Lottery Nobody Wins
for the Bastards Running it, of Course
" As Americans, we must share in the sacrifice
when Washington sends troops into harm's way."
--Senator Fritz Hollings, South Carolina
you've noticed, strolling around town, or watching television, that
the military isbolsteringtheir recruiting efforts. Millions have been
spent recently in order to advertise nationwide, coaxing young men
and women to fight the wars on terrorism and enemy oil producers.
Current servicemen and women are being forced to continue their tours,
leaving their families without them for even longer. Even retired
soldiers are being lured into reenlisting. Hefty signing bonuses are
being dangled before former combatants—and steadfastly refused by
a good many. Reservist forces have already been activated for full
tours of duty. But without more recruits, our military-minded administration
is growing dissatisfied with its level of manpower.
Unfortunately for America’s youth, our President and
military leaders are confident about the need not only to “stay the course” in Iraq,
but to be able to fight several other wars at the same time. The gaps
are starting to show, however; forces are stretched too thin. The
planned continuing involvement of our military assets overseas is
leaving the strategists with a problem: Who to send to battle? The
In 1973, after years of protest and civil disobedience, the government closed
the doors on the draft and Selective Service, a dormant bureau that's
been moldering away in Washington for three decades. All of that is
This year, $28 million has been handed over to this dinosaur
organization, and selective service is planning on opening its doors
once again. Washington has begun to fill the 10,350 draft board positions,
and 11,070 appellate board positions, setting up 56 state headquarters
and over 1,900 local offices, all to be operation within 75 days of
an executive order. Along with these budget dumps, 2 identical bills
sit festering on their committee desks in Congress that, if passed,
will allow not only for a nationwide draft system, but also requiring
all young men and women to serve outside of war time.
Don’t take my word for it though, read them yourself [info follows
article]. You'll find soon enough that our country plans on filling
the gaps in their military stratagems with forced conscription.
The proposed new system is different from its Vietnam-era
counterpart. For instance, women as well as men in the 18-26 age bracket
will be included in this lottery. College students will not be exempt.
High school students will not be exempt. The sole authority to determine
how many are drafted, and how they are drafted, rests squarely on
the shoulders of the President. The Selective Service Commission is
already targeting computer specialists and linguists for their own
special draft due to the heightened demand for their skills. Health
care professionals will have their own draft as well, with age requirements
ranging from 20 to 44. And even those lucky individuals that don't
get sent off with an olive drab rucksack and an assault rifle will
be required to act on the behalf of homeland security in their own
neighborhoods. As far as I can tell, there has never been a mandatory
service requirement in the history of our free land.
the neocons aren't capable of running their own wars, they should
keep their detractors out of it. But it is hard to blame this plot
on Republicans, as the two bills were both introduced by longstanding
Democrats. One of them, Charles Rangel of New York, a long time supporter
of the War on Drugs, has remarked that the passing of this bill will
lead to peace, as the drafting of our people will "sober"
our nation into reconsidering. I'm sorry, Mr. Rangel, but that seems
a bit out of the picture; it is NOT our people that need to sober
up. Our ranking administrative politicians seem to have borne a crusade,
one which will not end until they see fit.
There’s a factor they may not be considering: it’s bad
enough when a family finds out their son, daughter, mother or father
have died in war; but imagine if they were dragged there kicking and
screaming? The outrage will be tenfold when our fallen “heroes” are
found to have been unwilling participants in their own martyrdom.
Perhaps when waves of protest and disobedience again wash over or
country, and the nation wonders collectively why the hell we're fighting
in the first place, our leaders will pull their heads out of their
asses long enough to strike this madness down.
Next winter, when the new (or incumbent) administration
takes office, who knows how far they will wish to 'stay the course'?
Will it require millions of our boys and girls? Will they accept gays
and lesbians? Who will be the first to go, and where? Korea, again?
Afghanistan? Syria? The supposedly liberated and soon to be sovereign
Iraq? Will there be a foreseeable end to these and other wars? If
George W. is serving his last 4 years, without an election to follow,
will he use this lottery as an excuse to continue the rampage of America
across the globe?
Our hope rests solely with our voices between now and
then. We can’t let our representatives send unwilling men and women
overseas in furthering their conquest, not without a fight. There
is a responsibility that rests with every dissenting American now,
to try and stop this war machine. Will you be the next to grease the
wheels with our blood? I should hope not. Bills slip through congress
all the time with hardly any scrutiny, but these cannot. Now more
than ever, we each need to challenge our politicians to face this
issue and treat it for what it is: a tremendous step in the wrong
direction, away from freedom and toward fascism.
Bills referred to above are:
Sen. 81 [Sen Fritz Hollings, D - SC]
H.R. 163 [Rep. Charles Rangel, D - NY]
Information on these bills, as well as all bills presented
in Congress can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov