"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.
Let's revisit my high school/college days for a minute, huh?
1998: TB diagnosis, so I basically spent an entire semester trying to stay awake in class. There would have been NO 25 hours of community service.
2001: The ICU episode--again, no community service. I had these things called "Classes" to make up and finish. You know, for my degree. Which is the whole freakin' POINT of college. Not community service.
Now I have a compromised immune system. Where would The One suggest I help out? Not nursing homes. Not free clinics. Not places like libraries, etc. during any fall-winter seasons. In fact, almost NO WHERE during fall/winter seasons.
This is my problem with liberals, and even some conservatives--they do something that SOUNDS good, but then when you look at it, you go, "huh?" How are people supposed to do this if they have other issues? Where's a kid going to get a part-time job if s/he wants one?
Another good example of this is mandatory gym. I was HORRIBLE at gym. Really, really horrible. I couldn't run a full mile, and I certainly couldn't do it in any decent time. But people are always pushing gym. I was so GLAD when it was over.
OK rant for today done.