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Obama’s Civilian Army (UPDATED)

posted at 1:54 pm on April 4, 2010 by

If there is one up side to Barack Obama’s incessant speechifying—and certainly it’s hard to find one—it’s that he tips his hand more frequently than he probably realizes. He certainly did this during the campaign in his brief encounter with Joe, the Plumber, when Obama openly opined that sometimes it is “good to spread the wealth around.” It is almost immaterial that the mainstream media chose to ignore this telling socialism-tinged observation and instead focused on tearing down Samuel (“Joe”) Wurzelberger for not having certification as a plumber.

It has gotten to be something of game between Obama and the liberal-leaning press. Obama says or does something outrageous, and the obstructionist press pretends it never happened. Instead they, like Obama himself, go on the offensive against those who would point out these self-incriminating statements and actions. Glenn Beck has taken more than his share of flak from the MSM for running sound bites—sound bites!—that reveal Obama’s true colors. It’s hard to explain how Obama or those who follow him blindly can claim with a straight face that Beck is making false accusations when Obama’s  own words and image are right there, captured for posterity. Somehow, Joe Klein and his ilk can watch a clip like the following, wherein Obama states unequivocally that he favors a single-payer health care system, and argue that Obama’s words have been mischaracterized or taken out of context.

To cover your ears and sing is one thing when a politician exaggerates or says something controversial but still relatively benign. It is something quite different when the comment is so crazy, so far-reaching, and so malicious that it should set off an alarm in the head of any rational American.

Such is a remark Obama made during the campaign and which was recorded by Joseph Farah of World Net Daily as well as Beck. Here is what Obama said:

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives 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. [Emphasis added]

What in the world could Obama mean? Is he imagining a squadron of racist goons like the New Black Panthers stationed on street corners, armed to the teeth? If so, how is that different from any other police state in the history of the world?

God help us all if Farah, Beck, and I are the only people scared to death by those words. As Farah notes, “there have been initiatives like this elsewhere—Cuba, the Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, North Korea. But has anything like this ever been proposed in a free country?”

It’s a great question. How is it that Joe Klein, Frank Rich, and other Obama cheerleaders, no matter how self-deluded, are able to read it and then turn in for a good night’s sleep?

UPDATE: Reader gordo, writing in the Comments section, called my attention to the following YouTube clip. The nebulous “health care reform” bill calls for the creation of 6,000-person private army to serve at the president’s discretion. Things just got a whole lot scarier.

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Leftists can never seem to answer the question of why Statist regimes need such security forces.

But if these “worker paradises” are so great, why do they need to suppress the people?

Chip on April 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Obama’s talent, not withstanding his gift of an authoritative baritone speaking voice, is his ability to say “I’m not going to do, x – y – z”. Then do exactly what he said he would not, and those who believe in Him will argue that Obama has not done what he just did.

Obama does this in variations, such as, “I don’t want to run the car companies, the banks, health insurance” then proceed to have passed legislation that does exactly that. Again the true believers in Him argue fanatically that Obama does not run those companies, even as he publicly demands the CEO of GM be replaced.

So when Obama says ‘we need a civilian national security force’ the true believes in denial will be blind to what Obama does.

Skandia Recluse on April 4, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Too bad for zero as he tutored under the Wrong Reverend. He thinks he can survive putting his constituents to the test. His epic failure and public shame cannot come too soon and it is not happening as fast as we need it to, but he is stoking the fires.

ericdijon on April 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

They sleep at night because the man in the White House has a D by his name.

If Bush had said this, then stuck the first 6,000 members into an alleged health care bill they would be demanding immediate execution.

The difference between them and us isn’t an R or a D. It’s that we don’t want ANYONE in office with a private army he can deploy on our soil. The 2nd Amendment is all about providing the PEOPLE with an army under dire circumstances. The guy in the big office doesn’t need a private army under ANY circumstances.

Hyunchback on April 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Just let this Socialist Pretender try to fund, arm, equip or train a KGB or GRU civilian army. He should be looking for a country with no extradition laws if he takes ANY action on this ill conceived and un-constitutional concept if he places any value on his future. He could be the first President driven from office by pitchforks and torches and by the Consent of the Governed.

old trooper2 on April 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Those here at HA who think Glenn is a nut, well you better get to looken what this bho and team has in store for America! Why do people think gun and ammo sales have gone over the roof since this bho was elected? We do have a tiny bit of brain cells working, to see what is going on. Here in TX we have a bit of a problem doing the civilian army here, if it is not US doing the civilian thing.
Thanks Howard for this post.

letget on April 4, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I heard him say that the first time. Didn’t know exactly what he was talkin’ ’bout at the time, but did feel an urge to order more ammo. This is another in a long list of things he has said that has the American People angry and scared.

