President-Elect Barack Obama's choice for chief of staff in his incoming administration, is co-author of a book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America, that calls for, among other things, compulsory service for all Americans ages 18 to 25. The following excerpt is from pages 61-62 of the 2006 book:
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.
Of course Emanuel as chief of staff would not be in a position to introduce legislation, but this plan does seem to fall in line with Obama's Civilian Paramilitary Service requirement. This is very worrisome. Anyone would be a fool to think this would be limited to disaster training. Remember my earlier blog? http://www.lotterypost.com/blogcomments.asp?i=25323 Obama wants a Civilian National Security Force, "just as strong, just as powerful, just as well funded" as the military. Hear it in Obama's own words http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s
What happens to the National Guard? Will the states have to give them up to take on Obama's Civilian National Security?
Being forced to be "good citizens" builds resentment.