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  1. 1. Obama: The Change That’s Not • Interview: Arthur Thompson • EU Déjà Vu in the Caribbean February 2, 2009 www.TheNewAmerican.com ThaT Freedom Shall NoT PeriSh $2.95 Any Volunteers For nAtionAl serVice?
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  4. 4. 10 Vol. 25, No. 3 February 2, 2009 Design by Joseph W. Kelly; photo: ©iStockphoto.com Cover Story NatioNal SerVice 10 any Volunteers for National Service? by Patrick Krey — Barack Obama’s national-service plan purports to be voluntary, yet nonparticipating schools would lose funding, and uncooperative individuals would be denied tax credits. 15 at Uncle Sam’s Service by Patrick Krey — National service is often associated with patriotism, but the degree to which it becomes compulsory is the same degree to which it becomes involuntary servitude. 15 19 FeatureS AP Images AP Images tHe riGHt PerSPectiVe 19 obama: the change that’s Not by Charles Scaliger 20 iNterView 20 an americanist economic Perspective Interview of Arthur Thompson by Bill Hahn — The CEO of The John Birch Society offers a unique perspective on our economy. atlaNtic UNioN 27 eU Déjà Vu in the caribbean by John F. McManus — Just as EU rule was sold to Europeans as a trade benefit, now it is has been sold to the Caribbean islands. HiStory — StrUGGle For FreeDoM 34 “three Fires, and you are Free!” 27 by Becky Akers — Three shots from his inexperienced militia was exactly what Daniel Morgan needed to win the Battle of Cowpens. tHe laSt worD 44 More Fright-peddling, More Bailouts by William F. Jasper 34 DepartmentS 5 letters to the editor 33 the Goodness of america 7 inside track 41 exercising the right 9 QuickQuotes 42 correction, Please! coVer Design by Joseph W. Kelly; photo: ©iStockphoto.com
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  6. 6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus Editor where Did you Get should not be dictated by politically correct Gary Benoit business policies, governmental dictates, or Senior Editor that information? zealous defenders of the Christmas holiday. William F. Jasper Your recent article on “Intelligent Design The loss of Christian themes regarding and Evolution” (December 8 issue) seems Christmas is really a symptom of the fading Associate Editor Kurt Williamsen to have overlooked one of the strongest ar- spiritual condition of America. I don’t think guments against evolution, presented by the atheists and secularists want to be rid of the Contributors German physicist and information specialist, holiday, so much as they want to be rid of any Dennis J. Behreandt Christopher S. Bentley Dr. Werner Gitt, in his book In the Beginning honorable public references to Jesus Christ Steven J. DuBord Was Information. and the Bible. The brouhaha over Christmas Selwyn Duke Dr. Gitt considers such concepts as: What is a diversion from the real problem of the Jodie Gilmore is information? How does information arise? anti-Christ bias and prejudice in officialdom Gregory A. Hession, J.D. Ed Hiserodt What is the function of information? How is that Dr. Eidsmoe correctly exposes. Great William P. Hoar it encoded? How is it transmitted? What is its care should be taken that the defense of the R. Cort Kirkwood source as found in living organisms? freedom to express the Christian lifestyle Warren Mass Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Gitt shows that information is a funda- in public life doesn’t digress into simply a Alan Scholl mental entity on equal footing with, but dif- “war” for Christmas. Ann Shibler ferent from, matter and energy. Being a non- arnold lamb Liana Stanley material entity, it can only be initiated by an Highland, Indiana Michael E. Telzrow Joe Wolverton II, J.D. intellect and must be coded and decoded and received by another intellect. Information is Editorial Assistant what makes possible books, radio programs, New Plan Needed Denise L. Behreandt computers, and all living things. From In your magazine of December 8, 2008, the Art Director whence comes the coding of your DNA, cover story by John F. McManus states, “If Joseph W. Kelly more complicated than the largest computer a mere minority of the American popula- Desktop Publishing Specialist program, that informs your living cells how tion can be enlisted, educated, and let loose Steven J. DuBord to grow every part of your body from a single throughout America with honest facts and Research fertilized egg? perspectives, the new world order will crash Brian T. Farmer Jim Sattler and be relegated to history’s dust bin.” Bonnie M. Gillis Lafayette, Indiana I, regretfully, view this as a “Pollyanna” Wayne Olson wish at the end of an excellent article. Re- Marketing ality must recognize that, with some excep- Larry Greenley a christian who Doesn’t tions, the individuals we citizens elect to both state and national government positions Public Relations Bill Hahn celebrate christmas eventually take the course of actions in their John Eidsmoe’s article “The War on Christ- own behalf rather than that of the citizens Advertising/Circulation Julie DuFrane mas” (December 22 issue) should have been they are to represent. more focused on “The War on Christ” in- Greed, personal power, and innate desire stead. I have been a Christian for over 30 for public recognition become driving forces years. Based on Bible study and my un- in their actions. Putting a “hand in the till” be- derstanding of historical events from other comes obsessive with a cornucopia of oppor- research, my family and I choose not to tunities legislated at the citizens’ expense. Printed in the U.S.A. • ISSN 0885-6540 celebrate the holiday called Christmas. 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  8. 8. Inside Track obama’s Stimulus Plan will cost at least $187,800 Per New Job $1 trillion dollars being proposed by Democrats in Congress will yield a mere 3.3 million jobs, or a cost per new job of $303,000. If government statisticians are to be given any credence at all, then the real figure will probably come out somewhere between these two extremes. Even the optimal figure of $187,800 is an extraordinary sum of money, equaled or exceeded by the annual salaries of a very small number of elite professionals and very successful en- trepreneurs. Yet the jobs to be created by the Obama stimulus Barack plan would likely be non-professional, entry-level or wage jobs Obama whose annual pay would be only a small fraction of a six-figure income. All of this supposes that the government can calculate with any accuracy the number of jobs a given allocation of funds can AP Images create. In point of fact, government cannot do this, any more than government planners can calculate the proper levels to fix prices, According to Barack Obama’s presidential transition team, the enact wage controls, or impose production quotas or other forms new stimulus plan being prepared by the upcoming Obama ad- of economic controls without destroying