The Draft is Back

"Universal National Service Act of 2003"

(H.R. 163 - S.89)

 

by Berit Kjos

with Virginia Birt Baker, Charlotte Iserbyt and Mary Thompson


Resources to aid your Understanding

"...it is the obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the United States, between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a two-year period of national service, unless exempted, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense..." Universal National Service Act of 2003.[1]

"'[A]ll Americans, probably beginning somewhere between ages of 17 and 19, [would] serve their Country for two years in one of a variety of areas, including health and social welfare programs, and the military.' ... the new Universal Public Service proposal was proposed by former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara just before he became head of the World Bank." (1970)[2]


An ominous bill is pending in Congress. Held up in the House Armed Services Committee since January, it could be passed at any opportune moment -- along with an identical Senate bill. If that happens, our daughters as well as sons "between the ages of 18 and 26" will be "subject to induction." The President will "determine the number of persons" to be chosen for "the uniformed services" according to the military needs of the time. In light of the world's rising peacekeeping demands, those needs could grow fast.

 

The "draft" may be little more than a fading memory to most Americans. But with each new international crises, the world as well as America moves closer to a different kind of draft -- and to the global community and "Rapid Reaction" capability our international managers have long envisioned.

 

According to H.R. 163, those who are exempted from military duty because of mental or "physical disabilities" or "conscientious" objections [Sec.7, 8], could be transferred to any "noncombatant" or civilian service.[1] Like all the other recruits into civilian service, they would be trained in group thinking and consensus building through the dialectic process.[3]

 

Not only would "every U.S. Citizen" be called to mandatory service; other youths "residing in the United States" would be included as well. Would such residents include foreign students, young workers with visas, illegal aliens...? The bill doesn't tell us. Instead it leaves many specific decisions up to the President. Do you wonder who might fill his shoes five or ten years from now?

 

The "popular title" of this pending bill is simply "Reinstate draft bill," but the "short title" is a bit more sobering: "Universal National Service Act of 2003." The word "universal" confirms that all youth must participate in this "national" program unless disqualified for stated reasons.  But the public isn't told that some of America's most powerful service organizations are part of the UN network for molding politically correct human resources through "service learning" around the world.[4]


The "official title" of the bill adds more details: "To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."

 

Notice the last phrase, "for other purposes." That's open-ended, dear friends. It could mean anything our global managers want to do with or through our youth. Keep in mind, the main objective for "community service" and "service learning" is to learn to think collectively and to adjust personal beliefs and values to the new pluralistic consensus. Nationalism, "fundamentalism" and other obstacles to global solidarity must be washed from their minds by immersion into diverse cultural climates and social dialogues led by trained facilitators.  

 

At the 1998 "Fourth Global Conferences on National Youth Service (NYS)," Donald J. Eberly, the president of The International Associations of National Youth Service (IANYS), traced the history of this global project. Ponder this progression:

"...the roots of NYS as a global idea go back... to 1912, when Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy of Germany called for a Planetary Service. His idea was that young people from all nations would work together on constructive projects.

"They go back to about 1919, when Pierre Ceresole of Switzerland created Service Civil International. They go back to 1933, when President Roosevelt of the United States established the Civilian Conservation Corps.

"They go back to 1949 when Mao Zedong of China issued his twin mottoes of "serve the people" and "learn through practice". These mottoes have formed the basis for huge amounts of youth service in the decades since 1949...."[5]

Exactly. There you have the roots of today's popular "service learning." Socialist training for compliant workers!

UNESCO was a major participant in this conference. After all, it's CCIVS (Coordinating Committee on International Voluntary Service) works with over "140 member organisations... some of which are international organisations with national branches in over 100 countries."[4]  United States was represented by key leaders in social and corporate development -- including the Rite of Passage Project and the Ford Foundation which has been funding "progressive" world programs for decades.[6]

All help fine-tune the psycho-social strategies that conform each server to the planned solidarity. And the Bush administration's massive education system (No Child Left Behind) -- which is part of UNESCO's world education system (Education for All) -- fits right in. From pre-school through high school, it trains children to reject traditional values, to embrace global socialism and to serve an ever-changing world community that rejects the unchanging truths of God. See "Molding Human Resources for the Global Workforce"

 

Universities intensify the indoctrination. But the Universal National Service may become the cultural "Rite of Passage" into adult life, filtering the human resources and pressing everyone into UNESCO's mold.

