Sunday, July 6, 2008

- The First Black Fuehrer

While I object in principle to lots of things that government does, for the most part all I’m ever going to do is complain about it... like most other people. But there is nothing that makes me as “red-eyed - foaming at the mouth - hand me a rifle and a bandoleer of bullets” angry as those things the government proposes to do directly to my daughter.

I know I’m a little on the protective side, but I believe it’s the parent's right to determine how to raise their child and what values to instill in them. And every time someone in the government says that they feel differently, they also seem to be saying that they plan on forcing me to do otherwise, and I find myself going white hot with rage. For years I’ve been jokingly saying that when the global village shows up to try to raise my child, I’m going to respond with live ammunition. I was kidding of course... mostly.

Indoctrination of the children has always been a policy fixture of the totalitarian left. They want (actually they usually demand) all children be included in national “values programs”. Hitler famously had the uber-leftist “Hitler youth, but he wasn’t to be outdone by Stalin, Mao or Mussolini who all had similar programs to remind children that all “real values” should spring not from their parents but from the state. These programs were usually work or athletics programs, and were designed to instill in children the need for “unity” and “shared sacrifice”. And in the meanwhile, the children were carefully instructed to see the state as the source of all morality and that any others should be ignored.

In America the totalitarian branch of our own political left has tried to launch these values programs as well It’s a tradition that goes back to the Wilson administration, and has been dredged up again and again by every leftists leader of the 20th century. Roosevelt had the CCC and national youth programs. Lyndon Johnson promoted a youth program from within the confines of the national parks system. Jimmy Carter proposed an Environmental youth program with a “make work” agenda and even John Kennedy proposed “Americorps” a domestic volunteer version of the Peace Corps.

But all of those programs were voluntary. And since that was so, they were more a case of wasteful federal spending than an bold new attempt at indoctrinating an entire generation into a political movement. No American politician has ever taken that last critical step essential to the dictatorial left and proposed mandatory conscription of our nation’s youth. That is, no politician until now. In a recent speech, Barak Obama stated the following:

When I'm President, I will set a goal [requirement] for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of [mandatory community] service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of [mandatory community] service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of [mandatory community] service.

Obama is considered the most leftist Senator in the US Congress, and he seems determined to hold on to that title.

Working in your community can be a noble thing, but in order to be admirable it must be voluntary. There’s no nobility in simply failing to break a law by meeting a mandatory requirement. On the contrary, to me and the many people who feel the way I do, making community service compulsory is tantamount to slavery imposed by the state.

Many high schools already impose such a program as a requirement of graduation. Our local schools do not. I suspect one of the reasons it’s never taken off in our suburban NJ town is that we have in residence, a higher than average percentage of immigrant Jews. And having come from places in Eastern Europe where there is a still a clear memory of what happens when plans like this are put into effect, I suspect that they all know better.

For them the memory of the Hitler youth and the proletariat pogroms are not so distant that they’re willing to take a chance on something that that looks so similar. And they probably feel even less enthusiastic when the guy proposing it is a messianic leader of a cult of personality, and receives the same fawning praise from the youth and the media that Hitler did. Their families have an intimate memory of how popular Hitler was and the similarities to the Obama movement are probably a little too close for comfort.

Then of course there’s also the document that’s been the bane of so many plans of the Democrats, the ever pesky US Constitution. The Thirteenth Amendment reads as follows:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Speaking as legal custodian of my minor child, you can damn well bet that any compulsory community service would be “involuntary”.

Even if you agree with everything that Obama says, you can’t help but notice how similar the Obama movement is in method and tone to Hitler's third Reich. Like Obama, Hitler spoke very well and was viewed by many as “the savior” of a new Germany. Like Obama, Hitler wanted to change how politics was done in German and redefine what it meant to be a patriot. You can almost hear Eva Braun as the Oprah of her day insisting that Hitler is “Eine Änderung, die wir innen glauben können”.

The cult of personality is what got Hitler elected, and the trouble only started afterward. And if Obama is elected the cult of personality will have done the same for him. In fact virtually everything Obama says he wants for America could have been taken directly from the Hitler playbook, translated into modernized English, and simplified for an Oprah watching audience. It all has the same sound.

Like Obama, Hitler spoke of requiring a new kind of sacrifice of each and every citizen. And like Obama, Hitler didn’t want people deciding for themselves, but wanted to be the one making all the decisions. He preached constantly of a new unity and wanted nothing but “the power to make a real change” in Germany. By any of these measures Obama certainly seems to want to be the first black Fuehrer. At least he sounds like it. I’m not saying that he wants to kill Jews or conquer Poland, but he claims to have a “bold new vision for America” as if the one we had before will no longer do.

And whatever his new vision for America, if involves pressing my daughter into some sort of community service chain gang then he’s going to get trouble from me. Leftists since the 60’s have said that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. As usual they’ve made a total hack of history and accused Thomas Jefferson of saying it, but that’s not actually true. All the same though, if dissent is patriotic then Obama can count on me. I don’t imagine I’ll ever give up the fight against his vision of America. Instead I think I’ll stick to my own. According to him I have to bitterly cling to something, and an America free from leftist tyranny seems as good an idea as any.


ShootLikeAGirl said...

Obama -- promoting teenage slavery. Now isn't THAT the sweet stench of hypocrisy?

Austin Fitness Trainer said...

Michelle Obama ~ "Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zone . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual - uninvolved, uninformed."

Laughingdog said...

"When I'm President, I will set a goal [requirement] for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of [mandatory community] service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of [mandatory community] service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of [mandatory community] service. "

Another frightening thing hidden in here is that he basically doesn't want poor people in college. I put myself through engineering school. I already didn't get to sleep much, since I was taking 18 credits a semester and working 30-40 hours a week. Add in required community service, and I'd have never been able to juggle it all.

Steven P. Beaver said...

I fully agree with what laughingdog said. To me, community service should be something someone does to voluntarily (or involunarily in the event of punishment) help their neighbors and community. To force children and young adults into servitude runs completely counter to the 13th Ammendment.

Unfortunately, this is very much akin to using government funds, taken forcibly from our wages, to fund charity. Charity, like community service, should be something that comes from the heart, or more specifically, from the desire to help others. By government requiring charity or community service, those activities turn into something that one is forced to do, and completely perverts the meaning of the giving, which is the original reason for charity or community service.