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Obama America Serves Program

President – elect Obama delivers on his promise to ‘fix’ America. On his Change.Gov web site, the America Serves page contains the entry:

America Serves“When you choose to serve — whether it’s your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood — you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That’s why it’s called the American dream.”
The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.

A Google cached copy is at America Serves Cache Copy From Nov. 7th 2008.
I suppose anyone that doesn’t meet the 50 hours of service (100 for college age) will be able to fulfill their requirement at re-education centers. Our Dear Leader will will no doubt have his thralls in joyous rapture over the prospect of involuntary servitude for the betterment of The Dear Leaders pet programs. Maybe sweeping the streets of his ideal city to keep them pristine, or signing up more and more registered democrats, or harassing rich people to give mortgage loans to people that can never pay them back.
After getting some flak over some constitutional conflicts the constitutional lawyer, our Dear Leader, President – Elect Obama stealth changed the web page. The changes between the copies is in bold.

The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.

The change.gov stealth edited and changed copy is at America Serves .
For now, the new text says its a goal. Stay tuned to changes when he actually takes office. Then he gets to use his Executive Orders to make new laws.
For a constitutional lawyer, you would think he would remember the amendment to the constitution over involuntary servitude that we fought a civil war over. O, that’s right, it was a REPUBLICAN president, the founder of the Republican party, the party invented to abolish slavery, the party created by Abraham Lincoln, that pushed for that change. It doesn’t count. This is just another example of the problems in the constitution that the Warren Court didn’t fix and now he will.

Constitutional Amendment XIII

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

I don’t suppose this will be a problem for him when he becomes Dear Leader and ‘fixes’ the broken constitution. After all, if congress won’t legislate the changes he needs, he will appoint judges, including the Supreme Court, that will ‘fix’ the constitution. The constitution only says what the government ‘must not’ do. It doesn’t say what it ‘must’ do. Perhaps the constitutional lawyer in our Dear Leader, President-Elect Obama, will ‘fix’ the constitution so that the government ‘must’ require it’s citizens to serve his whim and whimsy. Executive Orders are so much fun to issue. Might as well not have a congress, especially if it will have a Republican filibuster minority.
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