Kerry's version of the Draft
As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.
Now, there's certainly a difference between "community service" and "military service", but in both cases we are talking about a draft; that is, involuntary servitude. At least a military draft is only imposed in dire necessity during wartime; Kerry's version would apply to everyone.
And frankly, that's beyond the pale. Volunteering to help your country is one thing; being compelled to do so on pain of men with guns is a different thing entirely. (And yes, men with guns will come to get you if you don't go to school).