Friday, October 15, 2004


Wisconsin guidance counselor helps students start "conscientious objector" files

Yahoo! News - Kerry Warns Draft Possible if Bush Wins

John Kerry must be getting desperate. He has no record of accomplishment in the Senate. He's not proud of his views. His whole campaign has been based on following the political winds. He now has to resort to using internet hoaxes to his advantage by raising the sensitive topic of a military draft.

Kerry raised the draft issue in an interview in The Des Moines Register published Friday.

"With George Bush (news - web sites), the plan for Iraq is more of the same and the great potential of a draft. Because if we go it alone, I don't know how you do it with the current overextension" of the military, Kerry said. Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt dismissed Kerry's comments as "fear mongering" and suggested the Massachusetts senator was spreading "false Internet rumors."

Kerry has suggested that Bush's heavy use of National Guard and Reserve troops has created a "backdoor draft." But his latest comments went further. Bush did not directly respond, but he said in Cedar Rapids that he was "modernizing and transforming our United States military to keep the all-volunteer army an all-volunteer army."

In the second presidential debate, Bush said, "We're not going to have a draft, period." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has made similar statements. The latest dispute over the draft came as a survey indicated that military families trust Bush over Kerry as commander in chief by 69 percent to 21 percent. Some 43 percent of the military sample said they were Republicans, 19 percent said they were Democrats and 27 percent independents.

The crazy rhetoric is being raise another notch. Here is the tale of a Wisconsin guidance counselor who is training high school students to set up "conscientious objector" files in event that a military draft does take place. This is from Wednesday's Wisconsin State Journal.


by Janet Parker

...On Saturday I will join guidance counselors, teachers and
community volunteers in a draft counselor training workshop in Madison.
One of the things we'll be learning about is conscientious objection.
Conscientious objectors oppose war because of moral, ethical or
religious beliefs. The Selective Service currently does not recognize
conscientious objector status. But young people who oppose war can
create a file to document their beliefs, which they could show to a
draft board in the event of a future draft. We'll learn how to make such
a file at the draft counselor workshop.

Once we are trained, all of us will work to counsel young people in
southern Wisconsin. Those who are teachers and guidance counselors will
use what we learn in their work every day with young people. Others will
become volunteer draft counselors, making public presentations and
working one-on-one with people who have questions about military service
and draft registration.

* All of us will be able to help youths weigh their options before they
join the military, and potentially find themselves where those unwilling
ready reservists are today.


What: Training to be a youth draft counselor.

When: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Madison Friends Meeting House, 1704
Roberts Court (near Camp Randall). $40 fee, scholarships available. Call
221-8309 to register.

Free talk: J.E. McNeil, director of the Center on Conscience and War,
will speak about militarism in our schools, how to opt out of
information-sharing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, how to
determine if you are a conscientious objector and how to document your
belief for the Selective Service. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Madison Friends
Meeting House.

Want more info? Go to the Center on Conscience and War's Web site:


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