Sunday, February 13, 2005

Mothers Against the Draft

I have just discovered a new website called "Mothers Against the Draft". They are now in the process of testing their site for bugs and other problems and will officially begin their campaign tomorrow, February 14.

It's hard to know what position to take on this issue. The 23rd amendment states that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States" and so I think it can be argued that a draft is unconstitutional. However we now have what amounts to an economic draft. The poor serve in disproportionate numbers because military service is often the only opportunity such young people have to better their lives. I also don't think there will be any major and continued protest against the war until middle and upper class young people are conscripted.

Still, this is a site worth visiting for the careful research it sponsors and the information it reports. Here is a quote from the front page:

There are few questions with more serious consequences to the future of our children and grandchildren than the possibility that Congress will re-institute the draft or some other form of involuntary service. As mothers and citizens, we have a right to know, and a duty to find out, where our Congressman stands on this critical issue.

To help you keep up with the latest developments on a new draft, we have organized and categorized a few of the hundreds of news stories, commentaries, policy papers, government documents, publications, and pending legislation we've read, and placed them in our News and Research rooms so that you can easily scan them for yourself.

Based on our own research, we believe that the threat of a new draft is very real and now is the time to take action to stop it. If you share our concern, join us today and make your voice heard.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:54 AM

    thank you, sister ellie, for keeping us informed on these important tendency is to avoid getting into the messy details because i know i will feel impotent and become judgemental.i wish i could model the Dalai Llama who says that his enemies teach him patience. i am nowhere near that kind of attitude. how does he do it? a. callaway


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