Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, July 22, 1980, Page 4, Image 4

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Fight draft registration for right reasons
Despite the effort of a federal court three-judge panel,
19- and 20-year-old men began registering for the draft
Monday. And although the U S. Supreme Court will decide
this fall on the Constitutionality of a registration program that
does not include women, there appears to be very little hope
of halting the sign-up in the next two weeks.
U S. Court of Appeals Judge Max Rosenn and District
Judges Joseph Lord III and Edward Cahn tried last week to
bar registration on the grounds that it is unfair to young men
because women are not required to register. It’s not surpris
ing that Supreme Court Justice William Brennan approved
the federal request for a stay, undoubtedly after several
telephone calls from Washington.
Because the “Why aren’t women registering?"
approach came so close to postponing the sign-up, the
inclination will be for people opposed to the draft to jump on
the ' register women too” bandwagon in the heat of the
Some caution is needed here, however.
By arguing against the draft and draft registration on the
grounds that it doesn’t include women, we would be implying
that we won’t mind so much if women are registered.
The fact is, we re opposed to registration, period.
There are several reasons to oppose draft registration.
But besides the fact that it may not be necessary now, and
that registration ususally leads to a draft, which in turn could
lead to war, we should oppose the draft because it is a blatant
abrogation of liberty.
It presupposes the bottom line of Statism: that we all owe
our lives, without any choice in the matter, to the govern
ment. The notion of liberty, of freedom from slavery or
imprisonment, is completely lost.
And that’s what we should be fighting against — the idea
that our futures may be whisked from underneath us without
time for protest. We should be crying that even if they draft
women (and old people and even members of Congress, God
forbid), it’s still wrong.
That, however, does not change the fact millions of men
unlucky enough to be born in 1960 or 1961 must register
within the next two weeks or face five years in prison and a
$10,000 fine.
Whether or not to make the trip to the post office will be a
tough decision. Young men should remember that register
ing under threat of fine and imprisonment does not imply that
you support the draft. There is really no moral dilemma here.
If you must, register now. But whether you register or not,
fight the draft.
Don’t just fight for a plan that would include women.
Fight for your own liberty.
On poison gas
How many people remember
when in 1960 the Kennedy
campaign discovered a "missile
gap" (which turned out to be
phony)? Don’t feel ignorant if
you don’t remember because
the Pentagon is bringing us a
new version of it. This time they
call it the poison gas gap.
The U S. government has
been trying to whip up enthu
siasm and appropriations for
poison gas production by
pointing to alleged recent uses
of gas warfare by the Soviet
Union and other Communist
countries. In accord with the
Pentagon view that every con
ceivable weapon has to be
matched or over-matched
regarding the Soviets, we are
supposed to begin yet another
expensive and dangerous
catch-up process.
Why must we fill the poison
gas gap? It is dangerous to
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store, as witnessed by the U.S.
Army admitting this past Fe
bruary that nearly a thousand
leaks had occured in its poison
gas stockpile since 1967, with
some of its personnel suffering
mild poisoning. The USSR
recognized this back in 1925
when it signed the Geneva
Convention prohibiting poison
gas warfare. The U.S. didn’t
sign until 1975. Also, if the U.S.
opposes chemical warfare, how
does it explain its past use of
herbicides and napalm ?
To date none of the allega
tions concerning poison gas
use by the USSR have been
validated. Rather than fill a poi
son gas gap we should nego
tiate seriously with the Russians
on their request for a treaty that
would ban, once and for all,
every use, as well as all produc
tion and stockpiling, of gas and
other chemical weapons.
Dave I senberg
Junior, International Studies
Elephants spout remedies
Of the Emerald
When the Republican
National Convention ended
Thursday night the loudest
applause wasn't inside Joe
Louis Arena, but throughout the
country in the homes of Amer
icans who had recaptured their
television sets.
For four excruciatingly long
summer days, Americans were
held captive by the network
giants and forced to join a party
of 4,000 wild, roaring elephants.
When the party was over, the
two with the longest trunks rose
above all others as Pres, and
Vice Pres. Elephant.
For domesticated America it’s
back to Archie Bunker and
Happy Days, but for the wild
right, its back to the hinterlands
to spread the Gospel According
to Pres. Elephant.
And what is that Gospel?
“Together, let us make this a
new beginning. Let us make a
commitment to care for the
needy; to teach our children the
values and the virtues handed
down to us by our families; to
have the courage to defend
those values and the willingness
to sacrifice for them," says
Pres. Elephant, better known as
Ronald Reagan.
Such statements are the stuff
of history textbooks and
epitaphs; the kind of words
reminiscent of childhood
Sunday mornings and fireside
The Grand Old Party detects a
country gone asunder; a unique
American plant whose roots are
threatening to dry up from neg
lect and whose stem is all but
withered away. It also believes it
has the healing waters to nur
ture the once strong and vital
plant back to life.
The healing nutrients start
with Reagan — the former
screen idol and now idol of the
forgotten political far right. The
man whose simple message —
“We have to move ahead, but
we’re not going to leave anyone
behind” — has many Americans
listening closely.
Reagan says "the establish
ment of a lasting world peace”
is his first objective.
"We are not a warlike peo
ple,” Reagan claims. "But let
our friends and those who may
wish us ill take note: the United
States has an obligation to its
citizens and to the people of the
world never to let those who
would destroy freedom to
dictate the future course on this
This can best be achieved not
by simply catching up with the
dastardly Soviets in the arms
race, but by moving past and
leaving them in the dust. Arms
“superiority” are the words to
remember here.
Domestically, Reagan
preaches the classic Repub
lican doctrine of less federal
government and greater econ
omic growth. “Therefore, my
first act as chief executive will
be to impose an immediate and
thorough freeze on federal hir
To spur the economy Reagan
advocates “a 30 percent reduc
tion in income tax rates over a
period of three years.” He also
will provide skills for the skill
less and job opportunities for
those without opportunities.
In short, “For those who have
abandoned hope, we’ll restore
hope and we'll welcome them
into a great national crusade to
make America great again."
In addition to Reagan, the
GOP has an ultraright platform,
which 4.000 delegates
approved without debate or
change, to include in its healing
waters. "We believe this
platform reflects the concerns
and aspirations of the American
people,” says Sen. John Tower,
R-Texas, the platform commit
tee chairman.
Well, maybe. The platform,
among other things, opposes
the Equal Rights Amendment,
calls for a constitutional
amendment barring abortions,
opposes gun control, seeks
military superiority over the
Soviet Union, endorses capital
punishment and calls for the
end of the 55-mph speed limit.
If Tower excludes millions of
American women, military ve
terans, criminals and
conservationists then the
platform may indeed come
close to reflecting “the con
cerns and aspirations of the
American people.”
Vice Pres. Elephant, George
Bush, is the final nutrient in the
GOP’s healing water. For all
those unable to accept the
conservatism of Reagan and his
platform, the moderate Bush is
there to assure them things
aren’t so bad afterall.
Upon Reagan, Bush and a
platform nearly off the edge of
the far right rest the hopes of the
hungry GOP conservatives. Not
since Barry Goldwater in 1964
have the conservatives been
this close to the coveted White
Has the GOP learned its les
son from Goldwater’s disa
strous candidacy?
Whether they have or not may
well depend upon the donkeys,
who incidentally are throwing a
televised party in a few weeks.
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Tuesday, July 22,1980