“Campaign rumors accusing President Bush of secretly planning to bring back the draft have persisted, despite a lack of any evidence to support them.” That’s so typical of what a transcript service would write. This is from the Congressional Quarterly. The Congressional Quarterly is a news outfit and yet they write, “Campaign rumors accusing President Bush of secretly planning to bring back the draft have persisted, despite a lack of any evidence.” Why do you write it that way? Why don’t you write that there’s a bunch of rumors out there that aren’t true, and that you’ve helped them persist in the mainstream press? But that’s not the pi?ce de r?sistance.
The pi?ce de r?sistance is this. The GOP leadership decided late yesterday to add to the suspension calendar a measure, H.R. Bill 163 introduced in January of 2003 by Charles Rangel, that’s his draft bill. He introduced it almost two years ago, folks. That would require all U.S. citizens between 18 and 26, including women, to perform national defense service. All of them, either military or civilian. That was Rangel’s bill, everybody, 18 to 26, a Democrat, everybody, 18 to 26 to perform national service, no ifs, ands, or buts, no excuses, military or civilian. Rangel said Republicans are playing politics and he will vote against his own bill.
Charles Rangel is voting against his own bill to reinstate the draft. Now, if this story persists after today — I don’t even know why I’m saying it, we know it will, and we know why it will. It’s because there’s a transcript service out there that’s operating under the guise of news media. All right, I had to share all of that with you.