Copyright 2001, may be reproduced in full for non-commercial use. Home Copyright (c) 2001-2003, We Hold These Truths All Rights Reserved May be reproduced only in full. [ Back ] [ Up ] [ Next ] Please send questions and comments to info@whtt.org Pharisee Watch Israel - God's chosen people To WHTT: Dear Chuck, In Genesis 121-3 .and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee...and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee... In Genesis 15-18;13-15;262,3 and 2813, God speaks of giving His covenant with Israel and the land that He gives them. Other verses that speak of the land being given to the Jews is found in Exodus 68, Leviticus 2024, and Jeremiah 77. Scriptures that speak of the Jews as being God's chosen people are Exodus 66,7 Deuteronomy 142 Leviticus 2026 Psalm 1056,7 Psalm 1354 Isaiah 418; 441; 453-5 These are only a few of many others that could be cited. The name Israel, referring either to the people or the land, is found more than 2500 times in the Bible, and reference to the Jews more than a thousand times. The Old Testament prophets declare that the Jews are a chosen people and that God has a special destiny for them and for the land which He has given them. The New Testament makes the same declaration. Peter referred to the Jews as "the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our Father...Abraham" (Acts 325) Paul spoke of the "Israelites", his "kinsmen according to the flesh," as those "to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises" (Romans 93,4) Jesus of Nazareth was born a Jew of the tribe of Judah and of the household of David, according to the genealogy of His mother (given through Joseph's father-in-law, Mary's father --Luke 3:23-31. The genealogy back to David of Joseph, who, though not Christ's father, was the head of the household, is given in Matthew 16-16. Like Jesus Himself, the original 12 disciples were all genuinely Jewish, as was the early church. The first Gentiles were not converted until some years after Pentecost. Nor did significant numbers of Gentiles come into the church until even later, in the city of Antioch. It was these Gentile believers who were first called "Christians". Acts 11:19-26 Even then, for many years the leadership of the church remained Jewish and was centered in Jerusalem. Kaare Kristiansen, former leader of Norway's Christian People's Party, when asked about his long-standing love of and support for Israel, replied, "It came with my mother's milk." He was "born into a deeply religious Evangelical Lutheran family and grew up hearing his father read the Bible." Such love for Israel and Jews worldwide is taught not only in the Old Testament but in the new as well and characterizes all true Christians. Roman Catholicism is largely responsible for promoting the concept that the Jews ought to be killed for killing Christ. No such teaching can be found in the New Testament, nor did the early church ever practice it. The Romans, not the Jews, were in power and could have released Jesus instead of executing Him. Some Christians confuse Israel and the Church. The major promise to Israel for the last days is that she will be gathered from the nations where God scattered her to dwell once more in the Promised Land and that Christ will rule over her from Jerusalem -- a promise that would be meaningless for the Church. The Church was never cast out of any land, and it was never promised that she would return to the land from which she was cast out, as God promised Israel. Israel is distinguished from the Church for all time by the land which God gave to her. Unfortunately, Israel's leaders, and the vast majority of Israelis, do not believe God's promises in the Bible, nor do they heed His warnings. Who can read the words of our Lord Jesus as He wept over Jerusalem and not be moved by His love for His people? He knew the awful consequences of their rejection of Him which all the prophets had foretold - consequences that came true in part in 70 A.D. when the city was destroyed, and consequences far worse which still lie ahead for Jerusalem and the people of Israel. Luke 19:41-44 and Matthew 23:37-39. If Jesus loves His people, should we not follow His example? Until Christ appears and is recognized by His people, Israel will continue to displease God, to be abused by godless nations (which all finally attack her at Armageddon) and to suffer God's judgment. The prophecy in Ezekial 39:7,8,22,23,28,29 will be fulfilled at the end of the great tribulation when Christ returns to rescue Israel and to establish His millennial kingdom. As stated in Zechariah 14:3,4 the Lord Himself will rescue Israel. The Lord has a covenant with Israel that He will not break. Why He chose these people is a mystery, but it is a fact that He did. God is sovereign and His ways are not our ways and it is not our place to question. There is much more that could be said on this subject, but hopefully this will give an adequate overview. In Him, Sherry Copyright 2001, may be reproduced in full for non-commercial use.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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05:23:52

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Yes! The draft has to be start up again. That is as long as things as they are in the areas that are taking our troops lives, as we are too "thin". Any fool knows that.It should never had stop, the draft that is.......As far as woman...."NO"!! No Way ! Woman were designed to do what a woman is supposed to do, not to be a solider.... The draft should be start up "NOW"! Not tomorrow !


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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05:18:30

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We are in world war III, whether you like it or not. Just as in world war II we will do what it takes to win, If not we are all dead.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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05:13:06

