Democrat Candidate: One Year Climate Crisis Mandatory National Service for 18-26 Year Olds

Marianne Williamson
Democrat Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson. By SupearneshOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Trailing Democrat Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson has demanded a year of military style conscription for all young people, to help combat the climate crisis.

Marianne Williamson wants a national mandatory service for people ages 18-26 to combat climate change

Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
USA TODAY September 20, 2019

At a presidential climate change forum on Thursday, author and Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson floated the idea of a national mandatory year of service for young adults to tackle climate change.

“I would like to ask your opinion, I think during the ‘season of repair,’ we should have a mandatory national service, one year, for people between 18 and 26 because we need you,” Williamson said. “We need to fix this climate. We need to fix this country.”

She lists service projects including helping in small businesses, schools, hospitals, the military, the Peace Corps and work on sustainability and to “combat the climate crisis.”

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/09/19/marianne-williamson-proposes-mandatory-national-service-climate-forum/2376414001/

I suspect this policy idea will wreck whatever is left of Marianne’s chances.

When kids protest about climate change, their protests usually include a demand that someone else does the hard work. It seems unlikely climate believers will support a plan which involves them getting off their own butts.

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136 thoughts on “Democrat Candidate: One Year Climate Crisis Mandatory National Service for 18-26 Year Olds

  1. How about a national mandatory service in the military ? Then they will learn not to be so easily fooled by these Climate Charlatans !

    Great post Eric

  2. Sometimes I think they propose ideas just for the sake of proposing ideas. It doesn’t matter how stupid they are.

    • You hit the nail on the head, Michael. The dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard come out during the primaries, or in preparation for the primaries. The DUMBEST! And this season has not lacked for really dumb ideas.

    • It’s not about the ideas, it’s about the message. It doesn’t matter how practical, stupid or absurd the ideas are as long as they fit within the message. Everything for the message, nothing outside the message, nothing against the message.

        • To quote Adolf Hitler: “When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side.” “I calmly say. Your child belongs to us already…What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”

          Note how the Climate Alarmists are using children. They would make Goebbels proud. Look up how Goebbels used children in his propaganda and indoctrination efforts.

      • Doug Huffman: I have not yet learned the meaning of “virtue signaling” , but I fail to see any virtue in demonstrating “thought” processes that are absurd. She is also promoting violating the U.S. Constitution that grants no authority to have such a “service”. Article 1, section 1, starts out with: All legislative powers herein granted… . Obviously, unless the Constitution grants permission for the federal government to do something, it is, by law, prohibited.

          • Republicans, typically. Democrats operate with a presumption of a Twilight Amendment, which social justifies everything and affirmative discrimination and population control are perfectly legal and ethical choices.

          • Rand Paul. But his message doesn’t appeal to the American people because most of them don’t give a rat’s rear end about the Constitution

        • vir·tue sig·nal·ing
          noun

          virtue signaling

          the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.

          It’s not hard to find the definition of virtue signaling. Google may be evil but it is still useful.

          • I would take issue with the google definition.
            virtue signalling is more accurately defined as ;
            ‘making a pointless gesture that signals your naivety and narcissist character’.

        • Virtue signaling is in essence any action who’s sole purpose is to make yourself look good in the eyes of others.

        • oh..but…IN Emergencies the govt CAN over ride the constitution ie take your stock fuel and food and vehicle from everyone control farm produce and supplies and direct citizens to work where required
          didnt all of that happen in ww2 and also in the depression as well
          I love her idea and all her warmist buddies really should stepin and demand it be made to happen
          it would take minutes for the majority of the prowarmist teens n others to have a sudden wakeup moment;-)))
          money(some effort/work) where their supposed hearts and minds are

        • The Constitution does include prohibitions – such as no “Bills of Attainder”. What one political party has adopted as a creed is that if a subject is neither mandated nor prohibited by the Constitution then it’s ‘up for grabs’ – whatever we can get away with…..

    • Maybe everyone in the nation should be drafted into the army to fight “total war” against climate change. We can all wear uniforms, live in barracks and just do what we are told. But since the climate change we are experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control a “total war” against climate change will not cause Mother Nature to change her ways one iota.

    • “Sometimes I think they propose ideas just for the sake of proposing ideas. It doesn’t matter how stupid they are.”

