Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The New Hitler Youth

Last summer, then-candidate Barack Obama proposed “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the regular military. Slightly different versions of his proposal now have passed both houses of Congress. The bill calls for “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” It also clearly anticipates such service to be universal, including elementary school students. 

The Washington Examiner describes the proposal as summoning up “unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying the new program should ‘combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service,’ while establishing ‘campuses’ that serve as ‘operational headquarters,’ complete with ‘superintendents’ and ‘uniforms’ for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And it calls for creation of ‘a permanent cadre’ in a ‘National Community Civilian Corps.’

Those old enough to remember the 1960s find this creepily reminiscent of Chairman Mao’s Red Brigades during Communist China’s “Cultural Revolution;” our grandparents might be thinking of Germany’s Hitler Youth of the 1930s and 40s. In both cases, citizen membership in paramilitary groups was mandatory (with prison camps or execution for those unwilling or deemed unworthy to participate), and the main purpose of the organizations was to silence all dissent through shame or violence. The Red Brigades in particular was a large scale Prætorian Guard, loyal to Mao rather than to the nominal rulers of China.

The US Senate version of “The Serve America Act,” sponsored by Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy, was amended to remove some of the most egregious sections. The bill now goes to a conference committee -- where every bad section eliminated from the Senate version will be reinstated.

The language of the bill and its purpose are blasphemous to the US Constitution and to the American tradition of individualism. Let this be a reminder that our current administration and congress (not to mention the ACLU) are not at all concerned about individual liberty.


Anonymous,  April 21, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

I wonder if will get neat little uniforms with boots and a spiffy hat.

Seriously though,it amazes me that he would rather fund some useless feel-good social program rather than those who defend this county. You know,that thing called the military.

EatYourOkra April 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

Our national security force should be left to professionals, the military to be exact. Our citizens' protection should remain in the hands of local law enforcement. Provide the monetary funding to what already exists instead of throwing money at a civilian force. Obama has never run a business but he wants to create a civilian force. If his shoddy background checking of his cabinet members are any indication of what kind of background checks he'll be doing (or should I say not doing), Heaven help us.

Are the people going to ask the questions who and what is this civilian force protecting and fighting for/against? Or will they blindly take the rotten fish wrapped up like a gift?

Anonymous,  April 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

I always said these were going to be Obama's Brownshirts.Along with Acorn.

Left Coast Rebel April 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM  

This is ridiculous, and like you say eerily similiar to what we see in communist countries. Yet it is not shocking considering the source

Southern Drawl April 21, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

More upsetting Obamaism...We must rally and take back the congress before we are indeed more than socialists...

I Ain't Got No Blog April 22, 2009 at 6:20 AM  

In all cases, of Waterboarding interrogation methods, that were used.
They ALL gave up valuable information within seconds of being waterboarded.
And saved American lives!!
These liberals better wake up to the facts of life in the real world, and understand that there are people out there who hate and want to kill Americans, no matter how much the current president apologizes and tries to appease them, no matter how many Kings he bows to, no matter how many tin horn south American dictators he jokes with and plays second fiddle to.

James Wolfer April 22, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

Ain't got no blog is a troll. Just so you know, TC. He copies and pastes this comments on many, many blogs. He's a tool.

Miss T.C. Shore April 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM  

"Ain't got no blog is a troll..."

It sure looks that way. I haven't followed his/her comments on other blogs, but none of his/her comments on this one have been "on-topic".

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