A new organization led by mothers opposed to the re-institution of a military draft will open its doors next week.
Mothers Against the Draft is the latest group to use the acronym MAD, but this time it’s women who see a new wave of conscription in the U.S. just as dangerous to their children as drunk drivers.
The group, led by National Chairwoman Janine Hansen, will work to oppose any legislation or other means that would re-institute a forced military draft.
“Those who choose to serve in the military should have our respect,” Hansen said in a statement. “But, we feel in this land of the free and the home of the brave that those who may be drafted and forced to fight for freedom are not free. We worry when we hear that our precious young sons and daughters may be forced to fight for others in foreign lands.”
Continued Hansen: “We will be surveying all of our U.S. senators and congressmen on where they stand on a compulsory military draft, mandatory national service and the ‘back door’ military draft. We will be posting the results on the website.”
In the last few years, legislation has surfaced in Congress to bring back the draft, which officially ended in 1973. In addition, the Selective Service Board has proposed revamping the draft to include the registration of women, expanding the age limits and requiring that young Americans keep the government informed about those critical skills most valuable to the military.
Last fall, Internet rumors flew through cyberspace about an imminent re-institution of the draft. In response, the House of Representatives soundly defeated a new-draft bill authored by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., by a vote of 2-402.
Despite the overwhelming defeat of the bill, Mothers Against the Draft says that since the Armed Forces are “seriously overstretched,” a new draft will become necessary to continue supplying personnel “to keep pace with current military demands.” MAD, however, is resolute in stopping any new attempt to resurrect conscription.
In an e-mail to supporters, pastor and Internet writer Mark Dankof notes that both Hansen and co-laborer Debbie Hopper are “patriotic Americans and evangelical Christians who oppose the insane direction Mr. Bush and his neo-conservative advisers are taking our nation.”
States the group’s website:
“Mothers Against the Draft was started by a group of mothers and grandmothers from the left, the right and everywhere in between, all united in opposition to re-instituting the draft or any other form of mandatory national serve.
“Our goal is to make sure that Congress understands that if they move to violate the God-given rights of our children and grandchildren through mandatory national service or an outright military draft, they will come to a very real and personal understanding of the meaning of the old saying, ‘When momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!'”
The site includes a petition visitors can sign that will be sent to members of Congress.