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Hitler promoted service

In the Sept. 25 Deseret News Forum, Kent R. Bean accuses Joyce Kinmont of "an utterly amazing contortion of logic" because she connects mandatory community service with Hitler and Lenin. For the sake of looking at the evidence, consider the following quote by one of this century's most famous Western leaders:

"It is thus necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole. . . . We understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow men."No, these statements were not made by an American politician trying to encourage us to community service. They were made by Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany.

Ask yourself what idea could have caused us to come from the Founding Fathers' statement that each individual has a right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to Bill Clinton's statement that he wants to redefine citizenship to include community service.

The idea that you are a sacrificial animal whose primary purpose is to sacrifice yourself for the "greater good" of the state is at the core of every dictatorship.

For those interested in an enlightening - and chilling - comparison of America today with pre-Hitler Germany, I reference you to "The Ominous Parallels" by Dr. Leonard Peikoff. For those against mandatory community service, I reference you to a petition sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute to help you fight it: servitude.

Shayne Wissler