Compulsory Service

Here’s a change I don’t think anyone is hoping for:

The Plan

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, President-Elect Obama’s choice for chief of staff in his incoming administration, is co-author of a book, The Plan, that calls for, among other things, compulsory service for all Americans ages 18 to 25. The following excerpt is from pages 61-62 of the 2006 book:

It’s time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, 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.

I mentioned previously H.R. 393, introduced by draft scaremonger Charlie Rangel. Rangel goes on and on about how George W. Bush is going to reinstitute the draft because the military can’t meet recruiting goals (how many points were you right about, Charlie?) and then goes and introduces his own civilian draft proposal.

Although Emmanuel won’t be in a position to directly propose or implement policy, it’s clear that the Dem side has enough interested heavy hitters to make a go of it.

Via Robb Allen, who says This should scare you shitless.

Honestly, I hope they try. Really.


  1. Is this part of Obama’s “civilian defense force”?

    Amazing ideas from people who never served (except Rangel). Emanuel was a civilian volunteer for the IDF in ’91 and he helped destroy our economy by serving on the Board of Directors for Freddie Mac.

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  3. Hey! Seriously………….the Israeli’s have mandatory (or close to it) national service. HHHHHHHMMMMMM!!!!!!

  4. Have to say that I am surprised at how negative you guys are? What is wrong with our kids serving their country in a positive way? Don’t we all owe something to this great country? Three months will not kill anyone and if done correctly would give our kids a unifying experience and bond us better as a nation. I am more worried about what my 8 year old sees on tv rather than what an 18 year old will get from government service.

    I have to say that the cost would concern me, just feeding all those 18 year olds would be amazing. Have to get some free labor while we are at it. Working in nursing homes, teachers aids, hospital volunteers, building national parks.

    One of the twists I heard on this idea would not make it compulsory but it would be required to apply for government benefits like student loans. Those that choose to serve in the military would of course be credited for their service.

  5. In my humble opinion. I’ve been saying this same thing for YEARS! I have no problem with it, if done correctly. I’m with Flanker on this one. Israel has this same type of mandatory military service and training for all military aged males and females. I think it is for 3 yrs. Whether or not this is the type of thing Obambi is referring to is open to interpretation. I’m totally on board with mandatory military service for all upon graduating high school, or turning 18, before going off to college;learn how to defend you country before anything else. Some are saying this is a veiled attempt at “brown-shirts” for Obama. maybe it is;that remains to be seen. But, mandatory military training and service is something that should have been done LONG ago. Alot of historical empires required military service for young men in there teen years. And yes, I do have children. I was hoping my 18 yr. old daughter was going to choose a military career but not so. I have a 14 yr. old son (still working on him).I would gladly like to see them serve the true America ,(not Obama’s version), as I did for Ronald Reagan.

  6. My grandfather was in the Civilian Conservation Corps. (CCC) back in the 1930’s. He worked in New Jersey clearing woods and building bridges. He said it was damn hard, physical work.

    I still remember him 50-years ago talking about the work they did.

    When I lived in North Carolina I drove along the Skyline Drive through the Great Smoky Mountains.

    That road was a CCC project.

    The CCC was proposed by Roosevelt and in conjunction with The National Park Service was responsible for the refurbishment of some of the most famous parks.

    I doubt Obama’s/Ruhmbo’s plan would be as ambitious, but if it teaches kids responsibility and lowers the obesity rate then it would be worth it.

    Unfortunately the ACLU will probably squash the thing in the courts. It violates the rights of the little darlings by making them get their little “texting” paws calloused.

  7. Being compelled to serve the state is not ok.

    If the desired end-state of this program is to have more young people positive on America, then making those same people work very hard for very little- and under threat of some sort of penalty- is not the way to get there.

  8. And lets not forget the communi…I mean LIBERAL indoctrination these kids will be getting. Work them in the fields all day, feed them a meal that makes their minds more suceptable to brain washing, and then indoctrinate them in the our new world order philosophy

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