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Obama’s Plans for the “Involuntary Servitude” of American Youth [Update: “Require” Scrubbed]

November 7, 2008

The 13th Amendment is clear:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States. or any place subject to their jurisdiction”

Some constitutional scholar. But then again Obama himself stated he feels the US Constitution is fundamentally flawed.

Coercive “public service” under Obama – Prairie Pundit

There’s a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to run afoul of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery.
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In his speech on national service Wednesday at the University of Colorado, Obama promised that as president he would “set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year.”

He would see that these goals are met by, among other things, attaching strings to federal education dollars. If you don’t make the kids report for duty, he’s essentially telling schools and college kids, you’ll lose money you can’t afford to lose. In short, he’ll make service compulsory by merely compelling schools to make it compulsory.

A New Era of Service

Senator Barack Obama
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
July 2, 2008

So when I’m President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you’ll have done 17 weeks of service.

We’ll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we’ll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities. At the community level, we’ll develop public-private partnerships so students can serve more outside the classroom.

O went from his plan to “set a goal” to “require” nay to “force” the nations youth into “community service”
You can find it on Obama’s brand spanking new Change.Gov website:
Slaves of the State

servitude: the state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful

involuntary: done contrary to or without choice 2: compulsory 3: not subject to control of the will

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America Serves Change.GOV

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. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.

Of course what the “community service” will entail is yet to be known. Though I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar that it will include indoctrination. Marxist boot camps(?) under the shiny happy face mask of “community service”

Will homeschooling keep your child under Obama’s radar? Heh. I can see the outlawing of homeschooling in the not so distant future…

Lo and behold, Obama’s plan is not original. Just a rehashed Kerry proposal from 2004.
Which Jim Geraghty described as an “Orwellian call for mandatory volunteerism.”

I’m wondering about the President using federal funding to coerce schools into requiring community service for middle and high school students. Community service is (often) a noble act, but Obama appears to be very close to echoing John Kerry’s Orwellian call for mandatory volunteerism. Notice it’s always those who are old who are calling for mandatory time and energy commitments of the young.

As reported at LGF

John Kerry Outlines Plan to Require Service for High School Students

Part of 100 days Plan to Enlist One Million Americans in National Service A Year

On September 11th, 2001, America experienced the most terrible and deadly attack in its history. John Kerry believes we need to think big and do better and get more young Americans serving the nation.

As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.

Children in Cuba do NOT have a choice. But in America they damn well should. Before anyone gets all hot and bothered at my comparison. I agree “community service” is far from “farm labor” But involuntary is still involuntary –force is still force.
Child Labor and Child Work in Cuba

Under the Labor Code stated in the 1997 Human Rights Report, fifteen and sixteen year old Cuban children receive training towards a job or can cover for absentees during a shortage of workers. This code also states that Cuban students over the age of eleven must devote between thirty and forty five days of their summer break to working on a farm. However, they are limited to a maximum of eight hours a day.

More of Obama’s speech at the University of Colorado in July 2008 American youth are not his only target…

And that is why I won’t just ask for your vote as a candidate – I will ask for your service and your active citizenship when I am President of the United States.

This will not be a call issued in one speech or one program – this will be a central cause of my presidency. We will ask Americans to serve. We will create new opportunities for Americans to serve. And we will direct that service to our most pressing national challenges.
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And we’ll use technology to connect people to service. We’ll expand USA Freedom Corps to create an online network where Americans can browse opportunities to volunteer. You’ll be able to search by category, time commitment, and skill sets; you’ll be able to rate service opportunities, build service networks, and create your own service pages to track your hours and activities. This will empower more Americans to craft their own service agenda, and make their own change from the bottom up.
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We need your service, right now, at this moment – our moment – in history. I’m not going to tell you what your role should be; that’s for you to discover. But I am going to ask you to play your part;[…]

Also at Obama’s Change.Gov, “The Obama National Service Plan” A blank slate without content…for now. My God, what does O have in store for us? Keep an eye on that one.

From the Communist Manifesto:

8. Equal obligation of all to work.

Lastly a poignant quote…

Submission to comment thread at “The Other Side of Change: Obama and Saul Alinsky”

Cardinal Ratzinger offered the ultimate warning against such ideology when he wrote in Truth and Tolerance,
[W]here the Marxist ideology of liberation had been consistently applied, a total lack of freedom had developed, whose horrors were now laid bare before the eyes of the entire world. Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.

Spoken by one who witnessed demonic Nazism up close and personal

Update: Scrub a dub dub 11-7-2008
Scrubbed this portion “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” switched it out with this version “setting a goal” that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year”

Notice the college student plan has been updated as well.
“college students who conduct 100 hours of community service added content —> receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free

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Full text
America Serves CHANGE.GOV

The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved [sic] 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 setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.

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