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And ever since November '08, it's been, "No, you can't, not any more. I don't do that DWM paper, whitey".Actually, it was that beforehand, if you were among those of us who were paying attention.
I felt it for a brief moment in time when he first started running. I believed he wanted to be different. I think there are still some out there who feel that for him. Not that he wants to be different, but that he is a special man.
Obama promised a civilian force equal to the military in power...and now even has General McChrystal shilling for a vast expansion of paid *Americorps* cadre. The link has links to his whole spiel. Oh, wait...we actually thought he was in Obama's dog house? Nah...he was just in training [a wee bit of negative compulsion] for future endeavors to expand on his devotional resume after his famous *don't shoot back* Rules of Engagement in Afghaniland. I wonder if he will again ban Burger King and fast food from locations he manages?
That "Yes We Can" anthem chilled me to the marrow. "The Internationale", "The Red Flower","Die Horst Wessel Lied"...people who sing such songs are true believers on a mission; they hold political pluralism in utter contempt. The police state we have found ourselves living in was completely predictable 5 years ago to anyone paying attention. The Obama Administration is the Woodstock Nation come to fruition -- a fascist conception from its very beginning.
Addendum to my comment: WSH is behind a paywall, so here's the meat of General McChrystal's proposal ...Universal national service should become a new American rite of passage. Here is a specific, realistic proposal that would create one million full-time civilian national-service positions for Americans ages 18-28 that would complement the active-duty military—and would change the current cultural expectation that service is only the duty of those in uniform.[SNIP] ...Serving full-time for a year or two needs to be a realistic option for all young Americans, regardless of their family's finances. So civilian service positions would be modestly paid, as AmeriCorps positions are now. (Most AmeriCorps service-members receive a $12,100 stipend for the year, and if they complete their term of service, a $5,550 scholarship to help cover tuition or to pay off student loans.)[SNIP] ...Instead of making national service legally mandatory, corporations and universities, among other institutions, could be enlisted to make national service socially obligatory. Schools can adjust their acceptance policies and employers their hiring practices to benefit those who have served—and effectively penalize those who do not.[SNIP] All Blue Youth Brigades, Young Pioneers, Cultural Revolutionists, etc. step the flip up, you HEAH!Suck Up ...or Drop Out, Proles!
Mad Men addresses this sort of thing with tremendous subtlety.
[singing] I believe that children are the future, spend a lot and make them foot the bill.Isn't that how the song goes?
These videos creep me out.
I suppose this is what happens when you grow a couple generations of people who have been taught to despise the religion of their ancestors. They gotta fill the God-shaped hole somehow.(Don't yell at me Althouse atheists and agnostics--I'm generalizing. I don't mean you.)
There's an oft-repeated clip in a lot of the History Channel stuff about Hitler showing a class of schoolkids singing, "Adolf Hitler, is our god, For our Hitler we live, For our Hitler we die".When you replace God with a cult of personality, you get stuff like this.
Makes me think of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" from Cabaret.
I Have Misplaced My Pants:I am neither offended nor critical of your remark. I do not judge a philosophy based on its articles of faith but by the principles it engenders. The Judeo-Christian philosophy/religion is superior to the known alternatives, with or without God, but he helps to focus attention, and is therefore a welcome addition.The criteria for a good life philosophy includes principles which, among other things, recognizes the value of human life throughout its evolution from conception to grave; recognizes individual dignity; controls progressive corruption and dysfunction; and offers direction to reconcile the dreams of several billion people.I welcome the Christian nation of America. It's unfortunate that not everyone is equally aware of of the superior potential, if not necessarily outcome, engendered by a philosophy which recognizes unalienable rights from creation.
Vote in haste, repent at leisure.
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