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Old 03-26-2009, 12:37 PM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
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Default Re: grant freedom to republicans

Originally Posted by piscivorous View Post
Instead we will get mandatory government indoctrination of all youths through
the little remarked about Americorps national service plan

It eliminates the voluntary nature of the original plan and will instead move to a compulsory

This would include combining

Will that uniform be brown shirts and jackboots?
Ah, piscivorous. Good to see you treating opinion pieces as fact once again. Not that I believed this blob of hysteria, but I did look up both the Senate (S.277) and House (H. R. 1388) versions of the bill.* (Numbers obtained from an AP article.)

I do not think this editorial writer is quoting from the bills as they stand. For example, the phrase "able young" does not appear anywhere in either -- this is something your source represents as being quoted from "the legislation." Nor do I find the phrase "all individuals," presented by your source as another quote (emph. added):

To begin with, the legislation threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for consideration of “a workable, fair and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” It anticipates the possibility of requiring “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service, including elementary school students.
I think I'll give it up there, having already treated it with more respect than it deserves. I invite you to present more credible sourcing.

* [Added] It appears that the links to the text of the bills are not persistent. Sorry. You'll have to visit thomas.loc.gov and enter the bill numbers by hand.

[Added] Or see the text as presented on OpenCongress.org (Senate version | House version).

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