Community service isn’t slavery or socialism, writes Michele Catalano on Pajamas Media.
It’s taking the “ask not what your country can do for you” attitude and transforming it into smaller clusters, where we ask what we can do for those we live with and around, instead of waiting for people to do for us.
Asking people to volunteer is just fine. Offering college aid to volunteers is fine, though potentially expensive to implement. What critics attacked was a proposal on Barack Obama’s change.gov site to require students to put in service hours. Obama heard the critics and changed the wording to make service a goal but not a government mandate.