As Obama said at a Points of Light event in 2009: "In the end, service binds us to each other—and to our communities and our country—in a way that nothing else can. That's how we become more fully American. That's what it means to be American. . . . That's the essence of our liberty—that we give back, freely."
If you are as concerned about the size and scope of government as I am—whether you call yourself a Tea Partyer or just consider yourself a fiscal conservative—you realize that this isn't some quaint call to volunteer. This is about how we can no longer rely solely on government to improve the future for our children or change the quality of life for the most vulnerable. If you think that the role of citizens stepping forward is somehow secondary to getting our country back on track, you don't understand what's working in America and what's not. And you don't understand what liberty really means.
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