A national day of service?

@coolcoder (2019)
United States
August 27, 2009 7:45pm CST
Barack Obama is now talking about making September 11 a day not only to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks, but a day of volunteer service as well. The thing is, we already have a day for volunteerism, and that's April 21; why, other than to make himself look good politically, does this man want to do this? Personally, I'm not buying it. What are your thoughts?
4 responses
• United States
28 Aug 09
Cool, from reading your post you seam to be pretty religious, don't you think it would be nice for more people to help others. Isn't that what the bible says? I would think that someone with your background would be happy to see a politican trying to help more people, and get other to join him. Would have felt differently if a REPUBLICAN did this?
@jonakyl (493)
• United States
28 Aug 09
It might partially be to make himself look good politically, but does that mean it's bad? I'm not sure if a volunteer day is the best idea, we should be volunteering through out the year, not just one day a year. It sounds like guys that only buy flowers for their wives on Valentine's Day. I would rather see it as a day to give thanks to those who volunteer and to encourage people to start volunteering during the next year instead of having it be a single day of volunteer service.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
28 Aug 09
True. My fear is that his "volunteerism" isn't going to be so voluntary before too long, though. I don't mind volunteering, but if it's going to be forced, that's not too cool at all.
@II2aTee (2559)
• United States
28 Aug 09
So I can either go out and clean up my neighborhood... or help the elderly and dissabled, all while keeping the victims of 9/11 in my heart and mind. Or. I could stay home, and pound my chest over the flag. One of those options is selfish and unproductive. You tell me which one. Ask yourself if you disagree with this just because it was suggested by President Obama. I have noticed that some people carry such bitter hatred for him that even when he does or says something good, they search for fault and use it as an excuse to entrench themselves in their own self pity. There is nothing wrong with making 9/11 a day of service to America. I cant think of any better way to honor our fallen than to get off my butt for one day and go out and make a positive difference is someone elses life. If you could get over your debilitating hatred for President Obama just this once, you might be able to share my patriotism.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I have patriotism, which is precisely why I'm not buying into what Obama is doing. And if you want to accuse me of being so bitter about everything, ask yourself if what your liberal comrades did to Bush for the past eight years wasn't hateful. They hated George Bush the whole time, picking any convenient time to accuse him of stealing both elections. Yet now that people disagree with Obama, you're accusing them of being angry, bitter people. I don't buy this, either. As for your patriotism, I don't doubt that you have it. Don't expect me to share it, because what Obama is doing...has been doing since he was first inaugurated is systematically destroying the American way of life (you do realize who he hung out with back in the day, right?), and I refuse to take part in anything that will further destroy America. He's using Brownshirt tactics, and I am not participating in it. And apparently, you didn't read the rest of my response, otherwise you would know that we already have an official national day of service. IT'S ON APRIL 21. Besides, as one reader above stated, Americans are the most giving of people already...but you probably didn't read that part either, so I'm not going to waste any more words commenting to you. Have a nice day.
@peavey (16991)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I don't like it, either. It just doesn't seem right to take a day like that for volunteerism. Why not use it for remembrance? I don't care for Obama's brand of volunteerism, anyway.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Neither do I. His idea of volunteering comes straight out of the Nazi playbook.