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.
I know there will be people who stand up proudly and say, "There's nothing wrong with requiring our young people to 'give something back' to their community." I will grit my teeth here and not call them idiots. Not call them fascists.
Notice, however, that we're not encouraging young people to service, we're not creating a culture of change, we are requiring young people to provide a certain number of hours of work for the State whether they like it or not, whether their parents approve or not.
This has generally, in history, been called by several different names: corvee labor, tax farming, indentured servitude, serfdom, or slavery.
So when the administration says, "I will call on Americans to sacrifice," does it really mean, "I will use to force of law to require Americans to sacrifice."
The Greatest Generation would be so proud.