      Spitballing.

    • Hey, I’ll vote for this. The CCC, WPA and PWA provided jobs to people during the Depression. The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) is the source of some of our national parks.

      I think this is a fine idea, and I will certainly vote for it! I’ve already put my own time in, in the Navy, and I had friends who were drafted, so I have no quarrel with mandatory service to benefit “the environment” and “prevent climate change”. (Yeah, like that’s even possible…. 🙂

      • The American Society of Civil Engineers regularly gives our infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, etc.) in the D-range. If we need to provide jobs, there are productive things to accomplish. Of course, the unemployment rate is kind of low right now.

        There are already people who work full-time on sustainability in those areas…probably more than we need. The notion we need millions more people dedicated to that (with re-training every year for a new group annually is silly.

        Military, Peace Corps, etc., are wonderful endeavors in and of themselves. I think they already have a higher priority.

      • Two years of some kind of mandatory national service (not however, to fight climate change) would be just the thing to de-snowflake todays youth. Eight to 12 weeks of boot camp with lots of physical activity, no cell phone, and lots of discipline would do most 18 year olds a world of good. Then some kind of military service, or civilian community service (there are lots of things that need doing), would help these young people appreciate their country more.

        I grew up, then served in the Navy, in the age of the draft. At that time, lots of young men (since only men were drafted) got their stuff together during their military service.

        • Careful! It’s starting to sound like the AmeriKorps that Clinton fired up. As you recall, Left-wing kids from left-wing homes were given left-wing make-work jobs at salaries that were way too high. Their supervisors were all left wingers and filled the kids’ heads with how wonderful socialism was. It was a training ground for future left-wing activists, many of whom are now in politics.

        • I fully support the concept of required service on farms, ranches, and waterway cleanups

          Nothing like working first-hand on your food and water supply to clarify priorities

    • Ouch!

      Stinks of the Cultural Revolution in China – not to mention the 100 Flowers campaign etc 🙁

      Try reading “A Single Tear” Written in English by Ningkun Wu

      Cheers

      Roger

    • First, the year of service has to be funded, which would be expensive.
      Second, what are they supposed to do?
      It’s not like you can go out and fight a real enemy. Are they supposed to dismantle the oil industry, the coal industry, raze it to the ground with hammers and shovels. It makes no sense. Another feel good idea that is not based in reality.

      • Put them all on treadmills to generate clean ‘Green’ Energy. Unlike Renewables it will even be dispatchable.

        We’ll see how much they like it when THEY are the renewable resource.

        ^¿^

    • It’s more important to note WHAT ideas their coming up with.

      Funny how everything is some form of coercion. That’s the inherent totalitarian control-freak that is at the heart of it all.
      Take any cause at all and add ‘nazi’, and that about sums them up.

  3. How will working for free help the weather?? If world governments cut green funds, all of the protesters will disappear..

  4. The idea has some merit, but not in the way that she means it. No soft options,
    only military service. And as well as a bit of much needed discipline, some
    proper education to make up for the lack of it during their earlier schooling.

    That might change them from “”Warriors for climate”” into Warriors for their
    country.

    MJE VK5ELL

    • As in if you want some assistance with college costs; put in a year of military service and I’d even agree to allow conscientious objectors to not join combat units.

      But let’s say I think Marianne has, like, a really woke idea.
      I’ll report first thing tomorrow to “Climate Emergency HQ. Specifically what job will I be assigned and how with that reduce a global climate crisis?

      My guess is one of the main activities would be to organize a “Climate Communications Squad” that just like “Community Organizers” attempt to rile up support for the cause (in Greta’s words “create panic”), especially in elementary and high schools; and of course work on the political campaigns (or state AG offices) of Progressive candidates who support the GND.

    • The idea has 0 merit. It’s slavery. Slavery is always socially destructive and morally wrong. And its proponents always have a million excuses why it’s not only good for society, but also for the slaves too!

  5. Well where is the line that you can register as a conscientious objector? I guess our young people will not be able run off to Canada.

    michael

  6. Yes those indentured youths need to gather a week’s worth of heating value in firewood before they can turn on their house furnace for the subsequent week. A year of that should teach them a lot about the efficiency society has developed to distribute fuel where it is needed. Might also make them want to insulate their house some more so they would only have to fetch 90% of the amount of firewood.

