Non Serviam

The Candidates Stump for National Service:

Whoever raises his right hand to take the oath of office as President next January will pledge to uphold the Constitution — and will have already promised to make national service a priority for his Administration. John McCain and Barack Obama have served the nation in different ways, but each man has asserted that national service not only can help solve the country’s problems but also can and should be a unifying force for America in the 21st century.

Thus begins a paean to forced servitude by lickspittle Authorized Journalist Richard Stengel.

I have no dispute with anyone who wishes to voluntarily serve any cause, unless, of course, that cause infringes on fundamental rights.  To volunteer one’s time and energy to a greater service can be a noble endeavor.

An example of the most noble endeavor, perhaps, was the voluntary efforts of the “founding fathers” of this country, who risked not just their livelihoods, but their lives to establish a nation where people could live in relative freedom.  Their service was not only to themselves, but to their posterity:  their future.

Voluntary.  Aye, there’s the rub.

The future President, no matter which one wins, will make National Service a priority.  So they have said.

A service to the nation, as defined and mandated by the government.

Mandated service is not service to one’s fellows to further a common cause, but a service to the mandating power.

A service to the one making the rules.

Enforced service is not service.  It is called slavery, and they say we actually had a war over it once.

Will you serve one man who has made the decision that you must serve?

Will your children?

Who will you serve?

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