economic productivity. ministration can be expected to create between 3.3 million and This is because centralized economic planning is impossible to 4.1 million jobs. This is according to the Washington Times, carry out successfully; central planners do not have the informa- which also pointed out that “the president-elect wants [the plan] tion to make calculations for the economy as a whole, or to evalu- to total slightly less than $800 billion but … some Democratic ate the fluctuations in consumer demands and tastes that cause leaders say [it] should near $1 trillion.” prices and wages to rise and fall. Only the unfettered free market Even considering that government statistics are notoriously can do this, as both economic theory and brute experience have unreliable and tend to err on the side of special interests, it’s proven again and again. worth considering what kind of bang for the buck the Obama When government undertakes to “make work,” it is always plan, taken at face value, would deliver. If the plan creates the done at a cost to taxpayers, with a net loss in what would have maximum number of jobs forecast (4.1 million) for the mini- otherwise been productive private income. George W. Bush’s mum projected expense ($770 billion is the most widely bruited stimulus plan of last year certainly did not jump-start the econo- amount), then the cost of the plan will be roughly $187,800 per my. If Obama’s new plan, or any other like it, is allowed to pass, job created. If the plan is minimally successful, then the sum of America will be the poorer for it. china curbing its appetite for U.S. Debt China is finally being forced to curb her appetite for U.S. govern- making more funds available for domestic loans instead of buying ment debt, according to the New York Times. China, which last foreign debt. Moreover, multinationals, responding to the reces- September overtook Japan as the largest international holder of sion, are scaling back investment in China. Chinese and inter- U.S. Treasuries, now holds more than $1 trillion in U.S. govern- national investors alike are moving large amounts of money out ment debt. Its willingness to buy IOUs from the U.S. government of China and into safer financial havens after the collapse of the is the major reason that the Fed’s reckless creation of money out Chinese stock and real estate markets. Finally, the Chinese trade of thin air over the past several years surplus is falling as demand for Chi- has not resulted in hyperinflation at nese-manufactured consumer goods home. Newly printed money, in the falls worldwide. form of government debt issues, can All of these factors have conspired always be exported when there are to create a money drain, leaving the willing purchasers overseas, and the Chinese government far less able removal of that money from circula- and less inclined to continue buying tion here at home helps buoy up the enormous amounts of debt from the purchasing power of the dollar. U.S. government. Should the Chinese Now, however, China is struggling market for Treasuries disappear alto- to deal with the global economic gether, the U.S. government will have downturn. To stimulate its own econ- few options left for borrowing money omy, the Chinese central bank is now to stave off financial collapse. www.TheNewAmerican.com 7
  9. 9. Inside Track Bush Designates New Marine Sanctuaries With just two weeks left in office, President Bush designated almost frontiers of discovery; and for the American people they will be 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean as a national monument, places that honor our duty to be good stewards of the Almighty’s using powers granted by the Antiquities Act of 1906. The new ma- creation,” Bush said before noting that the military will help keep rine “monument,” an area about the size of Spain, is the largest a look-out for violators. “The new steps I’ve announced today are protected area of ocean ever established, breaking a previous record the capstone of an eight-year commitment to strong environmen- also set by Bush in mid-2006, when he decreed 140,000 square tal protection and conservation.” miles in Northwest Hawaii off-limits using the same authority. Taken together, the new protected areas from American Samoa to the Mariana Islands to the Rose Atoll are larger than Texas. The new status of the area means it will be closed to commercial and most recreational fishing, mineral exploration, waste dumping, under-sea mining, oil drilling, and virtually all other uses, though snorkeling and a few other recreational activities may be permit- ted with a permit from the federal government. “For sea birds and marine life, they will be sanctuaries to grow and thrive; for scientists, they will be places to expand the why ron Paul opposed the Gaza resolution When the House passed the resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli- Palestinian peace process” on January 9, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only five congressmen to vote against it. In his statement on the resolution, Paul opined: “The resolution in fact will lead the U.S. to be- come further involved in this conflict, promising ‘vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.’ Is it really in the interest of the United States to guarantee the survival of any foreign country? I believe it would be better to focus on the security and survival of the United States, the Constitution of which my colleagues and I swore to defend just this week at the beginning of the 111th Congress.” Paul, who advocates the United States minding its own business in foreign affairs and staying clear of foreign entanglements, noted in an extension of his remarks on the House floor that the United States funds both Arab nations and Israel and that there has been “too much blowback.” He Ron recalled that “Hamas was encouraged and really started by Israel” as a counter to Yasser Arafat and Paul that the United States was allied with Osama bin Laden when we contended with the Soviets. AP Images No Stake in the Heart of the trans texas corridor The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced on January 6 that the extremely controversial Trans Texas Corridor is “dead.” The corridor, which has been promoted as a series of highway expansions and improvements to ease traffic congestion in Texas, is in reality the initial U.S. section of a superhigh- way that leads from deep-water ports in Mexico through the United States and Canada. (See “Express Route to Poverty” in our October 15, 2007 issue.) But the highway is not dead. Even as TxDOT proclaimed TTC’s death, it laid out a new highway plan called Innovative Connectivity in Texas/Vision 2009. The new plan looks like, smells like, sounds like, and probably even tastes like the old plan — only with a new name. The speculation is that TxDOT has falsely proclaimed TTC’s defeat because TxDOT itself is up for reauthorization this year, and a flurry of complaints AP Images by Texans could lead the Texas legislature to put tight building restraints on TxDOT (and effectually defeat the TTC). n 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  10. 