1) The Knock on the Door
March 18, 2009
A sitting President of the United States is "organizing a political organization loyal to him, bound by a pledge, outside the government and existing party apparatus. The historical precedents are ominous."
But there is a new organization on the political scene -- "Organizing for America," announced by President Barack Obama in late January but officially unfurled last weekend.
Obama describes OFA as a "grass-roots movement" but OFA is a "project" of the Democratic Party of America.
As Politico reported, OFA will take the 10 million person database built up by the Obama campaign "to mobilize support for the president's legislative agenda."
A visit to the OFA website reveals that supporters are not simply asked to sign up, they are asked to take a pledge. A pledge to support -- not the flag, not the constitution, not the country, not even the Democratic party, but Obama and his "bold plan (...)
So we have a Movement -- this is their term, not mine -- organized by, and loyal to, a sitting President. Pledge canvassers, armed with your name, will ask you to pledge loyalty to the President too. A president whose term has already become a permanent campaign, is signing up ground forces in a mass organization pledged to personal loyalty to their Leader.
(...)Mao's "Red Guards?
(...)Fidel Castro's "widespread system of neighborhood informers"?
(...)Hugo Chavez's use of "neighborhood committees"?
Do any of Obama's pledged servants understand why a sitting president has no business creating and deploying his own supporters to help organize their neighbors...
2) Glenn Beck exposes FEMA's detention camps
These camps, which can be found in every state in the union, currently sit empty and are intended to be pressed into service in the event of an "emergency."
Funny that we've made it over 200 years without needing a national network of on-demand concentration camps.
Why do we need them now? (...)
3) Has The Obama Administration Repeated A Shameful Sin From The Past?
Michael S. Swenson
March 17, 2009
As Treaty with Germany is Signed, giving German Scientists Access to Highly Secret US Laboratories, Sins from the Past Come to Light
According to a shocking article posted on Monday by the news website Spiegal Online International, the Obama Administration has apparently signed an agreement that will allow German scientists access to highly secretive US laboratories. According to the article, "US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and German Research Minister Annette Schavan met early Monday morning to discuss the agreement." (...)
Open Thread Wednesday
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