The Unintended Consequences of Senator Hatch’s Missionary Experience


President Obama has signed the “Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act” into law.  This bill, approved in the U.S. Senate with the substantial assistance of Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, expands the civilian “volunteer” Americorps funded by the federal government (many of these “volunteers” receive a significant stipend for their service).  

This sounds wonderful (love thy neighbor as thyself), except that…

…this bill is part of a larger effort by President Obama, Prime Minister Pelosi, and First Mate Reid to create “a civilian national security force” as large and as well-funded as our combined military services.  

Oh yes, and Mr. Hatch – if volunteers are paid by the federal government for their service, or if “volunteers” are compelled to serve as President Obama wishes, then they are not volunteers, they’re federal government employees!

The first time this Designated Conservative watched the video below from Mr. Obama’s campaign, I had cold chills running down my back (and not for the same reason that Chris Matthews gets them up his leg!).  What Obama is trying to do with this civilian security force is not America, folks.

So, my question for you dear readers is, what was Senator Hatch smoking when he decided to support this bill?  (read on)

Hatch says LDS mission part of bill inspiration

The Salt Lake Tribune

Obama called Hatch “a class act” for leading the charge to rename the legislation the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

At a bill-signing ceremony at a public boarding school for disadvantaged youth before he headed off to a tree-planting project, Obama asked people to “stand up and play your part.”

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who drafted the bill and served as the primary Republican sponsor, said: “Our country has a longstanding tradition of helping our neighbors, and I am honored to have been a part of such a monumental piece of legislation that will continue this valued tradition.”

During the congressional debate, Hatch said he drew inspiration for the legislation from his two year mission for the LDS Church, which he served in the Great Lakes states. He said he wouldn’t trade his two-year mission for all of the years he has served in the Senate.

This bill is nothing more than another Democrat-led effort to expand the federal government bureaucracy into every corner of our lives – to take over control of activities for which the government is incompetent for the sake of expanding their political control.

It is embarrassing to this designated conservative to have to hold the keys for Senator Hatch, who has clearly drunk far too much of the Washington D.C. Kool Aid.  

Senator, I live in a Great Lakes state and regularly see and interact with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and other churches:  What they do resembles Obama’s expanded Americorps model just like a top-of-the-line Rolex timepiece resembles the knockoff model I could buy from a van in the gas station parking lot.  

Senator, as a self-described religious man, can’t you see the danger this bill poses for the mission of private, charitable organizations and churches?  More government-backed “volunteers” means fewer actual volunteer opportunities, and fewer private organizations dedicated to helping the less-fortunate.  This bill does not strengthen the American service ethic, it further weakens it by entrenching the federal government further into the role of parenting the “children of America” (otherwise known as potential Democrat voters).

How long will we have to suffer such fools in Congress (especially in the Republican Party)?

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