Mao Style G.I.V.E. Mandatory "Volunteer" Service Act Strips First Amendment Rights of “Volunteers”

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On March 18, Rep. George Miller, a Democrat from California, tacked an amendment on H.R. 1388, entitled “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act,” or GIVE (to government), Obama’s plan to require mandatory service for all able young people. Miller’s amendment will “prohibit organizations from attempting to influence legislation; organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes; and assist, promote, or deter union organizing,” according to, a site that tracks Congress.

Obama’s call for a “Civilian Security Force” during a campaign speech in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In other words, Obama’s “volunteer corps” act, passed by the House with a 321-105 margin and requiring the government to develop a plan for indentured servitude, would deny millions of people their right to oppose and organize against government legistation under the First Amendment. “This is as close to a sedition act, a violation of 1st Amendment rights, as has been proposed in recent history. A basic right as a part of our natural, inalienable rights, is to resist government. Our founders not only knew it was a right but it was a responsibility. This legislation begins to break that down significantly,” writes Gary Wood for the Examiner.

GIVE (up your rights) will conscript millions of young people, put them in uniforms and send them packing to 4-year “public service” academies where they will be indoctrinated and trained to become “public sector leaders.”

GIVE was passed by the House on March 18 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 321 to 105. “At this moment of economic crisis, when so many people are in need of help and so much needs to be done, this could not be more urgent,” said Obama. “It is up to every one of us to do his or her small part to make the world a better place.”

Under section 6104 of the bill, entitled “Duties,” in subsection B6, the legislation states that a commission will be set up 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.”

Section 120 of the bill addresses the “Youth Engagement Zone Program” and states that “service learning” will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”

H.R. 1388 not only reauthorizes programs under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, but also includes “new programs and studies” and is expected to be funded with an allocation of $6 billion over the next five years, explains Bob Unruh for WND.

“Many, however, are raising concerns that the program, which is intended to include 250,000 ‘volunteers,’ is the beginning of what President Obama called his ‘National Civilian Security Force’ in a a speech last year in which he urged creating an organization as big and well-funded as the U.S. military. He has declined since then to elaborate,” Unruh adds.

It appears Miller’s amendment is designed to strip members of this emerging “National Civilian Security Force” of their constitutional rights under the First Amendment.

The First Amendment reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

According to, the addition of the Miller amendment to GIVE was agreed to by voice vote.

On March 23, a similar bill was passed by the Senate on a 74 to 14 vote. “From President Kennedy’s days to the creation of Americorps by then President Bill Clinton, the notion of public service has become a rallying cry. Tonight’s vote, propelled by President Obama’s urging of an expansion, would mean a growth in such work from 75,000 community service jobs to 250,000,” reported the New York Times.

PUHLEASE...G.I.V.E me a break!!!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 6:27am.

Just make it simple. No need for a new bureaucracy just do what Israel does - DRAFT EVERYONE INTO THE ARMY AT AGE 18.

Simple, quick and easy. Combat would be only for volunteers like it is now. Draftees would serve in a support role and many would learn a trade. All would learn some disipline and be better prepared for college or a job when they got out after two or three years. And no one could complain that their lives had been put on hold since the draft would apply to everyone - except the severely disabled.

It would be relatively easy to assign the army other tasks in order to take advantage of a much larger workforce. Building roads, teaching disadvantaged kids and adults, health care support at places that need help, the list goes on and on.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 11:54am.

If you'd like to what the G.I.V.E. act REALLY does, without the nutbag spin of fringe dwellers at WorldNutDaily, click HERE

Make up your own mind. Don't let Darth's propaganda fool you.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 4:28pm.

wellll that's certainly is unbiased!!! Lets see a Liberal program created by a Liberal.. promoted by Liberals... Yep them "facts" just keep flying...
Lets see... Between you and Main both just how many times have you guys criticized Conservatives when they post from their "favorite" sites??? Just wondering.. I can smell the HIPOCRISY from why over here..

I will not lower my standards.. So UP YOURS.. Evil


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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 1:42pm.

for posting that link. What a great program and a wonderful way for middle and high school aged kids to get involved with their community - I love that!

oh, and DD, spring is here, the grass has riz, so smile Laughing out loud.... I do hope you find something to be happy about, someday.

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