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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Obama, Hitler Youth, and April Fools

Hitler Youth

Here it is, the end of America, democracy's doom. Barack Obama, currently conspiring overseas with European socialists to destroy capitalism, will come home to find a bill on his desk that creates a fascist youth corps. Woe be unto the republic.

Associated Press:

Tens of thousands of Americans, from teenagers to baby boomers, soon will get a fresh chance to lend a helping hand in a time of need.

The House voted 275-149 Tuesday for a $5.7 billion bill that triples positions in the Clinton-era AmeriCorps program, its largest expansion since the agency's creation in 1993, and establishes a fund to help nonprofit organizations recruit and manage more volunteers. AmeriCorps offers a range of volunteer opportunities including housing construction, youth outreach, disaster response and caring for the elderly.

Congress was sending the bill to President Barack Obama, who often cites his years as a Chicago community organizer for giving him his political start. Obama has made national service programs a high priority. His budget proposal calls for more than $1.1 billion for the programs, an increase of more than $210 million.

"I call on all Americans to stand up and do what they can to serve their communities, shape our history and enrich both their own lives and the lives of others across this country," Obama said in a statement.


Don't see the problem? That's because you're not crazy enough. If you were, you'd clearly see the connection between people building houses for Habitat for Humanity, delivering Meals on Wheels, and helping fill sandbags in flood zones with the fascism. It's so obvious.

"Old-timers naturally recall Communist, Fascist and Nazi youth brigades as severing children from their parent's religious traditions and beliefs," writes an appropriately freaked out Judith Reisman at WorldNetDaily. Yeah, you just naturally look at an expanded volunteer program and immediately think of the Hitler Youth.

At the heart of all this is a speech Barack Obama gave in July of 2008. In that speech, he slipped up and let the cat out of the bag. "[W]e are going to grow our foreign service, open consulates that have been shuttered and double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy. We cannot to continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we have set," the new Hitler said. "We have got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."

One sentence. But, if you're crazy enough, one sentence is all it takes to uncover a massive Democratic conspiracy to crush our freedoms using brown-shirted child overlords. And it is a vast conspiracy. The following November, the supposedly "nonpartisan" Annenberg Foundation used its site to silence any critics by burying them with the obviously liberally biased reality.

[This story has] been circulating in right-leaning blogs and conservative Web sites ever since July, when Obama made a single reference to a "civilian national security force" in a campaign speech in Colorado. Obama's detractors make much of his expansive (and exaggerated) description of such a force as being "just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the U.S. military. They also ignore the context.

Obama was not talking about a "security force" with guns or police powers. He was talking specifically about expanding AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and the USA Freedom Corps, which is the volunteer initiative launched by the Bush administration after the attacks of 9/11, and about increasing the number of trained Foreign Service officers who populate U.S. embassies overseas.

Likely story. That would've been the end of it, but these are wingnuts we're talking about here. When the going gets tough, conservative crazies get crazier. And, for people who already believe that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim illegal alien sent by terrorists to destroy America with socialism, it's entirely plausible. Of course, for people who believe that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim illegal alien sent by terrorists to destroy America with socialism, anything is plausible. "Gullible" really isn't a strong enough word to describe them.

"If we're going to create some kind of national police force as big, powerful and well-funded as our combined U.S. military forces, isn't this rather a big deal?" wrote WND founder Joseph Farah soon after Obama spilled the beans with his single sentence. "I thought Democrats generally believed the U.S. spent too much on the military. How is it possible their candidate is seeking to create some kind of massive but secret national police force that will be even bigger than the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force put together?

"Is Obama serious about creating some kind of domestic security force bigger and more expensive than that? If not, why did he say it? What did he mean?"

The mainstream media, unwilling to embrace the lunacy, hasn't reported on any of this. That's too bad, because on the first day of April, it's so much fun to watch the fools freak out over it.


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Anonymous said...

It's all well and good making fun of the "wingnuts" except when they're right (most of them) For instance, did you know that Rahm Emmanuel is also calling for a civilian security force?

Anonymous said...

I think what people are worried about (and rightfully so) is the possible corruption of our youth under the guise of a good works program. I'm sure they didn't get youngters to join the Hilter Youth program by touting the slogan "Program to brainwash kids into doing evil acts for the benefit of the state". All governments have a long history of stating one aim while pursuing another -- Patriot Act, Toxic Asset Relief Program, Social Security, etc.

Anonymous said...

If the Bush administration was suggesting a voluntary service program, you would be agreeing with the conspiracy theorists.

Please wake up.

Wisco said...

If the Bush administration was suggesting a voluntary service program, you would be agreeing with the conspiracy theorists.

Bush did found a voluntary service program -- it's called the USA Freedom Corps and is mentioned right there in the post.

Oddly, I never flew off the handle and assumed Bush was setting up some Hitler Youth movement. Why? Because that would be pathologically paranoid.

I'm not the one who needs to wake up. The people who believe that Obama's setting up some fascist youth movement need to wake up.

Or get a life. At the very least, they should stop making shit up to crap their pants about and start crapping their pants about the real stuff. It's not like there's any shortage of problems out there. There's no reason to invent any new ones.