Bill would force every American to two-years community service as determined by the President

By Jack Minor

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) has proposed a bill that would require every citizen to serve two years in the military or some form of government service to be chosen by the President with no exemptions for conscientious objectors.

Rangel, who has recently been convicted of multiple ethics violations, sponsored HR 5741. The bill would require all persons “between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service.” The bill goes on to define national service as “military service or service in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including national or community service.”

The President would have the power to order induction into the armed forces if he declares a national emergency, providing he simply notify Congress of the reason for the inductions. The two-year requirement for all citizens will be extended by the number of days a person is taken ill or is recovering from injury in the line of duty. The President would also have the ability to end any individual’s enlistment before the two-year mark at his discretion.

Conscientious objectors would be exempted from front line combat units, however, they will still be required to serve in some type of community service designated by the President.

The bill is in keeping with the President’s desire to create a national security force separate from the military. WorldNetDaily reported that during the 2008 presidential campaign Obama said, at an appearance in Colorado Springs, “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’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

To this day the administration has not made clear what the purpose of such an organization that is “just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military would be. It does appear as if compulsory service has been a goal of the Obama administration even prior to the election.

Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, coauthored a book in 2006 called “The Plan: Big Ideas for America.” In this book he called for three months of compulsory civil service for all Americans aged 18 to 25.

The Obama/Biden campaign website  change.gov proclaims Obama and Biden have “set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year.” HR 1444 called for a study to determine whether “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” should be developed across the United States.

Another bill, HR 1388, which Betsy Markey voted in favor of and was signed into law by the President, originally had a section listing prohibited activities during the period individuals were fulfilling their community service requirements. Among the prohibited activities were attempting to influence legislation, organizing in protests, petitioning boycotts or strikes, activities designed to influence the outcome of an election for public office, participating in religious instruction and being forbidden to engage in any form of religious proselytization.


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  • Nathan Buchanan says:

    This bill has been proposed many times but has never, and will never receive any support because it is opposition to the 13th amendment. The above article makes it seem as though it is currently granting special powers to the president but it is not and it never will.

  • Christine says:

    Well, Nathan, unfortunately you were wrong. Woe to all of us and the person serving these FORCED 2 years of service can’t even go to church??? What about the Catholics who have sacraments and holidays they have sworn an oath before God to fulfill on pain of going to hell if they die during that time? How about Jews and the Sabbath and the Holy Days they must observe? I don’t know much about the Muslims, so I won’t pick out any of their obligations, altho it’s still hideously unfair to them. To NOT be able to read their Koran every day? What is Obama trying to do, multiply the number of home grown Muslim terrorists by a factor of 10,000??? They’re NOT going to take that kindly. (And maybe a few Christians/Jews are going to get their butts up on their backs and realize what they’re losing and rise up too!) How can the gov’t demand you CANNOT attend a religious service even if it’s your time home for a weekend or whatever??

    I wish w/ all my heart, Nathan, that you had been right. Half our bill of rights has gone right out the door on this one. And these Senior folks – are they forbidden to attend church too? They’re not the ones 18-25 (Thank GOD my kids are older then that, but I have grandkids to worry about, one whom is 17!!) who are demanded to serve, but if they’re involved in this the way O’blivious is intending, are they forbidden from church too???

    And what ELSE do “they” have in store for us? No one reports these bills, except obviously this paper, but who ever going to the bill itself and UNDERSTAND it??? Not me, they twist my brain up, w/ all their “insert instead…” whatever language. There’s a landslide of them every session! (Unless it’s necessary and good and then it gets ignored.) Oh dear God, where will this all end? As if I didn’t know…

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