That Constitution-thingy ... You Know

Protest ... that was under Free Speech. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights being trampled by our elected leaders! Who teaches leaders to speak like this ... convoluted double-speak. Read the text of the bill.

Just like the lyrics to that old song ... 'you don't know what you've got, till it's gone.' (Joni Mitchell, 'Big Yellow Taxi')



GIVE Act outlaws citizens' right to protest

Salt Lake City Non-Partisan Examiner


It is another sound good piece of legislation. H.R. 1388 has a creative title; The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act. 321 representatives of the people voted approval for this legislation which, among many other things, strikes a blow to the rights of people to mount any protests against legislation. Listen closely, it outlaws the right to mount protests against proposed legislation.

This act is being presented as part of Pres. Obama's goal of establishing a national service program. In his speech delivered in Colorado Springs, CO he wanted "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the the military." As Rahm Emanuel further explained, "It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, all Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service."

The GIVE Act would extend funding, through 2014, for AmeriCorps as well many other organizations that would either be extended or created. Among these are the National Civilian Community Corps, Learn and Serve Programs, the Investment for Quality and Innovation program, Campuses of Service, Innovative Service-Learning Programs and Research, an Education Corps to address unmet educational needs, a Healthy Futures Corps to address unmet health needs, a Clean Energy Corps to address unmet environmental needs, a Veterans Corps to address the unmet needs of veterans and their families. Overall it is the goal to reach at least 250,000 serving in a volunteer basis. Overall, it sounds good to the ears yet 105 representatives voted in opposition to it.

Perhaps one of the key reasons there were so many votes against this supposedly good act was the little amendment buried down as the 12th Amendment to the act. Remember it is the little invasions to our liberties that open cracks for increased federal power and decreased freedom. "Amendment to prohibit organizations from attempting to influence legislation; organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes; and assist, promote, or deter union organizing." Those in support of this legislation will argue this amendment is limited in scope and is not meant to interfere with the rights of citizens to protest, petition, boycott, or strike in resistance to government proposed laws.

However, the people associated through service under the GIVE Act are considered volunteers, still free citizens, yet it will be unlawful for them to take part in any protests against any legislation. This is as close to a sedition act, a violation of 1st Amendment rights, as has been proposed in recent history. A basic right as a part of our natural, inalienable rights, is to resist government. Our founders not only knew it was a right but it was a responsibility. This legislation begins to break that down significantly.

What can you do? Research this legislation and the amendments to see if you feel as outraged as this examiner. Contact your representatives and chastise those who voted for it while sending a note of appreciation to those who stood against it. Keep an eye on your Senators and help defeat any attempt to carry the GIVE Act into law by contacting them and letting them know you oppose this violation of our natural right and responsibility as patriotic Americans.


  The Oath of Office should not be ignored



Quoted from the bill sent to the Senate:

" PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES - A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:

(1) Attempting to influcence legislation

(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.

(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing

(4) Impairing existing contracts or services or collective bargaining agreements.

(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office

(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.

(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.

(8) Providing a direct benefit to --
(A) a business organized for profit;
(B) a labor organization;
(C) a partisan political organization;
(D) a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
(E) an organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (7) unless Corporation assistance is not used to support those religious activities.

(9) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive.

(10) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit."


From the HR1388 Misc. section, #6104: Go to the Library of Congress Thomas website and type in HR1388. See especially number 5 & 6 below. This is why people are saying it is paving the way for the volunteer service to be “Mandatory”.

(b) Specific Topics- In carrying out its general purpose under subsection (a), the Commission shall address and analyze the following specific topics:

(1) The level of understanding about the current Federal, State, and local volunteer programs and opportunities for service among individuals in the United States.

(2) The issues that deter volunteerism and national service, particularly among young people, and how the identified issues can be overcome.

(3) Whether there is an appropriate role for Federal, State, and local governments in overcoming the issues that deter volunteerism and national service and, if appropriate, how to expand the relationships and partnerships between different levels of government in promoting volunteerism and national service.

(4) Whether existing databases are effective in matching community needs to would-be volunteers and service providers.

(5) The effect on the Nation, on those who serve, and on the families of those who serve, if all individuals in the United States were expected to perform national service or were required to perform a certain amount of national service.

(6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.


This is the House version of the bill that passed last week. The Senate was trying to force this through on cloture this week, and no mandatory quorum. The Senate version is S277.




The Marxist Manifesto laid out the take over as without firing a shot. They, like most enemies, have patience. It takes time to install agents of one’s agenda in every sector, but that is exactly what has been done.

Josie06 Josie06
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1 Response Mar 26, 2009

Not good. VERY Well Written.<br />
Things are going awry. The political process is not working. Americans are getting really upset with what they are seeing, and we are spending bail out money without a plan.<br />
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With the added weight of stress and anxiety of the growing economic crisis, we are headed into an area we have never seen, and with morality not as it had been, and people being more individualistic than ever before, this could take us to bad things.<br />
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It seemed to start about 10 years ago. But now everything is reaching a head with Obama’s new ideas. The more you give power to the government, the harder it will be to take it away. But then like Russia, the people will be used to having the government in your daily lives, to a point that you don’t mind it so much. – God help the USA and that is no exaggeration.