During the 2004 presidential election season, the youth of America were told of an impending draft, should George W. Bush be re-elected, in order to scare you into voting Democrat. Included in this group of draft alarmists and fear mongers were members of Punkvoter, MTV’s Rock the Vote, and columnists including Paul Krugman. With the defeat of John Kerry we have to ask ourselves…where’s the draft we were told to fear?
Some memorable draft quotes:
Bush recently threw a bunch of Pentagon money into the Selective Services to try and fire up the draft board. Of course, they’re not going to announce the draft unless Bush gets re-elected-that’s when they’ll spring it on people.
– Jello Biafra, Ex-Dead Kennedys (Alternative Press, Issue #192, July 2004)
I think it’s especially important for young people to be involved, because I have no doubt that if Bush is re-elected, the draft will come back.
- Justin Sane, Anti-Flag (Alternative Press, Issue #192, July 2004)
The U.S. Army is stretched about as far as it can go. The Defense Department is using every measure at its disposal to maintain the military's ranks.
- MTV’s Rock the Vote
[Bush] insists that he won't revive the draft. But the facts suggest that he will.
– Columnist Paul Krugman