The House today overwhelmingly passed a bill that establishes a new commission to study the feasibility of a “mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” This is seen by some, including myself, as part of Obama’s campaign pledge to create a “civilian national security force” that would rival the military. Watch this video.
The bill also creates a “Youth Engagement Zone Program” and declares that “service learning” will be a “mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.” Simply put, this legislation creates an organization which bears some resemblance to the Hitler Youth programs of the 1930′s. According to a comment on Gateway Pundit blog, “[t]here is even a provision in the bill for uniforms.” If this doesn’t frighten America out of her slumber, what ever will?
Leaving aside the fears of creating a new Hitler Youth, the very idea that government can mandate a term of service for all able young people is unconstitutional on it’s face, and disturbing in its implications. The 13th Amendment declares that involuntary servitude is prohibited in America. But Obama has shown on several occasions now that he believes his administration is above the law, and can ignore the limitations of the Constitution at will. And let’s not forget that the Democrats control both houses of Congress, and they are more than eager to impose their leftist will upon America. They have waited a long time for this moment.
It was reported early on that Obama reminded several republican leaders that he had won the election, and that things were going to be done the way he wanted them to be done. Mr. Obama seems to have forgotten that he won the elections because We the People voted him into office. He is not there to represent himself and his interests; he is there to represent the interest of America generally, which includes that of those who did not vote for him. His arrogance is astounding. I heard a commentator on the radio yesterday opine that Obama seems to hold himself in high regard, and looks down with contempt at everyone else. I agree, and we are seeing it writ large. I only hope our country can survive four years of this assault.