  7. Well, she ain’t going to get elected with an attitude like that. You must remember that it is always, ALWAYS, someone else that must pay and sacrifice. Asking young to put down their overpriced iPhones to *gasp* work … not going to happen. Some will, most only want to go to the street to be useful idiots for their puppet masters. Most want rich white people — the people who worked hard already — to pay.

    I agree with Marianne Williams, but only for people who believe in CAGW. Of course, if what she wants came true, support for this nonsense would dry up faster than a spitball in a hot desert. If I had my way, I would make it a law that before a politician can promote a way of life, that politician must actually live that way for no less than 2 full calendar years. Never ask me to do something you are not willing to do yourself.

  8. WOW. So they are past Socialism and entering into Communism now. Only dictators and communists believe the best way to end disagreement is to enslave people.

    This candidate should just leave for China and leave us good-old Republic-Capitalists be.

    • Modern Leftists: “Slavery is the worst thing ever in the history of the world.”

      Also Modern Leftists: “Slavery (for one year) is the only way to save the world.”

    • Robert of Texas, you’re just now figuring that out? Better late than never… They’re called Watermelons because they’re environmental green on the outside and commie red on the inside.

  9. I’m all for it, but why restrict it just to the kids?

    I wanna see Michael Mann doing some press ups to save the planet in global-warming boot camp, with no Twitter/social media allowed. And no other modern comforts either. They need to learn the hard way what a”carbon free” lifestyle will really mean.

    • Aha! I was going to ask exactly what would these conscripts actually do? You have provided the answer, thank you.

  10. The who think compulsory military service is a good idea have probably never been through it. Getting people to spend years of their life doing something they don’t want to do is fatal for the moral of the organisation.

  11. And the obvious “Klima Jugend” special section.

    Then, one day, after the smoke clears, smiling girls welcome liberators.

    Because, happens we already had similar events in here, not that long ago. When someone took care to decide who has the right to use land resources and had to be given a thorough spanking.

  12. Those that can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities-Voltaire.
    We are going to see the continuing ramping up of the rhetoric-you think it is absurd now, just wait for the calls for deniers to be executed. Think I am joking?
    I wonder if humans have actually evolved in to dung beetles-only a dung beetle should be swallowing every scrap of BS served up to it. Mind you, even dung beetles do not chase their plate of BS down with Kool aid.

    • “…wait for the calls for deniers to be executed.” They’re just one small step away from that. They’ve already called for the imprisonment of people opposed to the CAGW faith.

  13. It sounds like the Red “Young Pioneers” of the old Soviet Union.

    Since there is no “Climate Crisis” they’ll have to find something else to do with them.

  14. Universal conscription for people 18-26. Something tells me their instruction for “climate action” will be to vote for Democrats.

  15. Rather than coerce young adults into non-military government service (which might be unconstitutional), more good would likely result if they gave up driving their cars for 1 day a week and walked instead. Reductions in emissions would probably be un-measurable, but the young adults might all become healthier for it.

  16. I suspect you all are missing the obvious.

    The way youth combat the climate crisis is through protests, like gluing themselves to streets and doors. This just means she wants to require ALL of them to participate, and pay them with taxpayer dollars. You don’t think they would actually do anything productive, do you?

    Perhaps she is afraid Soros will quit paying the bill.

  17. Slavery was abolished in 1865. Let it stay abolished.

    Don’t you guys have a 13th amendment or something?

    • It was never actually abolished.
      There is a loophole that follows the initial abolishing statement.
      Except prisoners held pursuant to a court of law.
      So all we need is for a Liberal judge to ok it.

      Chain gangs were common for petty crimes.
      One of the ironies was Attorney General Albright bragging about the desk she had that was build by prisoners at Allenwood Penitentiary . The Federal Government has a company (Unicor) that competes with private industry using prison labor. States also get in on the act running credit card service centers and other manpower intensive operations since the labor is almost free.

      • “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

        Earl Smith, do you consider involuntary servitude as a punishment for crime, slavery?

