View Full Version : Obama Endorses Forced Servitude.

07-08-2008, 02:21 PM
Jonah Goldberg:

Forced servitude in America?

The U.S. already has high rates of volunteerism, but that's apparently not good enough for our presidential candidates.
July 8, 2008

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.

For those who don't remember, the 13th Amendment says: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime ... shall exist within the United States."

I guess in Obama's mind it must be a crime to be born or to go to college.

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.

It's funny that, when the right seeks to use the government to impose its values, the left screams about brainwashing and propaganda. When the left tries it, the right thunders about social engineering. But when left and right agree -- as seems to be the case on national service -- who's left to complain? As ever, the slipperiest slopes are greased with the snake oil of "bipartisanship."

Interesting article.

LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldberg8-2008jul08,0,368008.column)

07-08-2008, 02:55 PM
Interesting article.

LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldberg8-2008jul08,0,368008.column)

Frankly I'm surprised we don't already have mandatory national service considering how many people on both sides of the aisle seem to love the idea.

Molon Labe
07-08-2008, 03:03 PM
Goldberg's article is right on...Obama has no clue about the constitution.

Reminded me of what Reagan said exactly about the same type of state sanctioned "service"

Conscription rests on the assumption that your kids belong to the state. If we buy that assumption then it is for the state — not for parents, the community, the religious institutions or teachers — to decide who shall have what values and who shall do what work, when, where and how in our society. That assumption isn’t a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea.

America was founded on the principle of individual liberty — that the government exists to serve, not enslave, the people. Yet conscription is a form of slavery, a horrible and costly exception to America’s founding principle. It is morally repugnant to the ideals of a free society.

Without the draft, unpopular wars are very difficult to fight. The ability to use conscription actually encourages politicians to wage even more wars — the massive resources are a temptation that is hard for the war-lover to resist. When the draft was finally undermined in the 1970s, for example, the Vietnam War ended.

Ronald Reagan, writing in Human Events back in 1979.

Draft registration destroys the very values that our society is committed to defending. ....I oppose registration for the draft . . . because I believe the security of freedom can best be achieved by security through freedom. - Ronald Reagan