Our liberty is being attacked from all corners. The constant growth of Statism is a pernicious cancer in this country. It has eroded individual freedom for a very long time. Both the Republican and Democratic party have forced it down our throats. It has creeped into and ruined our families with welfare, it is ruining our schools, it continues to destroy poor white and black families. Statism will ruin medicine, it will ruin banks and it helped ruin the auto companies. On the plus side like Mussolini statism will claim to make the trains run on time.
GIVE was sponsored by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY and George Miller, D-CA. It was approved by a 321-105 vote in the House. The Senate voted closure on the motion to proceed by a margin of 74-14; making ultimate passage likely since Republicans have abandoned their role as a sensible "loyal opposition”.
GIVE will cost $6 billion over five years and will create 175,000 "new service opportunities" under AmeriCorps, bringing the number of participants in the national volunteer program to 250,000.
Many of the provisions in the GIVE can be found in Obama's 2010 fiscal year budget blueprint issued in February. The administration proposes $1.3 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers AmeriCorps. CNCS received an estimated $260 million in fiscal 2009. However, that is not the final financial tally. Aides to Miller say they are awaiting estimates from the Congressional Budget Office on how much the GIVE would ultimately cost. In addition to all of the funding that goes to organizations in the forms of grants and administrative costs, AmeriCorps volunteers receive stipends and college scholarships when they complete one of the several available programs. For example, a participant in the National Civilian Community Corps, which is a 10-month residential commitment, now receives $4,000 in living expenses and a $4,475 in money toward school. That conceivably would increase under the new legislation.
Miller, chairman of the education committee, said "National and community service can help make Americans a part of the solution to get our country through this economic crisis.”
The Western world made a horrible mistake in the 1930s when people did not read Adolph Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and the world ultimately paid with millions dead.
This is what President Obama said in July 2008 in a speech at Colorado Springs when he suggested national security could be entrusted to a civilian force.
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
At the time, Obama was discussing expanding the USA Freedom Corps, the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, as well as beefing up the cadre of foreign service officers abroad and programs that help veterans.
Obama continued, "This will empower more Americans to craft their own service agenda and make their own change from the bottom up."
But the bill's opponents, and I am one, say it could cram ideology down the throats of young "volunteers," many of whom will be forced into service since the bill creates a "Congressional Commission on Civic Service."
Democratic Colorado Sen. Gary Hart wrote "Resistance to expanded public service programs can be expected from the ideologically sclerotic, those who occupy the negative ground between government as the problem and government as our enemy." Senator, you and Democrats and Republicans like you are the problem with this country. Apparently you never learned in school that our founding fathers did not trust government.
Meanwhile, the Senate is mulling over a similar piece of legislation, the "Serve America Act," sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. It was given a special endorsement by the president in his address before Congress on Feb. 24.
A bipartisan commission will be tasked with exploring a number of topics, including "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." Wow, that sounds familiar, didn’t Hitler tell the German people we must protect Aryan bloodline and the social fabric of the German nation.
The legislation also refers to "uniforms" that would be worn by the "volunteers" and the "need" for a 4-year public service academy" to "focus on training" future "public sector leaders." The training, apparently, would occur at "campuses." Citizens, look out here comes the SA brown shirts and the Obama Jugend or Communist Youth Brigades.
Conservatives and independents like myself am concerned that the increased funding will be used to promote one ideology over another. The old political adage states that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. President Obama and his henchmen are all about raw political power.
When you dramatically expand state programs like this one, then you dramatically expand the ability for these left-wing advocacy organizations to get more funding. I don't see a lot of attention being paid to that, even from those who are critical. That's where the focus should be. Republicans tend to say its not that they oppose the program, they just want to spend less money. Citizens, it's the program that's bad. I want to emphasize I would oppose this type of bill if Ronald Reagan wanted it. I am opposed to the Right or Left re-education or indoctrination camps.
The original official Obama website (Change.gov), said Obama would "require" all middle school through college students to participate in community service programs and that "President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in under served schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year."
To make matters worse, Democrat George Miller, D-CA introduced an amendment to severely restrict the First Amendment by prohibiting the youth from participating in the program from attempting to influence legislation, organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts or strikes. Now, I call that CHANGE! All you young people who voted for Obama will not have constitutional rights in GIVE.
Luke Sheahan, contributing editor for the Family Security Foundation said, "We (Americans) contribute our time and money under no government coercion on a scale the rest of the world doesn't emulate and probably can't imagine. The idea that government should order its people to perform acts of charity is contrary to the idea of charity and it removes the responsibility for charity from the people to the government, destroying private initiative." Charity and public service become forced labor and presses American citizens of all ages and creeds, unknowingly into military service. On paper, H.R. 1388 is the 'Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act'; the more innocuous sounding 'The Give Act,' for short.
GIVE puts the finishing touches to “Public Allies New Leadership for New Times”, modeled after radical professor Saul Alinsky's 'Peoples Organizations' and operating under Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama was a pioneer in the social entrepreneur movement, a group of leaders who create new approaches and organize to provide new solutions to social problems. Like most things associated with Saul Alinsky, GIVE sounds noble and states why wide-sweeping change is necessary."
The problem with Herr Obama’s grand scheme for universal voluntary public service is that it can't be both universal and voluntary. If everybody has to do it, then it's not voluntary and if it's truly up to the individual, then it won't be universal. We have seen our federal constitution continually eroded and our states stripped of their constitutional rights under the tenth amendment. The federal government has repeatedly exerted control over states by dictating terms to states when they accept federal money, for example, the 55 mph speed limit laws. The states will suffer under GIVE.
In Emanuel’s book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America, Emanuel writes: “It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, all Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service.'’ Emanuel and co-author Bruce Reed insist this is not a draft, but goes on to write of young men and women, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They also warn, “Some Republicans will squeal about individual freedom,” ruling out any likelihood that they would let people opt out of universal citizen service.
Lee Cary of the conservative American Thinker wrote "Obama aims to tap into the already active volunteerism of millions of Americans and recruit them to become cogs in a gigantic government machine grinding out his social re-engineering agenda and turn America into one, giant, community organizer's sandbox at enormous cost to taxpayers."
Finally, the problem is the sold out Republican Party and American media won't "squeal" enough and many of our citizens will walk blindly happy to be in the dark. Reverend Jeremiah Wright was correct after all, the chickens will come home to roost in America, they will be brainwashed young chicks.