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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Cease and Desist

posted by Jazz at 10/17/2004 08:40:00 AM

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You're probably familiar with Rock the Vote, a movement to get young people energized and engaged in the political process and increase voter registration. Each event of theirs which I have seen has featured speakers from both major parties. I will grant that their audience seems to run more to the liberal side, but that has traditionally been how the demographic cookie crumbles. Still, in an era when our youngest voters have been turning out in dismal, record low numbers, any effort to get them more involved would be encouraged, don't you think?

Not if you're Ed Gillespie, head of the RNC. He sent a cease and desist letter to Rock the Vote warning them of legal action if they continue to push for a public debate over the possibility of reinstatement of the draft given the overstretched status of our military. While the need may exist, personally I don't believe that we'll see the draft return any time soon. Politics drive issues like that far more than actual military need, and a draft is political poison. However, shutting down discussion of it, or any other topic of national concern, is exactly the opposite of the message we need to send to our apathetic voters. This was a shameful move by Gillespie and he should be called to task for it.