As We Go Marching was the title of a book written by John T. Flynn. The topic of the book was fascism, which was openly embraced by the US Government in the 1930's during the reign of FDR. Once again we find ourselves in a time where our government is becoming more open and honest with its policies that lean towards fascism and totalitarianism. The climate seems to be worsening as of late, but the reality is that it has always been present to some extent.
H.R. 5741 is the latest stop on the road to serfdom. What is it? A bill that calls for mandatory universal federal service. The bill says:
“To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.”
Will this bill pass? Ten years ago no would would think that this sort of thing would ever see the light of day. But in this day and age, I would give it 50/50. Many on both sides of the aisle would surely support it.
What would i mean? If you are able, you will be inducted into the military. If not, there are several other wonderful options to serve the state as a tax parasite. Maybe the Peace Corps is for you. Maybe you could work in a National Park. Maybe you could serve as a police officer or as a nurse in a VA hospital. Maybe you can monitor internet conversations. Maybe you can screen passengers nude bodies as they pass through body scanners at the airport. Maybe you can serve in the civilian national security force that Obama promised. Who knows what wonders await our children in the new and improved state.
PS - You can read Flynn's book here for free, courtesy of the Mises Institute.