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July 20, 2008
Obama's Civilian National Security Force
By Lee Cary
Barack Obama's recent words to promote his image as Community Organizer in Chief were not about forming
a paramilitary force of volunteer brown shirts. They were about turning America into one, giant, community
organizer's sandbox at enormous cost to taxpayers.
Senator Obama was nearly 17 minutes into his July 2 speech (yet another one where naming Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. was required) in Colorado Springs, Colorado when he deviated from his pre-released script
and performed without the teleprompter net saying,
"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." (emphasis added)
The immediate context for that amazing statement was a preview of parts of his plan to vastly expand
community service opportunities for Americans of nearly all ages. He said,
"People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve."
The range of his community service initiatives was outlined in an earlier American Thinker article. In his
campaign document entitled "The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama's Plan For America," Obama's
"Service" section runs a close second to "Education" in complexity. But, with his Colorado Springs'
statement, it grabbed first place in its projected costs to taxpayers. Obama did the cost projection himself.
He plans to double the Peace Corps' budget by 2011, and expand AmeriCorps, USA Freedom Corps, VISTA,
YouthBuild Program, and the Senior Corps. Plus, he proposes to form a Classroom Corps, Health Corps,
Clean Energy Corps, Veterans Corps, Homeland Security Corps, Global Energy Corps, and a Green Jobs
Corps. Here a corps - there a corps - everywhere a