Thursday, August 27, 2009

World Net Daily article on Obama's "Army" for Change

College kids recruited to join Obama's 'army'
Earn credit for pushing 'change,' working on president's 'agenda'

Posted: August 25, 2009
9:03 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Organizing for America offers opportunities for college credit

President Obama's army of citizen volunteers is now actively recruiting college students in states across the country to "build support for President Obama's agenda" – and earn college credit while advocating for "change."

Obama for America, Obama's 2008 political campaign, merged with the Democratic National Committee in January and is now known as Organizing for America, or OFA. The movement some call "Obama 2.0" is now recruiting students and offering to provide credits toward degree plans in exchange for their advocacy skills.

A message from OFA national volunteer coordinators announcing the recruitment campaign and internship opportunities has been posted on several websites and on Facebook.

"Students and young people were critical in building the movement that helped elect President Obama last year. By becoming a National Organizing Intern, you'll be part of the grassroots effort to make the change we fought for a reality in 2009 and beyond," it states. "As an Organizing Intern, you'll work side by side with OFA staff and community leaders to help build support for President Obama's agenda. You'll learn core organizing principles that are crucial for any campaign and play an important role in building our organization in your state."

The announcement continues, "President Obama describes his time as a community organizer by saying: 'It was the best education I ever had, because I learned in those neighborhoods that when ordinary people come together, they can achieve extraordinary things.'

"This is your chance to get that same education.

"If you're passionate about making sure every American has quality health care, reviving our economy, and building a clean energy future, don't miss this great opportunity. No previous experience is needed in order to apply."

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The group's website declares: "Organizing for America, the successor organization to Obama for America, is empowering students across the country to build on the movement that elected President Obama and help bring about his vision for change."

Volunteers must commit to working at least 12 hours a week from Sept. 1 to Dec. 11 and, according to the OFA website, may receive college credit from their schools for doing so.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that OFA workers have been knocking on doors and making phone calls in Iowa and Nebraska to garner support for Obama's health care initiative.

"It is the first time in recent memory that a presidential candidate has maintained an active, grassroots presence in either state after an election," the newspaper reported.

"Iowa has almost nonstop presidential activity," said Norm Sterzenbach, executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party. "But the idea of having a sitting president continuing an organization is fairly unusual."

According to the Washington Post, Obama used the same standing political army earlier this year to gather signatures in support of his economic plan. The president asked his supporters to go "block by block and door by door" in every state.

In March, when volunteers canvassed high-traffic locations in Birmingham, Ala., to support Obama's health care, education and energy policies, one event organizer told the Birmingham News, "We are looking for supporters. We're not looking for a fight. That will come later, when we have an army."

In an Aug. 5 e-mail, Obama once again urged his supporters to help him gain support for his health care plan:

… Organizing for America is putting together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know that you're counting on them to act.

But these canvasses, town halls, and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors, share your views, and show your support.

Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin said in July that OFA has hired staff in 38 states and intends to expand to all 50 states. OFA announced that it has organized 1,906 local events in all 50 states – from press conferences to community discussions – since it launched its health care campaign in June.

As WND reported, Obama has been accused of "planting" OFA volunteers and supporters at many of his recent town hall forums so they may ask pre-selected questions. The White House insists that attendees are selected at random, but a closer look reveals many questioners range from Obama campaign donors and Organizing for America volunteers to single-payer health care lobbyists and Service Employees International Union members.

According to New Hampshire's DMUR 9 News, Obama health care supporters, including OFA members, are being driven to town hall meetings by the busload:

YIKES! Is this creepy or what?? I surely hope no tax money is filtering into this OFA endeavor!

"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible


Jeanette said...

I see an opportunity here for those who are conservatives.

It's a known fact that Obama had the best political campaign organization ever in his campaign.

Why can't conservative students audit these classes and learn how to get out the grassroots on our side?

Every cloud has a silver lining. Or something.

Christian Apologist said...

From a washington post article on the same topic.

"The new group had been long expected within Obama's inner circle and, although no details on how it would be staffed were released by the transition office today, it is expected that longtime Obama loyalists will be placed in charge -- following the blueprint set out at the DNC.

It's clear that Obama recognizes the power that his email list, which boasts more than 13 million names, represents in American politics and is working to ensure it stays within the control of a small group who are charged with protecting the Obama brand.

I'm not sure why, but I am reminded of the Hitler youth of Germany. Probably because of the intense focus on furthering the agenda of one man. Thus our country continues its slide away from democracy and towards either monarchy or dictatorship.

Barb said...

I suspect some conservatives might infiltrate, Jeanette. After all, classes are for all, aren't they?

CA --Yes, the pre-election Obama enthusiasm was reminiscent of mass adulation that Hitler must've had --but how DID Hitler do it? He had NO charisma that I could see to appeal to youth!

Obama has charisma --but he and his congress have moved so fast to spend so much, that Americans are waking up! At least, some of his former fans are. And the more I hear him speak, the less impressed I am. The Saturday Night Live guy who impersonated him before the election had that halting speech cadence down.

kateb said...

This just sent a chill down my back and scared George (WWII Marine) like you wouldn't believe.

I think the Hitler Youth movement has now come to everyone Americans mind.

Particularly on the heels of the White House administrations creation of a webpage (now gone) and an email so that people could forward 'fishy' emails and activities directly to the White House.

Jeanette, we have a saying in my family that God doesn't waste anything. Not even the evil that man will do. He goes before us and makes a way. He is ever faithful and ever present.