Glenn Beck to Michelle: Are you worried about Obama’s mandatory volunteerism plan?

posted at 6:55 pm on March 26, 2009 by Allahpundit

If ever there was a segment with potential for GB to veer off into Alex Jones territory, this was it, but it ended up both (relatively) subdued and informative thanks to a sterling turn by the boss. Read her column yesterday on this if you haven’t yet. The real worry here isn’t mandatory volunteerism (oxymoron duly noted), as that provision’s been stripped out of the bill — for now — but an ever-bloating federal bureaucracy and the politicization of civic groups to partisan ends. Consider this the ultimate “What if Bush did it?” hypothetical. Exit question for lawyers and law professors: Is compulsory national service constitutional, at least during peacetime? No privacy implications in being conscripted to serve the state absent a national emergency?

Update: You’ll be cheered to know that the Senate version of the GIVE Act passed this afternoon, 79-19. Here’s the roll. Among those voting yes was our former Republican nominee.

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Today’s list of people who have NOT sold out conservative principles and instead voted for limited government (ie, they voted Nay on GIVE):

Barrasso (R-WY)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R)

Some good people on that list.

hawksruleva on March 27, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Plus,all through Bush’s terms,he kept railing about the New
World Order Nuttery,and Bush was going to cease power,

Alex Jones was wrong,its Obama that’s well on that way,to
dictatorship!!

canopfor on March 26, 2009 at 7:33 PM

AJ was right about all the power that Bush consolidated into the executive. He was just off by one Presidency as to who was going to attempt to throw us over the cliff, that time has arrived. You do know he called 911 right? He did it in July of 2001. He does come off as nutty though, and I really can’t stand when he gets all emotional and in peoples faces, but he definitely is a patriot and works hard to expose the coming one world system. I can easily cut through what I don’t like or believe to get to the truth, I would like to think most adults can.

Canopfor, I ask you this. Why do you consider the New World Order as nuttery? It’s all over the place. Do you deny that we are being pushed towards world government? If so, I challenge you to check the frontpage of Foxnews right now and read the newly exposed UN document: Link
Do a Google news search and see the overwhelming amount of stories we get about the establishment of the New World Order. Read a Treasury note lately? It says “Novus Ordo Seclorum” New order of the ages. Seen the stories of the attempts by our own Treasury Secretary about the desire for a world currency. Or China’s, Russia’s, and the UN’s desire for a world currency.

Man, how much more evidence do you need that there are forces trying to punk us towards a one world system? It’s overwhelming.

True_King on March 27, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Glen Beck? Do people still listen to him?

Monkei on March 27, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Great job Glen and Michelle. I’ve also read the bill and it is full of pork to keep the public hooked, then they have to work for nothing to do the governments work.

MSGTAS on March 27, 2009 at 10:12 AM

ATTENTION, EVERYBODY:

The language about looking for a way to make it all mandatory was SHIFTED to:

HR 1444.

That’s HR 1444.

This is your Public Service Announcement.
That is all.

MBuck on March 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Glen Beck? Do people still listen to him?

Monkei on March 27, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Only smart ones.

cntrlfrk on March 27, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Only smart ones.

cntrlfrk on March 27, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Did you check out his online chat last night right after his show went off the air? He has got to make that longer than 15 minutes.

ladyingray on March 27, 2009 at 10:54 AM

wildcat84 on March 27, 2009 at 9:14 AM

+100!!

I would also add that the speed at which this is all being done indicates that these plans were made LONG ago.

Too many Americans for too long believed (and still do) that “it can’t happen here”.

Well…….guess what.

Talon on March 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Glen Beck? Do people still listen to him?

Monkei on March 27, 2009 at 10:04 AM

ha…Do you live under a rock? Check the ratings, kid.

bridgetown on March 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Well done, Michelle!!!

bridgetown on March 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Hopeand Change.

tx2654 on March 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

+100!!

I would also add that the speed at which this is all being done indicates that these plans were made LONG ago.

Too many Americans for too long believed (and still do) that “it can’t happen here”.

Well…….guess what.

Talon on March 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

In our favor is that the Obama mob is largely do-less and lazy. If they are unwilling to WORK for their own food, they won’t be willing to risk their own lives defending the Empire of O.

If it came down to revolt over the government flagrantly violating the Constitution and our rights, would the military side with the government? I think enough would refuse that any attempt at an O-tatorship crackdown wouldn’t be done by the regular military for fear of whole divisions switching sides. After all, every soldier in the military ALSO took an oath to preserver, protect, and defend the Constitution. And many more of them MEAN it than do Washington politicians.

This is why Obama is obsessed with creating his “civilian” defense corps, which would end up being a storm trooper outfit made up of true believers (“Obama Youths”) who probably came through one of these “involuntary volunteer” service programs.

