Via Gateway Pundit: House passes the Hitler Youth Bill—er, I mean, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE, awww).
The bill includes language indicating young people will be forced to participate in mandatory national service programs. The bill also states that “service learning” will be a mandatory part of the youth curriculum.”
Ah, yes. Mandatory volunteerism. (kind of like the bumper sticker I saw recently that read, “Proud to be humble”) Coupled with a healthy dose of indoctrination no doubt.
Well, at least Obama is keeping some of his campaign promises. I recall blogging about his Civilian National Security Force, separate from and just as well-finded as the military. Perhaps he’s recruiting our children for his ranks. I look forward to the day my children turn me in for being in opposition to Obama.
Hey, a little harmless conjecture, but skepticism and a healthy dose of cynicism is good. If this doesn’t make a lot of people just a little bit nervous, then those people don’t have nerves. Or brains.
Here’s more, via Free Republic:
Under section 6104 of the bill, entitled “Duties,” in subsection B6, the legislation states that a commission will be set up to investigate, “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.”
You see, once the liberal/statists/secular progressives/ACLU succeeds in obliterating the role of faith and religion in the public square–you know, the ones traditionally responsible for strengthening the moral and social fabric of the nation—they have to come up with other means by which to do so. Brilliant!
Hey, we couldn’t become a Marxist regime without a mandatory youth program!
(Meanwhile, some of my contemporaries, who consistently decry the involvement of government in their homes and get understandably upset at the thought of universal pre-school/required preschool for all children, still seem to think that Obama is the best thing to come along since, yes, sliced bread. Waiting for the outcry, waiting, waiting… You know, I really respect these people. But we need some independent thinking, here.)
UPDATE: Expanded Americorps has authoritarian feel –The Washington Examiner