Even so, service as "showing gratitude for what we've got here" doesn't make much sense to me. Don't we pay for what we've got here? Don't we vote for what we've got here? Doesn't getting a job and an education sustain what we've got here? I could understand the sentiment if Americans weren't responsible for their country already and if we were getting our government for free, but we're not. The United States is what it is because it's citizens make it so already.