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by Walter Olson on November 8, 2008

Quite an eventful night here: after Glenn Reynolds linked to my item on the Obama transition website and the plans it outlined for mandatory national service, upwards of five thousand visitors read the item and, as I’ve noted in an addendum, the people at Change.gov silently edited the passage in question to replace the controversial “require” language with vaguer talk of a “goal”. (Update Sun. morning: and now they seem to have yanked “Agenda” entirely).

Also, my thanks to commenters for their patience. I went out for an evening in the city and when I got back there were seventy comments in the moderation queue. I approved the whole batch, but inevitably there was one reader who was sure he was being singled out when his comment (#19) didn’t appear after an hour or two. (Update: thanks for correction.)

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1 Matt 11.08.08 at 2:50 pm

The guy that runs 24ahead strikes me as a bit unbalanced in the tinfoil-hat way.

2 James 11.08.08 at 4:16 pm

Let’s bear in mind, please, that the transition web site was simply updated to bring its language in line with Obama’s proposals. Not in response to any criticism, and not to soften his proposals in any way.

3 thufir_hawat 11.10.08 at 10:51 am

James. Seriously?

Perhaps “the transition web site was simply updated to bring its language in line with Obama’s proposals.” But that would mean his proposal changed in response to the criticism of the summary of his proposal posted on the website.

What sophistry.

4 James 11.10.08 at 11:06 am

No, Obama’s proposals have not changed. The language on the transition web site was a summary of those proposals, and it was updated so that the summary better reflected his proposals.

That’s not sophistry. His proposals, as originally spelled out, were clear, and they haven’t been altered.

5 Robert Koscick 11.14.08 at 10:40 am

What do you think will happen to anyone who refuses this mandatory voluntary service?
I can’t believe, considering that despite an electoral college landslide he only won by 6 million votes in a ntion of 300 million, that there wouldn’t be enough people willing to participate in civil disobedience.
He should be familiar with that concept.

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