Well, we're starting to see what kind of "change" that many of you folks voted for last week. This is from a new government website called www.change.gov, where you get to see what your new president has planned for you and your children.
From America Serves:
"When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream."
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.
Requiring hours of community service is what I hear over in General Sessions court every week when sentences are issued for crimes. Now, it may be mandated to your kids.
It's not like this idea is new. Obama's new Chief of Staff, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, put this concept in his book, "The Plan. It's on pages 61-62 and reads:
It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service. ...
Here's how it would work. Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They'll be asked to report for three months of basic civil defense training in their state or community, where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical, nuclear or conventional attack; how to assist others in an evacuation; how to respond when a levee breaks or we're hit by a natural disaster. These young people will be available to address their communities' most pressing needs.
This isn't a wacked out conspiracy theory. It's on Obama's new website and in his new Chief of Staff's book.
I don't know about you guys, but I feel a draft…
Was this the type of "change" all of you voted for? Discuss.
UPDATE: 7 a.m. 11/8/08
Since I and others bloggers posted items drawing attention to this Friday, the change.gov website has ... changed, removing all mentions of a requirement.
Details here. This contains a link to the Google cache, so there can be no doubt.
Screen shots here.