 

On September 29, Laura Bush told UNESCO's General Conference helped celebrate the U.S. return to UNESCO membership. Speaking in Paris, the First Lady -- titled the "Honorary Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy" -- reminded her audience that,

"One year ago, President Bush stood before the United Nations General Assembly and pledged that the United States of America would return to UNESCO as a symbol of our nation's commitment to human dignity. Our delegation is proud to be here today representing our country and fulfilling that commitment. We believe in working with the nations of the world to promote the values shared by people throughout the world....

As of October 1st, the United States government will once again be a full, active and enthusiastic participant in UNESCO's important mission to promote peace and freedom. And the people of my country will work with our UNESCO colleagues throughout the world to advance education, science, culture and understanding...."[7] Emphasis added.

As a UN "Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy", she apparently believes that each youth must be taught and trained to accept UNESCO's social-, cultural- and environmental literacies.[8]  Federico Mayor, former head of UNESCO, summarized their combined mission back in 1996, "Citizenship for the next century is learning to live together....The 21st Century city will be a city of social solidarity.... We have to redefine the words... [and write a new] social contract."[9]

Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Hitler were masters at redefining words and spreading propaganda. Their "social contracts" held millions captive to their socialist agendas. And all four used mandatory youth service to mold young minds and to build their own compliant labor force.[10]

U.S. leaders with similar visions have been testing the concept of mandatory service for over fifty years. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt "wanted civilian volunteers to be trained to work in nursery schools, housing projects, and other 'meaningful' jobs."[11]

More recently, former President George Bush promoted his "thousand points of light." Colin Power helped lead the President's Summit for America's Future. "Volunteer to be a tutor in a school," he beckoned. "Become a mentor...."[12] And President George W. Bush has used every potential crisis along the way to promote his versions of the planned national/international service system. Nothing boosted the process more effectively than the assault on the World Trade Center and the ongoing "war on terrorism."  

"The best way to fight evil is by doing good," said President Bush in his 2002 State of the Union address. "...I ask all Americans to dedicate two years of their lives, the equivalent of 4000 hours to the service of our country.  ...get them involved in Peace Corps, AmeriCorp, SeniorCorp or the new Citizens Corp."[13]

Last May (21), President Bush "announced a new international service initiative known as Volunteers for Prosperity, a program to enlist and deploy highly skilled professionals... to countries around the world to promote global prosperity." Volunteers would be plugged into the vast international network of non-governmental service agencies through the Freedom Corps. "We hope eventually, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands will work as volunteers in the new program," said John Bridgeland, Executive Director of USA Freedom Corps.[14]

Apparently, the military is also hoping for thousands of recruits to meet global challenges ahead. A Mother Jones article titled "No Child Left Unrecruited," exposes an amazing policy hidden in President Bush's massive education law, "No Child Left Behind."  American taxpayers weren't told that "...buried deep within the law's 670 pages, is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only with access to facilities, but also with contact information for every student--or face a cutoff of all federal aid.... Recruiters are up front about their  plans to use school lists to aggressively pursue students through mailing, phone calls, and personal visits--even if parents object."[15]

While the Freedom Corps and, later, the Homeland Security Department were building their vast service and defense networks, government leaders and legislators have meticulously avoided the word "mandatory" in their new laws and regulations. But their open-ended language left convenient loopholes, and participation in community service learning programs has become a standard requirement both for high school graduation and college entrance in communities across our land.[16]

During the Nixon administration, a "far-reaching proposal" for "a Universal Public Service System" exposed the hidden, long-term plans of our globalist leaders. A November, 1970 issue of the British Scott Report published an article titled "Universal Public Service System." It stated:

     "The basic idea the new President's committee would explore is that 'all Americans, probably beginning somewhere between ages of 17 and 19, serve their Country for two years in one of a variety of areas, including health and social welfare programs, and the military.'

     "While similar plans for a Universal Public Service System have been surfaced from time to time in the past, what is significant about the new recommendation is its timing and the group making it. Drafted originally by the 'Whiz Kids' of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, the new Universal Public Service proposal was proposed by former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara just before he became head of the World Bank. At the time, the plan received a cold reception in Congress and was shelved....

