Mandatory Volunteerism

Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Well, think again. We’re on the verge of a complete collapse of everything we hold dear, of everything we mean when we call ourselves “American.”

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 . . . .

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7 thoughts on “Mandatory Volunteerism

  1. Because they think we are not as intelligent as they are, I think. If they call a garbage collector a “sanitation engineer,” he’s not a garbage collector anymore. Ditto “detainees” over “enemy combatants” and a zillion other liberal tags that obscure reality and insult the intelligence of the people.

  2. (and sadly, it works, people are tricked by semantics all the time . . . that’s the key to BO’s success. He says what he means, but people don’t hear it because he obfuscates and PC’s it all to death. Which is actually pretty funny because his followers fancy themselves the intellectual elite, but they can’t understand what he’s saying or the implications of what he says and does. Or they don’t want to.)

  3. Oh, and thanks for not pointing out that I sound in this post like I belong in a hut in the mountains somewhere (maybe next door to the Unibomber). I thought those guys were all nuts, but now I’m beginning to wonder. Things don’t look good, and fascism is more a threat than socialism at this point.

  4. I guess I wasn’t really scared before; maybe I was in denial. But now, I’m terrified. I really do believe that Obama thinks he is doing the right thing, but I can’t see how more spending on welfare and other programs for the lower class, while taxing the rich still more is a good thing. It can only play out one way: the government is in control of industry, “sharing” the wealth of the nation with lower classes, eliminating the middle class entirely (who will be taxed out of the American Dream by the government and then forced to accept government hand-outs as they slip into the lower classes), and empowering the government still more by virtue of complete reliance by 80 or more percent of the population. At some point, too, the wealthy will no longer be wealthy, and they, too, will be join the government’s welfare programs. What we have left is the government and its workers. Sound familiar?

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