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Some history: It is 2013. President Obama is ready to rain war upon the poisonous Syrian bad guys. He has, however, turned to the constitutionally war-empowered Congress to debate his decision. He is also aware and supportive of the sneaky rider that snuck into our gigantic war budget a few years earlier.
In 2010, in a progressive district of California, Congressman Winthrop Veeshun introduced America's World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposal. As a favor, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the Senate version saying, "Sometimes, I introduce good bills that have no chance of passing."
In order to win over a few needed votes of those concerned about spying, free speech, our growing dark-side image, and other constitutional losses, the AWSC Congressional Proposal was attached as a rider in the more than 1,000-page, $600+ billion, 2010 Defense Authorization Act. In 2010, that rider started funding the 27-year-spanning America's World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposal, which would use 21 million full-time American volunteers to fix, not bomb, the world.
Following the timetable set in the law, there were now an additional 229,000 Americans serving full-time at home and abroad in a voluntary national-service program. Existing organizations that had already been doing good, and some new ones, found these 229,000 Americans clamoring at their door to serve doing peaceful chores.
Here is some of what we hear via C-span as Congressman Veeshun speaks to an almost empty Congressional chamber about whether to drone into another war in the world's religious sandbox surrounded by pipes filled with dark gunk.
"In early September the treacherous and bloody civil war that is Syria moved front and center for Congress and the Executive branch. I reported to my constituents then that I would not support our military's entree into Syria unless and until it could be positively identified for CERTAIN who did what.
"Since then our president has deftly handled a situation that could have moved us into another war and initiated a constitutional debate. By defusing a Middle Eastern tinderbox and Ali-shuffling politely with Prime Minister Putin, he has turned the fiery Syrian situation into a possible opportunity.
"President Obama stands on second base with a clean double and hopes to find a way to score enough runs to end the Syrian war--and perhaps do more.
"It is to "do more' that I offer these suggestions into Congress' public record and for consideration by our Executive branch.
"Do our tax dollars go where the American people want them to go? Consider this graph."