Obama and Socialism

Everyone knows it.  It just depends if they’re for or against socialism.  Most folks understand who they’re voting for and why.  Despite how altruistic one might feel by voting for Obama, you’re really hurting everyone.

I found this article via another forum this afternoon.  Obama wants volunteers.  If we’re not going to be fighting a war on terrorism, we’re going to fight against the world’s problems.  Forget about the draft.  Obama is going to enlist your ‘voluntary’ services for ‘good of the world.’  My goodness…

My comments in brackets.

Obama Wants You

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, July 31, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election ’08: Barack Obama calls it “Universal Voluntary Public Service.” We call it a plan for national involuntary servitude. Kennedy asked us what we could do for our country. Obama has ways to make us volunteer.

Sen. Obama’s call to public service is quite different from JFK’s. JFK knew America was already a nation of givers and volunteers, perhaps the most charitable and altruistic nation on Earth. Entities such as the Peace Corps would give Americans an outlet for their kindness and generosity, an opportunity to share what the freest nation on Earth had given them. Obama will force you to share.

Obama’s Orwellian use of the words “universal” and “voluntary” together is an indicator of an antithesis to capitalist society deeply rooted in his socialist associations, education and training. Indeed, in 1996, when he ran for an Illinois state Senate seat, one of his first endorsements was from the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America.

On the surface, his plan looks just like typical bureaucratic program growth. He wants to expand Americorps to 250,000 slots and double the size of the Peace Corps. He’ll create a Clean Energy Corps to plant trees and otherwise save the Earth. It’s how Obama plans to fill those slots that’s worrisome.

Announcing his plan July 2 at the University of Colorado, he said: “We will ask Americans to serve. We will create new opportunities to serve. And we will direct that service to our most pressing national challenges.” He will make us an offer we can’t refuse.

Obama says that as president he will “set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year.” What he doesn’t say is that he’ll make such voluntarism compulsory by attaching strings to federal education dollars. The schools will make the kids volunteer. It’s called plausible deniability.

[100 hours?  Really?  This is for the same college student who is accumulating loans, working part/full-time, attempting to excel in academics AND enjoy the college experience that everyone seems to be talking about?]

In a commencement speech at Wesleyan University, Obama advised graduates not to pursue the American dream of success, but to serve others.

[Bill Gates, a college school drop out, found success.  He now has one of the largest philanthropist organizations in the world.  Success does not necessarily equate selfishness.]

“You can take your diploma, walk off this stage and chase only after the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should,” he told the graduates. “But I hope you don’t.”

[There are, of course, the students who attend college with the anticipation of doing just that – utilizing their knowledge that means something to the general population.  Why is Obama questioning their purpose for higher education?  Is it really necessarily to belittle their thoughts as college graduates?]

Don’t be another Bill Gates and amass a fortune making people more productive and successful in their daily lives and giving your countrymen a standard of living the world will envy. Exchange your cap and gown for sackcloth and ashes. Leave your possessions behind and come and follow Obama.

“Fulfilling your immediate wants and needs betrays a poverty of ambition,” he opined. Shame on us for being selfish and buying that SUV built by an autoworker trying to fulfill his family’s immediate wants and needs.

“Our collective service can shape the destiny of this generation,” Obama said. “Individual salvation depends on collective salvation.”

We already have a Salvation Army that is truly a volunteer organization. Collective service and salvation is not a classic definition of voluntarism. What Obama has in mind is to turn America into a socialist version of the old Soviet collectives.

And if your idea of service is to join the military and keep others alive and free, forget about it. And never mind about ROTC on campus.

Obama has no place for those who are willing to abandon fame and fortune to lay down their lives for their friends and ours. “At a time of war,” Obama says, “we need you to work for peace.”

“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” Obama’s wife, Michelle, told a group of women in Zanesville, Ohio, during the primaries. “Don’t go into corporate America. . . . Become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers we need, and we’re encouraging people to do just that.

[How about we let the market decide?  Here’s another idea; let the people choose their profession who likely has the spirit to do each of those jobs WELL.  I don’t want another disgruntled teacher or social worker doing piss poor work because they found out they hate their career.  It’s like being a stereotypical 1st or 2nd generation Asian and being forced in medical or pharmacy school.  Who wants a politician’s wife telling them what to do with their lives?]

Don’t be the engineers who will figure out better ways to extract shale oil from the porous rock that holds it. Figure out how to extract more money from taxpayers’ wallets.

[Agreed.  The US are short of engineers and many companies are in dire need of them.]

But the Obamas are doing more than “encouraging” or “asking.” In a speech in California, Michelle, who has made a small fortune in the “helping industry,” said: “Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zone. . . . Barack Obama will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual — uninvolved, uninformed.”

But America is not a nation of selfish, self-serving people. Social demographer Arthur Brooks once calculated that Americans volunteered 32% more than Obama’s beloved Germans. We also donate seven times more money to charities and causes than the Germans who gathered in Berlin.

In talking about his national service, Obama, the man who seems to be running for “community organizer in chief,” also made this startling statement:

“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.”

This is an idea worthy of Hugo Chavez.

Northwestern University law professor James Lindgren has estimated that this civilian national security force alone would cost somewhere between $100 billion and $500 billion, or between 10% and 50% of all federal tax receipts. And that doesn’t include the cost of the brown shirts.

[Even a local militia are volunteers!  Why not support them?  Oh wait – they have guns.]

Adults are not exempt from all this, even adults who’ve already served in the U.S. military. “People of all ages, stations and skills will be asked to serve,” Obama says. Will they be asked, or drafted?

“The future of our nation depends on the soldier at Fort Carson,” he concedes. “But it (also) depends on the teacher in East L.A., the nurse in Appalachia, the after-school worker in New Orleans . . .” So drop down and give Sgt. Obama 50 hours.

[I agree with the need, but why force it upon those who likely would hate this service in the first place.  From what I understand, our volunteer armed forces are passionate for what they do.  Not because they were forced, but because it was a calling.  Obama fails to understand that the same applies to the civilian market.]

Require. Demand. Never allow. Obama’s version of “voluntary” service is more appropriate for Havana than middle America. He wants to turn America’s students, and even adults, into clones of Elian Gonzalez, compelled to serve the state in ways Obama “will direct.”

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