Under the category, “Unbelievable”:
I was over at American Thinker and saw this article written by Lona Manning, titled, The Knock on the Door.
The White House and the Democrat Party is organizing a “grassroots” organization, called “Organizing for America.” The purpose? To bring together Obama supporters and have them go door-to-door in their neighborhoods and ask that their neighbors support Obama and sign a pledge card. This is for real. Obama announced it at the end of January, and the “forces” (gulp) are mobilizing as we speak.
Manning writes: “A sitting President of the United States is “organizing a political organization loyal to him, bound by a pledge, outside the government and existing party apparatus. The historical precedents are ominous.”
Again, I’ll remind everyone that the campaign is over. And generally, sitting presidents don’t “go there.” Which is here. And might I remind them that grassroots efforts are most often generated from the bottom-up, not the other way around, hence the name. But I digress…
A visit to the official website, writes Manning, will show you this:
[S]upporters are not simply asked to sign up, they are asked to take a pledge. A pledge to support — not the flag, not the constitution, not the country, not even the Democratic party, but Obama and his “bold plan.” OFA does not use the Democratic Party logo but the “O”-shaped logo of the Obama campaign in which the red white and blue of the flag are abstracted to soft pastel colors.
Yes, this is ominous. Any talk of pledging loyalty (fealty?) to another human being goes against every fiber of my being and my experience as both a Christian and an American. And one need only look at history to understand that this sort of thing generally leads to no good.
Hmm, have we ever seen a charismatic, eloquent leader who took a country by storm, and had citizenry pledge loyalty to him and his “solutions,” complete with their own neat “salute”? Seems rather familiar…but, anyway, let’s go on…
Manning wonders if the young Obama zealots in charge of this neighborly charade have ever heard about Mao’s Red Guard, or Fidel Castro’s “widespread system of neighborhood informers,” or Hugo Chavez’ use of “neighborhood committees”?
Probably not, but the scarier possibility in my mind is, “Probably.”
I hazard to guess that the reception of such loyal entreaties would be met rather coldly around here. And the sinful part of me would simply love to reveal my own “pledge,” complete with an altogether different salute: the one-fingered version.