Chuck Baldwin, Founder and Minister of the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL, issued the following statement through his Communications Director, Mary Starrett, in an Aug. 15, 2008 email to ProCon.org:
"Con. Forced servitude is unconstitutional." Aug. 15, 2008 Chuck Baldwin
Bob Barr, former US House Representative (R-GA), in a July 9, 2008 press release titled "Bob Barr Criticizes Obama Proposal for Mandatory Service" on his official candidate website, stated:
"...[S]ervice must be an outgrowth of the heart to be life-changing for both parties. It isn't possible to mandate generosity or coerce compassion...
...[I]t certainly isn't Washington's responsibility to dictate to every middle school, high school, and college across America the sort of activities they should require of their students...If local school boards and college presidents believe mandatory service to be a good idea, they can-as many have done-make it a graduation requirement. There's no justification for the federal government to set a national standard...
Everyone agrees that service is a wonderful gift from those with much to those with little. But we should not sacrifice the great value of voluntary service by turning it into a government requirement." July 9, 2008 Bob Barr
Ralph Nader, attorney, author, and political activist, issued the following statement through his Communications Director and Policy Writer, Loralynne Krobetzky, in an Oct. 20, 2008 email to ProCon.org:
"Civil Service- There is, as well, a critical positive role for the federal government to play, by promoting the vision, curricula, programs and projects for a K-12 civics education for democracy. In an era when children are overwhelmed with marketing images that reduce their attention spans and vocabulary, and orient them to an overweening focus on immediate gratification, low-grade sensuality and conspicuous consumption, an emphasis on civics for democracy promises instead to take students from instruction to learning to knowledge to application, until the highest educational goal is reached -- the sustained onset of educational self-renewal of, by and for the confident, motivated student." Oct. 20, 2008Ralph Nader
Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), stated at the Jan 15, 2008 Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, NV:
"I think that the obligation to serve exists for everybody, and that's why I've put forward a national service program that is tied to my tuition credit for students who want to go to college. You get $4000 every year to help you go to college.
In return, you have to engage in some form of national service. Military service has to be an option.
We have to have civilian options as well. Not just the Peace Corps, but one of the things that we need desperately are people who are in our foreign service who are speaking foreign languages can be more effective in a lot of the work that's going to be require that may not be hand-to-hand combat but is going to be just as critical in ensuring our long-term safety and security." Jan. 15, 2008 Barack Obama
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