Re: Call me a male chauvinist !
posted at 11/29/2012 3:42 PM EST
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
But, it was fine when we were drafting kids into the military, or when we passed a law that said kids must be in school up to a certain age.
POTUS had a proposal that offered students tuition breaks in exchange for a year or two of community service - programs like City Year or Americorps...and the frothy right went ape-s**t over the thought of "Obama's Citizen Army" and, in their godwin-esque way, images of jackbooted thugs.
So, you see how people get up in arms over the supposed loss of their perceived "freedoms". It does no good to pretend the right-wing hasn't mocked POTUS endlessly as a "community organizer" as if it's a bad thing that he wasn't working on wall st. or making millions in private equity markets like R-Money.
My high school also had a community service requirement to graduate, and it led me to going on 25 years of volunteer work. Mandates aside, it's simply selfish not to help one's neighbors in need and might just pick up some slack in lieu of other social and charity spending.
How is that a bad thing? To me, it brings together the best aspects of both liberalism and conservatism. But it's a double standard to honor a soldier for their "service" while not also respecting the volunteer for theirs.
But, it was fine when we were drafting kids into the military,
It was? Who exactly was fine with the draft? I seem to have read quite a bit about plenty who had issue with it.
or when we passed a law that said kids must be in school up to a certain age.
People were fine with citizens getting an education? Go figure.
I have no problem with community service. I was merely explaining that many...cons and libs would have issue with being forced into some kind of service.
My school didn't have community service and yet I've been volunteering for past 22 years. I still like having the freedom of choice in this country. If it's a program like Obama offered I have no problem with that because it's still a choice. It's similar to having military pay for college...the catch is you owe the military some time. That's fair. Again, your choice.
But what was brought up earlier and was applauded was compulsory service. That I don't agree with. No one should be forced into anything.