September 18, 2021

It’s Time to Consider Mandatory National Service To Help Heal Our Broken Country

Our country is broken — it’s coming apart at the seams — and it is not going to fix itself. Repairing it will take effort from all of us. It may require consideration of some big national changes. Too many of us are just sitting back and watching America’s decline. It’s time to consider any idea that holds some promise for national renewal, any idea that could universally bring us all together and teach us a shared cause.

Perhaps even mandatory national service.

Mandatory service would require every 18-year-old to serve for a year or more. It is not a radical or new idea. Seventy-five countries have some form of national service requirement, and we’ve already required service at times in American history. It can also be broader than just military service. Other options include the Peace Corps, community service, cleaning up public lands and rebuilding aging infrastructure.

As a society, we are growing increasingly self-interested. Citizenship brings responsibility beyond self-interest. The concept of civic responsibility — as enunciated so eloquently by President John Kennedy — is eroding. A national service requirement can help reinvigorate a shared sense of citizenship in everyday Americans.

America is also becoming increasingly polarized and siloed along economic and racial lines. We no longer interact with those outside our own cohort. A rich kid growing up with parents in the New York City finance world likely has zero idea what it’s like in an aging Ohio steel town. The kid in the steel town can’t even imagine New York. They are two different worlds. Throw in racial division, and the whole thing is magnified. For a multiethnic, multiracial country with as many new immigrants as we have, this sort of polarization is deadly to national culture and unity. None of these dynamics is brand-new, but they are getting worse.

The social and cultural segregation in our country is directly contributing to the coarseness of our national culture and politics. We no longer just disagree in America; we vilify those who don’t share our views. Democrats think Republicans are Klansmen without the hoods. Republicans think Democrats are Joseph Stalin before the purges. Rural people think city people are snobby, materialistic and out of touch. Cosmopolitan urbanites think country people are stupid, fat and lazy.

When you have little interaction with those who don’t share your background or beliefs, it’s easy to view them as caricatures. It becomes easier to demonize or marginalize them. This results in the sort of fissures we have in America today and the normalization of summary political violence; we’ve all seen it. Left to fester, these dynamics lead to the downfall of societies.

We need to break down racial, class and geographic barriers to help create a stronger sense of national community. Doing that is not easy, but mandatory service can help rekindle a sense of civic pride and begin to erode some of the extreme polarization in America. A year’s service requirement will bring together Americans from all walks of life, which will help young people understand one another. Contact reduces intolerance and promotes cohesion. And we are definitely short on national cohesion. We need it now more than we have at any time since at least the 1960s and maybe since the 1860s.

The main argument against mandatory national service comes from the military. America did have mandatory military conscription until 1973. Since then, we have had an all-volunteer force. Our professional voluntary military has served us well. Bringing in recruits who don’t want to serve can cause problems with morale and discipline. We experienced this in Vietnam. We did, however, fight World War II with a system of mandatory conscripts based on registration and a lottery system. That seemed to work pretty well.

Mandatory service on the military side brings another benefit. Twenty years of fighting in the Middle East has contributed significantly to the erosion of support and trust in our national leaders. One reason may be that the brunt of the pain was endured by American working-class families. Working-class kids were enticed to join the military by ever-increasing bonuses and retention programs. This brought a sense in much of America that our leaders were out of touch and not feeling the pain that can come with extended military engagements. There are, of course, prominent exceptions to this — including even the president’s son, who served in the National Guard — but as a general matter, it’s true that wealthier citizens don’t often serve in the military. Mandatory service would put an end to this dynamic.

The concept of a national service requirement is surprisingly popular nationally, considering nobody has been out making the case for it in a prominent way. In the 2020 election, Pete Buttigieg and John Delaney argued for some form of national service in the Democratic primary, but it was not a major talking point. Still, according to a Gallup poll in 2017, half of all Americans are in favor of a one-year mandatory national service requirement. Interestingly, the support is relatively bipartisan; 44% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans are in favor.

National service is complicated. It must be presented properly, or it could be a loser politically, and there are downsides we should explore fully. If you agree, however, that Americans are too self-absorbed and no longer as civic-minded, and especially if you think we are lacking in national cohesion, a national service requirement could be just the answer.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

COPYRIGHT 2021 CREATORS.COM

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
0 0 votes
Article Rating
simple-ad

This is a demo advert, you can use simple text, HTML image or any Ad Service JavaScript code. If you're inserting HTML or JS code make sure editor is switched to 'Text' mode.

Subscribe
Notify of
17 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

EulaDavis (@guest_1267934)
3 months ago

I am making a good salary from home $6580-$7065/week , which is amazing under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it’s my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone,
Here is I started.…………… 𝐖­­𝐰­­𝐰­­.𝐂­­𝐚­­𝐬­­𝐡­­𝐀­­𝐩­­𝐩­­𝟏.𝐂­­𝐨­­𝐦

julia (@guest_1267941)
Reply to  EulaDavis
3 months ago

Google pays for every Person every hour online working from home job. I have received $23K in this month easily and I earns every weeks $5K to 8$K on the internet. Every Person join this working easily by just just open this website and follow instructions………….. 𝐰­­­­­­𝐰­­­­­­𝐰­­­­­­.­­­­­­𝐉𝐎𝐁𝐒𝟖𝟐.­­­­­­𝐜­­­­­­𝐨­­­­­­𝐦

DennisRJohansen (@guest_1268010)
Reply to  julia
3 months ago

Single Mom Makes $89,844/Yr in Her Spare Time on The Computer Without Selling Anything. you can bring from $15000-$18000 of extra income every month. working at home for 4 hours a day, and earning could be even bigger.

