Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hitler Obama Youth
Don't say we didn't warn you

If you've heard of the latest Orwellian brain-fart to come out of DC? Something called the GIVE Act (Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act). Take a gander at Section 6104 of H.R. 1388, entitled “Duties,” in subsection (b) (6) states; (Emphasis mine) 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.
In case you were interested, here's the vote by Party affiliation - Ayes: 321 (Democrat: 251; Republican: 70)
Nays: 105 (Democrat: 1; Republican: 104)
Abstained: 6 (Democrat: 2; Republican: 4)
And as far as National Service goes... hell, I'm in favor of it. If we're not going to bring back the Draft (sans any bullshit college exemptions), then I'm 100% behind voluntary National Service.

I seem to recall an idea that Pat Buchanan had a few years back. Something along the lines of, if any given individual so desires to sign-up with the Armed Forces, great! For those who've come to the conclusion that the Service isn't exactly their cup of tea, then an alternate National Service could be implemented. A 2-year hitch working for the VA, the Forestry Service, something along those lines.

And those individuals would get half the pay of those in the military, but would still receive medical, dental, housing, educational benefits... all that happy stuff. And all voluntary.

But here's the kicker - for those who choose not to serve their country... fine. But forget about ever getting any federal loans of any type for the rest of your life.


Blogger Al said...

So, are they going to be known as the Obama Pink Shirts?

6:39 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

I think "brown shirts" in Obama's case may be a triple entendre.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

Folks it is DEAD WRONG to force anyone or limit anyone due to a willingness to serve or not serve. This is and should be a free country. If a DRAFT and only a DRAFT is instituted to protect this country from FOREIGN AGRESSORS then mandatory service is acceptable. NO OTHER WAY!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Subvet said...

Thanks for reminding me, I gotta go buy some more shells & cartridges.

7:39 PM  
Blogger gramps said...

I think that it might be nice to understand a few things about the draft. During Vietnam, when I was in the service, the draft served a purpose, but it had the college loophole which was often the rich kids or the anti war crowd way out. I chose to go into the air force and served from 65 to 69. Never got to Vietnam, but did get to Turkey, a hell hole. So I know the draft first hand and the military. The draft worked because you needed a lot of grunts to walk around the jungle and shoot and duck. These were fairly easy tasks and 500,000 died. The services are nothing like that today. Even the grunts have all kind of technology. A recruiter friend told me that he use to get about 1 in 20 that meet qualifications. Over the past 3-4 months, that number is now about 1-100 as the economy starts to get kids thinking about going into the military. More looking to get in, but even less percentage by far qualified. So national service does not really work unless we want to create more kids with guns and little brain power doing some task. The feel good programs like peace corp and others are not really effective. You can't really do any great tasks because most require some skill sets. Rich kids for the most part that went to the better schools want no part of any service work by a huge margin. And business needs everyone they can get as well who are trained. Frankly, the only place where it might work is in government service where you have 20 people managing 200 people sitting around on their ass complainging they are working to hard and resenting any of the taxpayers that come up to bother them.

11:19 PM  

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