Obama is showing every sign of trying to subvert our institutions for his own perpetual power and aggrandizement. And he’s doing it rapidly. Problem is to get to where he wants to go is going to require a lot more time (at least a generation) than he has as President.

Which is why I look for there to be a 22nd Amendment showdown 6 years from now if we don’t send as much of his congress packing as we can in 2010 and send him packing in 2012.

Assuming, of course, the 2012 election isn’t intentionally orchestrated to come out like the Minnesota senate race… Which is my prediction.

wildcat84 on March 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Service in homeless shelters, soup kitchens and volunteer fire departments as a requirement for graduating high school is totally something Hitler would have done.

Of course, students are already being ‘forced’ to attend classes in order to graduate high school, and they’re required to attend some kind of school (or be homeschooled) up until 16. Nobody cared about that kind of slavery.

Apparently, making kids memorize the quadratic equation for no reason = fine, but making kids help out the indigent = slavery that is going to turn them into storm troopers(!)

OK.

Proud Rino on March 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Service in homeless shelters, soup kitchens and volunteer fire departments as a requirement for graduating high school is totally something Hitler would have done.

Of course, students are already being ‘forced’ to attend classes in order to graduate high school, and they’re required to attend some kind of school (or be homeschooled) up until 16. Nobody cared about that kind of slavery.

Apparently, making kids memorize the quadratic equation for no reason = fine, but making kids help out the indigent = slavery that is going to turn them into storm troopers(!)

OK.

Forced charity isn’t charity. It’s being forced to give up your services/time/labor to others for no compensation, and to no benefit. This, IMHO, would fall under the 13th amendment as being illegal, since it’s not military service, and there is no declared war going on.

School is required because education benefits both the individual and our country. The individual is compensated for their time by being educated.

(of course the value of government education is debatable but I won’t argue that here)

How come it’s being seriously proposed to require that a certain group of our population have to provide service to another group when they’ve committed no wrong, and aren’t “on the dole” so to speak, when we have MILLIONS on various forms of government welfare who are doing NOTHING AT ALL to work for it?

wildcat84 on March 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM

AJ was right about all the power that Bush consolidated into the executive. He was just off by one Presidency as to who was going to attempt to throw us over the cliff, that time has arrived. You do know he called 911 right? He did it in July of 2001. He does come off as nutty though

True_King on March 27, 2009 at 10:03 AM

About the only thing you said in your post that was even remotely true is that AJ is NUTTY!

Anyone that believes 9-11 was an “inside job” is not only a nut but should be ridiculed and spit on. AJ is not a patriot he is an opportunist that is getting rich from selling books, DVD’s, etc off of the backs of 3,000 murdered innocent Americans that were brutally murdered by fanatical Islamo-fascists that are at war with us.

AJ’s no damn patriot he’s a sick F**K getting rich off a tragic event and taking you suckers for a ride…to add a current twist to PT Barnum’s famous quote, “there’s a twoofer born every minute!” and you must be the “True-King” of twoofers!

Liberty or Death on March 27, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Give me liberty or give me death.

I don’t think Obama and the dems realize what they’re about to unleash as I for one will fight for freedom to the very end.

I’d rather die fighting for it than live under the heavy hand of government

.

timajin on March 26, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Yep, it’s time to revive the Culpeper Minute Men…LIBERTY OR DEATH…DO NOT TREAD ON ME!

Liberty or Death on March 27, 2009 at 12:50 PM

It’s being forced to give up your services/time/labor to others for no compensation, and to no benefit. This, IMHO, would fall under the 13th amendment as being illegal, since it’s not military service, and there is no declared war going on.

School is required because education benefits both the individual and our country. The individual is compensated for their time by being educated.

I was forced to give my time and labor to learning the quadratic equation. I can say with great certainty that it did not benefit me, nor did it benefit the country. I was not compensated for my time in any sense; all I know is that there is something called “The Quadratic Equation” and I didn’t understand it very well (also, I’m pretty sure there was a 4 in it).

Further, “volunteering” could benefit both the individual and our country.

The 13th Amendment argument – yes. Making kids answer phones at a battered women’s shelter for a few hours is the exact same thing as forcing people to pick cotton for every day of their lives, selling their children to other people, whipping them periodically, not allowing them an education, etc.

I just think of Harriet Tubman, who famously said, “The beatings and complete lack of liberty were bad, but at least I never had to help out the homeless in a soup kitchen.”

Proud Rino on March 27, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I just think of Harriet Tubman, who famously said, “The beatings and complete lack of liberty were bad, but at least I never had to help out the homeless in a soup kitchen.”

