Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Patriotic Police State

It seems with the election of Barack Obama everyone is feeling pretty patriotic these days, doesn't it? Only be forewarned, some people within the new Obama administration may not define patriotism the way you or I might.

First we had Vice President-elect Joe Biden declared that paying taxes was "patriotic" now we have Barack Obama's choice for chief-of-staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel reveals that we need a civilian national security force to "bring out the patriot in all of us." From his book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America, Emmanuel wrote,

It's time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service. ...

Here's how it would work. Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They'll be asked to report for three months of basic civil defense training in their state or community, where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical, nuclear or conventional attack; how to assist others in an evacuation; how to respond when a levee breaks or we're hit by a natural disaster. These young people will be available to address their communities' most pressing needs.

It isn't certain that Barack Obama will implement the plan exactly as Emmanuel outlines here, but the fact that he chose him as his chief-of-staff is not an encouraging sign. Emmanuel's co-author Bruce Reed says this isn't a draft. Then just how will "every" young people "know" that the nation will "enlist" them for three month of basic training without a draft?

How patriotic does this make you feel?

As a reminder, here's the speech Obama gave calling for the a civilian national security force that is just as powerful and well funded as the United States military.

(HT: The Examiner)

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