Via the washingtonost.com:
“Hillary Clinton on Friday called for the creation of a National Service Reserve, an initiative she said would allow 5 million mostly young people to serve their cities and states on a wide array of projects on a part-time basis.
Speaking in grand terms and invoking her Methodist faith, the Democratic presidential nominee said the issue of service to others is among those “closest to my heart” and would be “a vital aspect of my presidency.”
Hillary Clinton’s new endeavor would be modeled after the Armed Forces Reserves, which allows participants “to make a high-impact contribution, while still building careers and pursuing their dreams in other ways,” she said.
After receiving some “basic training,” those in the services reserves could be called upon to help respond to natural disasters, public health campaigns or other projects.
““For me, service is about fulfilling the instruction of my Methodist faith,” Clinton said. “‘Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.'”
♪Be all you can be…in my arrrr-ar-ar-my!♫ Be one of the 5,250,000 Points of Light that you want to see-ee-ee-ee!♪
Now the Post notes that Clinton has been trying harder to appeal to millennials, especially given that they voted so often for the Bern in the primaries. Also noted is that she premiered this ‘Reserve’ in Saint Lucie County, FL, which is home to a ‘sizable number of African American and Latinos. Clinton says that the program will be open to all (can someone gimme a Hallelujah?) but will have a ‘special focus’ on people between 18 and 30.
Her Nibbs had earlier announced plans to triple, I tell you triple…the numbers of her hubbie’s AmeriCorps slots to a quarter million, and doubling, I tell you, doubling the ‘financial reward’ to $23,000 for only three years service! Can someone do the math for me?
Now the intrepid sleuth Nancy Hanover at wsws.org recently added 2 and 2, and came up with the equivalent of: Holy crow! This dovetails perfectly into the Atlantic Council’s recent paper: The Future of the Army. Earlier wsws coverage (h/t jason) of that gem notes the massive coming wars and deadly destruction with other ‘great powers’ (Roosia, China, tra la la), and the coming global dystopia characterized by spiraling inequality, economic precarity, endless war, breakdown of ‘order’, etc., the report also calls for:
“Finally, there must be active preparations for an intervention—or even takeover—by the military in the event of what the report calls a “breakdown of civil order”—a euphemism for the emergence of a political challenge from below to the domination of the ruling class. The Atlantic Council notes that “the large-scale disruption of civil order…would almost certainly engage much of the Army in providing extensive support to civil authorities throughout the country.”
“Indeed, such proposals—always of a militarist character—have periodically arisen in the US, but are now receiving significant political traction. In fact, National Service fits in with the outlook and aims outlined in the recent Atlantic Council document The Future of the Army. Among other measures, the policy paper calls for an expansion of military personnel, both career and part-time. It suggests the creation of an Army Civilian Volunteer Auxiliary Corps, an idea not dissimilar to the National Service Reserves.
With an eye to the “age of perpetual war” and social breakdown at home, The Future of the Army states, “The lines between military and civilian, active and reserves, volunteers and retirees need to become far more blurred.” (She must have read the pdf, good on her.)
“In other words, policymakers are demanding the militarization of large swathes of American society, with millions of “reservists” on call for military duties. The report also cautions, the Army must “address how to bring large numbers of new recruits into a growing force” and identify “the talents it might want to rapidly access if the Selective Service were to institute a draft.”
National Service, even if at first voluntary, would mark a step in this direction. In fact, Clinton’s concept has been developed by General Stanley McChrystal, the career four-star general responsible for five years of war crimes in Afghanistan, together with the high-level American think-tank The Aspen Institute.
In the wake of the huge support for Bernie Sanders among young people coupled with a rising combativity within the working class, Clinton’s plans dovetails not only with the interests of the financial elite to prepare for new wars, but especially to enable the promotion of American nationalism and militarism as a battering ram against a rising class consciousness.”
Talk about stealth mind-shaping (h/t Comrade Rax), eh?
Hanover goes on to describe an article promoting mandatory National Service in Education Magazine written by James H. Stone, a man with serious Wall Street bona fides—a former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission now running a billion-dollar insurance group, in which he concludes that it’s the sole answer to the major issues in Amerikan education, acting as a wake-up call in a divided nation, bringing pride, compassion, and national unity. She then paraphrases Clinton BFF Stanley McChrystal’s similar call to arms at Politico, then speaks of his Franklin Project and its illustrious board full of the usual neo-con suspects… Hanover ends with:
“Doubling down on the point that the crisis of capitalism is bringing American society to the breaking point, McChrystal emphasized, “The danger of inaction should be clear. Tensions and violence in cities across America are reminders of how quickly communities can erupt with an absence of social trust. Dallas, St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Orlando, following on the heels of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Chicago illustrate a disheartening reality.” McChrystal concluded his July 2016 Atlantic article by calling on the presidential candidates to adopt National Service as a policy solution. It appears Clinton answered the call.
The militarization of the labor force—“blurring the lines” between civilian and military personnel—and the use of nationalistic propaganda to “bind the nation” are not new concepts. The 20th century and its two world wars have provided us with the tragic outcome of these outlooks. Young people must turn to the working class and fight to unite it internationally as the great oppositional force to put an end to this rapacious system and construct a new socialist society.”
Moar Clinton Perfidy Against Peace (h/t Comrade Rax): ‘Plan Colombia Vindicated: Colombia Rejects Peace’, by Roger Harris at Counterpunch. (Harris is on the State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party, the only ballot-qualified socialist party in California.)
“The right-wing had been threatening activists – many had already been assassinated – to disrupt the peace process. Hence our delegation of North Americans to accompany targeted Colombian activists to provide them some protection by raising their international visibility. The Alliance for Global Justice along with the National Lawyers Guild came to Colombia at the invitation of FENSUAGRO, an agrarian workers federation, Marcha Patriotica, a large progressive coalition, and Lazos de Dignidad, a human rights organization.
The accords would have ended the 52-year civil war – the longest in modern history. The FARC’s position during the intense four years of negotiations in Havana with the Colombian government was there could be no peace without justice. That it makes no sense to end the armed conflict if the conditions that generated that conflict were not addressed. The accords accordingly had provisions for agrarian reform, political participation for the insurgents, transitions from an illicit drug economy, and reparations for victims of the conflict.
Today Colombia voted against peace and against that hope.
The Obama administration, while giving lip service in support of the peace process, has massively increased lethal aid and transfer of the latest military technology to the Colombian government under the rubric of Plan Colombia. Presumptive president-elect Hillary Clinton has been on the campaign trail stomping for Plan Colombia as the world model for the military subjugation of those who oppose the extension of the US neoliberal empire.
The October 2nd “no” vote on peace in Colombia will have repercussions around the world.”
Human Rights Watch helped kill the peace deal as well, but that’s a story for another day.