RE: [ujeni] USA Freedom Corps: curse or blessing?
- Freedom is a politically-charged buzzword that will ensure funding.
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Subject: RE: [ujeni] USA Freedom Corps: curse or blessing?
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 14:42:33 -0500
My humble opinions. I realize I sound rather conspiracy-theorist here.
If Bush really wanted to promote and expand the Peace Corps (double it, he
says), if he really wanted it to become some significant part of his overall
foreign policy, he would not have appointed Gaddi Vasquez as director.
If the goals of the organization were not going to change with this
consolidation, it is unlikely that the name would be changed in the way, and
it is unlikely that he would be proposing such a politically charged word as
"Freedom". Anyone remember Reagan's use of "freedom fighters"? Anyone
remember the name "Operation Enduring Freedom"? Are these names associated
in American minds with peaceful and nation-building activities? The name
Peace Corps represents exactly the organization I wished to serve. The name
"Freedom Corps" does not. After 40 years, why change the name if he weren't
trying to change the focus?
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> From: Eric Bone [mailto:bone@...]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 2:35 PM
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> Subject: [ujeni] USA Freedom Corps: curse or blessing?
> What do people think of the binding together of Peace Corps
> with Americorps
> and a new "Citizens Corps" (for emergency response and
> security efforts, I
> understand) under a new superstructure: the USA Freedom
> Corps? Will this
> help, hurt, or make no difference to Peace Corps? It is not
> obvious to me
> that there is a need for such a structure, except that it
> creates another
> patrotic-sounding title for politicians to say. However, my lack of
> understanding of its benefits does not imply I am condemning
> the idea. I
> would like to hear some other people's thoughts.
> Note to Paul: thoughts should be expressed concisely and in
> less than half
> a dozen emails.
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