10. QuickQuotes More than identity Being Sacrificed as Slovakia adopts the euro “We’re saying goodbye to the Slovak currency that meant so much to us. Part of us, the Slovak identity, is leaving.” As of January 1, the Slovakian koruna is no more. Prime Minister Rob- Robert ert Fico seemed merely nostalgic about the change while indicating AP Images Fico little awareness that a loss of economic independence for his country of 5.4 million will lead to a loss of political independence. czech President No Fan of european Union “A well functioning bureaucratic EU is not my goal. [The Czech Republic] is not an EU province.” As the Czech Republic assumes the rotating leadership of the European Union, President Vaclav Klaus repeated his disdain for the multi-national arrangement and for its Lisbon Treaty that his country has still not approved. Vaclav AP Images reporters Shifting coverage From iraq to afghanistan Klaus “Afghanistan was the forgotten war; that’s what they were calling it, actually. Now it’s swapping places with Iraq.” As U.S. news bureaus shrink their operations in Iraq, some are beefing up their coverage of events in Afghanistan, according to Michael Yon, an independent reporter who has covered both conflicts. one Governor Says No to Bailouts Mark “While many states and local governments are lining up for a bailout from Sanford Congress, I went to Washington recently to oppose such bailouts. I may be the only governor to do so.” Opposing bailouts for governments and auto companies, and recommend- AP Images ing against a new federal stimulus package, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford now leads the Republican Governors Association. auto companies lose Heavily but executives aren’t replaced “General Motors lost more than $72 billion in the past four years, and yet you can count on one hand the number of executives who have been reassigned or lost their job.” One aspect of the implosion of our nation’s auto giants drew a sharp comment in Fortune. toyota will Post First loss in 70 years “The tough times are hitting us far faster, wider and deeper than expected. This is an unprecedented crisis requiring ur- gent action.” Katsuaki Formed in 1938, the Toyota Motor Company has never suf- Watanabe fered a loss. But it will in the fiscal year ending in March AP Images 2009 according to President Katsuaki Watanabe. No Global warming in alaska “Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Ice Field witnessed the kind of snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too.” Glaciologist Bruce Molina reported that 20 feet of new snow remained on the Taku Glacier in late July. And the Anchorage Daily News commented about the unusually large snow buildup near Alaska’s capital. He Dares to label Social Security a Ponzi Scheme “The government itself runs a fraud much bigger than Madoff’s. Our Social Security system is the very definition of a Ponzi, or pyramid scheme. If the government truly had an interest in protecting people’s savings, they would allow people to opt out of Social Security altogether.” In his weekly Texas Straight Talk column, Congressman Ron Paul correctly hung the Ponzi label on the Social Security system. n — compiled by John F. mcmanuS www.TheNewAmerican.com 9
  11. 11. NatioNal Service Any Volunteers For nAtionAl serVice? Barack obama’s national-service plan purports to be voluntary, yet nonparticipating schools would lose funding, and uncooperative individuals would be denied tax credits. 10 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  12. 12. by Patrick Krey spread experience of virtually every young of Time magazine. He had his magazine American.” (Emphasis added.) host the “Service Nation Summit” at I n 2007, Richard Stengel, former Stengel’s plan involves a huge growth of Columbia University last September 11. speechwriter for liberal senator/presi- government, including making a new cab- Both John McCain and Barack Obama at- dential candidate Bill Bradley and inet-level department to manage national tended the summit and joined the chorus managing editor for Time magazine, wrote service and drastically expanding Ameri- of establishment leaders supporting na- an article entitled “A Time to Serve,” pro- Corps and the National Senior Volunteer tional service. McCain said the following moting “Universal National Service” for all Corps. Stengel also proposes creating new of Americans and their desire for national Americans. Constitutionalists would find “corps” with distinct “brands” for educa- service: “They understand the challeng- themselves irritated. Stengel book-ended tion (to work in troubled school districts), es that we have in this world. They see his piece with quotes from the Founders healthcare (which would mostly assist the Russian invasion of the little country and disingenuously implied that such na- people in obtaining welfare benefits), a called Georgia. They see the problems in tional service would have been warmly “Green Corps” (to somehow combat “cli- Afghanistan growing larger. They see a received by the promoters of laissez faire mate change” and most likely stifle any whole lot of things happening in the world who fought for our independence. Stengel contrary debate on the subject), a “Rap- that’s going to require us to serve, and that wrote, “The courageous souls who signed id-Response Reserve Corps” the Declaration of Independence pledged (for call-up in times of national ‘our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred emergencies), and a “National- Honor.’ The least we can do to keep the Service Academy” (“to provide At the college level, Obama says Republic is to pledge a little time.” Stengel a focused education for people he will create a new tax credit that apparently missed the point that the Dec- who will serve in the public sec- will reduce education costs by laration of Independence was considered a tor — either the federal, state or $4,000 for those who serve. One treasonous act against the British Empire local government” — in order could opt out by simply paying ruling the colonies at the time. Stengel’s to create a new generation of proposals sound more along the lines of bureaucrats). $4,000 more than the person who what the loyalists of the day believed, doesn’t opt out. That is a high not the patriotic individuals who revolted establishment consensus price to pay for something that is against a tyrannical government. Stengel was not content to only allegedly optional. In his effort to promote universal na- push national service in the pages tional service, Stengel bemoaned the fact that “today the two central acts of democratic citizenship are voting and paying taxes. That’s the future of america: Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief basically it. The last time we de- of staff, would institute boot camp for all American manded anything else from people teens, as part of a national-service program. was when the draft ended in 1973.” According to Stengel, that’s appar- ently a bad thing. While he tiptoes around the use of the word “draft,” his article is filled with adulation for the notion that Americans owe more to the government than what has been asked since the end of the mandatory draft. Stengel feels that it is for this reason that today’s com- munities have grown disjointed, and the way to unify the people is through “universal national service” to government. “It is the simple but compelling idea that devoting a year or more to national service, whether military or civilian, should become a countrywide rite of passage, the common expectation and wide- Patrick Krey, M.B.A., J.D., L.L.M. is a law- Defense Link yer and freelance writer from New York. www.TheNewAmerican.com 11
