Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
20:27:59

Town Hall Comments

I don't believe it is right to draft people who dont want to serve its not a wise decision.


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

Town Hall Comments

I DON'T THINK THE DRAFT SHOULD BE REINSTATED. PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY OVER THERE, HAD THE CHOICE OF JOINING SOME TYPE OF MILITARY SERVICE. IF DRAFTED, THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO CHOICE. BUT IF THE DRAFT IS REINSTATED, I DON'T THINK THE WOMEN SHOULD BE DRAFTED. I PRAY THAT THE WAR ENDS SOON, AND IT WON'T BE AN ISSUE. MAY GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS WHO ARE SERVING NOW, AND GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
17:49:33

Town Hall Comments

I FEEL THAT ENOUGH OF OUR CHILDREN HAVE DIED DEFENDING A COUNTRY THAT DOESN'T WANT US THERE...OUR COUNTRY HAS SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FORCING OUR BELIEFS ON OTHER COUNTRIES WHILE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY CHILDREN ARE STARVING, PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND THEIR HOMES...FORCING MY 5"3', 103 POUND DAUGHTER AT THE AGE OF 25 THAT IS WORKING FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH RESEARCH DEPARTMENT ON THE MENTAL EFECTS THAT HEART DISEASE HAS ON PEOPLE IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN DRAFTING HER SINCE HER OWN FATHER DIED 4 MONTHS AGO AFTER A HEART TRANSPLANT...,GEORGE BUSH SR STARTED THE PROBLEM WITH THE MIDDLE EAST AND ISN'T IT IRONIC THAT THEY ATTACKED OUR COUNTRY WHEN HIS SON BECAME PRESIDENT....THINK ABOUT IT....


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
17:46:57

Town Hall Comments

SOME MAY WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THERE IS NO CHOICE BUT A DRAFT WHICH WOULD NEGATE THE POTENTIAL OF A BETTER DEFENSIVE AS WELL AS AN AGGRESEIVE POSTURE. SEEMS TO ME THAT PREVOUS GENERATIONS WHO SERVED WE'RE BETTER FOR THERE SERVICE. WHILE I RECOGNIZE THE NEGATIVES AND HORRORS OF WAR, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD NEEDS THE STRENGTH OF OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ARMED FORCES TO RESOLVE MANY OF THE ISSUES OF OUR PRESENT UNTENABLE SITUATION WHICH MUST BE RESOLVED BY THE STRENGTH WE CAN SHOW TO THE WORLD. WITH THIS SAID, I REMAIN OPTIMISTIC THE WE OF THE USA CAN CONTINUE TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM ON OTHER THAN OUR SOIL IF NEED BE THE CASE. CERTAINLY A DRAFT.............. I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S A CHOICE. 28 YEAR CMSGT RETIRED..........


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

Town Hall Comments

My only comment is, if they start the draft again it should be not only the men, but the women. After all they wants all the same right as men in the service, so why not draft them also. Fred Graham


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
17:08:30

Town Hall Comments

I believe we need the draft again it should never been taken away. Why? because the military services makes men out of boys and teaches them how to stand on their own two feet and take responsibility for their own actions and what their choices will effect others in their life time. most young men today in their fortys have no clue on how to be a real man I don't meant to be a brawler either just being a good citizen and father in a family. today there are more single men 48 to 35 living at home with mamma and daddy because they can't handle rejection or learn how to save for things they need or want instead they just let daddy and mamma buy it and they use it. why become a real individual if you are this lazy and a big baby. jc


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
15:56:49

Town Hall Comments

If you vote the democrats into office in November, you will not need to worry about the draft because you will not have a free country. Kerry is a traiter and should be treated as such!!!


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

Town Hall Comments

There should not be a draft.If a person chooses to serve in the military that is their choice. That is what our country is about. Freedom to choose.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
15:41:59

Town Hall Comments

I believe every citizen should serve in the defence of their country. If the draft is the only way to get everyone to do so, then BRING ON THE DRAFT. I feel it was wrong to cancel the draft back in 1973. If the draft had still been in effect, there would have been enough active duty military to fight the war and far less National Guard members and reservests would be fighting now.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
15:30:27

Town Hall Comments

I don't think their should be a Draft again. My husband was drafted in the Vietnam War and it changed this country and the mens attitude toward it.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
15:05:00

Town Hall Comments

No, we should not reinstate the draft. When we get a regime change in Washington D.C. that will not be necessary. The national debt has increased by $1.5 trillion in three years. Is the Republican party out to bankrupt this nation? We need to do what is necessary to get our men and women home from Iraq, and with a veteran like John Kerry I think that will happen when he becomes our commander in chief.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
13:28:29

Town Hall Comments

Why didn't you post my comment?


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
13:25:02

Town Hall Comments

I can't believe the stupidity of you that are so selfish that you don't want the draft for your children. Don't you realize that if we aren't willing to defend our country your children, (11 and 1 1/2, etc.) might be tortured or killed by the ones who believe by killing Americans so they will go to Heaven and have a 1000 virgins? You would be in bondage without the freedom to choose who you worship or what the laws were. Your girls would not be educated and believe me, you would be begging to have America back. You would have no input in what your country does. You can't hide your face and your children in the sand. If I were younger I'd go myself, for my country, and yes, I am a female. You and others like you are the reason that America is on the decline. Stop whining!! And as for Deerlake, I am ashamed of you. Don't try to use your influence to steer Americans wrong. The bleeding hearts are what has done America in.......If you're really sincere in your concern for America, fall to your knees and repent from your sins and God will be with us and help us conquer the evil ones.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
12:52:40

Town Hall Comments

I have read your article about the draft.Since I was personally involved with this issue when I was growing up in the Viet Nam era I can speak with personal feelings about this subject.The thought of being forced into military service did not appeal to me at all.My being in college at the time was a help in keeping me out of the draft.I eventually graduated and had to go into the military,but alas this was the best thing that could have happened to me. My service in the military was the one thing that finally made me into what I was supposed to accomplish in life. I cannot agree with the part of the bill that eliminates the education waiver.This is a much needed area because it allows the military to have a better selection of mentally competant individuals to choose from.The military today is not what it used to be,it requires individuals that can think,and are able to make decisions .Thank you .


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
12:43:48

Town Hall Comments

I presently have a 20 year old son serving in the Army in IRAQ and another son who put in 2 years serving his country also in the military. Their grandfather served in World War II and father served in Korea. The draft should be reinstated and everyone serve regardless of race, education, social status, etc. We are one of the few countries in the world who do not require our young people to serve in the military. Many of the young people today are all ME, ME, ME. They need to realize what it takes to be able to be FREE and have the privileges they do have. I also agree that the song connected with this site is unappropriate. A patriotic song would be more appropriate. Jo - Illinois


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

Town Hall Comments

I think it would be great to have the draft again. I am 64 years old and of the old generation that thinks kids need the opportunity to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. Todays kids think the world owes them a living and there are no consequences. A stint on their own (to a degree) with others who may have what it takes to be an adult is good for them. It's like a halfway house. Discipline can only help them. I would however, send only the older ones or only after seasoning, to the actual combat zones (because of their lack of being able to stand on their own). There are plenty of jobs that are supportive to our Armed Forces that can season them and wean them from their enablers to be able to be mature enough to defend our country. This would help stop the decline of our country. Third worlds send even the very young to help. I do not believe in that but I think from the start of their schooling they should be taught patriotism and urged to stand up for our country if needed. We are raising a generation of kids that think they can do whatever they want without suffering the consequences. Mom & Dad will raise the kids they have so they can do what they want. It says in God's Word that you will reap what you sow but many parents are making that mute. Pray for our children. Even the eagles shoo their young out to learn to fly.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
12:13:35

Town Hall Comments

I believe the draft should definitely be re-instated!! If you want to live in a free country - defend your right to live here.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
12:04:53

Town Hall Comments

To Whom it may concern, I've read very many of the coments made on this site and am amazed tha so many people are un-informed about the past history of this GREAT country. If just half of them had spent any time in visiting some of the forign countries like France, Germany Russia etc. they would understand why the United States needs A STRONG military and would be willing to fight to keep the freedoms we enjoy here. I say if they don't want to join freely than HELL YES re-introduce the DRAFT. The citizens of this country have gotten lazy, they want others to do the hard and dirty work while they want to reep the benifits !!!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
11:57:49

Town Hall Comments

I am a 37 years of age Female, I have watched this American country slowly become something that I am not very proud of. Because we have lost am APPALLING amount of our freedoms, our rights as ADULTS. Where is the CHOICES we had as adults the HUMANITY and MORALITY of our country? Supposedly it is we the people but I for one have noticed that it doesn't matter who or what we vote for our government is finding WAYs with back door bills and additions on other laws to make our choices for us. There is no question that I am grateful to be an American to have the rights and privileges that does and has afforded me and I for one have and will always believe that every American ~ EVERY AMERICAN ~ female or male and YES I have a 17 year old daughter. Should serve our country the minute they finish high school for a minimum of one year a maximum of two years. Unless there is Medical or Mental handicap. At the end of their time they should have the choice to walk away or stay without coercion or intimidation, no matter whether we are at war or during times of peace. We have slowly become a nation that EXPECTS things instead of learning we have to earn them. I like millions of others Do Not want us to be a war, but I, like I would hope, every American want to see our country stay free. My biggest wish is that our American Government would begin to see the American People as their biggest priority...Morality, Humanity, Health, Starving and Homeless...in our HOMELAND.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
11:05:42

Town Hall Comments

First, I think this song is inappropriate. Please put something a little more patriotic with this page. Secondly, we do not need a draft. We have plenty of people in the military and going into the Armed Services every day. These people have chosen this life so that they may defend this wondrous nation that we live in and to maintain freedom througout our nation as well as help those throughout the World that desire the same. I am an Army brat of 30 years, married to a Marine for 10 and had a brother, sister-in-law and daughter and son-in-law all in the Army as well as relatives in other branches. I almost lost my father several times in Vietnam but thankfully he returned home to us. As for Kerry, pay attention folks, to those who served in Vietnam. Who are they supporting in the upcomig election? Certainly not Kerry! For those of you old enough to remember, who stood on a made up stage along with other protestors and downed the war, who got 3 grazing gunshot wounds and came out a hero - he went to stack his political career - casting a vote for Kerry is the same as standing on that stage and protesting the same war that he proclaims to be a hero in. Think and research before you vote. And by the way, go to the hoax sites -any of them - you will find that this page and letter etc are hoaxes. RESEARCH BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING!!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
10:48:15

Town Hall Comments

I believe we should reinstate the draft. If every American wants to retain their privilege of freedom, it should be their responsibility to protect it. Our great nation was built on accepting our responsibilities so we could enjoy our privileges. As for those who want to send prisoners into war, ask yourself if that is who you want protecting your freedom. Obviously they cannot be responsible for doing what is correct or they wouldn't be in prison to begin with. No one wants their children or grandchildren to go to war, but every person is someone's child and grandchild. Most of those opposing the draft are want all the privilege of freedom but no responsibility to see they have it. We have certainly let our youth down by not teaching them the cost of privilege.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:54:30

Town Hall Comments

WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING THE SONG"FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES"? I FIND IT DEMEANING FOR THIS WEBSITE. PLEASE CHANGE THE SONG. IT IS VERY DISRESPECTFUL TO OUR SOLDIERS!!!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:48:58

Town Hall Comments

IF YOU DON'T WANT BUSH IN THEN DON'T VOTE FOR HIM IN NOVEMBER. I KNOW THAT I'M NOT VOTING FOR HIM THIS TIME. I WILL BE VOTING FOR KERRY. HE SERVED IN VIETNAM AND UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT IS LIKE. LETS VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT IN NOVEMBER!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:46:33

Town Hall Comments

America is a blessed nation. We have options in our daily lives that people in other lands can not imagine. How did it come about that we should have wonderful opportunities and options daily? I'll tell you how. People who did not want to died. Not only do I think that the draft is a necessary decision that should be made ASAP, I think that military service should be mandatory! I feel that the defense of our nation should have the highest priority...so what if someone doesn't get a free college education at the expense of the government...what good will it do to have a college education and not be able to use it because your life is cut short in and incident such as 9/11 or perhaps the bombing of your favorite pizza place? I did not serve in the military, but my husband did. He spent many nights out in the field not knowing what was going to happen next...I was at home waiting for him. He felt that he was indeed serving in a position of honor that was preserving for me and for our children freedom and safety. I felt that he was, too. Because a portion of the time of our lives was dedicated to that cause we feel a certain loyalty/ownership/community about our country and its future...why should anyone be exempt from serving when so much is at stake? Yes, I have children and grandchildren and I love them very much, but service to our country should not be an option. We do not allow education to be an option. We require licenses for the operation of vehicles, businesses, churches why not require military service as a license to live in a country that is great and could be even greater! What if no one chose to join the military? If the apathetic attitude of many US citizens continues to spread there will be no one willing to fight for the freedom and safety of American citizens. Then what?


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:45:48

Town Hall Comments

I firmly believe that we don't need the draft, I don't think we needed to go there anyway. Those people in those countries have been fighting for years and will continue to do even after we leave there. We are always helping other countries, and interesting enough, I have a cousin who married a girl from Manilla and she asked me: How come we are always helping everyone else, but our people right here in our own country. Intersting isn't it? I think if we are going to draft our men and ladies, than we better do the preisdents, congressmens etc children that of that age. This was was not acceptable at all, we certainly didn't need it and yet we still have soldiers being killed over there, where is Bush now and how come we don't get out of there now. Thank you!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:45:22

Town Hall Comments

As somewone getting 30 year military retirement and three grandchildren in Iraq I don't think we need the draft to fill our military, but I have always thought we should take all 18 year olds for two years of service.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:42:35

Town Hall Comments

My feeling is that the draft should NOT be implemented. Actually I'm for bringing all our troops home & let THEM fight among themselves, if they wish. We have given them a chance at peace but they don't seem to want it.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:39:21

Town Hall Comments

WHETHER WE BELONG IN IRAQ, ISN'T THE POINT. WE ARE THERE AND HAVE SOLDIERS IN MANY OTHER PLACES. I HAVE A SON THAT IS 20 YEARS OLD AND WILL TURN 21 IN DECEMBER. I FEEL THAT THIS GENERATION OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE VERY SELFISH AND DON'T THINK ABOUT ANYBODY BUT THEIRSELVES. I'M SURE THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS. MY SON THINKS ONLY OF HIMSELF AND DOESN'T CARE ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE I DO. HE WASN'T TAUGHT TO BE LIKE THAT EITHER. I BELIEVE THAT IF HE HAD TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY, HE WOULD BE A BETTER PERSON AND MAYBE EVEN MATURE. I WOULDN'T WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN TO HIM, BUT WHY SHOULD ONLY THE POOR AND UNEDUCATED HAVE TO SERVE, WHEN WE HAVE PLENTY OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY. MY FIANCE' WASN'T DRAFTED FOR VIETNAM, HE SIGNED UP BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GET OFF THE STREETS OF NEW JERSEY. I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR HIM AND ANY BODY THAT SERVES THEIR COUNTRY!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:29:40

Town Hall Comments

We need the draft. A friend told me she didn't want the draft because she didn't want her son to have to go in the military. I then ask her why she thought somone elses son should go in the military to protect her and her family. What made her so special that someone else had to protect her. She hasn't answered me yet. I don't like war, however it something we will be faced with as long as we are on this earth. All of the people running around blaming Bush need their head examined. Their head is so empty, they don't have any idea why this country is free. Think about the freedom in this country allows them freedom of speech.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:17:52

Town Hall Comments

Your website is counter productive and is well liked by Alqueda and others who wish to do Americans Harm. This country was bought and paid for by those who gave their lives in the defense of liberty and even the feedom to spew your uninformed venom like this across the internet. We are better off with a madman like Saddam out of power. The atrocities that he has committed against his own people alone are reason enough to take him out. However, Saddam did have links to terrorists, he did have WMD capability, He violated 11 UN resolutions, refused to coopoerate with weapons inspectors. How can anyone forget that it is him and the extremist muslim terrorists who are the bad guys, not the U.S.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:16:41

Town Hall Comments

America is a blessed nation. We have options in our daily lives that people in other lands can not imagine. How did it come about that we should have wonderful opportunities and options daily? I'll tell you how. People who did not want to died. Not only do I think that the draft is a necessary decision that should be made ASAP, I think that military service should be mandatory! I feel that the defense of our nation should have the highest priority...so what if someone doesn't get a free college education at the expense of the government...what good will it do to have a college education and not be able to use it because your life is cut short in and incident such as 9/11 or perhaps the bombing of your favorite pizza place? I did not serve in the military, but my husband did. He spent many nights out in the field not knowing what was going to happen next...I was at home waiting for him. He felt that he was indeed serving in a position of honor that was preserving for me and for our children freedom and safety. I felt that he was, too. Because a portion of the time of our lives was dedicated to that cause we feel a certain loyalty/ownership/community about our country and its future...why should anyone be exempt from serving when so much is at stake? Yes, I have children and grandchildren and I love them very much, but service to our country should not be an option. We do not allow education to be an option. We require licenses for the operation of vehicles, businesses, churches why not require military service as a license to live in a country that is great and could be even greater! What if no one chose to join the military? If the apathetic attitude of many US citizens continues to spread there will be no one willing to fight for the freedom and safety of American citizens. Then what?


