Here’s what Obama had to say on the campaign trail before he realized that it wasn’t going to fly with voters:
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national
security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national
security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
Here’s a part of the bill (HR1388) that just passed:
6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for
all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be
implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the
Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from
diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.
We are that much closer to enforced service to our country, and I don’t mean a draft, though we’re naturally one step closer to mandatory military service, too, with this bill. In fact, how is this really any different than the military? It’s run by the government, funded by the people, and citizens are being “recruited” to oversee national security and “civic challenges.” Presumably, this enforced service (indentured servitude?) will have a time limit, the person forced to serve will be paid, and once their time is up, they will be allowed out. The only difference, I suppose, is that military service is still optional. Granted, these “volunteers” may not be asked to take up arms for our country, but then, not all military personnel do, either. Many more fill their military service sorting mail and cooking meals than actually end up in the battlefield. Though, really, if you think about it, if this morphs into Obama’s idea of a “civilian national security force,” taking up arms will be a given.
People who volunteer, those who wish to engage in public service, do so because they want to; they may be following a religious or spiritual calling, they may be stocking up their karma vault, they may simply be “good” people. Volunteering is a worthy practice, but when we force people to volunteer, we lose not only the good will and community spirit of such endeavors but our fundamental freedom *not* to volunteer if we don’t want to. When the government can force our children to work for the country, how far are we really from communism? From complete government control? (which is actually closer to fascism than to communism)
This president has been in office only a few months, and already we’ve seen him take over some of our leading financial institutions and General Motors (GM, still, but that now stands for Government Motors), and . . . now he wants you.
They came first for the bankers on Wall Street, but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a banker.
Then they came for the automobile corporations, but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t an auto exec.
Then they came for . . . .