Be very afraid, redux
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to set up a new “volunteer corps” and consider whether “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” should be developed.
The legislation also refers to “uniforms” that would be worn by the “volunteers” and the “need” for a “public service academy, a 4-year institution” to “focus on training” future “public sector leaders.” The training, apparently, would occur at “campuses.”
Will ascots be involved? Because if so, Wolcott is like, so in.
The vote yesterday came on H.R. 1388, which reauthorizes through 2014 the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, acts that originally, among other programs, funded the AmeriCorps and the National Senior Service Corps.
It not only reauthorizes the programs, but also includes “new programs and studies” and is expected to be funded with an allocation of $6 billion over the next five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Many, however, are raising concerns that the program, which is intended to include 250,000 “volunteers,” is the beginning of what President Obama called his “National Civilian Security Force” in a a speech last year in which he urged creating an organization as big and well-funded as the U.S. military. He has declined since then to elaborate.
The new bill specifically references the possibilities “if all individuals in the United States were expected to perform national service or were required to perform a certain amount of national service.”
They already do. By way of taxes. The rest is indentured servitude to the state, and the state can go fuck itself.
Such new requirements perhaps, the legislation notes, “would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”
And such new requirements perhaps would weaken the social fabric by pitting whatever willing volunteers there happen to be to this fascism-lite against those of us who will gladly provide the obstacles to their success.
I’d rather the trains run a bit late and the overpasses shout graffiti than live in a country where our kids are put in uniforms and, in exchange for an education and a leg up, are forced to do the bidding of the state to whom we supposedly grant power.
According to a report by Canada Free Press, “‘volunteerism’ that kept America running since the days of its founding” would be “wiped out with the stroke of a pen.”
“It becomes forced labor and like the practice of another era, presses American citizens of all ages and creeds, unknowingly into military service,” the commentary said.
“On paper, H.R. 1388 is the ‘Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act’; the more innocuous sounding ‘The Give Act,’ for short.
“The Give Act puts the finishing touches to Public Allies New Leadership for New Times, modeled after Saul Alinsky’s ‘Peoples Organizations’ and operating under Michelle Obama,” the commentary said.
“Michelle was also a pioneer in the social entrepreneur movement â€“- leaders who create new approaches and organize to provide new solutions to social problems. Like most things Saul Alinsky, H.R. 1388 sounds noble in stating why wide-sweeping change is necessary,” the commentary said.
“H.R. 1388 goes straight to the heart of volunteerism in America, impacting everything from the lemonade stands of neighborhood children, to the residents of senior citizens homes. â€¦ The Give Act puts tow-headed school children and silver-haired seniors in the official uniform of the new State, and encompasses every walk of life in main-street America,” the commentary said. “Whether you are young or old, or firmly believe that volunteering means you are offering your time to the good of community work, you will be pressed into Obama’s National Civilian Community Corps.”
Groups of such “volunteers,” would, under the legislation, be “grouped together as appropriate in campuses for operational, support, and boarding purposes. The Corps campus for a unit shall be in a facility or central location established as the operational headquarters and boarding place for the unit. â€¦ There shall be a superintendent for each camp.”
And this superintendent, s/he draws his or her power from where, exactly…?
The plan generated this concern from Resistnet.com: “This is the equivalent of brown shirts.”
Another portion of the bill talks about a “service learning” plan that will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”
A forum participant noted, “I wonder what’s going to happen to those who refused to ‘volunteer.’ Maybe they will be put into a different ‘campus.’ I guess we will soon find out.”
This is, I believe, all a big pipe dream on the part of the progressives and quasi-socialists who are quickly losing the reins on government, frightenening as even a thought on many levels, sure, but destined to fail spectacularly.
Because the one thing freedom-loving people have on their side these days is the inescapable fact that politicians now so consistently back down in the face of public outrage that the civil disobedience that will arise from this attempt to turn our children into lifelong “progressives” and servants to the state (and that’s what this is: the government will be paying those that increase the power of government, creating a client state) will be met with such pushback that the program is sure to be “re-imagined” back into mostly innocuous AmericaCorp-type territory.
Perhaps now would be a good time to start a pledge movement. This can be the first of our OUTLAW initiatives — setting up an online petition that states in no uncertain terms that we will not allow our children to be taken by the state to create a progressive paradise under the rubric of forced “diversity” and “duty” to the government.
WE are the government. WE give power to IT, not the other way round.
Anybody who can help in this regard, let me know.
I’ve even got a bumpersticker phrase already selected: “We’ll keep our hands off your uterus; you keep your hands off our children.”
Of course, I’m not married to it.
So, whaddya say? Petition? We can even scribble the thing on toilet paper if you want. To make it more, y’know — OUTLAW!