I was just hanging out over at President-elect Obama’s Change.gov website, and ran across this interesting tidbit:

America Serves

“When you choose to serve — whether it’s your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood — you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That’s why it’s called the American dream.”

The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.

Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.

OK…

When you choose to serve…that’s the first line, isn’t it?

I’m not crazy…it’s there!

Then this:

Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year.

…a plan to require…

Require?

What happened to “choose”?

In MY dictionary having a choice does not mean being required…maybe I need a new dictionary for this Administration; choose to serve means required to serve, and welfare payments are really tax cuts.

Classroom Corps?

I was inducted into something very similar when I was a kid, but that was in Cuba, and we had no choice there either.