Obama’s Civilian Army (UPDATED)
posted at 1:54 pm on April 4, 2010 by Howard Portnoy
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.