Tag Archives: draft

LP blog: Republicans refuse to cut Selective Service

Staff at LP blog, February 18:

House Republicans, who claim to be dedicated to cutting government spending, opposed an amendment to their spending bill yesterday that would eliminate funding for the Selective Service System.

Saving money is less important to Republicans than making sure they can collect information needed to coerce American males into military service against their will.… Read more ...

A few of Mike Gravel’s recent videos at Barely Political

Mike Gravel came in fourth in delegate votes for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2008, behind Bob Barr, Mary Ruwart and Wayne Root. Before that, he ran in Democratic Party primaries for President that same year, and served as a Democratic US Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981. Accoring to wikipedia,

As Senator, Gravel became nationally known for his forceful but unsuccessful attempts to end the draft during the Vietnam War and for having put the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971 despite risk to himself.

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Independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader on political equivalence

By Ralph Nader, posted at Vote Nader blog.

I wish to declare the principle of political equivalence as grounds for the moral authority to govern through shared benefits and sacrifices between those in Washington, D.C. who rule and the citizens who are ruled.

Two simple, short bills in Congress will illustrate this major way to improve the quality of public deliberation, enhance the well-being of the populace and provide equity, now sorely lacking as the gap between Congress, the White House and the people widens recklessly.

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