So let’s pretend that you believe that serving your country is a noble, or even, self-less act. Further, let’s suppose that you believe that those who serve their nation, rather than embarking on a career, should be given a living allowance (and since this is only pretend, let’s say it’s at the federal poverty level) during their service time. And finally, after these people (usually young, always idealistic), have finished their contracted time in national service, you believe that they should get the opportunity to advance their education. Would that be a partisan position? Would that be liberal or conservative? Or would it just be an American position?
Apparently, the members of South Carolina’s Republican Congressional delegation believe that encouraging patriotic Americans to serve America is some kind of liber-al, fag-wing Commie-crat lifestyle choice. I draw that conclusion because today, when they had a risk-free opportunity to show that they love America and want to encourage patriotic national service, they all voted against it.
Fortunately, 76 Republican members of Congress still believe that serving America is good. They joined the 245 Democrats to pass the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act, the most significant overhaul and expansion of national service programs in 16 years. These leaders, acting like leaders, were responding to President Barack Obama’s call to increase national service opportunities. The bill goes to the Senate next, and there are enough votes to pass it.
Who wants to bet that two of them won’t be from South Carolina?