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
09:00:51

Town Hall Comments

I think it is time that we as a nation start supporting the effort it takes to stay a great nation. I am tired of people whom want all the freedoms they can enjoy without helping work for them. When did we as a nation decide that we wanted the government to babysit us. Freedom comes with a great price, responsibility. We have to be responsible for ourselves and our actions to deserve to live in this great land of ours. I think as hard as it is for the children of today to learn respect and discipline due to these bleeding heart liberals that always appear in our media, a term in the military may be just what is needed. Nobody wants loved ones to die. Maybe if this is a universal draft the benefits to society would save lifes on our streets. Kids with very little to look forward to would have the oppurtunity to escape the streets and learn pride and self respect as well as respect for those around them. As I see it a great deal of good may come from this and very little harm. Maybe groups like the Moral Majority & ACLU can be shut down by a unified and responsible society of the future. It is all to obvious we do not have the moral convictions at this point in history. Gregory Dale Beesley


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
08:26:48

Town Hall Comments

Nothing wrong with the Draft.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
08:20:25

Town Hall Comments

YES! REINSTATE THE DRAFT! OUR COUNTRY MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE EVIL DOERS & SATAN!


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:13:25

Town Hall Comments

i THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A DRAFT OUR COUNTRY ISN'T PREPARED ENOUGH IF WE HAD MORE COUNTRIES AGAINST US WE HAVE NO CHANCE OF PROTECTING OUR SELVES ALL OTHER COUNTRIES ARE PREPARING THEMSELVES wHY ARE WE ALWAYS LAST WANDA AND KENNETH LUTES MT WASHINGTON KY


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
06:02:54

Town Hall Comments

I agree with your definition about being a Patriot and a Christian. I am of the old generation and I was taught about these things and a good standing moral code. The youth of today are so self loving that they forget about their neighbor and being good to them It is me me me...Do they know what it is to be a Christian and a Patriot and believe in that majority that votes in a leader so we can follow the lead and not try to trip all the way. Emily


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
06:01:35

Town Hall Comments

Everyone should attend a basic training ceremony or other military ceremony to see for themselves how our young people can have respect, pride, self confidence and love of country. I attended such a ceremony when my daughter (our only child) survivied basic training. I am still amazed at the difference from our teenagers at school where I work and those who have completed a short time in military training. Our kids need to learn how to respect others and themselves and have a sense of self pride that only comes from proving themselves to themselves.I feel every 18 year old should have at least 6-12 months of military training and service for the good of our couontry. If we need combat soldiers the draft is O.K. by me if it can be done fairly- rich and poor alike. D.H. in Iowa


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
05:29:10

Town Hall Comments

The administration that is talking about a draft is the same one that was rifting people a couple of years ago saying we needed a smaller more mobile military. Seem they can't make up their minds. I am total and permanant disabled veteran. Every year the VA is underfunded and it becomes a political battle to the funding that the VA does have. Why should we force people to become veterans when the government can't even live up to the promises that it made those who are veterans by choice? Tom, disabled veteran


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
05:12:09

Town Hall Comments

I am in favor of a universal type draft for all Americans. Rich, poor, all races, both sexes - no college exemption - no medical exemptions - no exemption because of not being US Citizens - if they live here - at age 18 they enter one of the armed service - no peace corps. Two years automatic at age 18. For any/all -- after successfully fullfilling their service obligation to their country - two years of college tuition or job training.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
04:59:12

Town Hall Comments

I have this feeling that if the Draft is reinstated, the economy will decline even more than it already has. If they do reinstate the Draft, I think that they should focus on the homeless, unemployed, and they say that the jobs in America are declining, I know in the area that I live in, in the last few years there has been an extreme amout of job closings and layoffs. They should focus on these people first, so you would not have to take the hard working Americans away from their jobs and possibly make more job closings due to lack of staffing. You could say that I am not in Favor of the Draft.


Town Hall Meeting
12 Jul 2004
Time:
00:38:17

Town Hall Comments

I STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT AND MILITARY. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE THE CHOICE OF EACH INDIVIDUAL WHETHER TO ENLIST IN THE ARMED FORCES. MY FATHER IS A VIETNAM AND GULF WAR VETERAN, BUT DID SO OF HIS OWN ACCORD. I HAVE MY BELIEFS THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE STARTED THIS RUMOR TO PULL VOTES FROM THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION!! RKD, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
23:59:57

Town Hall Comments

LET BUSH GO AND FIGHT. EITHER HIM OR ANYONE ELSE WHO WILL BE IN OFFICE AT THAT TIME WILL NOT TELL ME WHAT I SHOULD OR SHOULDNT DO WITH MY CHILDREN. NO ONE IS GOING TO CHASTISE ME OR MY FAMILY FOR NOT SUPPORTING THE DRAFT. AND, CERTAINLY, I AM GOING TO PROTECT MY KIDS THE BEST THAT I CAN SO THAT THEY DONT HAVE TO BE DRAFTED. AND, ALL THOSE HIGH WHOLLY ROLLERS WHO ARE FOR THE DRAFT, YOU GO FIGHT.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
23:36:54

Town Hall Comments

Yes I think the time has come to bring back the draft Dan C. Sgt US Army 1968 to 1971


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
22:40:15

Town Hall Comments

We are well acquainted with the military service. My husband a veteran, our son, retired from the navy after 20 years of service. We have a grandson, who is now serving with the Navy, and is on his 3rd deployment presently. We are all in accord, and believe that if the draft is necessary to protect our country, then so be it. If this is necessary, we believe that no exceptions be made because of so called religious convictions. We support the present administration,and admire the dedication of Pres. Bush,even though it may cost him in political circles. We also believe in the Lord Jesus christ, and his purpose for all of us. Jack & Anne


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
22:16:20

Town Hall Comments

No I Dont Think It Should Be Again.And The Ones Who Have Already Served Thier Time Should Not Be Called Up Again Either


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
22:03:11

Town Hall Comments

I am against the draft--strongly. We don't raise our children and grandchldren to be cannon fodder for politicans and their hidden agendas.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
21:54:12

Town Hall Comments

Someone is stirring up a hornet's nest. I am chair of our local Draft Board, and there wasn't enough money to have a refresher training session this year. As for reccommending someone to fill vacancies, that has been going on in the 15+ years I have been a member..


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
21:34:29

Town Hall Comments

I think this is a NO NO NO!!!!!! We should not do this . We should let them do there on goverment. Thank you , Barry and Judy Smith


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
21:07:27

Town Hall Comments

As a member of the armed forces I regret the fact that the Department of Defense budget was slashed and your military is to the breaking point. Now that we find ourselves in need of a strong military we don't have any choice but to implement a draft. Reflect back to when all the liberals and the fools (usually one in the same) who know little to nothing about fiscal responsibility introduced and passed legislation in both houses of congress to literally eliminate a large portion of the US military budget. We always want to play a blame game. Wake up America and learn to think for yourselves. Learn to be pro active about your governemnt and not reactive to the result of poor legislation and poor leadership. I served under the late Honorable Ronald W. Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and now President Bush. Most of prsidents tried to do good, however, they can only implement (sign into law) what congress puts on their desk. Some performed better than others but thats another venue. Until we begin to realize this fact and get back to the basics of government reform we're in for a real hard time.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
20:58:18

Town Hall Comments

I think it is absolutely suicide to begin drafting again. We don't belong in Iraq and I sure don't want to draft anymore of our boys to go there or anywhere else to fight terrioism or anything else.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
20:20:45

Town Hall Comments

If they are going to bring this draft thing back, Why don't they start clearing out our prisons first to give us tax payers a break on the men and women sitting on death row. Let's put them out there on the front line, since murder is probably one of the reason's they are sitting in there while we tax payers are working our behind's off supporting them. You know if all these people who committ crimes for the fun of it knew that being sent to Iraq was in their future if they get caught, maybe there would be alot of kids straighten up if our government supported this. I think that if they are going to send our children over there as soon as they turn 18, boys and girls alike, that even the people who are helping to run our government, their kids should be treated just the same as my children. It's bad enough that our men and boy's are being sent to that awful place called Iraq, but I think that it is even more terrible that they want to send our girls also. If they want to go, fine, thats up to them, same way with out boys also. I think it's ashame the way out government is trying to sneak this in on us. This truly stink's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
20:13:12

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I am in favor of the draft. My husband served in WWII. His employer went to draft board and was able to have him deferred ,unknown at the time to him. When he found out that he had received a deferment he imediatly enlisted in the Army air force.We was married before he went overseas to serve 60 years ago. We have had loved ones serve in all the wars. We have 10 grandchildren, 7 are girls and I think they should be drafted too.I'm not sure I would like to see them on the front,however I am in favor of the training. There's many other jobs to keep an army going. We live in a part of this great nation that bashes Bush and there's a college close that doesn't mind accepting hand outs from Uncle Sam or our State but refuses to fly the American flag except with the other flags from ALL NATIONS......It burns me!!!!!! Those students have NO respect. I wouldn't want one of my grandsons to depend on them for protection on front line.They should be living in conditions as miserable as those fighting for their freedom.One writer wrote that our goverment was not suppling it's veterans with the prescriptions needed. Not even those with 100% disability. That is NOT TRUE. My husband is a 100% and he does get the drugs he needs. This WAR was started many years ago,and Carter had us turn the other cheek. I believe the First Pres. Bush would of liked to ended it and was told not to.GOD BLESS George W.. and pray that he will be reelected.ER


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
19:50:54

Town Hall Comments

The very first poster had an interesting comment about Social Security. My husband works for the Dept. of Defense and we don't pay into the Social Security retirement fund either. We have our own fund. And guess what??? He can't afford to retire as we would only be able to meet our mortgage. It is not true that their retirement is the same amount. If it were, we would be sitting pretty right now. The reason the draft will have to return is our young people don't see any future in the military. We don't PAY them enough, 1/3 of them use food stamps. We did away with the GI Bill. Their medical and retirement benefits stink. PAY them good wages, give them great benefits and we will have a large and strong enough military without a draft. People willing to DIE for their country should have the highest budget priority.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
19:49:08

Town Hall Comments

I have always wondered why the draft was ended? I know that the Clinton administration did not do it--so it was not his fault--nor Bushes. But we have always been sticking into someones else's business and sending our boys and men off to be killed-even when they did not choose to be sent away. I am not for the draft nor am I against it. If they want to draft people--let it not be girls. I know this is not going to go over very well, but women should stay home and not be out fighting a war. Also, yes we do have to keep our country free--but how many of our good presidents went to war--how many of thier children? lets start there first!! We need to feed, take care of and give medical care to the people here--NOT everywhere else. Lets go blow away a vcountry and then feed it, build it back up and give it medical care--make since?????


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
19:48:55

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Yes I think we need to reintall the draft to let the outside world know that terrorism is an unacceptable way of life....If it is not stamped out on foreign, it could become necessary to stamp it out on our soil. It has been many years since this country has had a war on it's soil. My prayer is that it never happens again. Freedom is not free, our ancestor paid a high price with many lives lost in wars past to protect American Freedom, Let's keep it that way. S. Carnes Midland, TX


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
19:45:30

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Yes we do need the draft. It's a bad problem to have to use the back up home guard. The ones now known as the national guard, should only be used in emergency. However by cutting our military forces to save money has put our country in danger. The military is under paid and over worked. This is something everyone knows that has been in the military. The training would be the best thing for many young disrespectful persons. They would learn more about themselves through basic training than they would learn in many years as a civilian. I was in the Korean war, I learned what really is the cost of freedom. We must fight our enemies where they are before they destroy us. That they will surely do. If you are afraid to fight for your freedom then you will loose it. When I was in Korea I learned when I was lonely I would look up the hill to see our flag it reminded me of home, my loved ones and my beautiful America, GOD BLESS OUR FLAG AND GOD BLESS AMERICA! "ONE NATION UNDER GOD WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE" as long as we defend it.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
19:06:15

Town Hall Comments

I say are the politicians going to draft their children? Our troops are over there and where are the politicans kids? Safe at home!!!!!!! There was no need for us to go to Iraq and lose so many just to get even for Bush to get even for his daddy. Saddam wasn't the one that did the 9/11, it was Osama. We should have went hot and heavy to get him, not the Iraqs. They don't want us there!!! I also say stop spending so much of our money. If you don't know it but politicians don't pay social security abd wheb they retire they get paid the same amount that they are getting now. If they live like we do they would stop spending on usless wars!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
17:39:40

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DRAFT YES TO TAKE BASIC TRAINIG FOR ONE YEAR, THEN SENT HOME THIS WOULD PUT THE KNOW HOW,BUT TO SEND OUR TROOPS TO FIGHT THIS HOLY WAR ( JIHAD ) THER IS A STATEMENT Subject Revelation This was sent to me by a friend and I thought it was very interesting This is not a religious message, but one of the irony of the muslim beliefs READ IT YOU,LL BE GLAD YOU DID . A true revelation which will never be widely publicized By Rick Mathes Last month I attened my annual training session that,s required for maintaining my state prison secunrity clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic,Protestant and muslim faiths,who explained each of their belief systems. I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Iman had to say. The Iman gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam , complete with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn , I directed my question to the Iman and asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imans and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad ( HOLY WAR )against the infidels of this world,and that by killing an infidel,which is a command to all muslims,they are assured of place in heaven,if that,s the case ,can you give me the definition of an infidel?" There was no disagreement with my statement and ,without hesitation,he replied, NON-BELIEVERS!" I responded, so, let me make sure I have this straight.All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to Heaven!" The Iman was speechless I Continiued,"I also have a problem with being your friend when you andyour brothers clerics andtelling your followers to kill me.Let me ask you a question. Would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill me in order to go to Heaven or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to Heaven and He wants youto be with me?" You could have heard a pin drop as the Iman hung his headin shame. This is a true story and the auther ,Rick Mathes,is a well known leader in the prison ministry.Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the'Diversification,training seminar were not happy with Rick,s way of dealing with Islamic Iman and exposinf the truth about the Muslim,s beliefs. I think everyone in the US should be required to read this, but with the liberal justice system,liberal media,and the ACLU,thereis no way this willbe widely publicized Please pas this on to all your email contacts


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
17:33:07

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I am very upset with what is posted on your web site about the draft.Where do you think you got the right to say such things? It was for people willing to fight and die so that we remain free,so all the people like you can have the frredom to say and do what they want.I have friends in Iraq and I pray daily for them,but at least they have the courage that most of you lack to fight to keep us free.YES I am for the draft,not that I want to see my grand children go,but everyone should have to serve to keep their own country free,if not go to another country and see how much freedom you have.If this kind of articles appear on here again I will take my name off


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
17:30:24

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If Americans are insufficiently convinced that the War in Iraq is a necessary and noble undertaking, then we should not be undertaking it. A draft is unecessary when a population is convinced of the veracity of the case for war; and if the populace is not generally convinced, a draft will alienate once again American society against itself.


