I've only caught this on a couple of blogs this past week so far- and the mainstream media seems completely uninterested in it. Can you imagine the uproar about the same plan if, for example, George Bush had announced it?
“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.”
A civilian "security force" that's as powerful and as strong as the US military? Does Obama think that the continental US is about to be invaded? Has he been watching Red Dawn over and over on the tour bus? Somehow, I don't think so.
Is anyone else alarmed by the idea of such a force being created? In a less fawning environment, the MSM would have asked OBama why exactly such a massive new group like this was required- and exactly why they needed to be as well-armed as the US Army. But no, in this election cycle the media is even more in the tank for the Democrat candidate and they seem to be completely unwilling to ask even the most obvious of questions- in fact, I'd be surprised if even half of American voters were aware that Barack wants to establish a brand new security force- especially one so well-funded and well armed. In fact, do even Obama supporters know about this? When Barack speaks about mandatory volunteering is this what he had in mind? Because I can't see why so many people who aren't currently signing up to serve in the military would suddenly decide to join this new group.
Why does the US need an additional one and a half million people in a paramilitary force? Who will these people be? What role will they serve? How will they be trained and, perhaps more importantly, deployed? What powers will they have? Why do they need to be so well armed? What threats specificially does Obama see them facing that their budget needs to be the same as the US military ($110 billion for the Army alone or a total of nearly $500 billion for all the military combined)? What job will they do that the National Guard cannot? Who will they answer to? Where in the Constitution does it say that Obama can create such a force?
The media is silent on all of these points. You would think, at the very least, that adding an additional $500 billion to the budget would pique some journalists' interest.
As Larry Correia says, "the very first thing that popped into my head when he said that was the Brownshirts."
Update- link changed from Chicago Tribune to WND for source of Obama quote. Now with video too-