January 29, 2002 - CNN: Bush calls for doubling the size of the Peace Corps

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By Admin1 (admin) on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 11:07 pm: Edit Post

Bush calls for doubling the size of the Peace Corps


President George W. Bush in his State of the Union Address called for doubling the size of the Peace Corps.

He called for every American to provide two years years of National Service.

He called for an expansion of Americorps under the name of the new USA Freedom Corps.

It is unclear from his description of the USA Freedom Corps if he proposes reassigning the Peace Corps, which is now an independent agency, under the USA Freedom Corps.

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President Bush calls for doubling size of the Peace Corps

Doubling the Size of the Peace Corps

And America needs citizens to extend the compassion of our country to every part of the world. So we will renew the promise of the Peace Corps, double its volunteers over the next five years, and ask it to join a new effort to encourage development, and education, and opportunity in the Islamic world.

Two Years of National Service

For too long our culture has said, "If it feels good, do it." Now America is embracing a new ethic and a new creed: "Let's roll." In the sacrifice of soldiers, the fierce brotherhood of firefighters, and the bravery and generosity of ordinary citizens, we have glimpsed what a new culture of responsibility could look like. We want to be a Nation that serves goals larger than self. We have been offered a unique opportunity, and we must not let this moment pass.

My call tonight is for every American to commit at least two years, four thousand hours over the rest of your lifetime, to the service of your neighbors and your Nation.

Call for Creation of USA Freedom Corps

Many are already serving and I thank you. If you aren't sure how to help, I've got a good place to start. To sustain and extend the best that has emerged in America, I invite you to join the new USA Freedom Corps.

The Freedom Corps will focus on three areas of need: responding in case of crisis at home, rebuilding our communities, and extending American compassion throughout the world.

One purpose of the USA Freedom Corps will be homeland security. America needs retired doctors and nurses who can be mobilized in major emergencies ... volunteers to help police and fire departments, transportation and utility workers well-trained in spotting danger.

Our country also needs citizens working to rebuild our communities. We need mentors to love children, especially children whose parents are in prison, and we need more talented teachers in troubled schools. USA Freedom Corps will expand and improve the good efforts of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to recruit more than 200,000 new volunteers.

Calls for the Values that will bring lasting Peace

This time of adversity offers a unique moment of opportunity, a moment we must seize to change our culture. Through the gathering momentum of millions of acts of service and decency and kindness, I know: We can overcome evil with greater good.

And we have a great opportunity during this time of war to lead the world toward the values that will bring lasting peace. All fathers and mothers, in all societies, want their children to be educated and live free from poverty and violence. No people on earth yearn to be oppressed, or aspire to servitude, or eagerly await the midnight knock of the secret police.

If anyone doubts this, let them look to Afghanistan, where the Islamic "street" greeted the fall of tyranny with song and celebration. Let the skeptics look to Islam's own rich history - with its centuries of learning, and tolerance, and progress.

America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere. No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our culture - but America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity: the rule of law... limits on the power of the state... respect for women... private property... free speech... equal justice... and religious tolerance.

America will take the side of brave men and women who advocate these values around the world - including the Islamic world - because we have a greater objective than eliminating threats and containing resentment. We seek a just and peaceful world beyond the war on terror.

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By Manuel Zuniga on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 11:13 am: Edit Post

Anyone interested in finding out what President Bush proposes with the "Freedom Corps" can visit http://www.usafreedomcorps.gov There is also a downloadable .pdf file at http://www.usafreedomcorps.gov/usafreedomcorps.pdf that should clear up some questions. It looks like the Director of Peace Corps will become a member of the USA Freedom Corps council. I'm not sure yet how I feel about this.

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