‘I Participate’

theCL  2009-10-15  Police State, Progressive

Reality IS stranger than fiction ...

LEAKED NETWORK MEMO REVEALS: Obama Controls Your Television Setobey

On September 10th of this year the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) posted a press release informing the world that “from October 19-25, more than 60 network TV shows [will] spotlight the power and personal benefits of service,” and that this “unprecedented block of TV programming is the first wave of a multi-year ‘I Participate’ campaign.”

But this year there are a couple new strangers in town: “Volunteerism” and “Service.” You’ve heard of them. Their names have been bandied everywhere since President Obama took office, and this internal memo from the EIF to network showrunners obtained by Big Hollywood shows that the entertainment industry is well acquainted and eager to introduce both to as vast an audience as possible ...

Like the NEA story, once again we see the same buzzwords pop up; suggested topics pitched to an overwhelmingly left-of-center group: Education, health, environment, the economy and lastly — almost as an afterthought as some kind of “bi-partisan” cover – support for military families.

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security
objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force
that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded." - Barack Obama

Search and Ye Shall Find…Left-Wing Advocacy

My ten-year-old daughter loves “So You Think You Can Dance.” I suspect most eight to eighteen-year-old girls do. So, my question to the producers of this hit show is: “Why are you pointing my daughter to a web page asking her to work at Planned Parenthood?”

The plan is to weave volunteerism and service into the plots of their shows and then, ultimately, encourage viewers to get up off their sofas and go to a handful of web pages that are meant to provide opportunities for service ... these seemingly benign volunteer search engines often seem to be Trojan Horses for controversial, left-wing causes.

If your 12 year-old hears about this volunteer initiative and follows the lead of her favorite TV star, she will go to www.createthegood.com and type in her favorite cause. If she’s been paying attention to the news these days (or listening to the lectures from most public school teachers) she will know that “Health Care” is a big deal these days. All she has to do is type “Health Care” into the search engine with her zip code ...

Go ahead ... Look at items “H”, “I” and “L.” All are from Planned Parenthood ...

[A]lso take a look at that really nifty video listed second from the top ... called: “How To Spread The Truth About Health Care Reform” ...

This nifty bit of propaganda encourages you to troll on blogs and leave comments, call in to talk radio shows and generally be annoying when people discuss ObamaCare by injecting Administration talking points found on AARP’s web page ...

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." - Rahm Emanuel

Serve.gov or Serf.dom?

All of these efforts are driving would-be volunteers ... for what purpose?

Buffy Wicks didn’t state that national recovery was the rationale for encouraging partisans to serve. She conveyed that the White House was interested in transitioning partisans from the election cycle into the administration, and using “service” as the mechanism for this transition.

These partisan volunteer efforts along with the expansion of The Corporation are alarming signs. Through expanding the size and power of The Corporation, the Administration is in essence organizing and increasing the pool of resources that helped it acquire power.

"We should be owned, as soldiers are by the army, and
our pride would rise accordingly." - William James

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (formally the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act) was signed into law by President Obama on April 21, 2009. Where was the media? Well, the State Organs weren't about to touch this one, but what about the rest? I don't know.

These are just more steps towards the creation of their Grand Plan - a "civilian national security force." You gotta give it to them though ... Taking a mandatory program that pays people (at the cost of almost $1 billion a year), then promoting it as a "voluntary service" program, would make George Orwell proud!

The reality here is that "service," in this context, is just a euphemism for slavery! Didn't we wipe-out slavery for good reasons? Do Americans even enjoy freedom anymore? If so, then why do so many people fall prey to this (or any other) government Grand Plan?

But this is the Progressive Vision - obedience to the State and uniformity in all things. In other words, collectivism. Progressives consider service to the State to be a higher value than personal liberty. And notice too, the focus on kids. Do parents have a right to raise their kids, or does the State?

National Disservice change

If AmeriCorps were simply a garden-variety boondoggle, the fairy tales about its achievements would be relatively benign (except to taxpayers). But some politicians hope to exploit AmeriCorps’s cachet to gin up support for imposing compulsory labor requirements on all young Americans.

The GIVE act calls for the appointment of a Congressional Commission on Civic Service, raising the obvious question of whether congressmen deserve vastly more power over other Americans. But in Washington logic, since volunteering is a good thing, everybody should be forced to do it.

The commission will examine “the effect on the nation ... if all individuals in the United States ... were required to perform a certain amount of national service” and “whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed.” It will also consider whether tacitly repealing the 13th Amendment prohibition on involuntary servitude “would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”

Would political subjugation produce moral uplift? The Beltway answer: of course—because politicians are the nation’s leaders, the de facto “best and brightest.” While they are destroying the nation’s financial future with one trillion-dollar bailout after another, they have the gall to lecture young people about their obligations to the government.

The GIVE Act views military-style regimentation as a model for the nation. Its National Civil Community Corps would seek to “combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service.

This is part of a long series of Democratic Party efforts to create pretexts to commandeer more of people’s lives. A dozen years ago, in a stunning conflation of compassion and compulsion, President Clinton announced that America needs “citizen servants.” He declared, “The will to serve has never been stronger.” That may or may not have been true, but the will to power is certainly at a high-water mark.

[T]he GIVE Act is idealistic only if one believes that citizens should take their values—and their “moral opportunities”—from their rulers.

It is a sad day when people line up to have their virtue certified by the most exploitative, dishonest class in the nation.

This should scare the hell out of you!

". . . slavery is non-ownership of one’s Person and Labor. It is involuntary servitude.
A slave must work under a whip, real or figurative, wielded by other persons, his owners, with no say in how (or even if) his labors are compensated. His is a one-way contract he cannot opt out of. A slave is tied to his master (and to the land where he labors).
He cannot simply quit if he doesn’t like it. Moreover, a slave can be bought and sold like any other commodity." - Steven Yates

More Info:

  1. To GIVE and to SERVE: The $6 billion National Service boondoggle
  2. The 'GIVE' Act Calls for Your Kids to be 'Owned' by the State
  3. Angler Fish
  4. The GIVE Act: 'Anatomy of a scam'
  5. Rahm’s Plan for Mandatory Service
  6. Meet the compulsive service Orwellian “GIVE Act”