  13. 13. NatioNal Service the repeated mistake of most creating “America’s Voice Initiative” to progressives by failing to distin- send Americans fluent in other languages In a July 2008 speech, Obama guish between voluntary charity overseas as part of a new public diplomacy himself stated: “We cannot of individuals, which occurs in outreach. continue to rely on our military a free society, and government- Obama has set the goal of 50 hours per in order to achieve the national directed actions of collectives, year for high-school students and 100 security objectives we’ve set. which have more in common hours per year for college students. He with Marxist governments. claims he is not going to directly compel We’ve got to have a civilian Barack Obama, like most young people in high school to serve 50 national security force that’s just politicians, does not invent the hours per year, but instead would simply as powerful, just as strong, just as ideas for his initiatives but rath- withhold educational funding from schools well-funded.” (Emphasis added.) er adopts others’ proposals and if they fail to comply with his programs. then promotes them as if they This means that for public schools to con- were his own. A brief review tinue to receive federal funds, they will opportunity has to be provided to them.” of Obama’s “Blueprint for Change” on have to implement Obama’s plans; other- It’s no wonder this man performed terri- his website would appear as if he simply wise, the funds will be denied. In order for bly at the polls. McCain actually believed cut and pasted Stengel’s article. Stengel the high-school students to graduate from that Americans watched the violence in himself freely admitted that he was not these federally funded schools, they will Georgia and Afghanistan unfolding and the originator of these ideas, but rather have to participate. This is how the federal thought, “How can I get my kids involved that they came from a variety of sources. government works. There is no such thing in this?” Isn’t it odd that so many different politi- as a free lunch, and federal funding always Obama acknowledged the fact that both cians and journalists seem to be converg- comes with strings attached and central- he and McCain have very similar views ing on a similar framework for national ized control for D.C. on national service. He also invoked the service? With a few minor differences in At the college level, Obama says he will tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to gain wording, the plans are virtually identical. “require 100 hours of service” per year by support for his policy proposals. “On 9/11, Obama advocates expanding AmeriCorps creating a new “American Opportunity Tax Americans across our great country came from 75,000 to 250,000, and establishing Credit” that will reduce education costs by together to stand with the families of the a “Classroom Corps,” a “Health Corps,” a $4,000. So instead of it being mandatory, victims, to donate blood, to give to char- “Clean Energy Corps,” and a “Homeland one could opt out by simply paying $4,000 ity, and to say a prayer for our country. Security Corps.” Obama also wants to ex- more than the person who doesn’t opt out. Let us renew that spirit of service and that pand national service beyond our nation’s That is a high price to pay for something sense of common purpose.” Obama made border by doubling the Peace Corps, and that is allegedly optional. AP Images One less hoop to jump through: These 2008 graduates of the University of Wyoming received their diplomas without having to do 100 hours per year of mandated minimum national service. Obama’s plan calls for all college students to do national service or lose $4,000 of federal monies. Other Democratic plans call for mandatory service as a prerequisite for entering college. 12
  14. 14. Voluntary Service or compulsory Draft? Obama, like almost all other promoters of national service, assures us that this will not be mandatory or compulsory, but as they say, the devil is in the details. James Lindgren, professor of law at Northwestern University, explains that Obama’s plan is anything but voluntary. “Because Obama calls his plan voluntary, it’s important to understand exactly what he says and doesn’t say.... One hurdle that Obama’s plan must vault is the U.S. Constitution, which limits the federal government to enumerated powers. Lacking the power to mandate universal community service directly, Obama candidly discloses his strategy: making federal funds contingent on schools having service programs that meet federal standards.” Lindgren continues: “Thus, it would be the public schools that would impose federal standards of coerced service on each child as part of their requirements for graduation. For students, service would be No national service for them? Barack Obama has proposed a national-service program, involuntary. Even for the public schools, which will be imposed coercively on youth by making schools require service or lose AP Images their participation would be only nomi- federal funding. His daughters, however, go to private school, and private schools often nally voluntary — for how many public don’t get federal funding. schools can survive without federal assis- tance?” It would appear that Obama’s plan is voluntary in name only. of Obama’s plans can be gleaned from So Obama’s chief of staff is on record Most of the talk regarding Obama’s na- his choice for chief of staff, Rahm Israel advocating universal boot camp for all tional-service program brings to mind peo- Emanuel. Israel is Rahm’s actual middle Americans. While constantly stressing ple planting trees in town parks or helping name and shows how close he and his that this is not a draft, Emanuel’s words old ladies with their groceries. But what family are to that nation. Rahm’s father, reveal otherwise. In 2006, Emanuel spoke about military service? Is that going to be Benjamin Emanuel, was born in Jerusa- with the New York Daily News about his a part of this national-service initiative? lem and was a member of the militant