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In looking to the future at 2020, Senator Kerry says that "I want to create a seamless web of service where every American - young and old, rich and poor, of every race, religion, and background - can enlist in a new army of patriots who will serve on all the frontlines of our future - guarding our nation from danger abroad, strengthening our homeland security, reducing illiteracy, preserving our environment, providing after-school care, helping our seniors live in dignity, building new homes for those who need them - and in all of this, building a nation that is more truly one America."
October 2003 Issue
In an October 14 speech at Hunter College, General Wesley Clark unveiled what appears to be the cornerstone of his campaign, an ambitious new national service program.
The plan, dubbed "New American Patriotism" (which also serves as Clark's campaign slogan), calls for "an administration that unites our country and works with the world community, and it calls all Americans to action in order to make the commitments and sacrifices to meet these historic challenges." Evocative and inspirational, the plan is also vaguely familiar.
A similar initiative by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, "A New Army of Patriots," which would "enlist citizens in the cause of a safer, stronger, and more secure America," touches on nearly identical themes and circumstances. Which candidate has the more compelling plan? Compare and decide for yourself.
A New Army of Patriots
Utilizes children and seniors to contribute community service in exchange for educational grants and supplemental healthcare grants retrospectively.
Enlists young people "to protect our nation from future terror attacks" via the expansion of Police Corps, an educational program that pays officers for their education in exchange for their work commitment after graduation.
John Kerry believes that in these times, we need to bolster these efforts with a nationwide commitment to national service. Whether it is a Summer of Service for our teenagers, helping young people serve their country in return for college, or the Older Americans in Service program, John Kerry's plan will call on every American of every age and every background to serve. John Kerry will set a goal of one million Americans a year in national service within the next decade.
As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.
NEW YORK, April 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Stopping at New York's City College today, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry unveiled a critical new component of his "Compact with the Next Generation," his plan to engage more than 500,000 young Americans in service each year within a decade. The bold, new national initiative will offer young Americans affordable education in return for serving their country, and in keeping with Kerry's commitment to fiscal responsibility, will be fully paid for by the elimination of the guaranteed profits banks currently make on student loans.
"Together, we are going to bring about the largest increase in domestic national service in our history," Kerry said. "Thanks to your service, our schools will be stronger, our communities will be safer and our environment will be cleaner."
Today, John Kerry calls on all of America's young people to serve, especially meeting education challenges, and he outlines his agenda for domestic service. John Kerry would engage 500,000 more Americans in national service each year within a decade, compared to 75,000 in AmeriCorps this year. As part of his commitment to the fiscal responsibility this administration has recklessly abandoned, John Kerry will pay for every penny of his service initiatives with resources to spare. At the same time as he is making the hard choices required by the reckless Bush deficits, John Kerry is proposing the largest increase in domestic national service in our history.
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Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
Every President has an army of citizens, but not quite how Obummer and friends want it.
This army of citizens makes sure that at best the government will serve us, or in the middle does nothing intolerable, and at least, makes sure that we'll never exist merely to serve a government.
Originally posted by gougitousakusha
this was just crossing my mind yesterday. With obama driving us higher into debt IF some day the lenders should come to collect, our homes and offices being confiscated, we will surely have to fight.