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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Don't they already have your children enough? Manditory Civil Defense Training

Education, Obama 2008

Obamas universal 4k and mandatory 50 hrs community civil defense service at camp for 3 mo.

How much do you want others to influence your children? One of my compelling reasons to homeschool was to be the primary influences for my child.

Audio: The obligatory "Rahm Emanuel talks about compulsory civil defese service" clip. Hot Air Nov. 12, 2008

If this doesn't send a chill up your spine, you don't know your history very well.


Universal Civil Defense training, 3 months of training, at some point in college, we can do that,

There can be nothing wrong with all Americans having a joint similar experience of Civil Defense training or Civil Service. (Their terms.) or some sense of service to country, in preparation,  which will give people a sense of what it means to be an American. [I am going to trust a socialist to tell my kid what it means to be an American?] We propose 3 months, in the end if someone says 3,4, I'm not going to sit here and hold [it] up...

Uniforms? Yes, Jumping jacks, Yes,  

training in what America is really like "through your state national guard", mutters something about terrorist attacks "it will be a common experience a body of citizens that will be prepared" 18-25 years old. God forbid that there are chemical or terrorist attacks or natural disasters that are more frequent...





Obama website: Hey, let’s make community service compulsory for students

posted at 2:45 pm on November 7, 2008 by Allahpundit
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Intriguing. Will that be in lieu of or in addition to the three months of compulsory civil defense training Rahm Emanuel wants 18-to-25-year-olds to do?

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.

Presumably, the penalty for being a 20-year-old who doesn’t want to spend two hours a week picking up trash would be not graduating. The penalty for dodging Emanuel’s program, only Rahm knows. I remember this subject coming up now and again in poli sci classes and my leftish professor arguing that a peacetime draft would violate the right of privacy sketched out in cases like Roe as an infringement of one’s physical autonomy. If The One pushes ahead with this, it’ll be fun watching conservatives suddenly trying to coopt that right and liberals just as suddenly trying to narrow it. (On which side, do you suppose, will the ACLU come down?) Alternatively, you could skip the right of privacy and try a First Amendment argument: If the state can’t compel students to say the pledge of allegiance, arguably it can’t make them go clean parks, either. That case would turn on the distinction between speech and conduct; given the current composition of the Court, refuseniks would stand at least a shot of winning.

It bears noting that Maverick’s also always been famously gung ho for kids doing some form of national service — “There should be more focus on meeting national goals and on making short-term service, both civilian and military, a rite of passage for young Americans,” he wrote in the Washington Monthly(!) in 2001 — but he’s been careful, at least lately, to say that it should be volunteer-only. Exit question: Won’t a lot of conservatives, especially older ones, dig this idea? Keeps kids busy and out of trouble, teaches spoiled teens responsibility, etc.

Update: Let’s not go nuts, please.


 Most college age adults spend their summers earning money for the next school year. They are to give up a summer for this? What if the young adult has no desire to go to college and already is working full time in a job or apprenticeship ?

Who is teaching these civil defense classes? Why do they have to live there?




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