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

Town Hall Comments

All Americans, and to those who call themselves Americans. Has there ever been a war, that we as Americans didn't complain about the steps government took, or the politicians could argue about, especially during a campaing run? Do you suppose the conversations around the home front, the barber shop, and across the back fence with the neighbor, didn't go like this? "Do you think we'll go to war, and if we do, how will they get enough people without the draft." It would be foolish for anyone to sign up now, as they wouldn't want to get sent into battle. He is so young, and his mother depends on him for an income since his father passed away. OR I would go myself if they would take me. Has there ever been a father in business who has questioned the timing of the draft especially when he counts on his sons to see him through the labor of his business. "They just can't draft him now, I need him". Movies have been made time and time again about the collateral damage done during a war. Would you who would question this timing at present rather have those enemies of all American's coming to our borders, and don't say it can't be done, they have already proven that they can. If you think they are done, forget it. They are crazy in love with destroying anyone who is associated with the big U.S.A. and it's mighty powers. We still require someone to guard our borders, so that yes, you mom who complained bitterly about your 11 year old and 1 and half year old, and vowed that you wouldn't let anyone take them away in years to come. Would you rather have them continue in their terroism, and way of living, and continue to build a strong enough unit, that they could come to our borders and kill us. Would you rather see other innocent people die needlessly. God forbid that my son would have to stand in front of your door and protect you whom has spoken out and said she didn't care, than to be able to protect his three year old son who is our only grand son, or the five lovely grand daughters whom I have, just so you are protected. God forbid, that my remaining three sons even at their late ages 28-39 wouldn't stand their ground for your benefit. I can tell you this. I as a Christian have the promise from G0D. If I will but care about my fello man, he promised to care for me. Those consientous objectors, who take their stand are indeed entitled to their beliefs, but when it comes to protection, our current service men don't set boarders, or select whom they will protect. It is difficult to get people to be Patriotic anymore. They show disrespect when the flag is passing or being raised. They don't even remove their hat, or stop traffic and show respect to deceased individuals civilian or military when a calvacade of cars goes by in route to a cemetary. In other countries that kind of patritism is always respected. I believe the draft is necessary, and besides, where can young ones be assured of free dental, that you don't have to pay the full value on. Where can young ones get free medical, or at least make use of what the tax's are paying for. Where else can they have housing when it has gone amuck in this country. Lastly, education, and time to study while in service is much better than trying to find time to study while working two jobs, just because you wanted to get out from under mom and dads roof. So America, and Americans. don't be so quick to judge what is happening at present. We didn't make this war, their insurgents and dictators did. Iraq isn't the only threat we have. Wake up and smell the Roses before they are destroyed. I don't care what comments you have. I come from a large line of military servers. You live in this country, you eat our farmers food, you have a freedom that is precious. Not one to say if you don't like it, leave it, just support it. Think clearly about the future opportunities for foreign enemies to come here and destroy our Statue of Liberty, drop a bomb on White House, or Hoover Dam. Think about the terrible after effects. Lastly, what decision would you have had President Bush make. Maybe he could use your help, or better yet maybe you have answers for Kerry. Before he gets in office it would be smart to know what he can do, but do you think he is going to tell us. If he laid out his plans that would give the opposition something to attack him with. May we be blessed with God's Love. Submitted by former Airforce Airman Don Phelps.


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

Town Hall Comments

Had the Clinton Administration not reduced funding and manpower of the military, possible draft would not be necessary now. They treated the military men and women with callous disrespect, taking away encourgement for voluntary enlistment. Had that administration been asserative toward the terrorist attacks during their tenure possibly the 9/11/2001 attack would not have occured. The draft was active for many, many years and worked, in most cases. With the exception of those who only wanted to enjoy the benefits of a free country and not contribute. They are the biggest whinners of the Democratic party now. They are so running scared about the upcoming election it is pathetic. I prefer not to receive "DeerLake" any longer.


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

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I find it scary that this may actually happen to our own children. I am scared for our kids. I plan on writing my representative-worried in Iowa.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
16:22:32

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I feel that we should not reinstate the draft UNLES an emergency situation arises in the war we are fighting against Islamic terrorism, may very well occur. They (the terrorists) will not give up until they are reduced and weakened, if not eliminated(which I doubt they wil be). If we lose this war, we will live in an Islamic America.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
16:22:25

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This is in reply to the comment about the National Gaurd being called up. My nephew is being sent to Afghanistan tomorrow. He IS properly trained & IS proud to serve his country.He & all off our soldiers, & our President have my prayers. But i do think the draft should be reinstated, to further protect our country!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
16:08:03

Town Hall Comments

What in the world is the matter with all those God-Fearing people and America loving people that came out of the woodwork when 9/11 happened but didn't feel like speaking up for their Country before that happening. Now people have forgotten the pain and sick to heart feeling already that we all felt when 9/11 happened. That day was a violation to all America that we are hated and the enemy wants to anile all of us!!!!!! None of us want to see our children or grandchildren being pulled into war but, at the same time, none of us want America to be an Iraq either, RIGHT? So how about everyone get their ostrich necks out of the sand and admit that President Bush did not commit 9/11 or any of the other disgraceful happenings. People, wake up, our enemys wants to destroy us, all Americans! We need to be defending the right of Freedom and our Country and what She stands for so we can keep on being "freedom of choice" and, unfortunately, just as in times past, that will mean some of our young people will have to give up their lives to protect their Country and families. We have a wonderful bunch of soldiers over in Iraq and Afghanistan and I personally know some of them and we need to keep producing more patriotic soldiers to defend our Rights and God's Country. In Him We Trust, Sue (Illinois)


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

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AS I AM READING ALL THE READER COMMENTS, I AM QUITE SICKENED BY MOST OF THE COMMENTS AND THE PROSPECT THAT THE THOUGHT AND POSSIBLE IMPLEMENT OF THE DRAFT IS QUITE POSSIBLE. AS A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, ONE 11 AND ONE 1 1/5 YEARS, BOTH BOYS, I AM SICKENED AND SHOCKED TO THINK THAT THE DRAFT CAN BE IN USE AGAIN. I DONT THINK ITS RIGHT OR FAIR FOR THIS GOVERNMENT OR ANYONE OF THE HIGH HOLLY ROLLERS OUT THERE WHO THINK THAT IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT OR, TO CHASTISE OR PUNISH OR DO ANYTHING TO OUR KIDS BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO DIE FOR THIS COUNTRY. WHAT HAPPENED TO RIGHTS AS A HUMAN BEING, NOT JUST THE RIGHT TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY. THE RIGHT AS A HUMAN BEING SHOULD SUPERCEDE ANYTHING ELSE. AS A PARENT, I WILL DO ANYTHING I HAVE TO TO PROTECT MY ONLY CHILDREN AND TO MAKE SURE THAT I, AS A PARENT WHO LOVES HER CHILDREN, MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. AND TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY HAVE CHOICES AND TO NOT HAVE THE CHOICES BEING MADE FOR THEM. TO KNOW, THAT WHATEVER CHOICES THEY DO MAKE, THEY ARE NOT PUNISHED FOR THOSE CHOICES. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS NO RIGHT TO TELL ME THAT MY CHILDREN MUST GO AND FIGHT AND DIE FOR THIS COUNTRY. APPARENTLY, OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD THINK NOTHING OF TAKING OUR CHILDREN WHETHER THEY WANT TO GO OR NOT, AS YOUNG AS 16 OR 17. I DONT THINK SO. I WAS NEVER IN FAVOR OF A DRAFT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO APPROVE OF THE DRAFT- YOU GO AND FIGHT!!!!!! YOU ARE SO IN FAVOR OF IT. YOU GO INTO BATTLE AND LEAVE MY KIDS ALONE. MY CHILDREN WILL HAVE A GREAT EDUCATION AND A WONDERFUL LIFE. LEAVE MY CHILDREN ALONE. DO NOT BRING BACK THE DRAFT. NOT A GOOD THING. I REALLY THINK SOMETIMES THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD THINK ABOUT THEIR ACTIONS AND STOP BEING SO SELFISH. LEAVE MY CHILDREN ALONE.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
15:19:55

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Sir: I am not in favor of reinstating the draft in light of the current, politically correct manner in which the soldiers careers are managed. I do NOT believe women shoud be in combat, yet the Feminazis which are imbedded at all levels of military policy planning and implementation, and which the current administration and congress refuse to eliminate, or even deal with, would have just that. Unless, or until, the U.S. returns to the more reasonable policys of the 1940s, 50s or early 60s no one should be forced to enter the service. They've made their bed, now let them lie in it. If they can't get enough folks to join, tough. —E.L. Thompson, CW4, USA (ret.)


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
15:16:35

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I really believe that the re-instatement of the draft would be good for our country. There are many young men and women who do not show their patriotism as was shown in prior generations. Some of the current military troops are in the military for the wrong reasons. After the war on terrorism began, there was the mother of a young soldier on TV, who was complaining about her son's deployment. She said he joined the Army to get a college education, not to fight for his country. Having a draft will expose those who do not have the heart to fight to keep our country free. Jimmy Carter did the wrong thing when he granted amnesty to those who fled to Canada to avoid the last draft. Mary Hays


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
14:50:52

Town Hall Comments

I believe we need to defend our country as best we can. But do we really need to send more young men and women to war? I do not know how many have lost their lives in Iraq nor do I know how many are still there. As a christian I believe we should be willing to do everything possible to protect our freedom, but, that is easy for me to say because I would not be one of the draftees. Is our country in as much danger as we are told it is? Our responsibility is to pray and seek Gods will in this matter. That goes for the election also. Lets leave politics out of it and seek God. Who does he want in that position? After all He has a plan and knows how to fulfill it.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
14:50:09

Town Hall Comments

Re-instate the draft now. It should never have been done away with in the first place. All able-bodied citizens should be required to serve their country in the armed forces for two years. Non-combat arms duties for those with genuine conscientious objector histories could be arranged. Failure to serve should result in five years in federal prison with permanent loss of voting rights in all public elections. Those who serve should receive one year of free college or university training following discharge for each year served in the military, up to a maximum of five years of college. As a combat veteran of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and retiree following 24 years of combat arms (infantry, paratrooper, attack helicopter pilot) army service, I could not be more proud of my time in the military, nor more proud of what my country represents to its citizens and to developing nations throughout the world. Don Martin, Seminole, Oklahoma


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
14:41:42

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Dear Sir Every American should serve their country in some manner,I would support the draft. Ron


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
14:41:16

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I was glad to hear about this subject, as I had no idea the draft was being considered again. Like you, I don't know if this would be good or not and I would like to learn more about. Again, thanks for the information. I will pray about it and try to do the right thing. Clara Long - St. Louis, MO


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
14:35:51

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its about time! as a prior service person, and at age 44 id give anything to be in the running....... todays young people need the type of guidance the military brings and the responsibility thereof. God bless America, and God bless our president!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
14:28:04

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I believe that there should be no draft and this time. Just gives Bush a legg that he might stand on. But instead of our young people let the old or midle say, our great Bush should be the ones to serve. I am sure that his wife could handle the White house in place. He is sad, gland I didn't vote for the Turkey.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
13:59:30

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I think the draft should be reinstated. Those of us who are old enough to remember world war 2 can see what a difference it would make. Our young men need to be trained in discipline, self control, honor, honesty, patriotism, respect for government. In other words, things the parents should have been teaching their children. From some of the comments those parents were never taught themselves. God Bless President Bush and America.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
13:49:08

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I say "no DRAFT"! My children are grown. One did serve in the Marines and one in the Army when there was no war. They were ready to defend our country if an enemy attacked us. I was in Koreia myself. I know what hell war is . The war in Iraq was not necessary. All it has managed to do is to distroy a country (that we have to rebuild now) and a lot of it's people, including our own, and disrupt and breakup a lot of our families by taking mothers as well as fathers away from their children (perhaps making them orhpans) and for what? That country was no threat to us. I have grandchidren now, boys and girls and do not want to see them sent to some foreigh country to die or come home disabled. I'm sure if all the polititions had to send their children out to fight a war, there wouldn't be any. It's easy to send someone elses children out to fight when yours are safe at home.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
13:46:04

Town Hall Comments

thank you for the information. My son 25 years old and i promise that he won't be fighting in no stupid war brought on by dumb ass bush.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
13:42:49

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If we had never stopped the Draft-----this country would be a different place today.I was drafted and came out a better man for it.They ought to start with Congress and have "Previous Military Service" as necessary before you qualified. jc--Gadsden,Al


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
13:16:29

Town Hall Comments

It's amazing to me that we're having this dicussion! I am still irate at President Carter for granting amnesty to those who deserted this country by not complying w/orders to report for military service when their country asked. Canada graciously let these traitors remain in their county. Was the Canadian government our ally? When those idividuals returned from Canada to this country, they were whole in mind, body, and spirit without sacrificing one day for their county. To me, they should've been ordered to spend the same amount of time, and at the same small pay, as those who did fight. In olden days there was the Conservation Core, and a new department could've been established in which they could serve, OR forfeit their citizenship. We still have men in mental hospitals, or w/out an arm or leg because they DID answer their country's call to serve. After asking politicians what would happen if we ever needed to institute a Draft again, I was told over, and over, that there never would be a Draft again because military operations had become so sophiticated that men couldn't be trained quickly enough to be of value. I'd like to ask those same politicans again, why we need conversations such as this. Long, long ago, we should've instituted the policy of Norway, and other countries where men of a designated age, must give one or two years to their country, w/out a draft as we've utilized, whereby these young men know they'll instantly be facing peril. Are scared kids the best protection for themselves, or their military buddies?


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
12:55:00

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I believe that the only way a free people have to preserve their freedom and rights is to battle those who would try to take them away. It is logical and right to select those most able to defend those precious rights. We know that some will perish, but when we consider the alternatives, and "The Big Picture", we must conclude that those in the age group included in the draft legislation are the ones. I must agree that to protect our "American Way of Life", (with all it's downsides), that a draft is essential. We all hate to see our youths die, but if we stick our heads in the sand and hope that it "will go away" we deceive ourselves and put all those we hold dear, (and all that our countrymen hold dear.)


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
12:34:55

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I believe it is the responsibility of EVERY youth to be prepared (after training) do defend the wonderful democracy in which we live. I believe it is as important to life as going through elementary, and secondary education. I also believe that colleges should be more restrictive in selection of students, and not just by making it more expensive to attend but should require a history from high school of selecting only those students who identify with those who are more focused and willing to study hard for an education. Lastly I believe that bringing God and His moral attributes back in to every walk of life is a must... Let those who wish to deny God or dismember his Word go elsewhere to achieve their reward.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
12:31:44

Town Hall Comments

I AM WELL AWARE OF THE NEED FOR PROTECTION FOR OUR COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, WHETHER CIVILIANS OR MILITARY, BUT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH WWII, KOREAN WAR, VIETNAM, AND THE GULF WAR, NONE OF WHICH DID ANYTHING BUT TAKE MY LOVED ONES AWAY FROM HOME. IN WWII, I HAD A FATHER, BROTHER. HUSBAND AND SEVERAL UNCLES SERVE THE COUNTRY, NONE IN KOREA BUT IN VIET NAM AREA MY SON, A SON-IN-LAW AND SEVERAL NEPHEWS WERE CALLED TO SERVICE, THEN IN THE GULF WAR MY GRANDSON WAS ASKED TO GO TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND HE RETURNED NOT A WELL PERSON. NOW I HAVE A GRANDSON-IN-LAW AND MY GRANDAUGHTER WHO SERVES IN THE AIR FORCE. THANK GOD THAT MY OTHER GRANDSONS ARE BEYOND THE AGE OF BEING CALLED BUT WITH THE WAY THE WORLD IS ACTING MY GREAT-GRANDSONS MAY BE CALLED UP. I AM AGAINST FORCING OF ANY KIND AND I BELIEVE THE DRAFT IS A FORCE THAT WE DO NOT NEED. SO PLACE ME AS A DISENTER FOR THE DRAFT IN YOUR PETION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
12:20:33

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I BELIEVE THAT THE DRAFT SHOULD BE REINSTATED. IT IS UNFAIR TO HAVE NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ACTIVATED TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. I THINK IT IS MORE FEASIBLE TO HAVE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE PROPER TRAINING AND ARE READY TO DO BATTLE WHENEVER ASKED. IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A FORCE OF SOLDIERS WHO ARE PROPERLY TRAINED.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
11:54:24

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As a Christian and as a Law Abiding Citizen, and a Patriotic Person, I truly believe if we want to stay a Free Nation we are going to have to do something as drastic as the draft. If we don't protect our country NOW we will be ruled by people just like we are fighting agains in other countrys. If you don't believe this I feel sorry for you. I too hate the killing of our citizens {young men] but thousands before these died to keep us free. We will not remain free very long if we don't do this. If we just let this go, it will not be our young men that will be killed, but the very family we love. How long do you think that this Nation will be free? The fighting will be on our very streets, it will be the young the old and all in between that will die on this very USA soil. In case you didn't know during the Clinten Admin. they had already sent a directive to the National Guard to go from house to house to take the guns from us. Thank the Good Lord they ran out of time and it was not exicuted. We may not like our President, but he is our President and we should all thank God that we have a God fearing man as our President. We have all seen what its like to have a President who did not know the Lord. I trust that God is leading this man to do right for our Country, and I think that, someday all will realise that he is truly a Great Man. We should all get down on our knees and thank the Lord above for this man. My son was so close to being in the building on 9/11 that it still scares me, if there are not enough men to protect us there will be more 9/11 and very possible your child,husband,wife,your mother or father will be one of these people. Just think about it Do you want to continue your life style or be ran by a dictator that hates America, and all She stands for. Think about it. I thank God for the protection of my American Service Men. My husband served proudly in the US Navy, my husband before him in the US Air Force Are we a Nation where we say oh send your son but I don't want to send mine he might get hurt The United States needs men now as never before sense World War II Think about it Maxine Lebanon, OR


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
11:41:02

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Any citizen who basks under the umbrella of Freedom should serve our country either voluntarily or by draft. This situation we find ourselves in today will pass...but another will, no doubt, come up and readiness is the only sure way to continue our way of life. IF THEY WONT GO, DRAFT-EM!


