Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What now? Take heart.

My kid just heard about Obama's call for a federal police force. In case you missed it, Obama said:

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we have set. We've got to have a civilian national security force, that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
Spooky, no? (The video is at Scottish Right.) The frantic reaction from my newly-politically-aware kid was, "Oh my God. What can we do?"

There will be more of these reality-attacks in the coming months, as people realize how little information they had about the man that was just elected to the presidency of the United States of America. Many did know some things, and are full of foreboding today. If you're feeling anxious, ignore the sneering elitists (i.e., turn off the TV), take heart, and go read Maggie Thornton's The New Battle: A Convening of Conservative Warriors and Michelle Malkin's Gird your loins, conservatives. I'm not an expert at these things, but I believe that the reason that Obama had to appear to be far, far more moderate than he really is in order to win, is that people with conservative beliefs are far more numerous than you think.

2 comments:

Maggie M. Thornton said...

The Civilian National Security Force - it's chilling. If our military cannot protect us, who can? Some bloggers tried to brush this aside this summer - said it was to be an expansion of the AmeriCorps, or the Peace Corps. I don't think so.

Pat, thanks so much for the great link. Being mentioned on the same line with MM - very heady:-)

Pat said...

Yes, it is chilling. He also talked about "green collar" jobs being the "future". Here in Chicago, about 75% of the population have government jobs, and I suspect that many are inclined to vote their paychecks. We joke here that you can tell who has the "wired" job by the political signs on the lawn. But if his armies of green and brown shirts are as incompetent as many government employees are here, it may be less worrisome.

About the linked articles - I thought yours did a much better job addressing the "what do we do?" question. (We probably shouldn't mention that to Michelle. ;-))

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