Friday, December 26, 2008
Watch Obama Youth Corps Closely
The return of Civic Spirit: " We are the ones who we've been waiting for. . ." Many Democrats harbor great hope that Obama's Youth Corps will become a force for change in the inner cities. A Federal Stimulus Plan for the greening of these forsaken places by making parks and civic spaces would be a serious move in the right direction. Community service which would employ youth in mural-painting, garden-planting, clean up and anti-gang/peer pressure programs would bring the change rhetoric into a pragmatic solution-oriented and reality-based platform and would hearken back to the civic programs successfully implemented by FDR.
The Corporate sector should become involved as well as the civic, and this would entail a grand show of Unity and compassionate conservatism (which throughout the Bush-Cheney years became lost in rationalizations regarding the Iraq war, and proved to be largely a smokescreen for their original campaign regardless). In any case, all of this has been discussed and would appear to be in the offing, as per Change.Gov, the official Obama-Biden transition website.
My late husband, Andrew John Kovalinsky, had engineered a youth program whose time had not yet arrived in the Clinton and W eras; in addition, some underhanded behavior on the part of certain of his colleagues transformed and deformed the program, which resurfaced as a mega-program under Bush-Cheney. No matter: I wager that Obama's "This is our moment; we are the ones we have been waiting for" slogans from the election season may stand a chance in the near future of being tested by the fire of implementation, and may be put into the service of action more noble, and far more fruitful, than that which was endeavored in the Bush years.