It scares me.
and I’ll tell you why.
What Obama is doing through this site is something that authoritarian regimes do constantly. They harvest the minds of the children I suppose you could say. Or, in other words, they indoctrinate kids before they are old enough to form their own opinions on things. They create a super hero image of their leader and urge kids to engage in personality worship.
All the signs are there on his Kids for Obama site…
The making of a political candidate into something larger than life (you know, like superman):
The encouragement by the campaign to basically worship the leader:
The approval of such worship: (quote from Kids for Obama blog)
“They’re excited. Some of them are not going to wash their hands any time soon [after shaking hands with Barack]. He made those kids’ day, that’s for sure. If not year.”
The assertion that kids can have a pseudo-personal relationship with the leader: (suggestion on Kids for Obama for how kids can get involved)
“Draw a picture of Senator Barack Obama or “an expression of Democracy”. For example, the Senator sitting in the White House or working on Capitol. Hill. You can send your drawing to the Obama for America Campaign Headquarters in Chicago and it will be posted for the Senator to see.”
The idea that there is no such thing as too young:
“The video was promoted on Obama’s presidential website in an August 20 post. “What the children and a few adults accomplished in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon embodies the nature of the Obama campaign: its grassroots inspiration, its inclusiveness, its community building,” Obama’s campaign site said of the video.”
There’s lots more, too much to list here at this moment, so I encourage you to visit the site and look around for yourself. Try this, every time you see Obama’s name replace it with the phrase “dear leader” and see if the result is disturbing or not.
Now, before the hate mail comes poring in, let me just clarify what I am saying with all of this…
First, I am not saying that Obama is Hitler or Mao or Stalin or whoever. I am not saying that Obama is going to, or even wants to, try to build a generation of brainwashed soldiers. I am not saying that Obama is a Fascist or a Communist or whatever.
But, I am saying that he is using tactics similar to those employed by Hitler, Mao, Kim Jong Il, and so on. I am saying that these tactics have (as Obama readily admits) NOT been used in this country before Obama. I am saying that these tactics scare me. I am saying that Obama should renounce these disturbing practices immediately.
Children under 12 (the age group Kids for Obama is targeting) should NEVER be used as a part of any political campaign.
This time it’s more militant:
Here’s some food for thought:
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future”
HOLY CRAP UPDATE: You know… it’s one thing for miss guided supporters to start pawning off their kids to Obama but it’s something entirely different for a presidential campaign to actively try and recruit kids as campaign tools. But honestly this Kids for Obama initiative goes beyond that to pure indoctrination on a level that terrifies me. Read the latest on Kids for Obama