National Service

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National service is an idea that should help unify our nation. It builds on the best traditions in America, imposes only very modest costs on the federal government and asks Americans to give back at a time when most of the Washington debate is having no such edifying effect on our nation’s citizenry.

Our conversations underscored that while service is encouraged by many families, schools and communities, there is no widely held expectation of service in the United States. As a result, military, national and public service is the exception rather that the rule. In a country of more than 329 million people, the extraordinary potential for service is largely untapped.

I have never seen us more disconnected from each other than we are right now…We are splintering into segments, interest groups, lobbies, target audiences, blogs, boxes…Our racial, cultural, and religious differences — always our great strength has become an instrument in our great disconnection. Our growing economic differences…are feeding this. Our politics at the moment actually seem to be encouraging it; and our otherwise terrific explosion in new media outlets for information and debate are helping facilitate it.

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Frank Islam & Ed Crego

Frank Islam & Ed Crego

Frank Islam is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Ed Crego is a management consultant. Both are leaders of the 21st century citizenship movement.