HR 1388: The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act

Thursday, March 19, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed "The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act" which includes a provision that calls for the development of a plan to implement a "mandatory service requirement for all able young people". In other words, that means that ALL young people will be required to give up part of their lives to serve the U.S. government.

The "GIVE" Act was passed in the House by a 321-105 margin and it now goes to the Senate for approval. You can find the full text of the bill here:

Section 6104 of The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act requires that a commission be established to investigate, "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."

Can it be any clearer?

The U.S. government wants your service, young people, and they are going to get it one way or the other.

The truth is that the economy is a mess, wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and in several other covert locations have stretched the U.S. military beyond the breaking point, and many American cities need to be rebuilt.

So now the U.S. government will use the cheap, conscripted labor of young people to get things fixed.

It's called involuntary servitude.

But this is what some in the Obama administration have been eyeing for quite some time.

Barack Obama's new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is the coauthor of a book that calls for, among other things, compulsory national service for all Americans between the ages of 18 to 25.

The following quotes are from pages 61-62 of the book Emanuel coauthored in 2006 entitled "The Plan: Big Ideas for America":

It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service. ...

Here's how it would work. Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They'll be asked to report for three months of basic civil defense training in their state or community, where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical, nuclear or conventional attack; how to assist others in an evacuation; how to respond when a levee breaks or we're hit by a natural disaster. These young people will be available to address their communities' most pressing needs.

Now keep in mind that the person who wrote that is going to be the new White House chief of staff.


The frightening thing is that it looks like some of Emanuel's ideas are already being implemented by the new administration.

The official website of President-Elect Obama,, originally announced that Obama would soon "require" that all students in middle school all the way through college would be forced to participate in community service programs.

Fortunately, the Internet exploded with outrage, and the website's wording was quickly softened.

But before the change, this is what Obama's website said about this program: "Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year."

I think that we have had enough of "Patriot acts" and I know that most young Americans do not want to be part of any kind of a draft.

How many of you would willingly submit to mandatory national service?

What would YOU do if you got drafted into the U.S. military?

If you are a young person in America your life does not just belong to you anymore.

Now part of it is going to belong to the U.S. government.


  1. Wally said...

    Well, since Obama is President this is all fine.

    If Bush had launched this "Hitler like plan."
    There would be tens of thousands marching in the streets against this Act!

  2. Rob said...

    Um. There is no section 6104 in the bill you linked. Try again.

  3. Paul said...

    What is wrong with mandatory service commitment from all young Americans? Military conscription was required for all young men until the 1970's and it stopped only because we moved to an all volunteer army. Many countries throughout the world require a period of public service from it citizens. Why not the US?

    Your position on this is not only un-patriotic, it is selfish. You have no problem reaping the benefits that this country has to offer as long as you aren't being asked for anything in return. You people sicken me.

  4. Kenny Libby said...

    Section 6401 was removed in the final version passed by the House. Nevertheless, the New Democratic plan (really a neoconservative ideology) includes mandatory service; however, economic collapse would make a lot of these positions increasingly desirable (they're only looking for 275,000 people, up from under 100,000 - consider the Obama administration is still looking for 100,000 new military personnel.

  5. Tom Mullen said...

    I can't find any Section 6104, nor can I find the language about possible mandatory service. THe last section listed in the Table of Contents of the bill, using the link provided, is 5102. What am I doing wrong?

  6. Tom Mullen said...

    Paul - what is wrong with mandatory service is that no individual has the right to force another to work for him or her. Since no individual has this right, no group of individuals can band together and say they have the right just because of their greater numbers. We used to call this slavery.

    Regarding "reaping the benefits of society," we do not reap benefits from government. We create benefits as individuals and offer them to each other in voluntary trade. Government's purpose is to secure our individual rights (check the Declaration of Independence - it says so), not to violate those rights for its own purposes. If you wish to volunteer, I applaud you. However, requiring others to work under the threat of violence if they don't is inhuman and disgusting.

    Just to head off the usual nonsensenical reply - yes, this would be working under the threat of violence. All government mandates carry the threat of violence for noncompliance. Do some thinking before typing an emotional response based upon the idiotic ideology you have been taught.

  7. Russ Hicks said...

    Tom Mullen,

    All freedoms and rights (including, by the way, property rights as noted by Benjamin Franklin in his commentary on the Pennsylvania Constitution and David Friedman in his Positive Account of Property Rights) derive their credibility not from the *absence* of threat of force, but the *presence* thereof.

    No credible freedom exists which isn’t ultimately performed by others, paid for by still others through taxation.

    Imagine the opportunity cost of not having this collectively performed freedom service.

    Imagine if our performance of rights on 6-6-44 was through “We create benefits as individuals and offer them to each other in voluntary trade.”

    It was neither a pick-up gig nor an army of slaves that created the D-Day opportunity benefit that symbolizes the social debt we are born into and live under.

    Is payment due or not?

  8. Sally G. said...

    Passing a bill to mandate an act is not freedom. I want all of you to read an article google David Icke read Obama the naked emperor this project is a direct quote from Brzezinski. Read the article you will understand who this man is and his relationship to Obama. Wish I would have done all this research before I voted Obama. Sad reality though if McCain would have been voted in the result wouldn't have been any different. We need to take our government back our rights are being snatched away and the apathy in this country is sickening. Now our kids forced into service read the history of Hilter and how he made children serve wake up folks.

  9. Sally G. said...

    To madate is not freedom . To choose to volunteer in exchange for college is different. This bill sounds like Brzezinski who is this person? Google David Icke read the article Obama the naked emperor and Brzezinski's relationship to Obama. The apathy in this country is going to find itself like England a socialist nation our kids slaves , freedoms rug is being pulled out from under you wake up america.

  10. R said...

    Whenever there is a crisis or a national emergency here in the U.S, americans flock by the hundreds, maybe even thousands on their own to serve those affected. This is a ridiculous piece of legislation. Oh, thats right, it is not about service, it is about indoctination. Hitler would be proud

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