What do you think about a mandatory National Service Program? You could serve in the military, or some civil projects. Something that binds us together as a country. Maybe help everyone to to see each other as countrymen and not just those people.
A national service program could do a lot of good.
The military has a very strong unifying force to it, and instills a lot of good values in most who go through.
I’ve seen a lot of good come from the National Parks service groups like the Land & Conservation Corp’s.
But I think I’d have to be handled carefully.
You’d need to make sure it has a homogenizing process, mixing people from all over the country, and getting them to work together. You’d need to get some good trainers that could whip the people into some kind of a functioning team. And you’d probably have to have a few different options for people to choose too.
If you dropped me off in a big city some where to volunteer my time I’d probably freak the hell out. Conversely if you dropped me in the middle of no where to work on some trail project I’d have no problem, but others probably wouldn’t be able to hack it in the wilderness.
Some mix of programs though, where you grab people from all over the country, and get them to work together to make some improvements could go along way to instilling a feeing of unity and ownership. If directed correctly we could get a bunch of people who feel more a part of their country and the larger community, and maybe get some national projects done on the cheap.
Trick would be getting the program off the ground.
Kind of hard to get a service program like that going in system that requires the apathetic and self absorbed to vote it into action.
Unless someone wanted to commit political hara-kiri and reinstitute the draft