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Friday, November 07, 2008
The Obama draft begins
An open letter to America's youth:
Dear high school and college aged students:
We're sorry about this, American young people, but President-Elect Barack Obama demands your service.
You, too, can learn to balance school, after-school jobs, and extracurricular activities with 50-100 hours of annual community service.
Especially you kids unlucky enough to have poor parents who can't afford to send you to a private school. You'll have to save for college while cleaning toilets, working for ACORN, and picking up trash along the highway. Your wealthier friends, on the other hand, will just be able to skip the whole "mandatory volunteerism" thing by transferring to private schools.
Maybe the government will let you do your time with a libertarian or conservative organization. Yeah, good luck with that, you miserable proletariat schlubs.
Again, sorry about this. But America needs you. Barack Obama needs you.
We hope you understand.
The Western Standard
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And, kids, if your parents harbour anti-social ideas and oppose this call for service and sacrifice, please call 1-800-BAD-DADS and tell Uncle Sam about it. You'll even get a new toy if your call leads to the arrest of any counter-revolutionary enemies of the state -- that's just fancy talk for bad guys, kids.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-07 1:03:57 PM
As a former poor kid, this mandatory volunteerism stuff strikes me as vicious and classist in the worst way possible.
As I recall, when I was in high school, I worked three days a week, plus one day on the weekend. My parents didn't give me an allowance or anything like that so the job was my only source of income for all sorts of things: field trips, food, recreation, etc.
Then to be told by some bureaucrat that "society" needs more from me, that I ought to be happy to give up more of my time for God-knows-what, without any compensation -- would be absolutely infuriating!
I was fortunate enough to make it out of high school in Ontario before mandatory volunteerism became a reality there.
"Proletariat kids" are going to be screwed by Obama's proposal. And if McCain had proposed anything like it, the media would have called it like it is, for once: a draft that, like all drafts, will hurt the poor the most.
Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-11-07 1:09:01 PM
It's a grotesque idea, for sure.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-07 1:34:19 PM
Brown Shirts are next, or is it rainbow coloured?
Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-11-07 2:00:19 PM
Antigua And Barbuda to Rename Peak 'Mount Obama'
This is getting too funny. Though McCain does have french fries (or are they freedom fries) named after him.
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-07 2:16:23 PM
Dear Western Standard,
Maybe if you and the rest of the media had pried yourselves from Obama's nutsac for a nanosecond BEFORE the election we wouldn't have this little problem.
Are you the same Terrence Watson who said of Obama "I actually LIKE the guy" during the campaign?
And who ran a "Your Awesome Obama Video of The Day" during the campaign?
Is this the same Western Standard that referred to Obama's opponent as a "fascist" during the campaign?
If so, we don't believe that you aren't all closet Obama supporters. You got the agenda you asked for.
High School Kids and College Students
Posted by: High School Kids and College Students | 2008-11-07 2:48:57 PM
High School Kids and College Students -- can't we just dislike them all?
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-07 3:00:14 PM
Obamamania in the classrooms? .. elementary school through college?
From a recent Finnish documentary on the US election a teacher is admonished....
Posted by: Janet | 2008-11-07 3:39:44 PM
I can like Obama on some level without agreeing with all (or even any) of his policies. He's a bright guy, very eloquent, and quite open about his "socialist-lite" ideas, at least relative to other Democrats. I also like McCain, and you wouldn't catch me voting for either one of them.
Obama wants to rob from the rich to give to the poor. Everyone who voted from him likely knew that (even the majority of people making $200,000/year -- who will see their taxes increase -- voted for him.)
And I always thought the "awesome Obama video" thing was a bit ironic. We also did "awesome Sarah Palin" pictures and videos. Sometimes, the videos weren't really awesome (as in, awesome like a sunset.) Sometimes they were just awesomely creepy.
In any event, the mandatory service thing is a policy I've ALWAYS been against -- I'm pretty sure I wrote a post on it some months ago.
I would say I'm not as worried, overall, about Obama as some people are. He's a politicians. Politicians always divide up the spoils among their favored interest groups. In that, he's no different than John McCain would have been (and certainly no different than George W. Bush.)
A pox on them both, I say. But Obama's plans here, in particular, will hurt poor kids. Here his rhetoric and his proposals conflict in a deep way. That needs to be pointed out.
Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-11-07 4:52:29 PM
Won't it be grand? All the children marching in cadence and singing the same song...
Makes the collective heart swell with joy and pride in the state...eh Kamrade?
I'm overjoyed to hear that gun sales are on a very sharp rise in the US. Might soon be time to water that "Ol Liberty Tree" again.
Posted by: JC | 2008-11-08 12:42:52 PM
what you forget to mention is that for doing the community service they will give you 4k towards college. that means for doing 'volunteer work' you will be making $40 and HOUR to pay off college bills...I wish I could have had that deal for volunteering a measly hour a week...already volunteer several hours a week for nothing, maybe you negative people should try it.
Posted by: KG | 2008-11-13 2:26:22 PM
Another Communist agenda forced upon us by a puppet leader like Obama. Its been planned for years and now its ripe for peeling out. Time to just say NO to it as its Unpaid service and against the US Constitution. I will not do it.
Posted by: Ron | 2008-12-16 8:39:01 PM
what you forget to mention is that for doing the community service they will give you 4k towards college. that means for doing 'volunteer work' you will be making $40 and HOUR to pay off college bills
Posted by: KG | 13-Nov-08 2:26:22 PM
So the government gets to indoctrinate you and buy your loyalty. Josef Stalin would be very impressed with this one.
Don't be fooled by this taxpayer funded scam being promoted by the Obamunists.
We're supposed to take responsibility for ourselves...not be government dependent sheep.
Posted by: JC | 2008-12-16 9:02:56 PM
4k coming from an independent volunteer organization would be grand. However, coming from the government, it's just disturbing. Does anybody else see the parallels between this and die Deutsches Jungvolk? This and the new FEMA retention camps, and the strange cult-like behavior within certain Obama supporting groups of youth (though I'm not certain just how widespread the latter actually is). I'm seriously afraid for America's future if more people don't wake up. I used to be an Obama supporter, but I'm ashamed to say that I didn't see all this coming. Now I'm seriously wondering just what type of "changes" Obama is planning.
Posted by: Aloysius | 2009-04-04 12:52:50 AM
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