        • SMC<===== I'm glad you quoted the 13th Amendment, which does prohibit such things. It should also prohibit the draft, but in one of the few Supreme Court challenges involving the 13th Amendment, the "Justices" dismissed the argument on the basis that "service for a noble cause cannot be considered involuntary." One of the more braindead SCOTUS pronouncements, but one that could be reopened with no problem.

        • So there are a few flies in the ointment./sarc

          Is involuntary servitude for convicted criminals considered slavery? If so, why does the 13th amendment make a distinction between involuntary servitude and slavery?

  18. Perhaps the draftee’s can be put to work documenting the carnage to the North American avian population from the windmill cabal.
    They could then graph the decline in birds/bats versus the rise in windmill installations over time.
    Doubt it.

  19. The climate change we are experiencing today is so small that it takes networks of very sophisticated sensors, decades of even detect it. One must not mix up true climate change with weather cycles that are part of the current climate. There is no climate crisis.

    According to the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we are experiencing today is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. So there is nothing for the young to do to fight climate change. The young people would be much better off going to college and training for their careers. If one is serious about significantly reducing CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. then nuclear energy is the logical alternative and build more nuclear power plants we need more skilled engineers, craftsmen, and construction workers and not a large number of unskilled college age kids.

    How would the “Williamson Youth” organization be funded. The federal government is already deep in depth. Maybe Marianne would take away federal funding of education and medical care and instead apply it to her “Williamson Youth” organization of totally useless climate fighters.

    According to Marianne Williamson, American people would have to wait until they were 27 to enter college.

  20. Goodness me Marianne, that’s all too hard to organise and will be unpopular. Tell you what: just wave your magic wand and that bad carbon dioxide will go away.
    Be careful though. Don’t forget the plants and trees still need some.

  21. I’m thinking that Marianne’s supporters are feeling the heat over their use of illegal aliens to tend to their estates and care of their children spawn; maybe they see it a better use of money to buy a politician who will use the police powers of the State to provide slave labor rather than pay their staff under the table.

    OTOH, this seems to be a great way to avoid having any adult responsibilities for another year or more. Similar to the Vietnam War, and more recently where the wealthy purchase admission for their children into prestigious universities, Marianne’s scheme seems to be a way to enrich the decision makers who determine what young adult will be assigned to what area of the country and to perform which tasks for certain people.

    Think of it as a Nationalized way to distribute slave labor, or to farm for the next generation of Jeffrey Epsteins who need new talent from places other than through the human smuggling via the border.

    I can see some wine moms who fantasize having a pool boy tend to their environmentally sustainable water feature on their estate – provided by your Fe’ral Government through this program.

    The less attractive ones will be consigned to the Environmentally Sustainable cotton fields and sugar cane plantations.

  22. Political climate change, certainly. Perhaps health care reform for anyone trapped on social media platforms, and education reform for the idly juvenile vexed by climate prophecies.

  23. Mandatory national service?

    Sounds good, let the teachers and parents put their money into what they tell their kids to say.

  24. What exactly would they do for a year? No one is actually doing anything to combat this supposed crisis. I suppose you could make them build wind farms or solar farms in some kind of forced labour program. I guess you could drive down the cost of EVs if you forced kids to work in a car plant for a year. Not sure if mom and dad would appreciate that. This whole crisis dogma is surreal.

    • You don’t drive down the cost of EVs that promotes personal auto ownership and usage, one of the precepts of Capitalism and western democracies. You have to, necessarily, inflate the cost of ICE cars until they cost twice what the EV costs making them unaffordable for most people. An average EV price of $100,000 and the subsequent $200,000 ICE cost will ensure that every garage is empty and the 2 car nuclear family is a thing of the past.

  25. I thought I had heard about a similar forced-induction plan enacted previously . . . so I tracked it down.

    The Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933.
    “By December 1936, Hitler Youth membership . . . became mandatory for “Aryans”, under the Gesetz über die Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth Law). This legal obligation was reaffirmed in March 1939 with the Jugenddienstpflicht (Youth Service Duty), which conscripted all German youths into the Hitler Youth—even if the parents objected. Parents who refused to allow their children to join were subject to an investigation by the authorities. From then on, the vast majority of Germany’s teenagers belonged to the Hitler Youth. By 1940, it had eight million members.
    “Even before membership was made mandatory in 1939, German youth faced strong pressure to join. Students who held out were frequently assigned essays with titles such as “Why am I not in the Hitler Youth?” They were also the subject of frequent taunts from teachers and fellow students, and could even be refused their diploma—which made it impossible to be admitted to university. A number of employers refused to offer apprenticeships to anyone who was not a member of the Hitler Youth. By 1936, the Hitler Youth had a monopoly on all youth sports facilities in Germany, effectively locking out non-members . . . Effectively, the Hitler Youth constituted the single most successful of all the mass movements in the Third Reich.”
    — quoted text excerpted from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_Youth )