Proud Rino on March 27, 2009 at 12:56 PM

As tongue-in-cheek, this is quite amusing. Suppose we consider a more realistic scenario, though, like being compelled to work for ACORN to “register” new voters. We have an all-volunteer military now, but we are seriously discussing the possibility of a civilian force “as large and as well-funded” as that military force, BUT only the civilian service will be mandatory. If we can’t imagine compelling our youth to serve in the military, how, for the love of Pete, can we justify compelling them to serve in some White House youth corps?

littleguy on March 27, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Video’s down.

sfreaction on March 27, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Can the Obunghole Admin. and this jackboot wearing Congress write legislation that’s NOT in the Nazi Party Platform written by Adolf Hitler?

“The first obligation of every citizen must be to work both spiritually and physically. The activity of individuals is not to counteract the interests of the universality, but must have its result within the framework of the whole for the benefit of all Consequently we demand:”

“We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens.”

“The State is to care for the elevating national health by protecting the mother and child, by outlawing child-labor, by the encouragement of physical fitness, by means of the legal establishment of a gymnastic and sport obligation, by the utmost support of all organizations concerned with the physical instruction of the young.”

http://people.westminstercollege.edu/faculty/mmarkowski/H113/AH/platform.html

nelsonknows on March 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

“The State is to care for the elevating national health by protecting the mother and child, by outlawing child-labor, by the encouragement of physical fitness

I agree with you that if Obama doesn’t re-legalize child labor and discourage physical fitness, then that means he is just like Hitler.

Proud Rino on March 27, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I agree with you that if Obama doesn’t re-legalize child labor and discourage physical fitness, then that means he is just like Hitler

Get a clue.

nelsonknows on March 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM

HR 1444
111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1444
To establish the Congressional Commission on Civic Service to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 11, 2009
Mr. MCDERMOTT (for himself, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. RUPPERSBERGER, Mr. KENNEDY, and Mr. VAN HOLLEN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

To establish the Congressional Commission on Civic Service to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act’.

SEC. 4. DUTIES.

(b) Specific Topics- In carrying out its general purpose under subsection (a), the Commission shall address and analyze the following specific topics:

(6) 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.

Go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/C?c111:./temp/~c11116RTaQ

to see the whole Bill. If anyone sees another place in the Bill that uses the word “mandatory” please post for all to know.

Thanks.

infidelgranny on March 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

nelsonknows on March 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM

OK, you just compared Obama and his “you need to do some community service to graduate” plan (which has been in effect for over a decade in many jurisdictions), with Hitler, who started World War II in an effort to take over the world and killed 6 million Jews and 11 million people over all in the most grotesque way possible, but *I* should get a clue.

Proud Rino on March 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

If the above link to view H.R. 1444 IH does not work try

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1444:

infidelgranny on March 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Alex Jones says BHO is worse than Bush. I wondered if Jones would notice and boy has he! He doesn’t seem to play favorites. What Jones doesn’t like is anyone or anything that brings us closer to the NWO.

infidelgranny on March 27, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Anyone else sick of hearing the term ‘boondoggle’?

scrubbiedude on March 27, 2009 at 6:01 PM

I wonder how this will affect those in private catholic high schools.

This cr*P is exactly what was done in Cuba. Take the kids away from their families and ship them to the other end of the island. Indoctrinate them.

I can just picture that the kids who don’t fall into line will suddenly find themselves victims of gang rape or ‘accidents’.

And as far as the idiotic argument by proud rino jackass trying to equate memorizing the quadratic equation with community service… not even close.. bogus and stupid argument… Idiocy at it’s best.. dishonesty at it’s worst. strawman arguement.. fuzzy thinking… obamaballlicking…

Time to start marching on your local conggresscritters… especially if they are democraps. Find their schedule. Every time they wander out for a photo op, make them wade through 50 or more pissed off protestors. Camp out in front of their damn offices. .. You won’t sway obama, but if your local congresscritter can’t reach fro the toilet paper roll without fighting protestors, then their support for the jug eared jackass might weaken a bit.

bullseye on March 27, 2009 at 8:59 PM

Allah, we all get it, you don’t like Glen Beck and although Beck EVER having Ron Paul on his show is foolish and cuts a bit into his credibility, Beck IS on the right path or do you have a problem with Michelle going on Beck’s show?

nelsonknows on March 28, 2009 at 12:56 AM

OK, you just compared Obama and his “you need to do some community service to graduate” plan (which has been in effect for over a decade in many jurisdictions), with Hitler, who started World War II in an effort to take over the world and killed 6 million Jews and 11 million people over all in the most grotesque way possible, but *I* should get a clue.

Proud Rino on March 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

The shoe fits even it you don’t like it. O’bunghole’s platform and Hitler’s platform are the SAME no matter if you like it or not and yes, you should bother yourself by reading BOTH, then you might get a clue.

http://people.westminstercollege.edu/faculty/mmarkowski/H113/AH/platform.html

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

nelsonknows on March 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

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