Zi- ideas for national service. In the interview, One has to wonder considering Obama’s onist group Irgun, which had committed Emanuel stated: “Somewhere between the military ambitions. President Obama is terrorist attacks against both Palestinian ages of 18 to 25, you will do three months going to need troops to support missions and British targets. Rahm Emanuel him- of training.... There can be nothing wrong ranging from an escalation in Afghanistan self actually volunteered to work for the with all Americans having a joint similar to intervening in the Sudan. The Center Israeli military in 1991 during the first experience of … civil defense training or for National Policy (CNP), a bipartisan Gulf War. civil service … some sense of service to think tank, produced a policy report enti- Emanuel must have admired the Israeli country in preparation, which will give tled Agility Across the Spectrum: A Future program of mandatory military service: people a sense of what it means to be Force Blueprint for the military, recom- he himself has been a vocal supporter of an American.” Apparently, according to mending that the United States “embark something similar for Americans. Eman- Emanuel, knowing what it means to be upon a program of mandatory national ser- uel coauthored a book entitled The Plan: an American involves serving the federal vice for high school graduates to include a Big Ideas for America, in which he called government, which is ironic considering spectrum of activities from community to for “a real Patriot Act that brings out the that Rahm only served the Israeli govern- military service.” (Emphasis added.) The patriot in all of us. We propose universal ment. Perhaps this service is truly univer- report praised Obama’s plan but encour- civilian service for every young American. sal? He continued and said, “If you’re wor- aged him to officially make it mandatory Under this plan, all Americans between ried about going to have to do 50 jumping in order to help fill the ranks required to the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will jacks, the answer is ‘yes.’ ” meet the many U.S. military commitments be asked to serve their country by going Emanuel also stated that this training around the world. Will Obama heed this through three months of basic training, can be accomplished “through your State- advice? civil defense preparation and community National guard.” Of course, the National Some information about the true nature service.” Guard was supposed to be a home guard www.TheNewAmerican.com 13
  15. 15. NatioNal Service his wild-eyed supporters of the ‘bad guy’ and produces no seem to be clamoring for martyrs in handcuffs for the evening Establishment leaders have long desired national service that may, news. You just can’t get a job if you a universal national-service program, or may not, be employed don’t do as you’re told.... But make but the enthusiasm that Obama brings to achieve “national secu- no mistake: Barack Obama wants to the debate makes it a real option rity” objectives. Accord- your kids. And he’s willing to draft ing to the Army Times, them, in a plausibly deniable way. now. How would the Democrats and Obama even “said last the liberal press have reacted had summer that he thought Establishment leaders have long desired a President McCain or Bush tried to national service could end a universal national-service program, but promote a similar program? up leading some people to the enthusiasm that Obama brings to the serve in the military.” debate makes it a real option now. How Civil liberties lawyer would the Democrats and the liberal press comprised of citizen-soldiers. The numer- J.D. Tucille claims that Obama’s nation- have reacted had a President McCain or ous National Guard troops serving over- al-service campaign is just a clever way Bush tried to promote a similar national- seas shows how quickly the government to reintroduce the draft to the American service program? Justin Raimondo, of An- expands roles beyond their initial pur- people: tiwar.com, concludes: “If George W. Bush pose. It would be naïve to think the same and/or John McCain had called for the cre- cannot happen to these “civil defense” Under Barack Obama’s plan, a re- ation of a domestic paramilitary force, the positions. fusal to participate in a national- liberals and certainly the Left would have While giving a July 2008 speech about service program touted at the federal seen it as an ominous development, with his plans to expand national-service level will be punished by the with- the more excitable types raising the spec- programs, Obama himself stated: “We holding of high school diplomas by ter of fascism.” President Obama doesn’t cannot continue to rely on our military the school district in your town. And have to worry about any such opposition in order to achieve the national security without that diploma, few colleges or coming from the left, at least for the fore- objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have employers will even bother to look at seeable future. The establishment may get a civilian national security force that’s your application. It’s a softer sort of their wish if enough Americans are not just as powerful, just as strong, just as authoritarianism which requires no made aware of the real danger posed by well-funded.” (Emphasis added.) That draft boards, muddles the identity Obama’s plan. n comment caused an online fer- vor among conservative and libertarian bloggers. Obama’s defenders claimed that there is nothing to worry about be- cause Obama was simply talking about his AmeriCorps and Peace Corps expansion. Therein lies the problem. The disturbing point of all this na- tional-service talk is how eas- ily Obama makes the transition from talking about volunteering within one’s own community (under federal direction) to the loaded term of “national secu- rity.” The constant word-twist- ing employed by government officials tends to blur the lines between what they are saying and what they actually intend. Much like how the U.S. gov- Soldiers on the surface: In Israel, women are required to ernment changed the name of enter military service, but because they are not allowed in the War Department to the De- combat units, they often do nothing more purposeful than fense Department after WWII, provide coffee during service. Similarly, the logistics behind finding meaningful work for all American teens, work they are AP Images despite the fact that the role of capable of doing, would be close to insurmountable. the military has been expanded beyond “defense.” Obama and 14 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  16. 