Posted by PrestoPundit on 07/03/2008

THIS IS SERFDOM.  National service mandated by the state is what Europe had for centuries.  It was called serfdom.  For example, in France, citizens were required to perform public service building and repairing roads and other public projects for hundreds and thousands of hours a year.  Serfdom wasn’t eliminated in France until the French revolution, one of the “liberty” parts of that revolution.  It was largely the American revolution which inspired this escape from serfdom.  Indeed, the American revolution was all about escaping from the European model of servitude, with the American’s insisting that even very moderate taxation without representation was a form of oppressive servitude.  Incredibly, Barack Obama somehow believes that advocacy of a return to European style serfdom is a good way to celebrate the American Declaration of Independence from the oppression of English tyranny.

I especially liked this part of Obama’s speech:

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

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.

Your children will be made serfs.  But note well.  The children of the rich and privileged like those of Barack and Michelle Obama who attend elite private schools will be exempt from the system of servitude Obama and the Lear Jet Left will construct for your children.

We are quickly constructing a 2 tier system with the upper middle class being corralled into an inferior government system of medicine, education, and servitude supported by massive taxes on the the middle class — an a second tier where were the super rich live beyond the reach of government in a system of private medicine and private education supported by tax free income from bonds and income produced in sectors with massive tax rebates and tax loopholes accessible almost exclusively by corporate entities and the super rich.

And make no mistake about it.  Barack Obama and almost ever other leftist Democrat in the Senate is a member of the government-free super rich tier, living outside the government schools and living off tax loophole income and tax free bonds.

UPDATE:  Mandatory servitude — that bus has already arrived.  Hey, you should be happy your kid is a serf.  Your high 6 figure salaried “public servant” betters say so.



  1. From Jonah Goldberg at The

    From Jonah Goldberg at The Corner

  2. mrsizer said

    Make being on the honor-roll a precondition – of both participating in the program and the schools receiving any money.

    Perhaps then schools would teach before getting involved in all this social-control insanity.

    And note that it would require setting up “programs” – administered by union members, no doubt. Simply telling kids “pick a charity to volunteer for, you have a week to decide,” would probably work just fine.

    The bright side is that this has very little chance of actually happening. It’s very likely even Obama realizes that and he’s just pandering.

  3. Freespace said

    On Obama repealing the 13th Amendment

    PrestoPundit: this isn’t the road to serfdom, this is serfdom. (via) See also my post on Larry Sabato’s call for repealing the 13th Amendment.

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