Rahm Emanuel, briefly

Doubtless, others well versed in the intricacies of the Cook County/Chicago Machine can better elucidate just how indebted President-elect Obama is to the selfsame organization against which he purportedly fought in his days a community organizer. However, friend to Mr. Obama or not, Rahm Emanuel’s selection as chief of staff should remind us immediately of this debt. (So, too, of course, should Mr. Obama’s unsavory connections with Mr. Rezko.)

Beyond because of this, though, the selection of Emanuel should trouble us for multifarious reasons and further convince us that we have not, in fact, voted for change. During the Persian Gulf War, Mr. Emanuel volunteered as a civilian in the Israeli Defense Forces; it’s hard to believe that President Obama, already servile to AIPAC, could be expected to cease the unnecessary provocation in the Middle East whilst being supported by someone such as Mr Emanuel.

I recall, some years ago, hearing a dear Jewish friend, who actually worked in Emanuel’s office for a time, raving about the man; I still remember the dread in my feeling when I realized what a “centrist” the man is, particularly upon reading of his support for NAFTA and “free” trade. Sounds like re-enforcement of Barack Obama’s neo-liberal tendencies. “Socialist”? How risible!
Then we have this.

It’s time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and community service. …

Here’s how it would work. Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They’ll be asked to report for three months of basic civil defense training in their state or community, where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical, nuclear or conventional attack; how to assist others in an evacuation; how to respond when a levee breaks or we’re hit by a natural disaster. These young people will be available to address their communities’ most pressing needs. [Thanks to Daniel at The Left Conservative for posting the link on Facebook.]

Are we regretting our vote yet? Perhaps the systemic failings that leave us with only Messrs. Obama and McCain from whom to choose?


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