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

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I agree that the DRAFT should be put back in . Any one who avoids the draft should be delt with accordingly. I served , 1966-1968 abd am glad I could serve this country. ART


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
10:24:40

Town Hall Comments

No draft I though war no2 was the last


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
09:59:14

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I had two brothers to fight in wars. My oldest brother, fought in WW2 and the Korean war. My younger brother fought in Vit Nam. It just so happen, when I served, we had no war. But, I would have proudly fought for my country if needed. I don't think the burden of war should be on the shoulders of a few, and the reserves and NG. Every man and woman has a duty to help preserve our freedom. Therefore, I am for the draft. Charlie in N.C.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
09:56:32

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I think the webmaster of this site should limit the number of comments a can reader submit on this site. One person in particular "aintskeered2", is posting so many to the point he's becoming obnoxious. I think he just wants the attention. he needs to be drafted!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
09:24:11

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Dear Sir, I was too young for Wole War II, too old for vietnam. Even though I was in the service and served for over 30 years Active and Inactive duty. As a Chaplain stationed at Pensocola NAS Hospital during the Vietnam war I had an opportunity to see first hand the horrible aspects of war. However I know that those men fought and some died for the things they believed in. I know we have a volunteer services and they are doing a fine job. I know many of them personally and though I do not like war or the results I know that we have to STAND Up and be counted. I would go back today if they would take me. God Bless America and our President. He is a great man and I would be proud to serve with him. Viet Nam was a mistake. The war could have been won by the President should have have told the president of North Vietnam that he had 30 days to stop their part in the war or he was going to blow Hanoi off the face of the earth and then do it. American has become the whipping boy of the whole world. I am with Teddy Roosevelt "Walk softly, Carry a BIG Stick" and not be afraid to use it. Vietnam was not saved because of our inability to try and satisfiy the world. They HATE us because of our prosperity and freedom. God Bless America and though I do not like all of the presidents policies He is not afraid to stand up and to be counted. God Bless American and Long May She EVER LIVE.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
09:20:22

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As a Christian and a patriot, I find that it is my responsibility to read the issues and talk about them. I honestly do not know if the draft will be good for our country or not. I had four brothers, three of which fought during the Vietnam war. My father and grandfather, uncles and friends also have loved ones that were in war. I am no different then anyone out there. The way we learn and make decisions is to talk about them. Why can we not read something written by someone and just take it as their opinion and talk about. We have to run them down and call each other names. We throw out names like Republican and Democrat like they were four letter words. A Patriot is someone who loves and supports their country. A Christian is someone who loves and trust in the Lord. I don't find it a contradiction to either of these to discuss any issue.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
09:16:58

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I think that the draft should be reinstated. It would give the soldiers that are overseas and have been extended a chance to come home to their loved ones. It would hopefully put a stop to our troops being extended.My son is there and I won't him home when his time is done as well as all the rest of the soldiers that have done there tour.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
09:07:21

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AS a vetran and haviang served as a Chaplian on active duty and the Reserves. I think this was is necessary but think that if we are the most powerful country in the world why are we letting these third world countires dictate out polices and we are afraid to flex our muscles. Our president needs to tell them to stop fighting are we are going to blow you off the face of the earth. If they do not do blow them away. We do not have to see our boys die. In the Vietnam war I buried many of the finest young men of our nation. I think that if our president had told North Vietnam to stop fighting in South Vietnam or he was going to blow them away that would have stopped it immediately. If they did not blow them away. I believe in individuals and their right to disagree. But in my experience a bully will not go away until you show him you will do what you hae to do to have peace.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:57:14

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I THINK THAT IS THE DRAF IS REINSTATED THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.ITHINK THE MILITARY BILDS YOUNGER PEOPLR WITH RESPONSIBILITIES. I AM ALL FOR THE DRAF . AS LONG AS THE VA DOES ITS PART IN KEEPING THE PEOPLE THAT GET HURT IN THE MILITARY ARE TAKEN CARE OF BY IT SYSTEM.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:52:57

Town Hall Comments

No one in their right minds would want war.....No one wants to send their sons to war knowing that they may not return....BUT in the this world,we have to do things that we don't want to do. America is not a warring country. We love peace and we love freedom, but too many have forgotten the COST of freedom. We have become unthankful, and brain washed into thinking that we cannot be defeated. That our country will stand forever. We have been lulled by media and liberals to think that we are safe. What a lie! We have enemies that want to KILL ALL OF US to wipe us from the face of the earth. They will NOT change their minds no matter what we do for them. People think that they are informed....they are only informed by what the media WANTS us to know. We are in a struggle for our very existence! We can be terrorized and we can be taken over. Why? Because we have forgotten God, we have fogotten all of the men and women who have fought and gave their lives so we could have the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted. The kids today have no respect for God, country, or others. They do not want to work and earn anything. They think everything should be handed to them. It is not their fault.......we as a nation have had it so good for so long that we have neglected to accept the RESPONSIBILITY along with the FREEDOM we enjoy. We have taken freedom and abused it. We think we can stand on our own, without God, and He will not be mocked. When HE withdraws His had of blessing, we will fail! Do we need the draft reinstated? YES. I have always felt that boys should have at least 2 years of military after getting out of school. I have seen the maturity that it brings. The discipline, the respect that they have when they come back on leave. They have goals, they have purpose. These are boys that were heading for trouble, but are now responsible citizens. I do not like women in the military in the field. I think women have their place, but I think that it is not a women's place to be in battle. There are other places of duty that women can be used besides on the battlefield. Bottom line is........if they reinstate the draft, I am for it!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:48:59

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Hello I am a canadian and as suchshould not be voicing any opinion.But after the fiesco that bush has brought on your country and the world I think I have the right to express an opinion.Many americans have died already and many more will.canadians have also lost their lives as well as others from other countries.Drafting young men into the army is not the answer to ending war.Good common sense and the will to compromise and eat a little crow would help.victor cote


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:48:20

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I am a grandmother and an aunt, with three grandsons and two nephews, ages ranging from 8 to 23. My highest goal in life is to see these "boys" mature and grow to fine young "men". Have a wonderful life, and perhaps produce a great-grandchild for me. The draft is wrong. This war is wrong....though terrorism needs to be stopped. Thank you. Ms. G. Burzinski Wisconsin


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:30:55

Town Hall Comments

We are where we are today because brave men (and the women/families behind them) have fought for freedom since the Revolunationary War. The Viet Nam war was not a total loss as we will, probably, never realize the effect of our efforts there did to avert additional problems. At least we stood up for what we believed in and it has been a great guide for our present struggle. WE WILL NOT 'CUT AND RUN'! We cannot afford to sit here with our heads in the sand and believe we will not be attacked. None of us are too old not to remember 9-11. Many do not know about the bomb from Japan in the '40s that landed in the USA, killing several people on a Sunday School picnic, mostly children. That town wants to forget it and do not speak of it. Talk about keeping your head in the sand! Maybe if that incident had been mourned every year we would not have been in a situation for 9-11 to have happened. We need more of stories like that in the news and not about the poor Iraqi terrorist with a dog lease around his neck and held by a woman. Abuse! There was slack in that cord, it was not pulled tight! (Even if it was, so what! The terrorist had already done worse to our beheaded brave, and their own people) What better way to show those women-hating abusers that we mean business. We need to screen every foreigner in the USA and double check all those so-called American citizens, born or naturalized, that ever speaks one word against the USA, our freedoms or hires a lawyer because they have been inconveniently (for them) investigated. Let them cry 'profiling'. All the lawyers helping potential terrorist obtain freedom should be deported. If the shoe fits, wear it. I will not object if government officials want to search my home for proof of terrorist activities. They are welcome to have a computer expert check all the info on my computer. I have nothing to hide! There is one freedom they should exercise !!! LEAVE THE USA ~ I DARE YOU TO GO TO CUBA AND PUT ON THE DISPLAYS YOU DO HERE. STAND ON A STREET CORNER AND BASH CASTRO AND SEE HOW LONG YOU LAST. TOO BAD YOU DIDN'T GO TO IRAQ AND BASH SADDAM BEFORE WE ARRIVED TO CAPTURE THAT MONSTER.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:20:43

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I think we should have never gotten rid of the draft in the first place. SO I hope they do reinstate it. We need to keep our military strong and prepared for anything not only for other countries but for right here at home. Linda in TX


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:19:43

Town Hall Comments

Maybe the Draft would do much to heal a nation of young people who don't seem to know what the word No means. It would also get many idle young people without purpose off the streets and teach them a trade and strong decipline. Not to mention giving beefing up our military. We either protect our right to freedom now, or forever hold our peace when we loose it. Thank you for the oppertunity to speak my beliefe.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
08:14:50

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I have two sons serving this country in the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, and they are ready and willing to defend this wonderful country. If they need more help I say YES to the draft. And thanks to President Bush for being a God loving man. JOJONES


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:55:33

Town Hall Comments

Absolutely, reinstate the draft. Why should a few do the work by volunteering that should be shared by alll ~ women, included. We all enjoy our freedom and we should all be willing to protest that freedom for our families. It should be required that everyone from 18 to 65 to train a couple weeks a year in order to be prepared to serve. We shall need these well-trained military in the future and we might as well start it now. From, one who serves.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:48:37

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Adam Stutz, (supposedly your name), you must be one of those cowardly liberals! You must think the world's horrendous terror situations are going to go away by themselves. You must have kids in the last years of high school, or maybe kids in college that just might be caught up in the draft and your're afraid you're going to lose them. Let me say this: I have 4 brothers, and we all were in Vietnam together, and we knew the dangers, and we all volunteered to go. (General George Patton was my hero!)Because of our mom and dad's prayers we all came back alive! We were not raised to be cowards! I have read all the comments on this site, and it looks like the majority is in favor of the draft.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
Hall Meeting Time 07:25:29

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I, like so many others, can only wish that the need for the draft did not exist because the world would not be infested by the forces of Satan. We do have an on going problem which we all as citizens need to address. Therefore, I will say that I have felt for a long time that we should re-activate the draft and make it applicible to everyone who is physically able to serve. I hope that the congress will "step up to the bat" and do what they should and pass these bills. Herbert S. Whitten Haughton, La.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
06:54:52

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Nobody likes the idea our country having to come to the point of drafting our young men and women to war. I hate war like the next person, but isn't that what this mighty country has always done to protect it. Yes, we have to draft, because we don't have the number of patriots we're supposed to have.The modern day liberals have seen to that! They have raised a generation of cowards. Initiate a draft? You bet! Anything to keep this country and other peace loving countries free. The author of this website must have children in college and he doesn't want to lose them. What would have happened if David in the bible had disobeyed God's command and said "No! I ain't going!" Or Joshua if he had told God, "No, I'd rather not go to war." What would have happened if Solomon had disobeyed the call to war against the Phillistines? I ask this author, "ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE DEMOCRAT LIBERALS, WHO IS RAISING COWARDS?"


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
06:49:27

Town Hall Comments

I think the draft should be re-instated. Many of our young people have no desire to do anything but stand on the street corner and get into trouble.. I am only speaking for the area in which I live. We have a high un-employment rate, the school system is not the best, the kids can't read or has no desire to do things that are a challenge. A lot of them come from one-parent homes, the mother must work to make a living, and they have not been taught self-worth or self-respect and they are not required to do anything to make life better for anyone. I think the military would teach responsibility and that everyone has limits as to what they are allowed to do.This goes for girls as well as boys. If they are not going to go into the job market or go to school I feel this would be a good idea.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
06:45:15

Town Hall Comments

I have been reading the comments about the possible draft the last two days or so. We are all scared that our young Sons and Daughters may be made to fight a war. We all have questions, was Iraq part of the 9/11 attack? I don't know. Was our President and his men behide our involvment? I once again don't know. Do our young Sons and Daughters have to fight? If they want to preserve their freedoms , then yes. I was sent to Viet Nam (1969). I would wish such a thing on know one. But, just our fathers, and grand-fathers before them, and yes even back to our Countries beginning, we have had to preserve and protect our Freedoms at a cost some times paid with the blood of our young. We each in our own time have had to decide what kind of world we wanted to live in. And what kind of world we wanted for our children. We all know deep in our hearts that if our children don't stand up to protect and preserve their freedoms, they will be taken from them a little at a time, or all at once. It would be nice to have an Army large enough that a draft would not be needed. But, it seems just as some don't wish to volunteer, most don't want to die. I certainly did'nt, when I joined the Marines in the 60's. I have many friends with draft age children. I do'nt like thinking about it. But just as their Fathers before them, if they do'nt stand to protect and preserve their Freedoms, THEN WHO??? Steve from MD.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
06:41:26

Town Hall Comments

I think every able-bodied American, men and women should serve in the military.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
05:45:49

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I am a PROUD AMERICAN!!! I hate war as much as everyonelse, but I believe in my country and all the the freedom it affords me. I know you have heard it before> FREEDOM HAS A PRICE! It is often a high price. Look at our sons and daughters on the news each night. Each and everyone made a choice, they chose to stand up for what they believe in. They are voulenteers. HEROS! Should America reinstate the draft? MOST CERTAINLY. We ALL have a stake in this freedom we so much take for granted. Stand and be counted and thank god we are not oppressed. Free2BMeinBonac@aol.com


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
04:45:42

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I am an Australian citizen and was only 17 when my fiance was conscripted, the memories of this are still vivid. I hope and pray that consctription is never returned to your country or mine. I will pray ernestly that it does no and that peace will return to the world. God Bless All, Love from Australia.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
03:39:44

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No I do not believe we need to reinstate the draft. Our servicemen now are people who want this kind of life. They are professionals, with plans to make their life in the service. Some have a chance for a better life thru the service. They can get an education, which some cannot afford on their own. Some joined to see the world. This is their choice. If the draft is reinstated, we would no longer have a professional services. Throwing young untrained people in the mix would weaken us. On the drafting of women - I am totally against this. If there are women out there that want to act like men - that is their choice. I don't believe the ones that know they are not men, and do not want this type of life , should not be forced to go.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
02:25:44

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I think it was a mistake when the draft was discontinued. I believe that a citizens military is much better for our country than the current volunteer forces. I think some of the abuses of the command will be reduced and controled better in the services comprised of draftees. WWG AF 17 290 319