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CHRISTIAN RACISM KILLS PALESTINIANS Subj: My Usefulness To You Date: 1/23/2004 9:24:41 AM Eastern Standard Time From: pastorjerryh@excite.com www.dominionchurch.net To: Suez1950@aol.com Sent from the Internet (Details) bob@cactus48.com Dear Martha: I am particularly interested in the materials that have to do with the role of dispensationalism (end-time belief) in the conflict in Palestine. One of the ways that I can help is to collect the facts and pull together a summary of what is going on and to present it to the Body of Christ. You know, I have heard for years that the Church did nothing about the slaughter of the Jews in World War II because they thought Hitler was the anti-Christ and they were hesitant to resist his actions because they thought it was all a part of the end-times prophecies. It appears that the Church and our nation are once again turning a deaf ear to this current situation because they believe that the Jewish/Paelstinian conflict is a part of end-time prophecy and that it must be allowed to run its course. They also believe that they must stand with Israel - regardless - if they don't, they will come under a curse from God! I am writing several key leaders with this information and I am asking them for their insights into the situation. Let's pray that God will somehow use us to expose this mess and to bring restoration into the picture. The problem is further complicated with the fact that neither side believes in Jesus - neither the Jews nor the Palestinians. Of course, we know that this conlfict will only be settled in the Person of Jesus Himself. And this is the key reason that Ali and others who know Jesus are in a very strategic position to effect lasting change. Our prayers, tears. and deep concerns go up before the Lord continually regarding this entire situation and the safety of Ali and the other men and women of God in that area of the world. "Lord, give us wisdom - for we have never been this way before!" Martha, the recent article you forwarded to me is great. As you find further information along that line, please send it to me. Blessings, Apostle Jerry peacecentre2003@yahoo.com in Gaza WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS www.cecarl@whtt.org www.dominionchurch.net bob@cactus48.com


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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04:42:40

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In your article you say. "If voters who currently support U.S. aggression abroad". Get your head out of the sand. 3000 murders were committed in less than 3 hours on 911. Would you call that aggression? No, you probably wouldn't. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE is not just a slogan.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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03:05:31

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As a (SS) qualified member of the armed forces when we had a 8 year obligation and having volunteered for all that I did for my country in that process, I am against the draft. I had too many people working for me that were married with children that were on tax payer help to support their families. That should not be. If they are willing to put themselves in Harm's Way to let us live the way we want to ,then pay them what they are worth. Don't make them raise their families on child welfare as I have see my people have to do. If you don't have the guts to fight for what you believe, then support the people that do. No, I do not believe in this war that George Bush Jr. is fighting. I hope they have some information that I don't have. Roy Nelson Ex EM1(SS) Now only KA0UMJ@AOL.COM


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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02:25:53

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If President Bush is reelected, and I pray to God that he will be, do not think the draft will ever happen. If it takes a draft to defeat terrorism, so be it.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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02:20:07

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Reinstate the draft. We must protect this country by fighting abroad for freedom. Fighting for freedom abroad, keeps the battles from being fought on American soil. We, as Americans must SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT and SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. Terrorist groups are planning their next move. This is far from over. We must stand ready, to preserve our way of life. Freedom will not exist unless we prove to other countries that we are willing to defend ourselves.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
01:53:07

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Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
01:42:33

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I feel that it is imperative to reinstate the draft. Our young people should be proud to serve our Country to keep it free not only for themselves but their children and grandchildren.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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01:37:52

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10 Jul 2004
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01:37:29

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Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
01:37:20

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Now you speak for the democrates.... Geezzzzzzz yall amaze me...... time to un-subscibe


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
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01:35:24

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Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
01:34:09

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Yes we should reinstate the draft, It should have never been stopped in the first place. I believe that if the draft had not been stopped this country would not be in the shape that it is now in. The young boys that were and are in this country would be a whole lot better young men if they would have had to serve in the Armed Forces, instead of being on drugs and etc;


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
01:33:22

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I feel that it is imerative to re-instate the draft laws and young people should be proud to serve to keep this country free not only for them but for their children and grandchildren


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
01:19:16

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yes we need the draft. it never should have never been stopped in the first place. especially when we have the people in washington now who do not level with the american people. and all politicians should be made to serve time. then maybe the gi's would be treated right and the vet's nowwould get some respectandbenfits that they were promised. an old vet.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
00:33:38

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Yes - the draft should be reinstated. It should never have been dropped in the first place (it is much easier to keep some things the same as trying to reinstate them). All citizens who reap the benefits of America owes some time to the United States - for all the freedoms they receive from living here. This includes all the Immigrants and Refugees that now call them selfs citizen. If you aren't willing to fight for your freedom and support your country - you don't deserve any of th benefits awarded to American Citizens.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
00:14:49

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I was surprised to see your feelings regarding the reinstatement of the draft (your reference to "US aggression abroad"). In the past you have consistantly backed the principle that freedom is not cheap or free and that it is sometimes a requirement for the blood of our citizens to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. I don't relish the idea of a senseless reinstatement of the draft, but would prefer a draft to bolster our national defense than to risk loosing all that we love.


Town Hall Meeting
09 Jul 2004
Time:
23:31:47

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No. I do not wish to see the Draft reinstated. Our Granddaughters are in that age group, & we STRONGLY feel women DO NOT belong in combat!!! We are equal in some things, but not all. What is wrong w/ the girls today, that want to prove they are as tough as men? Their strength is in different ways. Thanks. betty418@nts-online.net


Town Hall Meeting
09 Jul 2004
Time:
23:23:50

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I think if we brought all the military home from all the countries they are in, where not needed, we would not need a draft... I do not go with the draft... Too many young men & ladies, have been killed... FOR WHAT ? These countries don't want us there. They will go on fighting till the end comes... WHY give them all our young men to die for no reason.. Seal our borders, & let them fight their own wars....


Town Hall Meeting
09 Jul 2004
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21:39:43

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Wow I did not know about this. I'll have to give this more thought. Sure seems to me that they could get plenty of employees if they just gave them a bit better pay and bennifits. And it might help if they would fight to win better. Steven


Town Hall Meeting
30 Jun 2004
Time:
11:59:08

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