    Besides the noxious idea of conscription for all 18-26 year olds, I did not see any mention of this proposed program’s cost to US taxpayers, nor on exactly what all this young labor would be doing to “fix” the non-existent climate “problem”. Maybe they will just start by spying on their parents and neighbors and compiling dossiers on all those using ICE vehicles instead of EVs, as well as those daring to BBQ with charcoal briquettes.

    That NONE of the other Democrat Party candidates at this forum immediately attacked this proposal for conscription speaks volumes about those candidates’ ethics and integrity that voters are now facing, and will be up to November 2020.

  26. Don’t mock it. Promote it!

    Bring it to the attention of everyone you talk to. And while they are absorbing it, and before they can comment back, make the following observation:

    “Ya know, if we were to actually implement the Green New Deal, this is just the kind of thing we’d actually have to do.”

    While they’re absorbing THAT, follow up with:

    “Of course, if you read all the stuff in the Green New Deal, that would only be a tiny start…”

    Endorse it. Use it. Leverage it.

  27. 1933–1938
    Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as German chancellor on January 30, 1933, the Nazi state (also referred to as the Third Reich) quickly became a regime in which citizens had no guaranteed basic rights. The Nazi rise to power brought an end to the Weimar Republic, the German parliamentary democracy established after World War I. In 1933, the regime established the first concentration camps, imprisoning its political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others classified as “dangerous.” Extensive propaganda was used to spread the Nazi Party’s racist goals and ideals. During the first six years of Hitler’s dictatorship, German Jews felt the effects of more than 400 decrees and regulations that restricted all aspects of their public and private lives.

    A Timeline
    2028–2032
    Following the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as U.S.President on November 7, 2028 and swearing in January 2029, the Socialist Democrat Government (also referred to as the New Republic) quickly became a regime in which citizens, through new Social Justice regulations had no guaranteed basic rights. The Socialist Democrat rise to power brought an end to Western Democracy and Capitalism, with the New Republic Socialist Democracy established after January 2029. In 2030, the regime established the first internment camps, imprisoning its political opponents, Republicans, Climate Skeptics, Old White dudes susceptible to testosterone, and others classified as “dangerous” to the socialist mindset. Extensive propaganda was used to spread the New Republic’s socialist goals and ideals. During the first two years of President Ocasio-Cortez’s dictatorship, New Republic skeptics felt the effects of more than 400 decrees and regulations that restricted all aspects of their public and private lives.

    You may scoff at the comparison but the next one is spot on

    APRIL 7, 1933
    The German government issues the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service (Gesetz zur Wiederherstellung des Berufsbeamtentums), which excludes Jews and other political opponents of the Nazis from all civil service positions. The law initially exempts those who had worked in the civil service since August 1, 1914, those who were veterans of World War I, or those with a father or son killed in action in World War I.

    The German government also issues a new law concerning membership in the bar, which mandates the disbarment of non-“Aryan” lawyers by September 30, 1933. Exempted from this provision are Jewish lawyers practicing law since August 1, 1914, or Jewish lawyers who are German veterans of World War I.

    Democrat Candidate: One Year Climate Crisis Mandatory National Service for 18-26 Year Olds

    At a presidential climate change forum on Thursday, author and Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson floated the idea of a national mandatory year of service for young adults to tackle climate change.

    “I would like to ask your opinion, I think during the ‘season of repair,’ we should have a mandatory national service, one year, for people between 18 and 26 because we need you,” Williamson said. “We need to fix this climate. We need to fix this country.”

    Beware of any government that institutes “Mandatory Nationalized Service” for ANY reason

  28. How about mandatory training in basic science like the scientific method. Unfortunately, I don’t think a science education is compatible with Marianne Williamson’s world view which seems to be shaped by mystic crystals, unicorns farting rainbows and tin foil hats.