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
02:03:14

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July 9,2004 I completely agree with the comment one of the posters on here made "but if I find one more liberal, un-patriotic tripe article....", I too will request to be removed from your mail list. I have enjoyed your sites and have sent them out to my mail list, which in turn has been forwarded - circulation of approximately 70,000. Why do you think you have the freedom to write this kind of garbage? It's because our Military and Patriotic Americans are willing to defend your right to do so. For those that say "We don't want our kids in the Military" they have no concept regarding the meaning of Freedom. Freedom is NOT Free - somebody has to protect and fight for it. I didn't like getting drafted back during the Vietnam War, however I went. We were brought up to respect and appreciate the American way of life and were taught that it takes constant protection to keep us free. There was a moral obligation that we all understood when growing up, which very few young people have today. Is that because their parents didn't teach them the value and cost of freedom, or that they were protesters or draft dodgers, or that they are just selfish and closed minded, or that they just want to let somebody else do the dirty work? To those that want to hide their heads in the sand and pretend that we don't have to fight at times, let me ask you this; are you still going to pretend that all is well when you no longer have your rights, your freedom to do as you choose, your freedom to choose your own Religion, the freedom to raise your kids the way you want to, the freedom to choose your own life style? Won't it be fun explaining to your kids why they lost their freedom because of your selfishness? Nobody likes war, but if we have to have it, then it's better to fight it on foreign soil rather than at home. I am very disheartened with what I've seen here. It was totally unexpected by somebody that was putting out such excellent sites. I have rarely seen anything that has been so self centered and selfish as this article is. And if this is what your sites are deteriorating to, then I for one don't want any part of them. In addition, I feel the obligation to respond to my mail list accordingly with the postive side of what keeps America free and to suggest they avoid such trash as I've seen here. Alaskan Bullfrog Chad Disabled Vietnam Vet


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
01:47:58

Town Hall Comments

Thank you for showing what our government wants to do about a draft. I had heard of the possibility a draft might be put on after the election but our government sure has been hush, hush about it. In fact, some in Wa. D.C. have outright said it would not happen. I lost my husband from a service connected death after he served in W.W. 2. I do not believe wars are needed and they only lead to death of loved ones and some so maned they wish they were dead. I have 2 grandsons and even a great grandson that will be 18 in 2005 and DO NOT want them to have to register for a draft. Have a great granddaughter that will also soon be 18. I hope the day does not come that they will be needed. I have always been an American who loved her country and felt I have been a good patriotic citizen. I have never been against a war until Pres. Bush led us into this one and have felt it was/is an unnecessary one that has killed many young men and women plus left many with parts of their bodies missing. The is a war that was never started to protect our country and has put a different perspective of how I feel about wars. I don't want this to happen to the U.S.A. again!!!! Thank you.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
01:44:56

Town Hall Comments

I find this quite distressing, IF there is ANY truth to it...I do have 3 sons that are of age, and one who is in school (College, of course), and one who is a Dad to 2 very young children! I realize, and respect the fact that we need to protect our Country, but I truly believe that by reinstating the Draft, it is simply one more "Freedom of Choice" that is going to be no longer! Do we want this? I do NOT!!! And, it is NOT just because of MY children alone---I feel that our young people who are so loyal and dedicated to this Country, and are fighting this "war" with bountiful reasons, none being less than a great Respect and Love for our Country, and all the Freedoms, etc. she has to offer....Yes--it has always been stated that "Freedom is NOT FREE"!!!! and this could not be more true than it is today!!! I plead with my fellow Americans to NOT allow this to happen! Vote against it...let us EDUCATE ourselves to exactly what IS going on with the present Administration, and do our best to remove ALL BIASED opinions. God Bless America...She surely needs His loving arms now, more than EVER!!! C


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
01:43:24

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To whom it may concern, I have written to you before and told you how much I enjoyed your pages, but this is one that I don't feel belongs in your pages. My husband served in Viet Nam and almost died. He is 100% disabiled from his service to his country. If he could he would go back tomorrow. I forgive the draft dodgers, I have to , to be a Christian. My son also served in the Arm Forces and almost became blind and would have been except for the grace of God. As for as the draft, yes I think it should be reinstated. IS'T OUR COUNTRY WORTH BEING PROTECTED? As for as the women, well if they want to dress like men, work the same jobs as men and act like men then let them go and serve in the service like men. Instead of worrying about the draft why don't you worry about this SAME SEX MARRIAGE? God didn't take a rib from Adam and make Steve for his help mate, but he made EVE,, a woman. So let's fight this immoral doings and let our young men take care of our country. God will help them. If America is worth living in it is worth fighting for. My husband has 3 Purple Hearts and was offered a Bronze Star but refused it because he said he was doing his duty. So Grow Up and face your responibilities young people.God Bless Each and Everyone of you as you do. GOD BLESS AMERICA


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
01:39:57

Town Hall Comments

As a peace loving U.S. citizen and a veteran I would not care to reinstste the draft unless necessary. If the draft is in all honesty truly needed then I would be all for it. I feel that unless one has a serious and truly compelling need there should be no one exempted. I feel that if you are not willing to fullfill your obligation to this country in a manner prescribed by law then you should leave it.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
01:07:16

Town Hall Comments

I don't think we need the draft ido not want to bury my children


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:32:45

Town Hall Comments

I HAVE JUST READ THE COMMENTS ON WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD HAVE A DRAFT. I AM SICKENED AT THE ATTITUDE OF SO CALLED AMERICANS WHO VOICE THEIR OPINION ON THIS SUBJECT. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ENJOYING FREEDOM TODAY? DO YOU THINK IT WAS OBTAINED BY AMERICANS SITTING ON THEIR BIG FAT BUTTS WATCHING T.V. TO GET THEIR NEWS BRIEFS EVERYDAY? WHO DOES WANT WAR? WHO WANTS A DRAFT? NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND, BUT AMERICA HAS TO DO WHAT AMERICA DOES BEST WHEN CONFRONTED BY "BEASTS" WHO ARE SO COWARDLY THEY COVER THEIR HEADS, WIELDING A SWORD OVER THEIR NEXT VICTIMS HEAD. THEY HAVE NO CONSCIENCE, NO HONOR, NO LOVE, NO COMPASSION - THEY ARE DRIVEN BY SUCH A DEVILISH FORCE IT HAS TO COME FROM THE VERY PIT OF HELL. HAVE ALL OF YOU COWARDS WHO DON'T WANT THEIR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN TO GO TO WAR TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM THESE "BEASTS" EVEN GIVEN A THOUGHT TO 911? WE ARE IN A WAR, AND IT WAS NOT STARTED BY OUR PRESIDENT. IT STARTED WITH THE "BEASTS" ATTACKING OUR COUNTRY ON OUR SOIL, KILLING THOUSANDS OF OUR OWN PEOPLE. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY OTHER ATTACKS THAT BEGAN IN 1979, AND AT THAT TIME WE HAD SPINELESS PRESIDENTS THAT DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. WHAT ABOUT THE SS COLE BOMBING? WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER BOMBING OF THE TWIN TOWERS. IF THAT HAD WORKED THE WAY THE "BEASTS" HAD PLANNED, 25,000 PEOPLE WOULD HAVE DIED THAT DAY. WE HAVE HAD THESE "BEASTS" BLOW UP SEVERAL AMERICAN EMBASSIES IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, AND WE DID NOTHING. MANY OF OUR SERVICEMEN WERE KILLED IN THOSE BOMBINGS. WE ARE AT WAR!!! NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME SINCE 911 - AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT STATEMENT TO THE BANK. WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY OF THOSE SAME "BEASTS" LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE READY AT A MOMENTS NOTICE TO DO THEIR COWARDLY ACTS WHEN WE LEAST EXPECT IT, WE WILL NEVER BE AT PEACE AGAIN IN THIS WORLD UNTIL THE WORLD IS FREE OF THEM COMPLETELY. I AM SHOCKED AT THE MESSAGE YOU ARE SENDING TO YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, WHEN YOU ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR WELL BEING THAN YOU ARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. IT IS NO LONGER SAFE TO BE ANYWHERE IN AMERICA TODAY. JUST BECAUSE OF THE "BEASTS" WE ARE HAVING TO SPEND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON PROTECTION AT AIRPORTS, BRIDGES, ENERGY PLANTS, NUCLEAR PLANTS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TO PROTECT OUR NATION FROM SUCH AN ENEMY AS THIS, AS THEY ARE SO SNEAKY, CUNNING, DECEPTIVE - LIKE A SNAKE, NEVER KNOWING WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO STRIKE. THIS IS UNLIKE ANY WAR WE HAVE BEEN IN, AND THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE SOLUTION, AND NO END IN SIGHT. THINK ABOUT IT. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED AND IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE AND WORSE. YOU CAN COUNT ON IT, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE COWARDLY AMERICANS THAT WOUDLN'T LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR ANYBODY OR ANYTHING. STAY IN YOUR LITTLE COMFORT ZONES AND LET OTHERS DIE TO KEEP YOU SAFE, BUT DON'T WAVE A FLAG OR SING THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER AND PRETEND THAT YOU ARE PROUD TO LIVE IN AMERICA. WELL, ON SECOND THOUGHT, YOU ARE PROBABLY THE ONES THAT HELPED TO GET PRAYER TAKEN OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS; WHO BELIEVE THAT IN TODAYS WORLD ANYTHING GOES; THAT THERE IS NO GOD; WHO BELIEVE IN THE GARBAGE OF THE FIRST AMMENDMENT RIGHTS, WHO STAND HAND IN HAND WITH THE LIKES OF MICHAEL MOORE. GOD FORBID!!! PLEASE, START THINKING FOR YOURSELF, AND FOR YOUR SAKE AND THE SAKE OF YOUR FAMILIES - START READING AND GET AWAY FROM THE T.V. DON'T YOU KNOW YOU ARE BEING BRAINWASHED EVERY SINGLE DAY WITH WHAT TO THINK AND HOW TO THINK???? AND YES, I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN THAT WOULD BE ELEGIBLE TO GO TO WAR, AND I WOULD SEND THEM OFF PROUDLY TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO KEEP OUR BLESSED COUNTRY THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN. IT HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS, AS THE EXTREME RIGHT WING LIBERALS HAVE DONE A SNOW JOB ON EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT HASN'T A MIND TO THINK FOR HIMSELF/HERSELF. IT'S ALRIGHT IF MY CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN DIE FOR THEIR COUNTRY FOR THEY WILL GO TO BE WITH THE LORD. THEIR BODY WOULD DIE BUT THEY WILL LIVE ON IN ETERNITY, AND WOULD GET AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM THIS WORLD IN ORDER TO DO SO. MY ADVICE TO ALL OF YOU IS IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO DIE, YOU HAD BETTER BE TALKING TO YOUR MAKER. THE TIME IS SHORTER THAN YOU THINK, AND WE ARE NEVER PROMISED THE NEXT INSTANT ON EARTH. DON'T FALL FOR THE LIES THAT JOHN KERRY AND HIS ILK ARE SPEWING AT YOU. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED, IF HE WINS THIS ELECTION, HOW QUICKLY OUR FREEDOMS WILL BE TAKEN FROM US. AT LEAST WITH BUSH WE CAN HAVE FOUR MORE YEARS. KERRY HIMSELF IS A BILLIONAIRE FROM HIS WIFE'S DECEASED HUSBAND. I WON'T BUY HEINZ PICKLES/CATSUP EVER AGAIN. HE IS A COWARD ALSO, AND PASSES HIMSELF OFF AS A GREAT WAR HERO. WHAT A JOKE. READ!!! READ!!! READ!!! KNOW YOUR FACTS. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS!!! YOU ARE BEING DUPED. I BLESS OUR SERVICEMEN, AND I'M VERY PROUD OF THEM. I STOOD IN AWE AS SO MANY OF THEM WERE INTERVIEWED ON T.V. ON FOX NEWS. THEY WERE SO PROUD TO BE FIGHTING FOR A RIGHT CAUSE, AND THEY WERE SO YOUNG AND HANDSOME AND SO PROFESSIONAL. WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF THEM AND THANKING THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:23:42

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I was a conscientious objector in the 60's because I believed then, as I do now, that all war is wrong. Therefore, I also believed then, as I do now, that the draft is wrong. Don't let it happen again! Mitchell L. Klein, Phoenix, AZ


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:21:21

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I am very much against the draft. We are supposed to be a free Country so I believe that every boy or girl should have the right to go into the military if they wish to. It's not right that they should have to give up their college years, education and their future. Before it becomes mandatory, it should be put to a vote of the American people.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:18:26

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I think mandatory government service is a great idea, so many young people are totally self absorbed and selfish. Living in a free society has responsibilities as well as privileges. This war on terror is going to need everyone in order to be sucessful. My sons both volunteered for military service, because they felt it was their duty. I'm glad the rich will not be able to opt their kids out.


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:13:19

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AINTSKEERED 2 seems to be skeered to let anyone else speak. He (she) seems to be trying to fill up the comment pages with his (her) propaganda... no wonder he(she) doesn't want to fight for freedom... he (she) doesn't even understand the concept!


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:04:23

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hey coffman lee quit your wining patriotic sucks


Town Hall Meeting
11 Jul 2004
Time:
00:02:27

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screw the draft and any one that is for the draftgo fight the war yourself


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:59:56

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To the editors: Up till now I have been very pleased with your website, it was Christian, conservative and patiotic,that is the reasons that I subscribed to it and I told many of my freinds about it, but if I find one more liberal, un-patriotic tripe article such the article by Adam Stutz you put on this other-wise excellent website, I am afraid I will respectfully resign from it. Please do me the courtesy to reply. Thank you, Lee Coffman USN ret.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:52:31

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It is no secret that our Government is considering reinstating the Draft. Where have you been? It is no surprise, considering the length of time it takes to stabilize the country so that our men and women who died fighting terrorism and trying to bring Freedom to Iraq will not have died in vain. The draft was suspended with the hope that there would be enough enlisted men and women to meet the needs for National Defense. However, the numbers have not been there. Do you think it is fair for the same men to have to return to harms way three times? These are our National Guard members, who incidently, are normally used as our State Militia. They have families suffering hardship because their husband/wife or father/mother ('s) deployment has been extended, frequently more than once. I have had 4 brothers 4 nephews and my only son serve (Not to mention my ancestors)Among them they have served in Revolutionary War, Civil War, WW II, Korean War, and Viet Nam . Noone wants War, but unless you are ready to defend Freedom, You will lose it! I just wish that fathers with young children were the last to be drafted.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:47:24

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I was 6 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed and we were drawn into WWII. My Dad, uncle and neighbors went into the services. It was a scarey time, but no more so than 9/11. Make no mistake, war began that day on US soil and will continue until we put a stop to it. We must build up our military. We have no choice if we expect to remain free Americans. We must be able to defend ourselves. I have 3 sons who were near draft age when the Vietnam war ended. Now I have grandchildren who are draft age who could serve militarially. Would I worry about them? You bet. Would I be proud of them and grateful? Yes indeed. Does it make sense that the US has a decent defense? Without a doubt. I believe the Draft is necessary, though unwelcome. We must protect our freedoms or we loose them. Yes, the price is high, it's always been high, since the founding of our nation. In conclusion, I support the draft, knowing full well that my family could pay the price for your and my freedom.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:42:59

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Yes i'd be for the draft if that's what's needed to fight for are freedom.There is alot of freeloaders in this country let someone else do it not my family I'm too busy making a buck and running the country and goverment down, by alot of your replys. I served my four years and still feel I learned alot from my time in the navy, Kids today want everything gave to them with no effort on their part "just pay me alot and furnish me transportation etc. i'm fed up with hollywood's mouthy cowards, some bash the president for his national guard service etc. lot better than the past sleze ball that was in office.. Our son was a navy recruiter at that time and a kid would come in to join and see Clinton's picture on the wall and say "why am i here" I have seven brothers that five gave there time in the service one had a medical problem so he could'nt go... Maybe we could get the one's that want someone elses kid to serve too cough up a bundle of money to hire a substatute stand in for all the panzy ass's that want the other guy to serve... torqued up at you wimps


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:41:52

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..............................DONT LET EM IN OUR COUNTRY ..............................NO DRAFT BEAT YOUR HEAD IF YOU WANT TO BUT NO DRAFT AINTSKEEERED2


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:40:15

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I must say I'm really impressed with the comments so far. I do wish you guys out there would check your spelling and punctuation before you send. Please! As for a draft or not, GUESS WHAT? WE ALREADY HAVE A DRAFT RIGHT NOW!!!! HOW MANY OF THE MILITARY PEOPLE SERVING RIGHT NOW ARE ABLE TO "MUSTER OUT" so to speak? Look around, watch the news! All personnel currently serving have had their terms extended indefinitely, including the reserves. The next step is to call up the "ready reserves," or those who have been discharged. All those who have served, and have begun a "regular" life, are now subject to being reactivated immediately. There seems to be no end to this. My husband is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran, and probably too "ancient" to be recalled, but with our current government's policies in regard to this "holy war" which is no more than Halliburton's war, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a notice in the mail. The question does not seem to be to draft or not to draft, the draft is already here...............


