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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.

Mr. Hoft quotes

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.

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  •  I think both sides should refrain (1+ / 0-)
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    from playing the Nazi card.  

    Even though he's "just" a comedian, Jon Stewart said it best:  "I may disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler."  

    Of course, it's tough for this site to criticize the right for playing the Nazi card.  On several occasions, even post Giffords tragedy, people here have posted diaries (some making the rec list) comparing the right to the Nazi regime in some way.  When I've posted to complain that comparisons to Nazis or Hitler are never appropriate unless the party you are complaining about wants to murder millions of people, I have been "virtually" shouted down as (in some instances) a right wing troll.  

    We should condemn those on the right who compare political opponents to Hitler or Nazis.  But if we don't do the same when those who agree with us politically use the same kind of inappropriate comparisons, we are hypocrites.  

  •  Yes. They're Authoritarians, Therefore They Accuse (1+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD

    their opposition of authoritarianism.

    They do use many propaganda practices of the Nazis, but I won't call them Nazi propaganda because the Nazis learned them from Madison Avenue.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 06:38:37 AM PDT

    •  And Madison Avenue did not invent it. (1+ / 0-)
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      JG in MD

      Propaganda and deception were in use long before the advent of modern media.

      •  Dangerous advertising (0+ / 0-)

        In the early 20th century we fell victim to a new kind of in-depth advertising and propaganda. Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, taught us to crave things we hadn't thought about or didn't even know existed, including cigarettes.

        This video tells the story, part one and part two.

        If anybody wants to embed these videos, I'd be glad to see them get some attention. Kthxbai.

        Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

        by JG in MD on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 07:25:22 AM PDT

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  •  They do it so that we become immune to it (0+ / 0-)

    and it inoculates them from being accused when they actually start doing things like that.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 08:10:11 AM PDT

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