United We Serve?

June 24th, 2009

I hate the name of President Obama’s United We Serve program.

You “serve” masters.

I don’t serve any President. They (and all public officials) serve us.

The danger comes when we all forget that.

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  • 1. capper  |  June 24th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    If you had bothered to read, it is about serving our country. So unless you are also planning on dissing the servicemen and women, you know, like the ones fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, you’d might want to tone it down.

  • 2. Elliot  |  June 25th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    This is where people are suddenly going to remember that I’m a libertarian.

    1.) The country (and all government) exists to SERVE US, not the other way around.

    2.) Members of the military are paid to “serve.”

    3.) They are NOT civilians in the way that the rest of us are. They can be ordered to kill and die for their country and shot if they disobey. They DO have masters. I do not.

    3.) I respect and appreciate the military and all of our public servants, but they serve us and forgetting that leads to tyranny. Hell, even as it is, you can see examples of petty dictatorships sponsored by the government in nearly every classroom and courtroom in the county.

    I’ve got no quibbles with the President asking politely for people to volunteer in their communities, but I still take exception to the name.

  • 3. John Foust  |  June 25th, 2009 at 11:11 am


  • 4. capper  |  June 25th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t know if you could call the military as serving masters since they volunteer to enlist, knowing what they’re getting into.

    But thank you for clearing the issue that you are annoyed with the semantics, same as I was annoyed with your choice of verbiage.

  • 5. John Foust  |  June 26th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    All this talk about slaves and masters and the military is getting rather boots and saber-y.

    Should we use this same “slave” and “master” terminology for any employer / employee relationship?

    The same sort of “serve your community” language is used in other contexts of church and much-beloved civic organizations. Is Rotary on the path to tyranny, too?

  • 6. grumps  |  June 26th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    One can serve one’s ideals, provide service to community or serve the higher good (whatever you perceive it to be.)

    As to government “serving” anything: Governments provide services but do not exist as an entity with the will to serve. Governments are a collection of conventions that allow us to function as a society without ripping the meat from the throats of the weak. To expect fealty or service in those cases is about the same as wishing for a pony.

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