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:39:57

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NO BUSH DID GOOD WITH RETALIATING AGAINST THE TERRORIST BUT HE ALSO HAS BEEN PROVOKING THE TERRORISM INSTEAD WE SHOULD CLOSE OUR BORDERS AND DEPORT ALOT OF PEOPLE INSTEAD YOU WANT WAR WELL LOGIC TELLS YOU THAT IF THEY CANT GET IN THEY CANT BOTHER US SO WAKE UP AND GET OUTTA YOUR ARMY GAME WE WANT FREEDOM BUT THIS IS NOT MAKING US FREE ......................NO DRAFT.......................... AINTSKEEERED2


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:39:28

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I don't think the draft should have ever been stopped. It is terrible that anyone should have to go to war but as we know Freedom has never been free. If it is reinstated I would pray that it is carried out in a fair way,not making it easy for some to get out while others have to serve.I pray that God bless those serving at this time.No matter if we agree with what is going on now we should always support those serving. The military definately helps one to grow up.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:35:14

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Personally, after reading many of these comments...I find myself wanting to beat my head against the wall. Bush started the war? Where was I when this happened? Let me ask you a question... Did he attack on 9/11? Did I miss something? Jesus people...pay attention. What do you suppose would have occured had he not retalliated against those that chose to attack us? He's called a murdered now... a criminal... and many other lovely names. Had he not taken action... he would be hated, called weak, unaggressive, worthless. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS PEOPLE!! Are you perfectly happy with allowing others to waltz into our country and chose who should live and who should die? I voted for and support our President. And will do so again. There are few upstanding men in Congress or those wishing to be, that could have done the same at that time of crisis for our proud nation. If you don't like the way it was handled, try living in another country. See how much you like it then. I have also served in the United States Army. I am a 30-year-old female and am quite proud to have served, of my own free will. And would do it all again. But, with the way children are brought up today (and it's no doubt in my mind that they are taught prejudice ways about our military), that once they become of age to volunteer...do you honestly think they will? There will be some...there always have been and always will be (and I, for one, salute you). But when the numbers drop...who will defend us then? Who will risk their lives and futures to keep our nation safe...and who will quietly put their lives on the line so that others (such as the Bush-bashers and those that think our military is in the wrong) can open their mouths and voice their opinions...without repercussions? Who will protect you then? Will you sleep safe and sound at night? Always knowing that even though you sit safely in your homes, spouting off words of "wisdom" and complaining - that there will always be someone else out there to take the brunt of the action for you? Talk about hypocritical, weak and worthless!!! I am all for the DRAFT. I am a better person because of having served this great country. Bring it back, close off loopholes... but yet, make it fair... politicians, stars, rich and famous, etc... their children - if they are of age - should be included. If you don't like it... MOVE!!! Get out... again, try living and surviving...and voicing those opinions elsewhere. A proud US Army FEMALE veteran! Colorado


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:33:35

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GIVE OUR KIDS PATRIOTISM . DISTILL VALUES IN THEM BY DOIN WHAT TAKING AWAY THERE FREEDOM AND LETTING THE MILITARY CONTROL THEM OK SO ITS NOT ABOUT FREEDOM THEN UH HUH ITS ABOUT CONTROL WELL YOU JUST MADE IT CLEAR ABOUT FREEDOM IT DOESNNT EXIST TO PEOPLE THAT ARE FOR THE DRAFT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT KNOWN FREEDOM YOU ONLY KNOW HOW TO DISTILL CONTROL INTO THE MINDS OF OUR YOUNG !!!!!!!! ................................NO DRAFT.............................................. AINTSKEEERED2


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:27:11

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Sorry, but I am all for the draft! I have always thought that young men and women should serve at least 2 years in the service of their country in the military. 9-11 showed us (again i.e Pearl Harbor) that we were caught asleep and had to be jolted awake. Now that we are awake let us take the right course and never be caught un-prepared again. The military service would be good for all young people, it would instill patriotism and set them straight on their path through life, young people these days are mostly over-indulged and spoiled and they could use some stern training and a few hard lessons in life. A stint in the military could make them better citizens and take them away from the coddled, un-appreciative atmosphere that most of them live in. It did me good, I served in the Navy during the Korean war and I got my training in electronics at that time and attended a university on the GI Bill when I got out. I was an Electronics engineer for 40 years and am now retired. Thanks to the training that I receivd in the Navy, I have had a good life and solid spirit of patriotism and self-worth. Lee Coffman USN ret.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:27:00

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..........................WAR KILS.....WHERE IS THE FREEDOM IN DYING............ AINTSKEEERED2


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:25:52

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i dont want to see my children in the military going to war and maybe losing their lives and all i hope that they will not reinstate the draft and justleave things the way that they are if people want to go in the military it should be there choice not the govermentby reinstating the drafts please look at all the comments posted and please vote for them not to reinstate the draft i think it would hurt our children's future. thanks sincerely Mrs. Henley


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

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BEING AMERICAN DOSE NOT MEAN WAR .. BEING AMERICAN ...YOU WANT A DRAFT ,WELL OPEN THE DOOR YOULL GET A DRAFT ... IF YOU WANT WAR THEN DONT USE GOD IN YOUR COMMENTS !! IF YOU DONT LIKE YOUR NEIGHBOR THEN MOVE !!!! IF YOU LOVE YOR KIDS DONT KILL EM !!! IF YOU DONT HAVE KIDS !!THEN I CAN SEE WHY YOU WOULD BE SO IGNORANT AS TO WANT WAR!!! ..........................NO DRAFT..........NO DRAFT..............................


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:20:22

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WELL IF YOU DONT LIKE THE COMMENTS THEN TOO BAD IF YOU WANT TO FIGHT THE MONSTER GO DO IT BUT IF YOU WANNA DEFEND AMERICA GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO IT BUT DONT CONDEMM THE FREEDOM OF THOSE WHO HAVE IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT .. WE DONT BELONG OVER THERE AND WE CAN HAVE FREEDOM BY KEEPING THEM OUTTA HERE ITS THAT SIMPLE BUT IF YOU WANT A CONFLICT THEN GO YOUR SELF MY CHILDREN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR IGNORANCE !!!! .....................NO DRAFT NO DRAFT NO DRAFT NO DRAFT........................


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:14:25

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MY DAD WAS A DECORATED VETERAN FROM WWII HE FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY !!!MY BROTHER WAS A VETERAN OF THE KOREAN WAR !!MY BEST FRIEND WAS A VETERAN OF THE VIETNAM WAR !! WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG THEY WERE ALL FREE !!!THE WARS TOOK THEM AWAY ,NOT JUST FROM HOME ,BUT FROM A FREEDOM THEY NEVER GOT TOO SEE AGAIN :THEY ALL SUFFERED FROM PHSYCOLOGICAL PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY HAD TOO KILL PEOPLE !!! PEOPLE SAY FREEDOM HAS ITS PRICE:: WELL IVE SEEN WHO PAID THE BILL : BUT I WANNA KNOW WHO IS IT THAT HAS FREEDOM!!!IS IT THE FRENCH? THE IRAINIANS ? WHO THE IRAQI'S ??? WHEN ARE WE GONNA BE FREE ??? SENDING TROOPS TO WAR IN A FAR LAND FROM HERE AND PICKIN A FIGHT WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY , WHO IS GONNA BENEFIT FROM THIS ? AMERICA ? THE RICH MANS BUSY DANCIN WHILE THE POOR MAN PAYS THE BAND? WHY TAKE AWAY FREEDOM FROM OUR YOUNG WHEN WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FIGHTIN FOR FREEDOM !!! WHY DONT WE JUST SIGN THE DEED TO AMERICA OVER TO THESE OTHER COUNTRIES ,AND WE CAN BE ,FREE , CAUSE THE PRICE WE ARE PAYING FOR THIS FREEDOM SEEMS TO BE BENEFITTING THEM NOT US !!! WE ARE POURING MORE FUEL ON THE FIRE AND GIVING THEM THE MATCHES IF YOU WANT A DRAFT THEN YOU MUST WANT WAR ....... IF YOU WANT WAR YOU DONT WANT FREEDOM...........YOU TAKE AWAY FREEDOM FROM OUR YOUNG AND THERE WILL BE NO-ONE LEFT ....THAT SEEMS TO BE THE AMERICAN WAY WHY CARE LET EM DIE AS LONG AS IM OK RIGHT ITS NOT YOUR KIDS..................... AINTSKEEERED2.......................................


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:07:46

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I personally despise all you people who are so upset with the draft. I served and so did my son.It is hard to face things we don' t like but where would we be if we were like you in the war that won you all the freedoms you enjoy now but never had to fight for ? It's ok for others to die for what you believe in but Lord help you if you have to do something. God help us if we fail to help others and sit back and enjoy our freedom while others suffer for wanting to be free also ..


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:07:08

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I am Larry Brack from Leoti Kansas. I was drafted, my father was drafted, 4 uncles were drafted, and 3 cousins were drafted serving WW 11 and the Veitnaum conflict. I am in favor of a draft because we have a definite lack of respecting authority and the young people of every generation need to do their part in preserving liberty instead of riding on the efforts of those who served before them. This country needs the draft and I feel pity for those of you who oppose it. In fact any who oppose it oppose every Amnerican who fought or died for their freedom to object to the idea of being obligated to protect this USA. When we get to the place that we are content to let others do the work while we watch we are in danger of being like the Romans in the last days before the great Roman Empire fell. History does repeat itself, if we let it. If every generation is not willing to make a sacfrice to this land we are surely doomed.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
23:05:48

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Instead of drafting our kids why don't we get these other countries to go..I have 2 grandchildren and I really would hate to go but, first ,get other countries to help ouT.. I think the war was justified because he was a monster and I ALSO KNOW AND HAVE SEEN ON OTHER STATIONS THAT CLINTON HAD KNOWN ABOUT THE WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION FOR YEARS AND DID NOTHING,AND ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO GET BEN LADIN ON 3 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS..WHY DON'T YOU WATCH FOX NEWS ? THEY TELL THINGS AND SHOW THE PROOF WHERE OTHER STATIONS ONLY TELL US WHAT THEY WANT US TO KNOW. NO, I HATE TO SEE THE DRAFT BUT, WE HAVE TO STAND STRONG AGAINST TERRORISM. MY HUSBAND WAS IN THE NAVY AND ALSO MY SON.AND I AM PROUD OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING AND I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS AND MIA'S..I SAY, HE IS OUR PRESIDENT SO WE SHOULDAT LEASE SUPPORT HIM IN THE FIGHT..REMEMBER 9/11 AND OTHER TERROR ATTACKS ON OUR CITIZENS AND SERVICE MEN..I LOVE THIS USA WE ARE PRIVILIGED TO LIVE IN. DO WE WANT THE FIGHTING OVER HERE? NO, I DON'T THINK SO !!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:58:37

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i agree, send Bush and his family over there, leave our boys here, enough is enough of this crap,


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:56:00

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As someone that spent time carrying a draft card in the late sixties and having my birthday come up as #362 on the second lottery and as a former Marine, I think I have some perspective on this question. The draft as it was run back then WAS unfair as it was applied. If you had pull and your parents could afford it and you kept your gpa up you didn't have to worry about the draft. Shoot just look at the 42nd President for example. I had friends that were drafted into the Army, and believe it or not, not all of them ended up in Nam, but some got Germany, or never even left the States. I'm not saying that it's right to force someone to do something they don't want to do-if I were in a combat situation, I want someone there who came willingly to the party, but there have been other wars that have been fought with draftees. We as citizens have a obligation to protect and serve this country for the right to live in a free society. Freedom IS not something that is given at birth, it is bought by the blood of those who gave their all - their time, their youth and yes even their lives so that people like Michael Moore can make such drivel as Farenheight 9/11 or Whoopee Goldburg can stand up in front of a crowd and call the president a little s*** and make comparisons to their rear ends. Their sacrifice paid for in blood, gave us the right to walk about OUR land without fear of being snatched up out of our beds in the middle of the night and wisked away to a place where no one knows where you are or what happened to you. Even those people in Gitmo are treated with respect and dignity and accorded legal rights under our laws. THAT is part of the cost of freedom. So, in a round about way, if the draft was reintroduced, then it MUST BE ADMINISTERED IN A JUST A FAIR WAY!! No one uses a school deferment, a medical or hardship must be proven and documented and if a deferment is given, then it must be reviewed yearly in order to see if that 4F is still warrented. Rich, poor, black or white, male or female- all must spend their time in the fish bowl so to speak. Let's face reality here. The United States IS the "world's policeman." We provide troops to the UN, when ever a fire breaks out, it is our troops and money and expertise that goes out to correct the problem. And it's OUR troops that are being spread thin and we are paying for the downsizing of our military during Slick Willie's tenure in office. If you will look back you will see that our NG and Reserves have all the technical units-MPs , engineers, cooks,etc while our regular units are mostly combat. When the balloon goes up, where do you get these specilaized troops? From the Guard and the Reserves which means their lives are disrupted for a year or more. Almost the same as the draft. Only difference, these men and women KNOW that they could go on active duty at anytime and they SIGNED up for it. And if we are to draft them, then lets give them the best weapons we can, provide for their families by giving them decent quarters, a decent pay for their time and if they should give the ultimate sacrifice, then lets give their survivors something more than a flag and a 21 gun salute and taps. Let's take care of their kids and give them scholorships to persue higher education and lets show them that their loss wasn't in vain. Draftee or volunteer- it doesn't matter. If they were the uniform of our country's armed forces then lets prove to them that we appreciate it with something more than a 'thank you". I don't want to see the return of the draft, but until the volunteer force fails it's good to have it in place ready to go IF AND WHEN we need it.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:53:56

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I was drafted during the Korean War---gave 2 years of my life to the Country in exchange for a GI Bill education benefit of $100 per month. Wouldn't even pay for my books!! Still, I feel it was one of the best things that ever happened to me--made a man out of me and taught me respect for our Country! Our present generation would well benefit from a little of the same!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:50:16

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Thanks to Deer Lake for running this. Bush is a big OIL man & the rest of his cronies are the same. Shut him down for good. Send the thug to Montana & he will not want war. BluMontana


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:48:15

Town Hall Comments

sure , why not . if thats what it takes to keep our country safe. I have 2 grandsons , I would rather thay die fighting to defenfd out freedom than to know thay were cowards


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:47:55

Town Hall Comments

wow you know i just read all the comments about the draft and it really is nice to see that there are so many of you that are for the draft !!! but before i make further comment on this i would like to talk about america !!oh butiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain... for purple mountains mejesty above the fruited plains america america GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEEE!!! YEAH THE TOPIC IS AMERICA!! WHY WOULD WE WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE FREEDOM THAT GOD GAVE OUR PEOPLE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR LOVED ONES AND FORCE THEM TO GO TO WAR {TAKE AWAY THIER FREEDOM} SO WE CAN SAVE THE DAY FOR ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT DONT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT AMERICA!!WE ARE NOT GOD WE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING GOD OVER THERE WHILE OUR OWN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING HERE !!!BUT THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH AMERICA WE FORGOT WHO WE ARE WE THINK WHEN WE VOTE THAT WE ARE DOIN SOMETHING BUT THATS AMERICA WE CANT SEE PAST OUR EGO'S LONG ENOUGH TO BE AMERICANS WE LET OUR GOVERMENT TAKE AWAY THE VERY FOUNDATION THAT OUR COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON....GOD WAS THE REASON WE ARE AMERICANS BUT AMERICA IS TURNING ITS BACK ON GOD .....AND OUR GOVERMENTS MAIN CONCERNS ARE TO KEEP US TOO POOR TOO SCARED TO SPEAK AND SEND US TO WAR IN ARE LAND THAT ISNT OURS AND TO HELP PEOPLE THAT HATE US AND THEY LEAVE BEHIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ...SO WHO IS AMERCANS ...AND IS THERE AN AMERICA ANY MORE .. OR ARE WE JUST A DUMPING GROUND FOR HATRED...SO THE DRAFT ... YOU WANNA KILL THE REST OF WHATS LEFT OF OUR INNOCENSE OUR YOUNG WELL ..SEND YOUR KIDS NOT MINE I WANT MINE TO BE ......FREE........FROM SEA TO SHINNING SEA.....AINTSKEEERED242749 2YAHOO.COM


