Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Quote and a Proposal for National Service

Today's quote is a repeat but extremely appropriate as we honor all the men and women who have served their country.

" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. " George Orwell.

Today's Quote comes with a commentary. This may not be a new phenomena but it is one I recently noticed . I know a mother who would not let her son apply to the Military Academies because she did not want him in the service. I spoke to another women who agrees with John McCain on most issues and does not like Obama but she will not vote for McCain because she is afraid he will bring back the draft. Once we were a nation proud to go ourselves and yes to send our sons and daughters to serve the cause of Freedom which this nation represents. Yes that is the cause we go to war for. It was why we went to war in Europe, In Vietnam and yes in Iraq. Is that no longer a worthy cause? We are loosing the belief that it is and that and is a dishonor to those who who have sacrificed for that cause. While I pray that my children never have to go to war I will not stop them should they seek to serve their country. In fact I will gaze upon them in awe and pride.

Part of the problem is we selfishly think of our rights as citizens and forget our obligations. A social contract like any other contract is a two way street. We need to serve our country in a variety of ways Military service, Jury Duty, even voting is not only a right but an obligation as is making an informed decision before you vote.

WE need to bring back this ethic. I propose a two year mandatory period of National Service.
You can satisfy it with a stint in the military, the Peace Corp, a domestic peace corp should be started ( is that what VISTA is?). Re-institute the Conservation Corps. States and Non- Profits could set up programs that satisfy the requirement (Provided there are some rules such as it is full time, minimal compensation and you live away from home) You could also satisfy it with 6 years in the National Guard or Reserves.

I would allow (1) 4 year exemption for college and and another exemption for certain professional degrees ( for skills would be useful such as doctors and lawyers) but it would definitely be serve me now or serve me later.

There would be few deferments for physical issues because people who could work behind a desk would be needed also.

It would make this a better nation and a better people. It would do honor to all those who sacrificed to make us the great Nation we are and must remain.

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