    "Recruits for the new social army would be placed in 'the school system, day care centers, mental health and mental retardation programs, general health facilities, community services, police, fire protection, environmental and urban renewal programs, VISTA, and Peace Corps.'"[2]

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? In spite of the ongoing resistance, the relentless march toward global control keeps pressing ahead. The main target is our children and grandchildren, and we had better prepare them for the clash of values. God wants us to care for people, but not through a global network that forbids the sound of His name. To resist the pressures to conform, our children must learn to recognize the subtle signs of unbiblical compromise and consensus thinking.

Even now, all public school children -- and their values, attitudes, willingness to compromise and readiness to conform -- are being measured, monitored and tracked in the vast networks of the international information systems. As school-to-work guru Marc Tucker and others have repeatedly affirmed, higher education and better jobs will go to those whose personal data file matches the new global goals. The same "cooperative" youth may well win the more advantageous service assignments under the proposed new law. Meanwhile, "traditional" thinkers could be channeled toward the more dangerous assignments or the more watchful forms of "service learning." 

Those who have studied the rapid establishment of a global education system under UNESCO guidelines have -- for many years -- known both the goals and the planned outcomes of this vast transformational system. All people (young and old) must -

As in the former Soviet Union, "service learning" is designed to accomplish all these objectives. Goals 2000, the Clinton's administration's massive education program (a continuation of the former Bush administration's America 2000) called for a Certificate of Initial Mastery (ICM) that would open or close doors to higher education and good jobs according to a person's compliance with the social agenda.

 

But it left a loophole. Children who dared to resist compromise would suffer the consequences (no entrance into the higher position), but they could still escape the mind-numbing strategies of today's psycho-social trainers. Evasion would be far more difficult if two looming threats become reality:

 

First, the universal draft into government service. At the end of WW2, the World Health Organization (a UN agency) and the World Federation for Mental Health (NGO) were established by "mental health" leaders in the UK, USA and Canada. At the time, no branch of our government was better equipped in psycho-social warfare and mental manipulation than our military establishment. Though that may no longer be true, today's military leaders have far more advanced weapons for psychological warfare at hand. They would surely know how to mold the minds their young recruits to any prescribed outcome.  

 

Second, the inclusion of all youth, including Christian homeschoolers, in the massive web of the international "lifelong learning" system which might soon include mandatory service -- the doorway to adult society. Today, as this web of control tightens, young families still have choices. Their children can attend

All of the above would hold students accountable to unthinkable international standards.

If traditional homeschooling families are forced to participate in this revolutionary government agenda -- including the continual assessments that measure progress toward socialist goals -- the new global management system would challenge their freedom to follow their conscience or take a stand on the uncompromising truths of the Bible.

What about Christian service? For instance, could Christian youth meet the universal service requirement by serving at an inner-city mission? Perhaps -- if the mission is a faith-based government partner or accredited by a coordinating body. But only the ministries that rely on the "service learning" process to teach collectivism would fit. 

David Hornbeck, former President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and  Superintendent of Maryland Public Schools, explained why. On January 25 1984, he testified in favor of "mandatory community service at state-approved places" before the Maryland State Board of Education. In "Human Capital," a book he co-authored with Lester Salomon, he quoted Ernest Boyer, former U.S. Commissioner of Education, as saying "in the end the goal of service in the schools is to teach values -- to help all students understand that to be fully human, one must serve."[18] 

The fact that many objections were raised on the grounds that that recommendation constituted involuntary servitude may have slowed the process. But the unconstitutional visions that have been driving the global agenda don't die easily. They have a way of reviving in new forms and more acceptable times.

"As young people mature we must help them develop...a service ethic which is geared toward the real world,: said Professor Harold G. Shane, an influential education change agent during the last four decades. Referring to "the global servant concept in which we will educate our young for planetary service and eventually for some form of world citizenship," he continued, "..implicit within the 'global servant' concept are the moral insights that will help us live with the regulated freedom we must eventually impose upon ourselves."[19]

Let's count some of the costs of this revolutionary program. How might it affect our children and grandchildren?

What then can we do?

Pray!  Make it a priority to encourage your child in Biblical faith and truth. Awaken friends, neighbors and relatives to the problem. Call or write representatives. Then put your trust in the sovereign God in the universe, who has power to guard and guide His children -- no matter how oppressive the world becomes.