16. NatioNal Service At Uncle Sam’s Service National service is often associated with patriotism, but the degree to which it becomes compulsory is the same degree to which it becomes involuntary servitude. what service may mean: To accomplish his military ambitions in Afghanistan, Sudan, and elsewhere, Barack Obama may need to include military duty (a draft) as a national-service requirement for many. AP Images by Patrick Krey another Big-government Program In Springfield, Illinois, AmeriCorps National service is just another costly and members presented a puppet show P roponents of universal national wasteful big-government program. Like to edify three-year-olds at the Little service claim that it will bring this most federal government programs, it will Angels Child Care Center by alert- nation together and teach younger be top-heavy, slow-reacting, expensive, in- ing them to the benefits of smoke generations about what it means to be an effective, and administered from D.C. To detectors. American. Sadly, many Americans seem get a good idea of what these new “corps” to believe those claims. Even with infor- will be doing, one only has to review what Bovard also explains that AmeriCorps is mation that the program will be virtu- AmeriCorps has been up to since its in- grossly mismanaged and has yet to pro- ally mandatory and might lead to a new ception. Author James Bovard has docu- duce any serious, tangible results. version of the draft, some Americans mented the almost comical “volunteerism” might shrug their shoulders and say “so that AmeriCorps has produced: Though AmeriCorps abounds in ‘feel what?” Well, there is much more wrong good’ projects, it has never provided with national service than is immediately In most areas of AmeriCorps activ- credible evidence of benefit to the apparent. ity, its effect is negligible — at best: United States. The Office of Manage- Nineteenth-century French economist … An AmeriCorps member helped ment and Budget concluded in 2003 and statesman Frederic Bastiat famously organize a “Pink Prom,” the first gay that ‘AmeriCorps has not been able to wrote in his essay “What Is Seen and What youth dance in Snohomish County, demonstrate results. Its current focus Is Not Seen” that “a law produces not Washington. AmeriCorps mem- is on the amount of time a person only one effect, but a series of effects. Of bers in Worcester, Massachusetts, serves, as opposed to the impact on these effects, the first alone is immediate; presented lessons in half a dozen the community or participants.’ OMB it appears simultaneously with its cause; schools about “Super Bowl Surge” noted in 2004, ‘AmeriCorps accom- it is seen. The other effects emerge only — the problems that occur when plishments are difficult to measure, subsequently; they are not seen; we are millions of people watching the big but its reported impact is small.’ The fortunate if we foresee them.” What other game use the bathroom during half- General Accounting Office noted in effects could there be to this universal na- time.... Puppet shows are a favorite 2000 that AmeriCorps ‘generally re- tional service? activity for AmeriCorps members. ports the results of its programs and www.TheNewAmerican.com 15
  17. 17. NatioNal Service sor Arthur Brooks, author of Who Really Cares, did research to see who gives more to charity between liberals and conserva- tives. “When you look at the data, it turns out the conservatives give about 30 per- cent more. And incidentally, conserva- tive-headed families make slightly less money.... You find that people who believe it’s the government’s job to make incomes more equal, are far less likely to give their money away.” (Emphasis added.) If those trends continue, this huge national-service initiative could have a similar effect. Peo- ple who volunteer through government programs will forgo volunteering through private organizations. As more people be- lieve that charity is the responsibility of government, private charity and willful volunteerism will decline. In addition, by mandating volunteerism at such an early age, universal national ser- vice might have the effect of discouraging future community service. According to a research article published in the journal of the American Psychological Society, “Stu- AP Images dents who are not willing or not ready to volunteer — but who are required to by their school — may be less likely to vol- rally for service: These young people rally to restore full funding for the government-run AmeriCorps service programs, so they can “serve.” But the Office of Management and unteer again in the future.” Budget said in 2004, “AmeriCorps’ accomplishments are difficult to measure, but its The reality is that present government reported impact is small.” policies are obstacles to private volun- teerism. Former special assistant to the Reagan administration Doug Bandow, activities by quantifying the amount exists, and if taxpayers were not being in testimony to Congress on national- of services AmeriCorps participants mulcted for every goofy and evil social service programs, said that while much perform.’ GAO criticized Ameri- welfare scheme, they would have the “worthwhile service work remains to be Corps for failing to make any effort time and resources to devote to increased done across the country … government to measure the actual effect of its genuine charitable efforts.” Grichar, hav- often stands in the way of private indi- members’ actions. ing witnessed AmeriCorps firsthand, also viduals and groups who want to help. wrote that “the real horror is always the Such barriers should be stripped away, More taxes and inflation same — you as a taxpayer pay more and yet [federal national-service programs] What will happen when taxes are raised get less than you would have if the private may divert attention from the ways the to pay for this increased spending? The sector — either for-profit businesses or government hinders private provision of money will have to come from some- non-government-funded private charities important social services.… Restrictions where. It will either be raised by taxes or — handled the problem. The inefficiency, on paratransit operations limit private created by the Federal Reserve, thereby waste, fraud, other corruption and abuse transportation for the disabled. Regula- inflating the money supply. Either way, inflicted on taxpayers by the federal gov- tions also harm other forms of volunteer- the American people will bear the brunt of ernment — like all governments it has a ism. Health regulations prevent restau- the cost. How will this increased spending territorial monopoly of power and the au- rants in Los Angeles and elsewhere from impact present levels of volunteerism and thority to tax citizens to pay for its activi- donating food to the hungry, for instance. charitable giving? There is the real threat ties — appears endless, a price we have to In short, in many cases important needs of crowding out private sector charity by pay for progress.” are unmet precisely because of perverse having the federal government take such a government policy.” large leap into bureaucratizing community Destroying Private charity There is another danger posed by bu- service. Jim Grichar, a former economist Research has shown that believers in big reaucratizing roles typically run by private for the federal government, wrote that government do not put much stock in pri- churches. Obama has vowed to continue “real volunteerism in this country still vate charity. Syracuse University Profes- George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives, 16 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  18. 