Gateway Pundit posted on the Obama Youth proposal fudging its way through the lower digestive tract of Congress. And the comment thread quickly numbered into the 400s. Apparently, this is a very big deal to the left.
While I am sure Chairman 0 is enamored of the idea of millions of community organizers going forth in his own image to spread his socialist gospel, and there are definite echoes of the Hitler Youth, KOMSOMOL, and the Young Pioneers in this endeavor (apparently, there will be uniforms), that’s not the angle I want to attack this from.
What I want to comment on is the attitude of the leftist commenters at Gateway Pundit, and how dumb this program actually is. One theme that repeated in among leftist comments was the trademark Leftist hatred of people: (e.g. the refrain of “Kids are fat lazy and selfish!”) Never mind the large numbers of kids who are just great, to the left, there is always something wrong with *you.* *You* need to be fixed. The concept of, “You’re groovy just the way you are, baby” is much more common on the right.
And furthermore, the thing that needs to fix you is government. This is the great delusion of the left. Face it, anyone who thinks bureaucrats forcing kids into volunteer work is going to change any attitudes doesn’t know jack about human nature. My kids’ high school has, or had, a community service requirement. Most kids met it by throwing parties, taking up a collection at the party, and turning it over to their class’s prom committee. That’s what one of my kids did. They gave him an award for it. How stupid is that?
There are motivated kids out there who do good work. One kid in my church is collecting sports equipment to give to an inner city middle school. It’s his Eagle Scout Project. Another kid built bus shelters for his Eagle Scout project. These kids did these projects because they were motivated to do so, not because some bureaucrat ordered them to.
Which brings us to the third point, the stupidity of spending $6Billion on a “volunteer” program in an era of trillion dollar deficits. Community organizations like the Boy Scouts, like churches already exist for kids who want to volunteer. This is six billion we don’t need to spend. (Although I’m sure left-wing groups are salivating at the prospect of having Uncle Sucker pay their staffing costs).
In sum, we have a program that smells of fascism, that we don’t need, that won’t work, and that costs too damn much. It is, in other words, the Obama Regime in a nutshell.