Hugel OpEd on National Service

 Posted by on 30 March 2009 at 11:01 pm  Activism, Government
Mar 302009

The March 30, 2009 edition of the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News has published the following excellent OpEd by OAC student Lucy Hugel on the national service bill. Here’s the introduction:

National service bill makes ‘volunteerism’ compulsory
by Lucy Hugel

Thursday, the U.S. Senate sent back to the House an amended bill to “expand and improve opportunities for service,” legislation modeled on President Obama’s campaign promise to establish “universal voluntary citizen service.”

If passed, this act will produce an explosion in the number of service programs. Unfortunately, the goal of this legislation is profoundly un-American–to instill an ethic of servitude in every citizen.

How could expanding community service programs have such a radical effect in the land of liberty? To understand this, one must see how the plan aims to smuggle in compulsory service…

Read the whole thing here.

Congratulations on getting published, Lucy! And thank you for defending a person’s right to his or her own life.

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