Be encouraged by the true church in China, where mandatory service was a major tool for teaching Communist ideals. In the midst of cruel oppression, the uncompromising Christians grew strong in faith -- not because of feel-good marketing or worldly prosperity, but because the beacon of their eternal hope in Christ shone all the brighter in the midst of persecution!

"Why do the nations rage,

And the people plot [conspire] a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against the Lord and against His Anointed...."

"Blessed are all those who

put their trust  in Him."

Psalm 2:1-2, 12


Endnotes:

1. http://thomas.loc.gov/ or  http://www.congress.gov/cgibin/bdquery/z?d108:HR00163:@@@L&summ2=m&

2.  Paul Scott, "Universal Public Service System," Scott Report, November 4, 1970.

3. http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/Reinventing2.htm

4. See http://www.acys.utas.edu.au/ianys/proceedings/1998/appendix3.html and UNESCO's Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCVIS) at http://www.unesco.org/ccivs/ccivsvolunteers.htm and Members and http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/dynamic/infobase/pdf/2002/NYC020614_IYV_City_Report_engl_1.pdf and http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/initiatives/generations/youth/INT0700a.pdf and http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/

5. Donald J. Eberly, speaking at The International Associations of National Youth Service (IANYS), http://www.acys.utas.edu.au/ianys/proceedings/1998/05.html#Heading12

6.  Fourth Global Conference on National Youth Service - List of participants:  http://www.acys.utas.edu.au/ianys/proceedings/1998/appendix2.html

7. First Lady Laura Bush Says U.S. Is Proud to Rejoin UNESCO at http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/usandun/03092900.htm

8. Redefining "Literacy" for a New World Order at http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/literacy.htm

9. Transcribed from taped day-long "Dialogue" on the meaning of "Solidarity" during the 1996 UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)

10.The Nazi Model For Outcome-Based Education at http://www.crossroad.to/text/articles/tnmfobe1196.html

11. Thomas Fleming, New Dealers' War, FDR and The War Within WWII (Basic Books, 2001); page 105.  Her choices make sense considering the socialist views of her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt who suggested that the Masonic eye in the pyramid be put on the dollar bill. In his speech  to a Joint Session of Congress, January 6, 1941, he said, "Since the beginning of our American history we have been engaged in change in a perpetual peaceful revolution a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions.... The 'World Order' which we seek is the co-operation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society.... Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere."

12. "Let's Show Our Goodness" by Colin Powell, San Jose  Mercury ( 4-27-97).  (Page 5)

13. "Heal The World, Be A Volunteer -- Pres. G.W. Bush," Parade Magazine, April 21, 2002.

14.  "Bush Announces New International Service Initiative," Washington File, U.S. Dept. of
State, International Information Programs, Washington File, 5/21/03 at
http://usinfo.state.gov/cgibin/washfile/display.pl?p=/products/washfile/topic/rights&f=03052104.tdh&t=/products/washfile/newsitem.shtml

15. "No Child Left Unrecruited," Mother Jones Magazine (Nov./Dec Issue 2002). According to "School Board Places limits on Military Recruiters' Access" by David L. Beck  ( San Jose Mercury, March 30, 03),  "The military recruiting law is a tiny part --Title IX, Part E, Subpart 2--of Bush administration's 2001 elementary and secondary education bill, the 'No Child Left Behind Act'. ... Students or parents who object could opt out and withhold that information." But Major Brenda Leong, a policy officer in Department of Defense, argued that "Defense and the Department of Education have enforcement powers, but only Education Department can threaten district funding. The Defense Department's policy is that opt-in' does not comply with the law....  Non compliance districts can expect a visit from a 'senior officer', followed by a letter to the governor, followed by notification to the congressional delegation."

16. A major report entitled "The Forgotten Half: Pathways to Success for America's Youth and Young Families" was published by the W.T. Grant Foundation's Commmission on Work, Family and Citizenship." The November 23, 1988 issue of Education Week carried an item on the report which stated that "service projects and community service were recommended as a requirement for graduation." Now, 15 years later, the plan has become reality.

17. Brainwashing and "Education Reform" at http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/brainwashing.html

18. Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, "the deliberate dumbing down of america: A Chronological Paper Trail" (Ravenna, Ohio: Conscience Press, 1999), page 217. http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

19. Professor Harold G. Shane "America's Next Twenty-five Years: Some Implications for Education", Phi Delta Kappan, September 1976.


 

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