  29. Gosh, Marianne, that’d be great if there really was some sort of actual crisis, where’s this supposedly occurring again?

  30. Nope. This misses the mark.

    By age 18 it May Already Be Too Late because things are Worse Than We Thought.

    This youth army inspired by Greta… hmmm… need a catchy name for this to save keystrokes… GretaYouth maybe?

    So, the GretaYouth need to start about age 12. After all, they are the future. After age 18 it has been regularly shown… (well… claimed, which for a leftie is the same as proof), that they are no longer concerned about youth issues because they become selfish adults who no longer care about the planet they are leaving for the next generation.

    So all under 18s need to be made to join the GretaYouth where they will get nice little uniforms of practical shirts and shorts and braids in their hair where they can march around singing Tomorrow Belongs To Me outside beerhalls.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    The other thing that needs to be done is levy youth to raise money for the government. After all, as they constantly point out, THEY are the future so it is only logical that THEY become invested in it by literally investing in it. I suggest 50% of their wages after tax for everyone under the age of 18.

    • Greta… hmmm… need a catchy name for this to save keystrokes…

      Greta of Arc.
      GOA for short. Goes nicely with AOC, another kook with no science training lecturing us about science.

      • And both are children and childish, one has never had a job; the one is an out of work bartender.

        ——–

        I have 20 something year neice who has tried to give me advice and I gave her the slient eye balls over the glasses look.

        ——–

        Or as the women folk of my matriarchally led southern family would say to these young ladies, “Well aren’t yall two just precious little peaches.”
        I know cause I have heard them say it to each other and it ain’t a compliment.

        • Heh. When a southern woman says, ‘That’s precious’, she is really saying…’That’s (You’re) dumber than a box of rocks’.

      • … a catchy name …
        Greta Gremlins?
        Greta Cretins?
        Greta Goettas?
        (Goetta is a Depression Era food to stretch meat still popular in the Cincinnati area. What makes it applicable here is that it contains pinheads … er … pinhead oats.)

  31. These people are idiots. Mandating people to do something consumes more resources than if you had left them alone.

  32. I think its a great idea. The panic in the eyes of the “activists” would be fantastic. Imagine being told that if this is really the “emergency” that you say it is you have to do real work for a solid year of your life, not just march around on sunny days and use a few hashtags.

  33. I’d be for it if it were about the wunderkind going about picking up garbage etc, but it wont be about that. It will be like Cambodia and the Killing Fields where the Nuevo Nazi Youth Wanna-bes go around finding businesses and individuals to report to the authorities.
    There already have been calls from the loony left in the US to have the teachers instruct your children to inform on you if you say something against the narrative, the idea being you will be reeducated. I believe this idea originated during one of Obamas trips to visit Stasi Mommy Merkel. They are also talking about the Chinese like social credit system where people like you will be on the streets in rags or soylent greened.
    The only true justice for Merkel would be if she were dragged though the streets and beaten to a bloody pulp in the same way Mussolini was.
    Lest we forget, here is a reminder of the way use humour to belittle these vermin…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWF8iRCan7I

  34. Actually, mandatory “climate service” (whatever that entails) should probably be imposed on the 50+ climate contrarian crowd, as so many youth are merely trying to just make ends meet in this “climate emergency” economy.
    “Climate service” sounds to me like another way to soften those who might not subscribe to the meme..

  35. Yay! Lets reinstitute slavery so young adults can spend part of their most productive years either yelling at the sun or stuffing carbon dioxide molecules into hefty bags for burial in a landfill instead of being you know productive.

  36. Socialists base their public expression of virtue on how well they claim to care for the welfare of the poor and those less well off. But they fully intend to fund their public generosity by seizing money and assets from private citizens. Now one of the socialist candidates for president wants to seize the time of young people as well.

    This candidate is showing far more greed than any unrestrained “robber baron” capitalist ever did.

  37. Slavery for a year is still slavery. The Democratic Party of the U.S. has been America’s slavers since the party’s inception. Along with that, it’s the party of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, poverty, disease, drug use, sex trafficking, theft, communism, religious persecution, destruction of the family, cowardice, treason, kissing the backside of dictators, lies, and utter hatred for America. It is the most evil institution in the history of the U.S.

