"Yes, the AWSC can"-
"-Robustly address the myriad of big problems facing us, especially in depressing economic times
Kennedy making point
When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters-- one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy, 12 April 1959
Yes, we can do much better than we have done over the last couple of generations--and especially over the last eight years. But we won't if high percentages of Americans continue to rely on slogans, bumper stickers, and raving pundits whose real-life experiences avoid the actions, passions, and struggles of most hard-working humans.
· In the 21 nations that make up the Middle East, South and East Africa, and Indonesia, about 910 million mostly Muslims reside. Poverty, cultural tensions, anger, and antipathy toward America have spread in much of these lands. Terrorists convert heart and minds there. In the meantime, annually we have had about 50 Peace Corps volunteers serving among those 910 million.
·As 2008 draws to a close, the lives and homes of those devastated by Katrina in 2005 are still broken. As the American belief that successive American generations would have a better life than those preceding it dwindles, our laws aim to provide corporate bailouts to those whose comforts, greed, and power contributed to our economic tailspin. Too many large corporations and very rich households have contributed too little to strengthening America's future families.
·As wealth and income disparity grows wider and wider in America, about half of those poor families whose children qualify for Head Start have no programs in their communities, because we do not have enough Head Start teachers or volunteers to provide them race-evening early opportunities.
· While Al Gore gathers 10,000 PowerPoint Presenters to begin educating the comfortably unaware about the catastrophes of rapidly advancing global climate change, we have too few Americans working on energy retrofits, spreading appropriate technologies, and building recycling programs for energy reuse.
·As health care costs skyrocket and nurses are increasingly asked to do more and more for less, where are the candy stripers, the reinforcements of previous generations who would help nurses and patients?
· While we have about 170 military bases around the world and deploy 1.4 million active military personnel, we have less than 8000 Peace Corps volunteers in the field in about 60 countries. In an age of terrifying weapons of mass destruction, peace, security, and development will not be done by the biggest, baddest guns but by those who fielded teams that win hearts and minds.
· As a surge of our post-911 Afghan and Iraqi-stationed soldiers begins returning from their four-year military contracts, we have not provided the tools or living facilities that can effectively reduce the tsunami of posttraumatic stress disorders our soldiers are beginning to bring home.
· Fewer and fewer American schools teach civics, involve their students in community service, provide one-on-one assistance to troubled students, or inspire students to make their lives productive for themselves as well as the world. There is so much to learn that even well paid teachers could use full time volunteers in their classrooms to help their students grow and learn.
· Those who see no benefit in educating Americans to depressing world needs increasingly control our major media. Consequently, our public policies too often exacerbate the world's needs. Al Jazeera News shows our public policy mistakes and raises their viewers' ire. Our major news outlets dwell on the private policy problems of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and leads Americans to forget life's important essentials.