Is Obama's mandatory 'voluntary' public service corps the slippery slope to the Weathermen's vision of re-education death camps?

by CynthiaYockey on March 22, 2009

Work makes you free

Work makes you free

I came upon this story at I Saw the Right, which may have gotten the illustration above from Six Meat Buffet. Protein Wisdom picked it up from Weasel Zippers, which got it from World Net Daily News, as quoted below.

The idea in my headline that Obama’s mandatory “volunteer” corps is a slippery slope to the re-education death camps envisioned in the 1960’s by Obama’s best friends and neighbors, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, is mine. I raise this concern due to the following video, which I first saw during the fall 2008 presidential campaign:

World Net Daily reported on 3/19/09:

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to set up a new “volunteer corps” and consider whether “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” should be developed.

The legislation also refers to “uniforms” that would be worn by the “volunteers” and the “need” for a “public service academy, a 4-year institution” to “focus on training” future “public sector leaders.” The training, apparently, would occur at “campuses.”

The vote yesterday came on H.R. 1388, which reauthorizes through 2014 the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, acts that originally, among other programs, funded the AmeriCorps and the National Senior Service Corps.

It not only reauthorizes the programs, but also includes “new programs and studies” and is expected to be funded with an allocation of $6 billion over the next five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Many, however, are raising concerns that the program, which is intended to include 250,000 “volunteers,” is the beginning of what President Obama called his “National Civilian Security Force” in a a speech last year in which he urged creating an organization as big and well-funded as the U.S. military. He has declined since then to elaborate.

The service required by this bill is somehow both “voluntary” and “mandatory” while magically not violating the Thirteenth Amendment:

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.

Ann Coulter pointed out Obama’s failure to grasp fundamental concepts of the U.S. Constitution, including the Thirteenth Amendment, here.

I really think the “re-education” and “death camp” aspects of this legislation are the worst possible results. However, the best possible result ALSO is an outrage. After taxing our incomes and charitable donations so much that we almost certainly will not have enough money to keep our favorite non-profits, charities and arts organizations alive, Obama ALSO WANTS TO TAX OUR TIME so that whatever spare time we might have frittered away according to our own lights now will be employed as Obama sees fit.

How is that not slavery?

Jonah Goldberg called it Liberal Fascism, but I call it totalitarian liberalism. It is time to start calling for Obama to resign.

Update, 3/26/09: Today The Anchoress has trenchant remarks and a round-up on Obama’s oxymoronic “mandatory” voluntary service legislation. Isn’t it just like Obama to TAX TIME ITSELF?

Update, 3/27/09: In addition to being a TAX ON TIME ITSELF,  Michelle Malkin points out in her syndicated column on 3/25/09 that  “the volunteerism packages on the Hill are less about promoting effective charity than about creating make-work, permanent bureaucracies, and left-wing slush funds.” On 3/26 she noted the Senate version of the bill passed 79-19.

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