Monday, July 07, 2008

They used to call that Slavery

From NRO


So when I'm President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of service.

We'll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we'll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities. At the community level, we'll develop public-private partnerships so students can serve more outside the classroom.

So you are required to perform services for your community, without compensation, and if you do not the government will penalize you somehow.

In the early, 1800's they called that slavery. In today's world we call it being called by the Messiah Obama.

A few week ago, Walter Williams had a column titled Are Americans Pro Slavery?
Let's do a thought experiment asking whether Americans are for or against slavery. You might say, "What are you talking about, Williams? We fought a war that cost over 600,000 lives to end slavery!" To get started, we might find a description that captures the essence of slavery. A good working description is: slavery is a set of circumstances whereby one person is forcibly used to serve the purposes of another person and has no legal claim to the fruits of his labor.

The average American worker toils from January 1st to the end of April, and has no legal claim to the fruits of his labor for that period. Federal, state and local governments, through the tax code, take what he produces. A small portion of the fruits of his labor is used to provide for the constitutional functions of government. Most of what's taken, up to two-thirds, is given to some other American in the forms of farm and business subsidies, Social Security, Medicare, welfare and hundreds of other government handout programs. As in slavery, one person is being forcibly used to serve the purposes of another person.

The fact of the matter is this. When you are forced to work for another's benefit, it's slavery but somehow we've manipulated the language enough so that the slave rulers (aka senators) can call it "doing for the common good".


Mark_McNally said...

Obama barely served 17 weeks in the Senate, before starting his run for the presidency. He owes us more time...

gordon gekko said...

Actually, I think he owes us a senate term where he actually shows up to make up for the pay he's already stolen from the American public.

Eric said...

how about all the money john mccain has stolen?

should he remain in the senate to pay us back or do you have some silly wingnut caveat that makes his vote misses during a presidential run ok?

obama will institute slavery now? that's the wingnut hoax du jour?

it'd be funny if it weren't so sad.

gordon gekko said...

Once again, a liberal who refuses to actually address the issue.

GaryLewis said...

McCain already paid us back in spades-AT THE HANOI HILTON YOU JERK!

As for "service" work, I can get all the servants I want on a Saturday morning. All it takes is a call to my good friend the judge of the Court of Common Pleas-Juvenile Division. He'll be happy to supply me with all the orange shirt-clad juveniles I want. They can be used to pick up litter, clean streets, wash city vehicles, etc. However, Barry O would make some sort of exception for them under his rules. Because who would they most likely vote for? Barry O of course.