Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Apparently, FDR was as bad as Hitler

So, during a speech on July 2nd, Barack Obama made the mistake of saying something thoughtful without considering how it would be taken by the crazies. The crazies, after all, do have a voice--a leading voice, in fact, on the right.

Here's what he said that freaked out the paranoids:
Just as we must value and encourage military service across our society, we must honor and expand other opportunities to serve. Because the future of our nation depends on the soldier at Fort Carson, but it also depends on the teacher in East LA, or the nurse in Appalachia, the after-school worker in New Orleans, the Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, the Foreign Service officer in Indonesia. . . .

Today, AmeriCorps – our nation’s network of local, state and national service programs – has 75,000 slots. And I know firsthand the quality of these programs. My wife Michelle once left her job at a law firm at city hall to be a founding director of an AmeriCorps program in Chicago that trains young people for careers in public service. These programs invest Americans in their communities and their country. They tap America’s greatest resource – our citizens.

That’s why as President, I will expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots, and make that increased service a vehicle to meet national goals like providing health care and education, saving our planet and restoring our standing in the world, so that citizens see their efforts connected to a common purpose. People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve. Because when it comes to the challenges we face, the American people are not the problem – they are the answer.

So we are going to send more college graduates to teach and mentor our young people. We’ll call on Americans to join an Energy Corps to conduct renewable energy and environmental cleanup projects in their neighborhoods all across the country. We will enlist our veterans to find jobs and support for other vets, to be there for our military families. And we’re going to grow our Foreign Service, open consulates that have been shuttered, and double the size of Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy.

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
The usual nutjobs, once they discovered this quote, took it out of context (as they do), and lost it. For example, Gateway Pundit:
Barack Obama's security plan is already practiced. Not in America but in Marxist regimes.
And the always reliable Ann Coulter:
Sounds like there's gonna be a lot more Waco raids, Elian Gonzalez snatchings. I don't know, I don't know. I mean, I think this -- I think Obama is a frightening candidate.
And the batshit crazy Joseph Farah:
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?

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?

Are we talking about creating a police state here?
Now this would be bad enough, but now there's a Republican Congressman out there making the most insane of claims.
"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."
RedStaters are delighted.
So we have some rhetoric that will be called "over the top" and "outrageous". But we need men willing to step out there and get some media attention to them. And those in safe seats are just the candidates for it. So the Guerrilla Congress begins its shots at the Dear Leader's Agenda and the best that one of the Simpletons comes up with is how "stupid" Governor Sarah Palin is?
My answer to all this panic:

Truly frightening images of our horrifying Obamamarxofascist Future treasured and lovingly remembered past.


Blogger I am not Star Jones said...

I just know that if Sarah Palin had used the same phrase, these professional whiners would be cheering and beating their chests.

They are doing everything to remain relevant since the GOP brand has been revealed to belong to a bunch of people who think they are living in Louisiana in 1953.

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