Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is officially in the running for President of the United States.
The former Texas congressman and US Senate candidate who lost to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz is attempting to run a centrist campaign by using Bill Clinton’s economic style with the social justice stances of the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party – climate change, single payer healthcare, and the other string of bumper sticker issues.
However, for everything Beto says that appears to be centrist-to-moderate, he supports issues that border fringe concepts like nationally mandated “service.”
While serving in Congress, O’Rourke co-sponsored and hit the media trail advocating enthusiastically for HR 3140, a bill titled as “ACTION for National Service Act” which would mandate participants to finish “term of full-time national service” an award those who complete their contract an “equal to twice the amount of tuition for the institution of higher education where the individual is enrolled, not to exceed twice the average in-state tuition.”
While O’Rourke advocated for this bill from townhall to townhall, he admitted that in his heart, the bill didn’t go far enough.
During a townhall appearance during O’Rourke’s senate campaign, he spoke candidly of his dreams for what HR 3140 could pave the road for- forced service for a length of, at a minimum, one year to the federal government, even in the form of nationally enforced military conscription. A report from KSAT ABC 12 documented O’Rourke’s statement:
“One last idea on this — and I’m trying to find a Republican colleague — I may have one and I hope to announce it soon — it will help me introduce this into the Congress this year, and that is a national service bill that would require every young person, no matter how wealthy or how poor, to spend at least a year of their lives in service to this country; in a military unit, conservation core unit, in a medical unit, in a teaching unit — in some way that they’re going to help make this country better and stronger and have to sacrifice together and leave that with a shared understanding of who we are as a people. And no kid is going to be rich enough to buy their way out of it.”
In a primary field full of candidates ranging in ideas from advocating for a totalitarian social credit score programs akin to that of the Chinese model to supporting race-based reparations and gun confiscation, O’Rourke and the other’s flirtation with fascism shows that their ideas will ultimately require enforcement at gunpoint.