18. but he wants to put his own mark on it: government to “indoctrinate” “Make no mistake, as someone who used our nation’s youth? The pos- to teach constitutional law, I believe deep- sibility is certainly there. Obama will be all too willing to ly in the separation of church and state, but The “Classroom Corps” throw federal funds around for I don’t believe this partnership will endan- could assist with teaching chil- national-service programs, even ger that idea — so long as we follow a few dren the accepted progressive ones involving religious charities, basic principles.... First, if you get a fed- notions of the day. The “Health eral grant, you can’t use that grant money Corps” would immediately but participating charities will have to proselytize to the people you help and put to work a new coalition to abide by the rules of the state. you can’t discriminate against them — or clamoring for socialized med- One can only imagine what will against the people you hire — on the basis icine and further government happen to volunteer work for such of their religion. Second, federal dollars intervention into healthcare. issues as abortion. that go directly to churches, temples, and The “Clean Energy Corps” mosques can only be used on secular pro- could spread the message of grams. And we’ll also ensure that taxpayer a “necessary” global solu- of the all-powerful State as the solution to dollars only go to those programs that ac- tion to the dire threat of “climate change” all of life’s problems. This new “service” tually work.” most likely administered through the UN. generation would be more willing to ac- Basically, this is more of the “strings Finally, the “Homeland Security Corps” cept big-government solutions at both the attached” federal funding approach. could help train a generation of citizens national and global level. Obama will be all too willing to throw on how to implement the directives of the federal funds around for national-service federal government at a moment’s notice. Un-american and Unconstitutional programs, even ones that are involved What starts out as voluntary soon becomes The whole notion of universal national with religious charities, but participat- mandatory. This initiative would also assist service runs counter to the founding prin- ing religious charities will have to abide with the continued centralization of power ciples of our nation. Alex Epstein, writing by the rules of the secular state. One can in Washington. In every way, national ser- in the online Capitalism Magazine, ex- only imagine what will happen to volun- vice would only serve to tie our nation’s plains that “America was founded on the teer work for such controversial issues youth more closely to government and in- principle of individualism: the idea that as abortion or sex education. If a church doctrinate them in the mindless worship each individual is a sovereign being with doesn’t follow Washington’s direction in controversial areas, they run the risk of being left behind in the national- service tidal wave of state-controlled “volunteers.” indoctrination Federally funded and directed programs would be a great way for establishment leaders to control the debate on the is- sues. Since the 1950s, the federal gov- ernment has become more and more in- volved in education. During this time, education policy has become more pro- pagandized and directed from Washing- ton. Jacob Hornberger, president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, writes that “public schooling has achieved suc- cess in one important area: the creation of a flock of good little citizens who be- lieve that the paternalistic welfare state constitutes freedom and free enterprise. Indeed, herein lies the power of public AP Images schooling — the power of government employees to indoctrinate children, year after year, with their officially ap- National-service substitution: In U.S. society, when there is a need for charitable proved version of what it means to be contributions, a private entity emerges to fill the void. Evidence shows that when people free.” Could national-service programs expect government to aid others, they cut back on private charity. be another method employed by the www.TheNewAmerican.com 17
  19. 19. NatioNal Service the idea that the Nation is least if you take the text of the Constitu- something to be served?... tion seriously.... Note that the Amendment Sheldon Richman, editor of The This is a profoundly un- forbids not only ‘slavery’ but also ‘invol- Freeman, asks, “Where do people get American concept. It’s far untary servitude,’ a provision deliberately the idea that the Nation is something more consistent with the inserted to prevent state governments to be served?... This is a profoundly European despotism of the from, in effect, reenslaving blacks by im- un-American concept.... You don’t first half of the twentieth posing ‘temporary’ forced labor systems. century. You don’t have to Mandatory national service, which would have to look hard to find quotations look hard to find quota- require young people to do government- by Mussolini (dare I mention Hitler?) tions by Mussolini (dare I mandated work … is pretty clearly invol- about the duty of the individual to mention Hitler?) about the untary servitude under any reasonable serve the Nation.” duty of the individual to definition of the word.” serve the Nation.... This is The truth of the matter is that any not what most Americans program of universal national service is the moral right to his own life and to the thought at the time of the founding.” unconstitutional and un-American. Con- achievement of his own goals. This is the The first thing that comes to a con- gressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) put it best basis of the political idea, enshrined in our stitutionalist’s mind after contemplating when he said, “Some politicians simply Declaration of Independence, that the indi- Obama’s proposal is that there is no au- love the thought of mandatory service vidual possesses inalienable rights to life, thorization for it in the Constitution. It ap- to the federal government.... Both sides liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The pears that Obama hopes to do an end-run share the same belief that citizens should Founders accordingly reconceived the pur- around the Constitution by employing the serve the needs of the state — a belief our pose of government as being the servant liberally interpreted “General Welfare” founders clearly rejected in the Declara- of the individual, rather than his master.... clause that is used to justify