Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ignoring All The Signs

"Instead of working to achieve power by an armed coup we shall have to hold our noses and enter the Reichstag against the Catholic and Marxist deputies. If outvoting them takes longer than outshooting them, at least the results will be guaranteed by their own Constitution! Any lawful process is slow. But sooner or later we shall have a majority - and after that Germany."
- Adolph Hitler, spoken while in prison in 1924.

Barack Obama returned from his European trip this morning and, as promised, will soon sign into law the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act. Ostensibly a measure to promote "selfless acts" of civic duty, I maintain that it is nothing more than the promulgation of his call for a "National Civilian Security Force", a subject that, since the campaign, Obama has been reticent to address even when questioned on it.

For anyone who remembers the video of the kids dressed in camouflage uniforms and reciting in strange cadence the virtues of Barack Obama, the particulars of this program should be nothing short of chilling. The legislation mentions uniforms that would be worn by the volunteers and the need for a public service academy, a 4-year institution to focus on training future public sector leaders. The training, apparently, would occur at "campuses." Another stunning part of the program is the intent to indoctrinate elementary school children:
"The means to develop awareness of national service and volunteer opportunities at a young age by creating, expanding, and promoting service options for elementary and secondary school students, through service learning or other means, and by raising awareness of existing incentives."

To make matters worse, both houses of congress rushed this through the legislative process with bipartisan support, meaning that republicans also gave it the thumbs up. In fact, it is so named because Orrin Hatch added Ted Kennedy's name at the last minute to "honor the legacy" of the junior Kennedy. When the walls come crashing down around us, you can be certain that these enablers in congress will play the classic role of Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes.

The maddening and infuriating aspect of this is the absolute truth in the adage which states that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, and no matter how many times it's mentioned, it happens anyway. During the Major War Figures Trials of 1945 Hans Frank, the Governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland, had this to say:
"Don't let anybody tell you that they had no idea. Everybody sensed there was something horribly wrong with the system."

Well, I'm shouting it from the rooftops today. Will anyone listen?

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