Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Do I feel a draft?

When Josef Goebbels visited the Soviet Union in the early 1930's he was particularly impressed with the communist propaganda operation, which he described as The Big Lie. It didn't matter how outrageously false your claim was, if it was repeated often enough and loudly enough, people would begin to believe it. He then coopted the communist formula for Hitler.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Now Betsy's Page is reporting that CBS, Rock the Vote, and others are echoing the Kerry campaign in repeating the old internet hoax about a draft:

Ratherbiased, unlike most everyone in the country, still watched the CBS News show. And they look at how CBS had a story tonight about fears that the draft will be brought back. This is all part of a liberal tactic to scare people into voting against Bush because they fear a draft will be brought back.

Last week, I posted about an anonymous e-mail going around to college students scaring them about the draft. However, almost everything in the e-mail was a lie. Here's a thorough debunking at

Hindrocket posts tonight about another e-mail being sent around by Rock The Vote (supposedly a non partisan group - Ha!) scaring kids about a draft.

I guess this is the only way the Dems can think to retake the advantage among women and young voters. Focus groups must be showing that this is a winner for Kerry. So, in order to get some political advantage, liberals are willing to scare kids and their families about something that is just not going to happen.

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Long after the original hoax was debunked, Charles Rangel {D-NY} introduced a draft bill into Congress. There was no support; both party leaderships dismissed the idea. But Rangel is a smart chap. He wasn't trying to pass a bill at all. He just wanted an actual House bill number on record to give the hoax renewed credence.

A despicable rumor spread by cynical manipulators. But then, I suppose the same could be said of the Democratic Platform.


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