  38. Service in hospitals, rehab places, elder care, and related things might be a good way to go.

    Insofar as there is no climate crisis, whatever she is promoting is a waste.

  39. Sounds like a great idea. A year without any of the modern inventions that make life easier and more comfortable. No man made fibres, back to hodden grey: no mechanical transportation walk everywhere wearing rawhide sandals: no electricity heating using chicken dung lighting by beeswax candles: untreated water: homegrown food eggs and bacon*: no modern insulation etc etc. The few that survive winter will never be the same again.

    *The Englsh breakfast – the chicken is involved but the pig is committed.

  40. What are these folks going to DO to save the climate. Square bashing will have zero effect, after all.

    1. Will 4 million young folks each plant 1000 trees so that 4 billion new trees are plsnted annually?

    Q: Who will create 1 billion young trees for those young folks to plant? That is quite a few nurseries going full tilt.

    2. Will 4 million young folks provide free labour on organic farms?

    Q: who will be supervising them and where will they be billeted?

    3. Will 4 million young folks be remodelling urban areas to capture runoff rainfall to return to groundwater?

    Q: How many lawsuits will result from young folks unused to hard labour putting their backs out of joint?

    As national service will not change the weather (the military already has secret programs doing that), the only good it can do is to alter the capability to be resilient to that weather.

    Begs the question why you cannot pay adults to do the job anyway?

    Get an army of slaves instead! America was founded on slavery after all…

    • Many “protesters” for various causes are paid to do so.
      Here, they’d get a bunch of for free. Just call it “community service”.
      (Letting kids out of school to protest is also a freebie for them.)

  41. We hear of surveys about climate change beliefs but are there any data with age info so that we can know what percentage of 18 to 26 year olds actually belief the nonsense? If I were a politician proposing such a howler I would at least attempt to know that figure.

  42. Idiots do have their uses. They serve to highlight the utter stupidity of their claims by their utterances.

  43. “helping “in small businesses, schools, hospitals, the military, the Peace Corps and work on sustainability and to “combat the climate crisis.” helping needs quotes. This initiative will 18 to 25 years doing notuing useful and destroying the above. Imagine the disaster of having a renewable energy obssessed nut ( after listening t he compulsory brain washing) forced on t he military.

  44. Why that particular age range? Why any age range? Why not just conscript everyone for the duration of their miserable CO2–emitting lives?

    But ok. We’ll just conscript 18 – 26 year-olds. I’ll imagine I’m about to turn 18. My first thought is “How do I get out of this?” Soooooo, waivers. There absolutely will be waivers. Who gets one? How? Can I buy my way out? OF COURSE I CAN.

    How do I know this? Because I know leftists. Leftists lie, all the time, about everything. If a leftist scheme is carried out, it’s a scam. Leftist scams benefit leftists. Think Al Gore.

    Climate conscription necessitates a system of waivers. You KNOW who will be able to get one.

    It’s a power grab and a money grab.

    Leftists are shameless. Utterly shameless.

  45. The utterly absurd thing about this proposal is that there is nothing these conscripts could do that would have any effect on the total of global emissions.

    Everyone in the US seems to think the US is 75% or so of the global economy and must be emitting huge proportions of the worlds CO2 emissions. This may have been true 50 years ago, but it is not any more. The US is only doing about 12% of the world’s emissions. And the total is falling, and the percentage US emissions represent is falling even faster.

    China, India and the developing world are doing 75% now. And its rising. And they have no intention of reducing, on the contrary they are actively planning to increase their emissions.

    So unless the good lady is going to send the army of conscripts off to China and India, there will be absolutely nothing that they can do where they are now which will have any material effect on global emissions, and therefore (according to the theory) there is nothing they can do which will have any material effect on global temperatures.

    If there is a problem, we in the West are a minor part of it. You could abolish all US emissions and it would have negligible effect on the global total.

    Not to mention there is nothing that an army of conscripts could do to even lower US emissions. What are they supposed to do exactly? Start peddling stationary bikes to generate electricity? Operate rickshaws to reduce car use? Maybe block a few California freeways in relays?

    What happened to the US education system in the last 30 years? It seems to have reinvented itself with the aim of turning out graduates who have no idea how to think logically.

