Federal government wants Americans to offer services as part of “remembrance”
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A national service bill that has already passed both the House and Senate legislates for a “September 11th National Day of Service”, where everyone in the U.S. will be asked by the federal government to “volunteer” their services.
Last week, we reported on the Senate passage of HR 1388, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act , known as the GIVE Act, which was also passed in Congress with a 321-105 margin vote.
One section of the bill which has since come to our attention is Pg 198-199, Section 1801 (Technical Amendments to Subtitle H) which contains the following paragraphs:
8 © CALL TO SERVICE CAMPAIGN AND SEPTEMBER
9 11TH DAY OF SERVICE.—Section 198 (as amended by
10 subsection (b) (42 U.S.C. 12653) is further amended by
11 adding at the end the following:
12 ‘‘(j) CALL TO SERVICE CAMPAIGN.—Not less than
13 180 days after enactment of this Act, the Corporation
14 shall conduct a nationwide ‘Call To Service’ campaign, to
15 encourage all people of the United States, regardless of
16 age, race, ethnicity, religion, or economic status, to engage
17 in full- or part-time national service, long- or short-term
18 public service in the nonprofit sector or government, or
19 volunteering. In conducting the campaign, the Corporation
20 may collaborate with other Federal agencies and entities,
21 State Commissions, Governors, nonprofit and faith-based
22 organizations, businesses, institutions of higher education,
23 elementary schools, and secondary schools.
24 ‘‘(k) SEPTEMBER 11TH DAY OF SERVICE.—
1 ‘‘(1) FEDERAL ACTIVITIES.—The Corporation
2 may organize and carry out appropriate ceremonies
3 and activities, which may include activities that are
4 part of the broader Call to Service Campaign, in
5 order to observe September 11th National Day of
6 Service and Remembrance at the Federal level.
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Clearly the federal government wishes to use the memory of the September 11 attacks of 2001 to coerce Americans of all ages to engage in national service as part of a “remembrance”.
In other words, anyone who declines to don a brown shirt on the anniversary of 9/11 will obviously be painted up as anti-American. And, certainly, anyone who chooses to use 9/11 as a day to protest the government instead of work for it, will be considered downright evil.
As we detailed , the original GIVE Act legislated mandatory national service and vowed to create an “army” of at least 7 million civilian enforcers working at the the behest of the government. The original version of the bill also contained language that threatened to ban free speech, freedom of religion and the right to protest.
Thanks to pressure from our own readers as well as thousands of other freedom lovers around the country, the mandatory language was dropped from the final version of the House and Senate bills.
However it has quickly reappeared in another bill , H.R. 1444, currently making its way through the House.