the taxing tion of Independence. To many politicians, This collectivist belief in the supremacy of and spending powers of Congress. Even the American government is America.... the group over the individual is the foun- with this dubious rationale, the question Compulsory national service, whether dation of the national-service ideology, remains whether universal national ser- in the form of military conscription or which regards the individual as a servant vice violates the 13th Amendment’s pro- make-work programs like AmeriCorps, to the nation. The notion that people are hibition on “involuntary servitude.” Ilya still sells on Capitol Hill. Conscription is ‘nothing without the group’ and owe their Somin, a law professor at George Mason wrongly associated with patriotism, when lives — or any portion of them — to the University, certainly thinks so. “I think really it represents collectivism and invol- state is antithetical to American individu- that the answer is pretty clearly ‘yes,’ at untary servitude.” n alism and freedom.” Volunteerism as it exists in a free society has virtu- ally nothing in common expectations and reality: The National Guard, whose with the vision of national main duty is to provide force protection for the United service promoted by Obama. States, has been increasingly activated for combat Sheldon Richman, editor of overseas. How long will it be before Obama’s planned The Freeman, explains that “civilian national security force” is co-opted into fighting “if people wish to perform abroad as well? service for others, they of course should be free to do so, with their own time and money. They should neither be forced nor use force in the name of service. A le- gally enforceable obligation to perform service clashes with the principles of the free society and proclaims that individuals are not self- owners but rather the prop- erty of society or the state. If there is no right to live for AP Images one’s own sake, there are no rights at all.” Richman also asks, “Where do people get 18 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  20. 20. tHe riGHt PerSPectiVe by charleS Scaliger Obama: The Change That’s Not P resident Bush has left made public, Obama’s aides office amid the great- have indicated the price tag est economic calamity may exceed $770 billion. in several generations, per- Regardless of how it’s haps ever. The federal budget designed, Obama’s stimu- deficit is poised to triple last lus package, like all federal year’s record $400 billion, government pork, will only rising to a projected $1.2 tril- further ratchet up the deficit lion. Trillions too have been while doing little to jump- added to the national debt by start the economy — an echo a desperate Bush administra- of the Bush administration’s tion and craven Congress, feeble economic stimulus most to bail out America’s package last year. The only corporate and financial oli- possible effective stimulus garchs. Meanwhile, the fed- would be to reduce drasti- eral government continues to cally the burden of taxes and prosecute its wars in Iraq and regulations that Americans Afghanistan and myriad other are saddled with, but Presi- expensive military projects dent Obama, as ideologically AP Images overseas, as well as preside wedded to socialism as his over a vast array of welfare predecessors, will, with the programs and subsidies. De- support of a willing Congress, spite tens of trillions of dollars of debt, the federal government only seek to enlarge the federal welfare state. Handouts to the continues to borrow and spend as though money grows on trees poor, unemployed, students, researchers, artists, farmers, and the — which, in the presto-chango economics of Federal Reserve countless companies still clamoring for bailouts will continue printing presses, it does. unabated, all of it tendered in money the federal government will Enter Barack Obama, a fresh face, saddled with endless wars, have to borrow because it does not have the funds. a federal government drowning in debt, and a host of other in- As for foreign policy, Obama has stated that he intends to tractable problems brought about by decades of federal cor- “engage immediately” in the Middle East, including the Gaza ruption and abuse. Throughout his campaign, Obama, exuding situation over which he is “deeply concerned.” Obama has clar- competence and confidence, promised change to a war- and ified that his interest in the Middle East is not “short term.” recession-weary American public. He instead has plans for “building a process whereby we can Were he Ron Paul, Obama might be expected to do the right achieve a more lasting peace in the region.” What’s more, wrote thing — to end America’s debilitating overseas military activi- Amie Parnes and Glenn Thrush in an article for Politico.com, ties, scale back the federal government to within constitutionally “Obama quietly adopted many of his former rival’s [i.e., Hillary authorized bounds (bounds that have not been observed since Clinton’s] more hawkish foreign policy positions by the end of before the First World War), and return our money to a sound the primaries.” footing — a gold and silver standard. In other words Obama, like his predecessors, has no intention But Obama is not Ron Paul, and intends none of these things. of reducing our profile as the world’s policeman, in the Middle Instead, youth, freshness, and glib campaign slogans notwith- East or presumably anywhere else. Look for ongoing wrangling standing, Obama intends to continue the policies of his prede- with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs, con- cessors, and very likely will take full advantage of the global cri- tinued U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sis to further reduce America to fiscal and political servitude. possible new military commitments in Syria, the Sudan, and President Obama believes only government — not the free elsewhere. market — can save us from economic ruin. “At this particular Those who voted for change in Barack Obama will soon be moment, only government can provide the short-term boost nec- disappointed, as our new president charts a course from the very essary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe,” Obama same road map his presidential predecessors have followed for warned recently in a speech at George Mason University, add- nearly a century. Big government at home and abroad will con- ing that the ongoing recession could “linger for years” unless tinue to expand, to the detriment of our fast-disappearing free- Congress spends unprecedented sums on bailouts and other faux doms and our evaporating wealth. Before long, the lament will stimuli. While details of what the Obama camp has been call- likely be, as a popular Clinton-era bumper sticker styled it, “I ing the American Recovery and Investment Plan have yet to be voted for change. Now that’s all I have left!” n www.TheNewAmerican.com 19

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