I wrote a few days ago about being our obligation as citizens (and Christians) to participate in our democracy. Agree and work toward compromise when possible, but fight tooth and toe nail on areas which are just plain wrong - morally or other wise.
Going over the President-Elect's website there was an interesting section on public service which should be brought to light.
The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start. (empahsis added)
Is this the civilian force which Obama was referring to and brought so much ire to those of us who paid attention? Why was this not dicussed during the campaign (that gets into a seperate discussion)?
It is one thing to offer incentives and encourage people to give back to their communities. We do this all the time with doctors, and in some cases teachers or even local organizations such as Ozarks Harvesting Hope.
This, however, is different. Mandating our children to perform the same job(s) which convicted criminals face for punishment is both wrong headed and goes against the very principles of our nation.
We are individuals who are free to choose, not shackled by the constraints forced upon us by government like that of the former Soviet Union or communist China.
It is for those very reasons I hope Republicans will fight this proposal and fillibuster such a notion into nonexistance.