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:47:10

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THE DRAFT SHOULD PUT BUSH & HIS TWO DRINKING DAUGHTERS OVER THERE & I BET THE WAR WOULD END THE SAME DAY THEY GOT THERE. DRAFT HIS ASS & WATCH IT GO UP IN FLAMES. MAXINE


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:45:47

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I happen to believe in this war on terror. No, I do not want my sons to have to fight, but I didn't want my cousins killed at the Pentagon or the World Trade Center. One was in the World Trade Center the 9 10, another worked at the Pentagon in the main office that was hit. He was sent to another base that day. My good friend would have been working at the Pentagon, but because of renovations whe was in a different building. I am for a strong military. I also have a son who VOLUNTEERED to join the army. No, I don't want him to die. But he has a better chance of being killed on the streets of the United States than in the military. One must keep these things in perspective. I also had a twelve year old son who was riding his bicycle and was hit by a person driving a truck who was using drugs. So, I know of which I speak. I had two brothers and friends who were in the military during Viet Nam. None were killed in the military. One friend died as a police officer in the line of duty. Another died in a car accident coming home from work. Sincerely, Myrilee


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:45:45

Town Hall Comments

I happen to believe in this war on terror. No, I do not want my sons to have to fight, but I didn't want my cousins killed at the Pentagon or the World Trade Center. One was in the World Trade Center the 9 10, another worked at the Pentagon in the main office that was hit. He was sent to another base that day. My good friend would have been working at the Pentagon, but because of renovations whe was in a different building. I am for a strong military. I also have a son who VOLUNTEERED to join the army. No, I don't want him to die. But he has a better chance of being killed on the streets of the United States than in the military. One must keep these things in perspective. I also had a twelve year old son who was riding his bicycle and was hit by a person driving a truck who was using drugs. So, I know of which I speak. I had two brothers and friends who were in the military during Viet Nam. None were killed in the military. One friend died as a police officer in the line of duty. Another died in a car accident coming home from work. Sincerely, Myrilee


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:40:22

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PERSONALY I'M SICK OF OUR SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S AND HUSBAND'S AND WIVES GOING TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND GETTING KILLED FOR UNGRATEFUL, HATEFUL PEOPLE. OUR GOV, DOESN'T TAKE CARE OF THEM LIKE THEY SHOULD WHEN THEY COME HOME. NOR DO THEY TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILIES OF LOVED ONES WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE. NO DRAFT, THIS GOV HAS ENOUGH WELLING SOUL'S TO GO TO WAR, AND DIE. WHO WILL BE LEFT TO BECOME DOCTOR'S AND POLICE, AND WHO WELL PROTECT THE REST OF AMERICA. BECAUSE THE GOV SURE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT US. WHY AREN'T WE SENDING ALL THE IRAQ'A AND THERE PEOPLE BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM. THEY ALL HATE US, AND WOULD KILL US IN A MINUTE. WE CAN'T TRUST ANYONE. WHY AREN'T THEY IN CAMPS, LIKE THE JAPANESE WAS? THEN AT LEAST WE HAVE SOME KIND OF CONTROL OVER WHO MIGHT NOT BLOW UP THE NEXT FEDERAL BUILDING OR MALL. NO DRAFT,


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:39:58

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I am really disapointed in your view of the draft. My husbanc is retired navy with 26 years and I also had a son that was in the navy ( he died of cancer) while in the service and his family had security from his life insurance policy. Shame on you for feeling this way, You are suppose to have a Christian web site.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:37:49

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NO, NO, NO, THANK YOU FOR KEEPING YOU SUBSCRIBERS INFORMED. I WOULD HAT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN..I HAVE A GRANDSON WHO IS STUDING TO BE A CARPENTER AND HE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF HIM SO, NATURALLY I WOULD HAT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN..LET US ALL PRAY THAT THE FIGHTING OVER THERE WILL SOON BE OVER AND THAT OTHER COUNTRIES WILL HELP BUILD UP AND KEEP THE PEACE UNTIL FREEDOM IS SAFE AND SECURE IN THAT COUNTRY..WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!!I ALSO THINK WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE TROOPS THAT ARE OVER THERE AND PRAY FOR THERE SAFE RETURN. THANK YOU AGAIN, A PROUD AMERICAN...ETUFTS@one.net


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:30:52

Town Hall Comments

I thank the Lord that we have freedom of speech in this country, whereby anyone with a half-baked comment or belief can express their feelings. I am shocked to learn that there are a few intelligent comments once in awhile, instead of the ridiculous, redneck views that I have wasted my time reading over the past few years! I had begun to think everyone in this country was a warmonger! Even though I continually protest this immoral war we have been thrust into, I continually maintain GREAT SUPPORT of the troops who serve us. I therefore, cannot support a draft-has no one read history of our last one, with the death of thousands? (See Vietnam, people.) This must not happen again! We must support a new view and a new policy for this country, or heaven help us! I shudder to think what Bush will do to us for "4 more years!" The draft will solve nothing but get more and more of our children killed. Please just say no to Bush and his cronies! Don't make it easier to kill more of our precious children..........


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:27:38

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I hate to see the draft come back, but if that's what it takes to defend our land, then I am all for it. My husband served for 20 + years, proudly I might say. And yes I could have lost him during any of those 20 yrs. But I can honestly say how proud I am of him for what he did. And if I had lost him to a conclict, yes it would have been a pain and grief unbearable. But I would still very proud. Because he did and would still do if called upon. Defend his country. You see there are people out there that still care about there country. This man's comments about the draft just goes to show how much a coward he is.Yes he has his rights to his opinion just like everyone else. And Sir, How do you suppose you got that right to form and view your own opinion? Yep, you guessed it! Men and women fought, were wounded and even died so you can tell other how bad the draft is. Amazing isn't it.!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:25:41

Town Hall Comments

no i dont think we should start the draft .we should pull out all of our troops from iraq and all the foriegn countries and worry about are own people . there are people starving in the united states ,homeless in the united states and our goverment wants us to give up all are children so that another country can be democratic and free . where has the priorities of our nation gone,we was once a free country we had freedom , now we are not free we are not united we are not even heard !! election votes are electorol we dont count !!! well america im here to tell you if we as americans dont start being the voice of america our children will live without freedom without liberty and the only justice will be for other countries ....................speak up america.........our children and their children depend on us .....dont let them down......aintskeeered242749@yahoo.com


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:20:23

Town Hall Comments

Yes, there should be a draft (men only); I don't believe in women in the service, but if they want to volunteer, o.k. We cannot continue recycling our military reservists. Freedom is not free, we have to pay with the lives of our loved ones. But we have no choice; the alternative is to have war in our country and possibly be ruled by a terrorist dictator. You think Pres. Bush is bad! What if you had to deal with beheadings?!!!. God forbid. If we stay a nation under God, I don't believe He will allow our country to fall. A patriot


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:14:47

Town Hall Comments

You had better believe I am in FAVOR of a draft! Our standing military isn't capable of putting out a "brush fire" in the world! And the more I see our freedom abused by so many so called "Americans" wearing pony tails, {guys} and "rings" all over their bodies, the more I realize we as a country has taken too many steps backward! While our two sons, ages 41 and 38 are beyond draft age, I would still feel the same if they fell within this age group! "Freedom has never been free" {a Korean War slogan!} People talk about America not commanding respect from around the world...just let some country get in trouble ala France twice! And most recently Haiti. I guess I was stumped beyond words when I learned last week that 47 million don't talk English at home! So how can we be united with so much diversion in This Great Land? Folks, if you don't like your Uncle Sammy-then go back to your home overseas..to the Land from whence you came, whatever be its name, but don't be ungrateful to me...if you don't like the stars in Old Glory and you don't like the Red, White and Blue---then don't like the cur in the story---don't bite the hand that's feeding you! PFC Melbourne "Leroy" Rogers-7th U.S. Cavalry-Korea 1951-53...an "declared war" which we thought at the time was so unecessary, it seemed at the time but ask any South Korea or any one of the 3 million who are residents of our Great Country. Maryville, Tennessee


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
22:06:17

Town Hall Comments

I believe that all our young could benifit from a 2 year mandatory draft. Maybe it would teach responsibility,ability to accept orders,pride and self respect. I do not wish to see any more Bush-Bashing on your otherwise enjoyable web site. If I do I'll cancel.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:58:59

Town Hall Comments

My husband, his dad and granddad all served their country thru the draft. My daughter enlisted and served. I truly believe that every 18 year old should spend 6 months in the military. I believe that every one who lives in the U.S. has a responsibility to serve this country in one way or another. I believe that 6 months going thru military boot camp would help in the war on drugs and other problems young people today have due to the fact that they stand on street corners with nothing to do. Plus the fact that so many of them have never been taught to be responsible, have any morals or values and they have never learned that they really need to be a working citizen responsible for their own actions. The military will teach them those things. They will learn to be self reliant and selfreliant. I know that not every 18 year old is capable of doing this, but you must admit, it would help most of them. People can and will spin this a lot of ways to bash Bush or to keep their own child out of the military. But those who serve do it so the others do have freedom to say what they think and to live in the FREE good 'ol US of A.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:54:22

Town Hall Comments

I am of the opinion that EVERY person, able bodied men and women, BETWEEN THE ages of 19 and 22, should be REQUIRED to serve a MINIMUM of TWO YEARS of military service..To maintain a strong military and qualified reserve pool to draw on in an emergency, the basics will have been completed and real servicemen and women will be ready to answer the call. I am a vet along with three brothers, my Father and my Grandfather..we were all volunteers and i am proud of that. However, the ranks will never be up to full stength unless a structered plan is in place should we need experienced people at the ready. I hope that time never comes. If it takes a draft to keep this country a safe place to live and enjoy our freedoms, bring on the draft..FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:53:32

Town Hall Comments

There should be a mandatory draft with no exceptions, for male and female alike, as soon as they graduate from High School. Or, in the case of dropouts beginning at age 16. It should be for two years and with certain benefits after service, such as either 4 years of college or a vocational training. Other countries require a military commitment out of all their young regardless. All can serve in some capacity and learn to be productive citizens as well. Very few 18 year olds know what they want to do with their life and many have no direction at all. This would benefit the country and give order and direction to our youth. LMB


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:53:09

Town Hall Comments

I donot agree about the Draft.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:49:34

Town Hall Comments

Yes a very sad think about but we do need the draft. I have grandsons at the age now. But we do need to protect the U.s.a. I dread the the day it happens but will be proud od all that go to serve our country. thank you I.J.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:48:18

Town Hall Comments

I think the military has made men out of many boys and our country needs more men to defend our homeland and way of life. I believe our youth can take care of our country if we put our support, prayers and trust in them. Re-instatimg the draft is probably the only way we can do this.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:41:20

Town Hall Comments

I very much appreciate the information that you have provided regarding the proposed reinstatement of the draft. I think this should be front page information to all the people of this country. However, being an election year I can well imagine why we have been kept in the dark. BUT, I am personally opposed to the draft and also opposed to war. From what I have studied of history, war has not benefited the common people. My take is that was is generally based on greed and those who benefit from it are those with great influence, power and money. The majority of us do not benefit from it in the least, we lose. I am though in favor of homeland security.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:33:06

Town Hall Comments

As a retired career army NCO, I think the time for reinstating the draft has come. The all-volunteer army(VOLAR - as we knew it in 1970) has brought about many bad changes to the military which will continue if not changed. There is nothing wrong with the draft - every citizen should have the obligation of serving his country if he loves it - if not - I suggest he should go to another country. David H. Puckett MSG, USA-Ret.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:32:19

Town Hall Comments

I HAD NOT GIVEN TOO MUCH THOUGHT TO THE DRAFT TILL THIS WEB SITE. I HAVE A GRANDSON THAT WILL BE 18 IN JAN. I HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED MYSELF VERY PATRIOTIC, HAVING BEEN 4 YRS. OF AGE AT THE BEGINNING OF WORLD WAR 2 AND 8 WHEN IT WAS OVER. MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN LEBANON. I AM HALF ARABIC. I AM PRO ISRAELI. THIS IRAQI WAR BREAKS MY HEART. BOTTOM LINE, DO I SUPPORT THE DRAFT???? I WANT TO SAY NO, BUT, I BELIEVE I DO. A "BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN".


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:26:43

Town Hall Comments

NO DRAFT!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:25:31

Town Hall Comments

MILITARY EMPLOYMENT AND TROOP DEPLOYMENT (A Review Of The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act Lawsuit) In the civilian work place, the world of business and commerce, if the Company you had faithfully worked twenty years for -- after having honorably retired from that Company under the provisions of its Employees’ Retirement Plan -- one day arbitrarily decided to no longer fully honor its commitment and pay you 100% of your retirement benefits, what would you do? You would probably first protest to company management about their failing to uphold their offered retirement plan, and you would ask them to enforce their policy. That failing, you would seek a hearing and relief from the Company’s Board of Directors. That also failing, heaven forbid, would you not then pursue a legal remedy to resolve the matter of your employment contract being intentionally altered and violated? This, fellow Americans, is exactly what is happening today to more than 100,000 US military active duty and retired persons, both male and female. These numbers may well reach deeper as rotational policies further disrupt military families. The problem began in 1981, when the US Congress enacted the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA). The passing of this Act, without legislative discussion or debate, directly overturned and post-dated by one day, an earlier US Supreme Court decision, McCarty vs. McCarty. The McCarty decision declared, after review and majority decision by the nation’s highest legal body, that military retirement/retainer pay was the exclusive entitlement of a retired military member and could not be divided as property. While there is similarity in civilian and military retirement requirements, there are important additional stipulations for participants in the military retirement program. Retired military members are subject to recall to active duty for life, and are subject likewise, for life, to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Did our Congress really legislate a law that would adversely impact a large segment of its retired veterans? The US Congress did indeed legislate such an Act (law) that decreed a retired military veteran, not any other government employee from any branch, department or agency of the US government, only the US military retiree, was no longer entitled to his or her full retirement benefit if they experienced a divorce after having been married (for even one day) while on active duty. Some may remember the old cliché, “If the military wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one”. Well, they evidently really meant it as they continue to penalize the retiree who does marry on active duty and later divorces. Considering the present rotational playing field of Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the more than 100 other worldwide military outposts, there is now an estimated 50-60% divorce rate in the military service. With the USFSPA law in effect, we won’t go into the economic windfall “family law’ attorneys are enjoying. We also won’t discuss that this law allows ex-spouses’ multiple divorce settlements from their multiple military marriages. Nor will we relate that an ex-spouse remarriage has absolutely no effect on the “spousal protection” payments they receive each month. Only death stops this train! These are some of the reasons why, on April 30, 2004, a lawsuit was filed against the US Department of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, defendant, in the United States District Federal Court, Eastern District of Virginia. The Complaint charges the Department of Defense with administering an unconstitutional Law, in violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Constitutional Amendments, and the lawsuit renders more than 20 specific charges. The lawsuit is entitled Adkins, ULSG, et al. Vs. Rumsfeld, United States District Court, (E.D. VA) and can be found in detail on the world wide web at "http://www.usfspa-lawsuit.info/" The organization stepping up on behalf of US veterans is the USFSPA Litigation Support Group (ULSG). It was formed two years ago by retired veterans with the singular objective being to take the USFSPA issue to the federal courts inasmuch as 20 years of repeated attempts to have Congress repeal, or even reform the Law, had failed. Totally failed. The matter never even made it to the floor of the US House of Representatives. Yet ALL elected federal government officials continue to stress how they “support the troops”. Right! But it looks like that “support” stops abruptly after the “troops” fulfill their commitment and enter into retirement! Today, we are awaiting Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s response to the Complaint. He is the named Defendant in the lawsuit as he leads the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the instrument of the law that literally garnishes the retirement pay of US veterans every month. Interestingly, and disturbing, the Department of Defense, the government body that one would think would most strongly advocate and support the military member, whether active or retired, has declined every request to support repeal of the USFSPA. Therefore, the fight by veterans standing alone is on, and is heating up! Wish to learn the unbiased details of the lawsuit, and the provisions of this unfair law? Go to "http://www.usfspa-lawsuit.info/" and also keep your eye on your newspaper, your talk radio, and your TV. When fully aired, this lawsuit and how finally decided, will certainly make military history and could determine whether there will be a need in 2005 for the conscription of young American guys and gals – the DRAFT! Would you seek or continue with your career if an arbitrary ruling by your employer severely reduced your entitled retirement? Proponents of the USFSPA say that it provides the only way an ex-spouse can be assured of a living after he or she divorces. Opponents counter by saying that the states provide for ex-spouse support in their alimony and child-support laws, and that the USFSPA not only denies due process, but it has been inconsistently applied. By what reason or rationale should the Federal Government be involved in determining how a retired military member’s promised and earned retirement pay be spent? Or, anyone’s retirement pay for that matter? A Supreme Court decision on this important issue is expected by early fall. Submitted by: Robert W. Throckmorton Colonel, USAF, Ret. ULSG Spokesman San Antonio