The potential with this is endless……..———>>>> ­­­­𝐖­­𝐰­­𝐰­­.­­𝐍­­𝐞­­𝐰­­𝐀­­𝐩­­𝐩­­𝟕­­.­­𝐂­­𝐨­­𝐦­­

Julie (@guest_1267962)
Reply to  EulaDavis
3 months ago

Every month easily makes more than $15k just by doing very simple home based job. Last month i have received $16834 from this online job just by doing this in my part time for only 2 hrs maximum a day…..

Open this site For Full Detail…………………………… 𝐖­𝐖­𝐖.𝐏­𝐀­𝐘­𝐁­𝐔­𝐙­𝐙­𝟏.𝐂­𝐎­𝐌

Shani R. Foster (@guest_1267943)
3 months ago

I’m making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life.This is where i started>>>

𝑾­­𝒘­­𝒘­­.­𝑵­𝒆­­𝒕­𝑷­­𝒂­𝒚­1­­.­­𝑪­­𝒐­𝒎­­

Charlie Fuller (@guest_1267945)
3 months ago

I started earning $350/hour in my free time by completing tasks with my laptop that i got GTq from this company I stumbled upon online…Check it out, and start earning yourself . for more info visit any tab this site
Thanks a lot Here….. 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰­.­𝐖­𝐞­𝐛­𝐂­𝐚­𝐬­𝐡­𝟏­.­𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

peggyhardcastle (@guest_1267954)
3 months ago

I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…GOOD LUCK..
===))> 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰­.­𝐖­𝐨­𝐫­𝐤­𝐢­𝐛­𝐚­𝐫.­𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

GeorgiaChapman (@guest_1267977)
3 months ago

I am making a good salary from home $6580-$7065/week , which is amazing under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it’s my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone,
Here is I started.…………… 𝐖­­𝐰­­𝐰­­.𝐂­­𝐚­­𝐬­­𝐡­­𝐀­­𝐩­­𝐩­­𝟏.𝐂­­𝐨­­𝐦

RUTH (@guest_1267996)
3 months ago

Here is Job opportunity for everyone! Because of Corona Work from comfort of your home, on your computer And you can work with your own working hours. You can work this job As part time or As A full time job. You can Earns up to $1000 per Day by way of work is simple on the web. It’s easy, just follow instructions on home page,

read it carefully from start to finish Check The Details…..… 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝟗𝟏.𝐜𝐨𝐦

Ashley (@guest_1268003)
3 months ago

I basically make about $6,000-$8,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 10-13 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…..
===))> 𝐖­­­𝐰­­­𝐰­­.­­𝐅­­­𝐮­­𝐥­­­𝐰­­𝐨­­𝐫­­­𝐤­­.­­𝐜­­­𝐨­­𝐦

BarbaraLewis (@guest_1268027)
3 months ago

I am making a good salary from home $6580-$7065/week , which is amazing under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it’s my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone,

Here is I started.…………… 𝐖­­𝐰­­𝐰­­.𝐂­­𝐚­­𝐬­­𝐡­­𝐀­­𝐩­­𝐩­­𝟏.𝐂­­𝐨­­𝐦

ReginaGorman (@guest_1268046)
3 months ago

I am making a good salary from home $6580-$7065/week , which is amazing under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it’s my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone,

Here is I started.…………… 𝐖𝐰𝐰.𝐉𝐨𝐛𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐡𝟏.𝐜𝐨𝐦

BrandonPeabody (@guest_1268090)
3 months ago

I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…GOOD LUCK..
===))> 𝐖­𝐰­𝐰­.­𝐖­𝐨­𝐫­𝐤­𝐢­𝐛­𝐚­𝐫.­𝐂­𝐨­𝐦

Rayce1938 (@guest_1268128)
3 months ago

I started earning $350/hour in my free time by c0mpleting tasks with my lapt0p cdv that i g0t from this c0mpany I stumbled upon online…Check it out, and start earning yourself . for more info visit any tab this site
Thanks a lot Here……>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐭𝟑𝟎.𝐜𝐨𝐦

Twentone (@guest_1268141)
3 months ago

In 2021 Last month i managed to pull my first five figure paycheck ever!!! I’ve been vvorking for this company online for 2 years now and i never been happier… They are paying me $95/per hour and the best thing is cause i am not that tech-savy, they only asked for basic understanding of internet and basic typing skill… It’s been an amazing experience vvorking with them and i wanted to share this with you, because they are looking for new people to join their team novv and i highly recommend to everyone to apply… Visit following page for more information…………>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 𝐰­𝐰­𝐰­.­𝐒­𝐧­𝐚­𝐠­𝟒­.­𝐜­𝐨­𝐦

Wereiry (@guest_1268152)
3 months ago

I started earning $350/hour in my free time by completing tasks with my laptop cdv that i got from this company I stumbled upon online…Check it out, and start earning yourself . for more info visit any tab this site
Thanks a lot Here…….>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 𝘄­𝘄­𝘄­.­𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝟰𝟰.𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯

Jeanette (@guest_1268510)
3 months ago

A Divorced Mom With 4 Kids Lost Her Job in Pandemic, But Was Able To Stay On Top By Banking Continuously 15000 Dollars Per Week With An Online Work She Found Over The Internet .TRUMP TO WIN AND GIFT FF TO THE JOBS Before Elections But Unfortunately Election Fraud. It’s easy, just follow instructions on home page, read it carefully from start to finish Check The Details…..>>> 𝑾𝑾𝑾.𝑾𝑶𝑹𝑲𝑵𝑬𝑻30.𝑪𝑶𝑴

OUR TWEETS

PRESIDENT'S TWEETS

Sign Up For The Daily Newsletter

SYNDICATED NEWS

17
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x