Kissmygrits on April 4, 2010 at 8:45 PM

National socialist regimes always need secret police and prison camps.

I heard him say this, also, and thought I must have misheard. I didn’t.

He is serious.

Dhuka on April 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives 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. [Emphasis added]

What bothers me is the part about “just as powerful”
” just as strong ” and ” just as well-funded ”

Is he planning to use drones and hellfires on civilian US citizens ?

Why does he want tanks and C-130s for his posse ?

Is he planning to give all these weapons to jihadies or black panthers or black jihadies ?

Does he somehow think that at some point in his regime, he will give such an order that our armed forces might refuse and so he’ll have to unleash his ‘civilian’ forces?

Why does he need his own army , armed to the teeth when
he is the C in C of the strongest military in the world ?

Our borders are open and we are not supposed to guard them against invasion by drug cartels and terrorists, with everything we have.
But somehow a well armed ‘civilian’force is needed to do what exactly ?

macncheez on April 5, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Its in the bill, baby

gordo on April 5, 2010 at 8:24 AM

UPDATE: Reader gordo, writing in the Comments section, called my attention to the following YouTube clip. The nebulous “health care reform” bill calls for the creation of 6,000-person private army to serve at the president’s discretion. Things just got a whole lot scarier.


Ed told us we are stupid to believe such a thing.

I guess I’m just a fool, but I’m taking Judge Napolitano over Ed on this one. This doesn’t sit well with me at all.

uknowmorethanme on April 5, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Why is this conversation broadcast at a BAR??

Second, the pinhead on the right side of the screen is trying desperately not to laugh at this judge.

I beleive this is in the bill, but I wonder if the objective of this segment was not to raise awareness of this , but actually to make the judge look like a paranoid fool.

Lothar on April 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Ordinarily, I don’t normally go in for talk like this. I make fun of my lib friends for their over-exaggerations during Bush’s terms and I make fun of my conservative friends for the same.

HOWEVER, when Israel’s being throw under the bus, when my lib friends talk about people who oppose their opinions or the President’s governing as being “subhuman”, when control is being exerted more and more over financial institutions, car manufacturers, etc, etc, I’m wondering if some people are right. When Winston Churchill talked about Hitler and Hitler’s intentions for Europe and the wider world, people called him Jeremiah and mocked him for being a paranoid conspiracy freak. Churchill was right. History has a way of repeating itself.

And that scares me.

mjk on April 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

From a band of brothers to a band of bro’s.

Dhuka on April 5, 2010 at 12:23 PM

The word is Brownshirt, and if it can be attached to this Obamination early enough and spread wide enough, it will make it very hard to push through, and very easy to take back when we wrest control of Congress from the statists and fascists who now control it.

And I don’t use the word fascist as a Godwin-slur, but as an actually description of what they are trying to bring about. They often don’t realize that this is what they are advocating, but they have an obligation to know; this is “vincible ignorance”–ignorance that can be penetrated with ordinary knowledge and intelligence.

njcommuter on April 5, 2010 at 4:29 PM

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Fox News Network, LLC.


soundingboard on April 5, 2010 at 5:53 PM

soundingboard: I think you may be reading a little too much into a case of a corporation seeking to protect its intellectual property by asserting copyright infringement. Here, in any case, is a similar video clip–with FOX’s approval:

Howard Portnoy on April 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Yep, that’s scary. Time to make a BIG stink. I just tweeted it, will facebook it. This needs to go viral so it gets talked about with enough concern by enough people that the Obami shelve it. Which doesn’t mean they can’t try to do it anyway, but it’s harder with an outraged spotlight on you.

They did shelve the “civilian army” idea – as such – when it caused enough stir, and we know Obama changed his school speech once it became clear the Dear Leader shtick was not going to be well-received. I believe this “physician army” is a result of having to backtrack on the original “national service civilian army” idea, and try to do it another way. They will keep pushing and pushing any way they can, we just have to keep cutting off the hydra head every time we see it.

I hope repeal-minded aspiring Congresscritters are making use of all this great material…

YehuditTX on April 6, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Isn’t this just talking about funding the existing US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps?

I wouldn’t put it past Obama to concoct some new band of thugs, but I have to reluctantly give Ed credit here. I’ve emailed Judge Napolitano as well, hopefully he’ll have time some day to respond.

Personally, I doubt physicians, once driven out of business by Obamacare, would sign up to work for the surgeon general when they could practice in some place like Costa Rica, or just leave the profession.

BemusedMalkinite on April 6, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Isn’t this just talking about funding the existing US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps?

According to the Judge, it was written vaguely, so ….no. But that’s another way to fight back: “You guys just meant THIS, right?” “Uh, oh, uh, yeah, that’s all we meant.” “OK, so let’s tighten up the language to clarify that’s what you meant.”

YehuditTX on April 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM

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