Obama Calls For National Civilian Stasi

Posted: August 1, 2008 in 2008, Articles, Videos
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And Democrat’s were up in arms when BushCo. tried similar notions.

Chicago Tribune (Note: the Tribune link takes you to a default Obama page for some reason. Here is Google’s archived link.)

In his speech at a University of Colorado campus, he pledged that enhanced public service and active citizenship would be a central cause of his presidency.

“We will ask Americans to serve,” the Illinois Democrat said. “We will create new opportunities for Americans to serve.”

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle school and high school students.

For college students, Obama would set the goal at 100 hours of service a year and create a $4,000 annual tax credit for college students tied to that level of service.

More details + video:

The two controversial sentences (shown below in bold) were not in the transcript of Obama’s prepared remarks. Because the lines seem as if they were crafted ahead of time, I wonder whether the language was cut from an earlier draft, but Obama decided to deliver the sentences anyway.

Here is Obama on national service (the controversial passage starts at about 16:00; I have also corrected some slight errors in the transcriptions posted by other bloggers):

Sources above gathered from here.

More from his sermon:

“Finally, we need to integrate service into education, so that young Americans are called upon and prepared to be active citizens.

Just as we teach math and writing, arts and athletics, we need to teach young Americans to take citizenship seriously. Study after study shows that students who serve do better in school, are more likely to go to college, and more likely to maintain that service as adults. So when I’m President, I will 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. This means that by the time you graduate college, you’ll have done 17 weeks of service.

We’ll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we’ll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities. At the community level, we’ll develop public-private partnerships so students can serve more outside the classroom.”

This all sounds an awful lot like Democrat Charlie Rangel’s annual call for a universal draft. And sure enough “Rangel Leads N.Y. Delegation in Endorsing Obama“.

Here’s the 2006 flavor:

H.R. 4752 [109th]: Universal National Service Act of 2006

To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

H. R. 393: Universal National Service Act of 2007
To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the favorable treatment afforded combat pay under the earned income tax credit, and for other purposes.
Even more chilling, as pointed out elsewhere, it tastes a bit like these: Hitler Youth, Stasi & Gestapo.
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  3. Douglas Lindstrom says:

    I thought that a president needed aprovel from the congres and the house to pass things like this acspet in times of war. Obama can say lot and promes a lot , but what gits aproved is a differnt story .I don’t think the people would go for this even if he is president—Doug

  4. theseep says:

    It sounds like a great idea to me, it’s not a “National Security Force” of children, that’s twisting the meaning. It’s encouraging public service and participation in our country, it should be viewed as patriotic and being a good citizen, not some Nazi propaganda. It would be much better than having the detached apathetic crowd that makes up so much of our country now.

  5. sonicoliver says:

    you freak, you totally miss-interpreted what he meant…

  6. ignoranceisntbliss says:

    Negative. He said, “a national security force” “just as large, just as well funded as the military”, of ‘middle school & high school” children. Now he did lump it in with lots of other talk of Peace Corps and the like, but IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT HE SAID THOSE THINGS.

  7. Danny Z says:

    I sense evil all over this guy.
    He has a way with words like no other president we’ve had, granted, i think they all are evil men.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Remember that.

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