Should Public Service be Mandatory?


El Paso congressman and Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke wants to introduce a bill to Congress this year that will MANDATE all young people to spend at least a year "in service to this country." He also wants to unseat and replace Senator Ted Cruz, and this would be “signature legislation”.


O'Rourke's idea would require every young person to serve their country in some way whether that be in military service, a medical unit, a teaching unit, or some type of service. However, we should ask ourselves if anyone ever learns anything when they are “mandated”, “forced” or “required”?  

Do people learn charity when they are forced to pay taxes for other people’s social and welfare services? Do conscripted soldiers serve and fight better than volunteers? 


Typical of the socialist/Democrat mind, they believe that forcing people to work for the government will be beneficial to society. They don’t understand that what makes society better, are people who serve their neighbor because hearts and minds will it, not because the government forces it. 


Serving your neighbor should be a result of free agency and a person’s free will and desire. Instead of requiring or mandating people to serve, why not teach them good principles (religion?) and let them govern themselves, and let them decide whom and how they wish to serve?


Personal liberty and freedom are disliked by socialist/Democrats because that would allow people to be independent of government and their political bosses. An economically and politically independent citizen is very scary to socialist/Democrats. 


O’Rourke’s idea has good intentions, but look at what the War on Poverty and its good intentions have brought the nation and society. There is an “Industrial Poverty Complex” that dominates all socio-economic policy, and it exists for itself but not to lift people out of poverty. This program would become another one of those government programs that eats up taxpayer money and burdens citizens with regulations. 


If O’Rourke and other socialist/Democrats want to encourage young people to serve their fellow being and become better citizens, they should encourage parents to be good examples to their children. They should also allow the “Golden Rule” and Judeo-Christian principles to be taught in public schools and be seen in public places. 


Serving your fellow citizen is better when it starts in a person’s heart and mind, not with some government program…that is mandatory! 

George Rodriguez, El Conservador

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