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:22:40

Town Hall Comments

This one thing I know is that the world is'nt ever going to be the same. I have really thought it over and I think President Bush has a vision to put down evil and try to make this old world a better place. I see a world of people that have the god of self. Self exaltion sooner or later destroys. I'm worth it group or me first. We Americians better be prepaired ,for when we stop being the care givers, and forget our creator, our day will come. I do'nt have the answer any better than anyone else, but we have forgot GOD in that sodomites and baby-killers and greed have blinded people and they seem to have forgot the GOD of our Fathers. We would'nt have to worry about this if we would return. Gerri Aylor


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:20:02

Town Hall Comments

No draft!!! If the ones who ae planning this had children or grandchildren of draft age, they would think twice before committing them to this.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:19:59

Town Hall Comments

I am of the opinion that EVERY person, able bodied men and women, BETWEEN THE ages of 19 and 22, should be REQUIRED to serve a MINIMUM of TWO YEARS of military service..To maintain a strong military and qualified reserve pool to draw on in an emergency, the basics will have been completed and real servicemen and women will be ready to answer the call. I am a vet along with three brothers, my Father and my Grandfather..we were all volunteers and i am proud of that. However, the ranks will never be up to full stength unless a structered plan is in place should we need experienced people at the ready. I hope that time never comes. If it takes a draft to keep this country a safe place to live and enjoy our freedoms, bring on the draft..FREEDON IS NOT FREE!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:16:01

Town Hall Comments

IT IS NOT OUR JOB TO GO AROUND AND PATROL THE REST OF THE WORLD LIKE LITTLE POLICE MEN. I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THIS WAY. HOWEVER BINLAIDEN IS A PROBLEM AND WE SHOULD OF TAKEN HIM OUT BUT WE SHOULD OF DONE IT QUITLY NOT GONE IN THEIR LIKE JOHN WAYNE. I DON'T BELEIVE OUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO GET BINLAIDEN IT WOULD RUIN HIS RELATLATIONSHIP WITH THE SAUDI'S THAT HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING HIM. HE IS A PIECE OF GARBAGE.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:15:59

Town Hall Comments

I have 4 grandsons, one 20 and 2 17. This scares me to death. I've always been against the draft. I think a person should have the choice whether or not to join the military in any form. I had 3 brothers and 3 brothers-in-law in the military service in WW2 and the Korean War. Only 2 were in in peacetime, and they were drafted. Those in the service in wartime refuse to talk about their experiences. I pray the government will not reinstate the draft.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:07:22

Town Hall Comments

I don't think any one in there right mind "want" a draft or "want" a war, we sure don't we have many grandchildren that would be eligable and that would not make us happy. BUT, please tell us what in the heck are we going to do if these idiot terriorist continue to attack us. And they will, you can bet your life on that. If we are not prepared, we also are idiots!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:04:48

Town Hall Comments

YES START THE DRAFT UP. WHY SHOULD THE POOR KIDS FIGHT FOR THE RICH ONES?? IF YOU LOVE AMERICA DO YOUR DUTY. GO AND FIGHT FOR THE USA. I DID.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:03:51

Town Hall Comments

There is not more that I can say in regards to how I feel about this kind of coward words that you are trying to address here. After reading the first response and comments, this person said every thing that I was going to say or thought. This person spoke for me and the majority of TRUE Amerians in his comments to you. I think people like you should be forced to live in one of these Country's that need our help and maybe then you would change your mind about helping others in time of need. It's about time they reinstated the draft. Maybe now some of these punk kids can find out that life is more than putting rings in your body and trying to be COOL all their life! Rog.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
21:00:17

Town Hall Comments

I have been reading the comments most of the day about the possible draft. We are all scared to think that our sons and daughters may be made to fight a war. Was Iraq part of the 9/11 attack? I don't know! Was the president and his men the cause of our involvment? I once again don't know. Do our young sons and daughters have to fight? If they want to perserve their freedoms, then yes. I was in Viet Nam (1969).I would wish such a thing on no person. But, just as our fathers, and grand-fathers, and back to our countries beginning, we have had to preserve our freedoms at a cost some times paid in the most costly of things, our loved ones. We each in our own time have had to decide what kind of world we wanted to live in. What we wanted our childern to call home. We all know deep in our hearts that if our newest generation does not want to fight for something they feel strongly about, (and I speak of their Freedoms) then they will be taken from them a little at a time, or all at once. It would be nice to have an army large enough that a draft would not be needed. But as I said before, I would wish no one into a war. But it seems just as some don't want to volunteer, most don't want to die. I certainly did'nt when I joined the service in the 60s. I have many friends that have children that would be of age for a draft, I don't like to think of it. But as their fathers before them, if they don't fight to protect their Freedom's, then who???


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:59:16

Town Hall Comments

JUST TRIED TO GET OTHER COMENTS SEEMS THEY ARE BLOCKED PASS THIS MESSAGE I\ON TO ALL GET BUSH IN THE LINE OF FIRE HE WANTS MT GRANDCHILDREN IN IF HE THOUGHT HE MIGHT HAVE TO BE THERE THIS WOULDNT BE HAPPENING KIKILADY1949@AOL.COM


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:57:45

Town Hall Comments

I think reinstating the draft is totally wrong if the president and the rest of them want to start a draft they should be drafted and their wives and children why should it only be the common man and woman who have to be drafted I have yet to see their children or wives standing in line and also I think if they start a war they should be in the front of the line they start it let them finish it I have 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter and I say hello we won't go


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:49:13

Town Hall Comments

I believe we need to reinstate the draft. If this is what it takes to protect our country and our allies then let's do.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:48:15

Town Hall Comments

Yes I think that the draft should be reinstated...it will keep the young boys from loafing most of their life away...and teach them respect of their country and the elderly. They walk around now with their pants falling off and they have to hold them up when they walk..the young girls dress very indecent. I was a baby and my father when off to join the Marines to fight the Japanese when they attacked Pearl Harbar and when he came home I didn't know him...but sure didn't take me long to get to know what a wonderful man he was and I'm still very pround of him to this day..and my very young uncle Johnnie was killed in Normandy and is buried over there and had just turned 18 years old...and he received the Purple Heart and didn't live to throw it away as John Kerry had done...I'm voteing for President George Bush once again as he is a leader and not a coward like Clinton and I'm glad he took the war back to them on their own land...I also can't find any where where John Edwards was in the service of our country...Did he ever wear the uniform of any branch of the service. I have an email from the guys that were in the war with Kerry and they say he isn't fit to command our country and I agree. God Bless America and President Bush and praying for him to get 4 more years..God Bless our men and women who are protecting us and our homeland...BRING BACK THE DRAFT!!!! Peggy


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:43:07

Town Hall Comments

If it is important enough to the welfare and future of the U.S. to fight this war on Terrorism (and I personally think it is). Then, if it is necessary to re-institute the Draft I support the proposal. Furthermore , military traning would be good for some of the young punks I see walking the street WWII vet


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:38:03

Town Hall Comments

I BELIEVE EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN THAT REACHES THE AGE OF 18 SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR THE DRAFT. THE EXCEPTIONS BEING ONLY. PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY IMPAIRED. THE MATTER OF SEX SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE EQUATION. THE FEMININE GENDER HAS FOUGHT FOR THESE RIGHTS. THEREFORE I FEEL THEIR STATUS INCLUSION IN THE DRAFT TO BE IMPERATIVE. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!! ALL PEOPLE RACES AND SEXES AND REGILIOUS BELIEFS.. DON HANCHOCK


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:36:29

Town Hall Comments

well , the draft to me is a bad thing , it causes people in the draft age to run i'm a korean vet. and i was drafted , i was my mom's soul support , but i was taken anyway . which i don't mind , i knew i was need , to serve my country ,and i did but the war that we are in now , is all for profit of the rich , and all oil people i think we are in something we can't win , and we can't pull out , we my friends are stuck in something we can't get out of and can't win . i wouldn't vote for the draft if it came to a vote , which it won't . and its all politics. william a ballard


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:33:14

Town Hall Comments

I BELIEVE THE DRAFT SHOULD BE RE-INSTATED. OUR PRESENT SERVICE MEN HAVE BEEN FAR TOO STRETCHED IN A WAR THAT IS QUESTIONABLE IN THE FIRST PLACE.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:21:45

Town Hall Comments

i CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT TWICE IN MY LIFE TIME I HAVE HAD TO SEE YOUNG DIE AT WAS AND NOW THE DRAFT ONCE MORE THIS TIME WITH LESS RESTRICTIONS SO THE HUMAN THAT COULD CURE AIDS CANCER BREAKTHROUGH STEMCELL REASURCH WILL DIE BEFORE HIS RESIDENCY IS ONER.I AM A 55 YRV OLD WOMAN THAT FOUGHT THE DRAFT ONCE AND I WILL DO IT AGAIN SINCE IT SEEMS TO BE NESSASARY


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:17:21

Town Hall Comments

I HAD TO REGISTER FOR THE DRAFT WHEN I WAS 18 AND THOUGHT I WOULD END UP IN VIETNAM.WE AL KNOW THAT WAR WAS A WASTE OF TIME AND LIVES! NO DRAFT, NO DRAFT,THE DRAFT IS LIKE SENDING SHEEP OFF TO SLAUGHTER! I AGREE WITH SOME PREVIOUS COMMENTS LET THE POLITICIANS SEND THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS OVER THERE AND THE WAR WOULD BE OVER IN A WEEK! BUT BEING WHO THEIR DADDY IS THEY WOULD NEVER GO IN THE FIRST PLACE! CASE CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:09:25

Town Hall Comments

If it takes the draft to have enough soldiers to fight the terrorist, then so be it. As an Ex-GI I think militay service would help make men out of some of the softies in our country an make them realize the real cost of freedom. From what I see in this country, the self centeredness, the disregard for others, the lack of pride in America, and the total misunderstanding of what it means to be an American, I believe some military service, for young men, would do wonders for our contry. On some countries Military service is part of their national security and is mandatory. The trerrorist are not going to quit until we wipe them out.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
20:05:16

Town Hall Comments

This is something the republican party wants but they do not want it to be know at this time because of the election. The republicans are getting it ready so they can sprang it on us after the election, we do not need a draft for any reason. This war was a mistake to start with and we do not need to get our young men killed or wounded for the mistakes the government has made. Our young men deserve their life to live as they want to and not have to be made to go into service. We have lost too many lives now foolishly. We should never have gone into this war. No, a thousand times no we do not need the draft. We could fight those people forever and it would not do any good, they are not going to change if they did they have had every chance but it will always be the same. What we need to do is get our men and women home and let everybody else handle their own country.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:59:44

Town Hall Comments

NO NO NO NO NO DRAFT. WE WOULDN'T BE IN THIS WAR IF IT WASN'T FOR THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BIG MONEY. BUSH MADE A MISTAKE INVADING IRAQ, AND NOW OUR YOUNG PEOPLE MUST DIE FOR IT?? GET OUT AND VOTE, HE'S MESSED THINGS UP LONG ENOUGH. VOTE HIM AND HIS COHORTS OUT OF OFFICE .


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:56:36

Town Hall Comments

Military service builds character and gives young people a stake in what this government does or does not do. Perhaps they may even get out and vote.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:48:48

Town Hall Comments

I have one question...if this is necessary why aren't the people told, why aren't we having a voice in the matter. We pay their saleries, the ones writing the bills for this idea, and we should have a say. God Bless all the young men & women who choose to serve of their own free-will.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:47:09

Town Hall Comments

yes I feel there should be a darft, one reason is there is so many boys and girls out there that are on drugs and having babies. that if they were in the any armed forse they would not have time to be killing and steeling and for get about drugs and sex, yes there should be a draft , my son was drafted ,


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:40:01

Town Hall Comments

NO NO NO DO NOT BRING BACK THE DRAFT!!!!!!!!!! IF BUSH HAD NOT BEEN IN SUCH A DAMNED HURRY TO GO TO WAR WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE DRAFT. SEND HIS DAUGHTERS OVER THERE AND SEE HOW QUICK WE PULL ALL OUR TROOPS HOME. I KNOW WHAT IT DOES TO A FAMILY WHEN A LOVED ONE IS SENT HOME IN PIECES AND ONLY THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR GETS TO CONFIRM IT WAS REALLY BOB IN THAT GRAY CASKET. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVE ONE OVER THERE E.G.R.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:39:33

Town Hall Comments

I do not believe we should have a draft. it takes young people long enough now to reach an age where they are independent and in a position to "get on with their adult like" I am very conservative and definitely believe we have to defeat terrorism whever it is found. But I am not sure that trying to make every country in the world a "free nation" will ever succeed, or whether it is our responsibility to furnish young people to give their lives for another nation's freedom. This sounds selfish, but actions in many countires imply that they don't really want freedom if it means responsibility for themselves.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:30:03

Town Hall Comments

As a retired disabled veteram of Wprld War ll. Korea, Vietnam, The Cuban Crisis and the Cold War. I oppose bringing back the Draft, for one reason it is not a fair way for men to go into the military. With the Draft a man is forced into the military and a Politician's son will never be Drafted nor will they have to serve. We have proof such as our President who entered the Texas Air National Guard to keep from being drafted and then was excused to campaign for a friend of his father to keep from going to Vietnam. I was never excused from a day of my military career. If some of you who are for the Draft, then get off of your dead behinds and enlist, don't leave it up to someone else to fight for your rights. Stand on your own two feet. We don't need the Draft back and it s time for our government to grow up and act like educated men and women. Yes, I served and I am damn PROUD I did and would be in uniform today if I was a young man. This is my opinion and I will stand by it, wben I say NO! TO THE DRAFT. SO HELP ME GOD.


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:29:18

Town Hall Comments

If the Governments of this world would actually work together for peace and spend as much money on the people of their own land Like they should do there would not need to be wars.So guess what it is prophesied that all of these things that are happening would happen. WE do not need the Draft if the idiots that call themselves Govt officials would use all the High tech equipment that we have it would be over before iT started, they can see all the way to Mars and can't find Osama bin Laden ? have you seen the pictures from the sttelites of your own community ? You can see the cars on thre road and the people in them. They have a computer program that reads minds and have used it on tv for that one man who can not talk or barely move, they have equipment that actually sees through a house into your room where ever you are. The courts said that it was forbidden to use it because it would be abused by the cops, yeah right,, they have a gun that shoots a ball of lightning which was shown last year on tv and it shoots, so they say, about 1/2 mi and that was then.So why all the leather on the ground, instead since the Jihadists want to kill with a bomb use battelfield nuks that are small and quickly do what a whole army can't do. Yes I served time in the Army back in 59- whenever lost sight in an eye did I ge t any thing ? yeah shafted!


Town Hall Meeting
10 Jul 2004
Time:
19:29:18

Town Hall Comments

GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!!!! WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR AMERICA TO REMAIN FREE,LETS DO IT.IF THE DRAFT IS WHAT IT TAKES,SO BE IT.I'M A VETERAN & I CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO HAVE SERVED MY COUNTRY.

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 ps: I'll also never again manage to mistakenly click onto this site steven_becca2@deerlake-mail.com that allowed such anti-American views on it.


 


 
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