"Mandatory Volunteerism" sounds like something from "1984"
HR 1388, will hit the House floor on Tuesday.It is called the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (The Give Act.) The House is scheduled to Rule this week. Sponsored by Democrat Representative Carolyn McCarthy (NY), Education and Labor Committee. The objective is to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.
Democrat Rep. McCarthy is sponsoring the bill with 25 co-sponsors, ALL Democrats, including Charlie Rangel. Need I say more.
My concerns are many with this Bill. What gives the Government the right to require individuals to give 3 years service under the guise of "volunteer" service? It is not explicit exactly who is required but I think they get the Bill passed and then iron out the details.
It talks about uniforms and "camps." They revise the word "camps" and call it "campus." There is language about Seniors and Community organizations.
.....From the Misc. section, #6104: (6) 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.
If you want, and I would suggest that you do, go and read the Full text of H.R.1388, presented March 9, 2009.....
I guess the only slightly relevant example of "mandatory" volunteer service for youth involving uniforms and camps would be the Hitler Youth. Anyone remember the German-American Bund? Just Google it and see what I am talking about...
Children were an important part of the Bund. Members sent their children to places such as Camp Hindenburg in Wisconsin each summer to participate in a youth program the Bund compared to boy and girl scouting. The camps were also gathering places for adult activities—everything from picnics to rallies. At these camps, children dressed in Nazi uniforms and drilled military-style, with marching, inspections, and flag-raising ceremonies. Although the Bund denied it, children were taught Nazi ideology.
Some other good examples of this really great idea would be the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League (founded 1946), The Communist Youth League (founded 1918), The Young Pioneers, The Communist Youth League of China (largest youth organization in the world--69 million).
Our leaders are treading on dangerous ground here in America...
H/T: Red County