OBAMA'S CIVILIAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE
"We cannot continue to rely 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." Barack H. Obama, July 2, 2008, Colorado Springs, CO
"And that's why my administration is committed to renewing diplomacy as a tool of American power, and to developing our civilian national security capabilities….We have to enlist our civilians in the same way that we enlist those members of the armed services in understanding this broad mission that we have." Barack H. Obama, March 12, 2009, National Defense University, Washington, DC
Barack H. Obama has spoken on several occasions about a policy proposal that has left many thoughtful people mystified. In his own words, he favors a "civilian national security force." He wants it to be as well-funded as our existing military. He recently sent to Congress a proposed military budget of $663.8 billion. Presumably, if what he says is taken at face-value, he means that he would like to see an item of comparable strength in future budgets for this new "security force."
One wonders what exactly Mr. Obama has in mind. What will be the duties and responsibilities of such a force? What will be the focus of its attention? What will it do that our present military cannot? Will it bear arms? Will it enforce laws and, if so, which ones? To whom will it be accountable? These are legitimate questions, although they are not being asked by our corrupt, agenda-driven media. Who expects responsible, inquisitive journalism anymore from The New York Times, The Washington Post, or the Los Angeles Times?
If I were a betting man, I would wager that the national security force will not assist the border patrol. Illegal immigrants, after all, constitute a national emergency on many different fronts and often carry diseases that this country has not seen in years. Yet our president has shown no inclination to safeguard this nation against a steady invasion of illegals from south of the border. In fact, his administration has cut funding for the border fence, and he has personally recommended that citizens learn Spanish in order to accommodate "the browning of America."
So, if not to aid the border patrol, might the purpose of a national security force be to help the local police? No. When Mr. Obama reacted condescendingly to Cambridge police officer James Crowley, he told us all what we needed to know about his attitude toward local police departments.
Maybe the national security force, so dear to Mr. Obama's heart, is simply to take the place of FEMA and to respond immediately to national medical disasters. If that is the role, then why not simply say it and dismantle FEMA?
Interestingly enough, in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was surreptitiously written, negotiated, and then crammed down our throats, provision is made for a "Ready Reserve Corps." It must be "available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel. . . ." Funding for recruitment to the Corps will be $5 million a year through 2014, and funding for operations $12.5 million a year for the same period. Very interesting.
What do you guess will pass as a "national emergency" and a "public health crisis"? This is perhaps the most provocative question of all. Various eventualities can be framed as national emergencies, which in turn might lead to public health crises. A large group of people possessing firearms and exercising their Second Amendment rights could conceivably be depicted in that way. A crowd of anti-government protesters might also be viewed in such an odious light.
These considerations have compelled some patriots to worry. What kind of uniform, they wonder, will Ready Reserve personnel wear? Some who are convinced that Mr. Obama is a dire threat to republican governance have conjectured that the Ready Reserve will wear "black" or "brown" shirts and perhaps even kick their heels when they march. I am not, for now, willing to go this far.
But, mind you, I do not trust Mr. Obama's political inspirations or motivations in the least. I stopped doing that when I heard about his early relationship with Frank Marshall Davis and when I listened to his minister of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, preach. I believed then that our president was anything but what the ancient Romans referred to as a vir honestus. Given his administration's lack of transparency in the process of formulating and passing the healthcare bill, Mr. Obama's quoting Justice Louis Brandeis's memorable words that "sunlight is the best disinfectant" demonstrates hypocrisy of monumental proportion. All the president's words ring terribly hollow to me.
The recently enacted healthcare bill defines "a pig in a poke." The provision in it concerning the "Ready Reserve Corps" may be on the up and up, but may also be the purveyor of a giant Trojan horse, which will eventually recreate real life nightmares like ones the world experienced in the not-too-distant past. My point is simply that this nation is not proceeding circumspectly.
We need a real leader, who builds consensus through public discussion, rather than a glib demagogue, who reads impressively from teleprompters and governs with a cabal of czars behind locked doors.
April 10, 2010