I got this email from a right wing friend today. It starts off with:
Anyone see History repeating itself?
According to a Video released today by the White House, the Obama Administration is going to create the 21st Century Conservation Youth Service Core through the Great Outdoors Initiative. In the Video the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, says:
Then has some fairly benign quote from Salazar...
Then leaps off the edge with a photo of the Hitler's Youth League, but with "Obama" buttons photo-shopped onto their chests.
And then Salazar saying some nice stuff about the program:
Just about a month ago the President announced The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. It is an effort to create the 21st Century Conservation Program for the United States of America. An absolute key component of that program is the engagement of young people in conservation across America. To that end we have included in the report the creation of a 21st Century Conservation Corps for America. We want young people to be involved with us....
But we can not accomplish the change we need to accomplish for our world, for our country, for our communities, for all of you, for all of our families unless we have the young people of our country and the world involved.
The first paragraph sounds pretty good to me. Engage our youth in conservation activities.
The second paragraph seems to suggest some larger plan to engage our youth in driving for some greater "change".
But the second paragraph is taken from a Ken Slazar speech at a 2009 Political event speech, without indicating the different context. It is a quote from Ken Salazar's appearance at Powershift09.
The email links to an article by Jim Hoft on Right Wing Network. http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/...
Mr. Hoft quotes Youthgo.gov:
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) builds upon and leverages the experience and expertise of existing federal, state and non-profit programs, including the United States Youth Conservation Corps, Corps programs through partnerships with the Corps Network, as well as many other federal and non-federal conservation and youth organizations. These corps facilitate conservation service work on public lands and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental scientists.
And then adds:
Through the 21CSC America’s young people will be indoctrinatoed(sic) to play a key role in “reducing the impacts of climate change on our natural resources.
Hoft notes the inclusion of the "bogus" climate change information and through some logical references that are hard for me to follow concludes that Obama's intent is: To indoctrinate America’s youth so that they will push for more radical socialist anti-energy redistributive policies.
And, with that in mind, he leaps to the Obama=Hitler meme. Apparently, employing Americans aging from 18-25 to perform conservation work is seen as equivalent to training German boys from 10-18 years old in physical and military training.