Monday, November 10, 2008

A Voice of Warning

In their rush to get him elected, the major media have largely ignored some frightening warning signs from President-Elect Obama. I'm with everyone who says, "He's my President, and I will support him as such." I will, and sincerely hope we'll see a presidency similar to Bill Clinton's rather than one like Jimmy Carter's, or worse, Woodrow Wilson's.

Still, there is real cause for concern, and in the jubilation of carrying their candidate into office on their uncritical shoulders, the media has failed to examine Mr. Obama's record and statements on several topics. Congressman Paul Broun took a brave stance in today's environment and issued a timely warning.

What concerned him so much? The same thing that should concern all of us: a July speech given by then Senator and presidential hopefull Barack Obama.

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that 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."

If that statement doesn't trouble you, you haven't thought enough about it. There's a problem just with the fiscal implications. I thought we couldn't afford our expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Mr. Obama. How would we fund a force just as costly at home? Why would we want to?

Of much greater concern is what Mr. Broun correctly indicates, "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

I'm sure the media will have nothing but scorn for Rep. Broun's comments, but given how both fascists and communists treated their media, it would behoove them to at least lift their rose-colored glasses long enough to give President-Elect Obama a long, critical look and assign a reporter or two to watch him more closely than they've done in the past. While I hope President Obama will never do anything to justify Mr. Broun's concerns, the price of freedom has always been constant vigilance, something that's been sorely lacking in coverage of our intelligent and capable President-Elect.


Big Jay said...

I've read similar things from others out there. I think what Obama might be trying to say there is that he wants to change the way we use the military. Instead of enforcing Pax Americana, we share that role with other peace loving countries. I mean, you're aware that our military expenditures equal the combined military expenditures of several if not all of the countries in line after the US. If we changed the model to responding to an invasion, rather than protecting our interests around the world, it would cost us a lot less money. A good model that comes to mind is Switzerland.

Of course, Switzerland doesn't have interests all over the globe either, other than playing a disproportionate role in global currency markets.

Andrew said...

Believe me, as a Libertarian, I'm very interested in seeing our troops come home. However, he did say a civilian force just as powerful and well-funded as our military, which isn't the same as retasking our current military resources.

That means his actions in this arena bear watching. With any luck, the watching will be entirely unneeded, but better a bit of wasted effort than a surprise revolution.