  46. In 1865 the country ratified the 13th amendment which banned slavery and involuntary servitude. So what is the difference between mandatory service and involuntary servitude? ( hint; NOTHING)
    The 2020 Democratic candidates remind me of gift boxes from California; assorted fruits and nuts.

  47. “When kids protest about climate change, their protests usually include a demand that someone else does the hard work. It seems unlikely climate believers will support a plan which involves them getting off their own butts.”

    Last night my wife had a few words to say about the school kids protesting “climate change” that I honestly had forgotten about from my own past. She recalled being recruited for anti-Vietnam war protests. As soon as kids were told that they’d have to skip school to do it, they all said “Yep, I’m in!” If the recruiter tried to sell past that close by giving reasons, he or she would be shushed immediately. The only thing the kids had to hear was “skip school.”

    That’s all they hear today.

    • You don’t have to answer whether you or your wife participated, but THIS is what “anti-war protesters” were actually protesting against.

      This image is hosted on a site operated by former South Vietnamese boat people. They are still grateful to America and thank us for our sacrifice on their behalf. Many of us spent our off time (when not dodging incoming rockets and mortars) accompanying the base Chaplains on visits to local villages and helping missionaries minister to the orphans and traumatized villagers.

      A picture is worth a thousand words.
      https://dongsongcu.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/aa097-temp-danlambao.jpg

      • Great link, TEWS_Pilot, thank you. No, my wife was an Air Force officer when I first met her, and I was working on development of the Peacekeeper ICBM. Neither of us protested the Vietnam War. I’ve had many military relatives and friends, and worked in support of them. I admire their courage and willingness to serve.

  48. My proposal for anyone in the US who says we should eliminate the use of fossil fuels for the good of all mankind: strip naked, abandon ALL of your current worldly possessions (as they were gained through the benefit of using fossil fuels), walk out of whatever climate controlled building you are in, eat what you can find in nature (no garbage allowed because, you know, fossil fuels), wear what can you make from what you find in the fields and forests, and accept no help from anyone in modern society. When the police come to pick you up, just tell them you’ve chosen to lead a carbon neutral way of life.

    Seems pretty simple to me.

  49. I’m afraid my generation, and the one just after us, is not going to vote for a new Federal Draft….we had quite enough of that during the Viet Nam era, thank you very much.

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a great idea when the U.S. had a million men out of work with no way to support their families. It was entirely voluntary and though many of the jobs were far from home, these men were able to retain their dignity and work to support their families.

    Today, unemployment is so low that it is generally considered by labor experts that everyone who wants a job already has one — in my region, businesses are begging for employees — anyone with any skills at all. When a local bottling plant decided to layoff workers, their personnel department was flooded with calls from other businesses headhunting the employees in advance of the scheduled layoff!

    Williamson’s idea is a typical politician’s nutty idea — there is not real plan, no real idea of what these young people might do other than “nice things” and certainly nothing proposed that would to anything that might affect the climate.

    If the federal Government wants to pay young people to plant trees (which they already do, but it is backbreaking labor) more power to them — offer high enough wages to allow kids to pay their college tuition with a summers work…the feds might throw in matching funds towards tuition as well.

    • If the congress were controlled by Democrats and the Executive were someone like Bernie or Alexandria, the proposition of a Democrat Youth service corps would become a matter of Executive Decree and never see a ballot

  50. So the Democrats want to take our meat, our cars, our guns, and draft us.

    Best political platform ever! I wish them the best of luck with all that.

  51. What a great idea…..to stop the youth movement. Get the a rickshaw and make them taxi people aroind to cut automobile CO2.

  52. Here is an article I penned almost exactly ten years ago in response to the Obama administration’s push to implement this very idea of Mandatory National Service. It has been pushed over and over since then, this being just the latest attempt on the national front concealed in a new set of sheep’s clothing. What you may not know is that this very program has already been snuck in behind our backs in the form of compulsory community service which is being forced upon students in public schools under the name of “Service Learning.” Children in many schools are being required to render community service in order to be allowed to graduate or advance to the next grade. If you want to read more about that, see some of my articles listed on that topic at the second link.

    Compulsory National Service: http://smallthoughts.com/blog/service.html

    Service Learning and more: http://smallthoughts.com/blog/subj_Service.html

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