Friday, November 14, 2008

Ax the Hitler References

There's been a lot of scuttlebutt about Obama's forced community service program. Several have gone to the extreme of comparing Obama's program to the Hitler Youth. This is quite the false comparison. I had to do such a program in Canada and while an unwelcome addition to massive homework and tests that required little thinking and much regurgitation, it wasn't anything like the Hitler Youth.

Obama's community service program along with his push for a slew of new “corps” are nothing like the totalitarian and bigoted Nazi movement. If conservatives want to make comparisons try FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was a government-led paramilitary organization that went around the country building roads and the like. The Progressive ideology was ingrained into the group: a people united, acting as one organism, can accomplish anything. This is much closer to Obama's goal than the extermination of non-Aryan races or the domination of the world.

If conservatism is going to take root once again in the American psyche we cannot be made the fools like the few bigots and know-nothings that get on TV make us out to be. Conservatives and conservative ideology are complex and intelligent. Nazi comparisons make us no better than the leftist pseudo-intellectuals that compared Bush to Hitler, Christians to Nazis and Iraq to the Holocaust.

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