Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Civilian National Security Force

Remember the big deal about HR 1388? Remember when some people (I for one) didn't trust the intent of this bill? Remember when we wrote letters to our representatives objecting to this bill, yet it passed and our president signed it in to law in April of this year? Flashback to how our representatives voted:
Keep these names and how they voted in your memories. We have an election year coming up
Well, they're now setting up the foundation for building the Civilian National Security Force that our president told us we would have. In an unprecented move, President Obama will address the nation's youth at their institutions of indoctrination on September 8th. The White House has released a document to the public schools in advance. Guide lines on how to conduct their classrooms to prepare to hear the president's speech, what to listen for, what notes to take and what to take away from the speech.
Address to Students Across America
Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education
September 8, 2009


Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions:
  • Who is the President of the United States?
  • What do you think it takes to be President?
  • To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking?
  • Why do you think he wants to speak to you?
  • What do you think he will say to you?
Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.

Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?


As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following:
  • What is the President trying to tell me?
  • What is the President asking me to do?
  • What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?
Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.


Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.

Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
  • What do you think the President wants us to do?
  • Does the speech make you want to do anything?
  • Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
  • What would you like to tell the President?
Teachers could encourage students to participate in the Department of Education’s “I Am What I learn” video contest. On September 8th the Department will invite K-12 students to submit a video no longer than 2 min, explaining why education is important and how their education will help them achieve their dreams. Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into an assignment. More details will be released via


Teachers can extend learning by having students:
  • Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or puzzle pieces or trails marked with the labels: personal, academic, community, country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for achieving goals in those areas. It might make sense to focus on personal and academic so community and country goals come more readily.
  • Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.
  • Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to post around the classroom.
  • Interview and share about their goals with one another to create a supportive community.
  • Participate in School wide incentive programs or contests for students who achieve their goals.
  • Write about their goals in a variety of genres, i.e. poems, songs, personal essays.
  • Create artistic projects based on the themes of their goals.
  • Graph student progress toward goals.
"Does this not reek of the mind-bending tactics used by the Third Reich in the 1930’s? Asking students to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president?" To help the president?!? Nowhere on this worksheet do you see anything about what the students can do for the country. Nothing about how they can make America better. No. Instead, it's all about Barack Obama, about civic duty, about social responsibility. It's about advancing his agenda." (America's Right)
Obama had announced the speech during a child reporter's visit to the White House. During the interview, Obama said, "On September 8, when young people around the country are … will have just started or are about to go back to school, I'm going to be making a big speech to young people all across the country…"

But opposition is assembling quickly, similar to the concerns expressed on the AmericanElephant blog:

"Now the former community organizer and current president of the United States is making an unprecedented speech to the school children of our nation. I'd like to believe his motives were pure and politics didn't play into this. But viewing this administration's track record doesn’t afford such benefit of the doubt.

"When the president browbeats property owners who want to protect their legal rights… when the president admits he doesn't know the facts but impugns the integrity of a police force… when the president calls me a liar for reporting what is actually in the health care bills and encourages my neighbors to report me to some enemies list… when the president apologizes to nations around the world and bows to a Saudi king… he loses the benefit of the doubt," the blogger wrote.

"Without benefit of the doubt, the president doesn't get to speak to my children unchallenged," the writer said.

On July 2nd Obama made a speech in Colorado. He said that the U.S. "cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set."

At about the 16:45 mark he said:

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

I ask, ' just who is this well-funded, strong, powerful security force is suppose to protect us from? Who, exactly, is the enemy that this security force is being put in place for, equal to or above the United States Armed Forces?'

Another very troubling fact: Obama signed his Youth Brigades Bill in April. The bill increased domestic troop strength from 70,000 to 250,000. In March the Senate voted to
allow ACORN funding in the bill.

It bothers me that the charges were dropped against the two Black Panthers who were arrested for intimidating voters during last years elections.
And this administration is behind it and is getting away with it.

It bothers me that groups of young men were already forming during the election, preparing to follow orders from Obama.

It bothers me that elementary school children were already being taught loyalty to Obama during the election.

It bothers me that the president is going through the public school system to isolate and push his agenda on our children -- and most parents don't have a clue that this is going to be done. It'll be presented as an honor that the president wants to speak directly to the children and youth of America.
He will have their undivided attention, with out any parent.

I homeschooled my children for 11 years. My youngest finished out his high school years in a local public school. My grand children are homeschooled. If I had any children in the public school system that is allowing this to take place I would be standing at the sides of the parents that are outraged.

I agree with the American Elephant, this administration has not earned the benefit of doubt.

I agree with Dana Loesch who says,
"I wouldn’t have such a problem with the Department of Education were this presented in a non-Orwellian fashion. Oh yes, it is, as the lesson plan directs, to listen to what the president, the mayor, et al. says, to respect their [authority], but there is no emphasis in here on why the president and other elected officials should listen to US. The focus is solely on authority. There is no consideration given to the authority of the American people. That’s what concerns me. There is this mindset that those in Washington are the “elite,” that we should mind our Ps and Qs and blindly follow their directives. That’s not the manner of governance upon which this country was founded – it is quite the opposite; even the hobbyist Constitutional aficionado appreciates this. So yes, keep your kids home on September 8th and teach them that the power of America rests in the hands of its people, no one else."

I agree with the parent that said, "My kids will be forced to listen to the views of a president that is perhaps the most anti-American in history, not to mention one who believes we need a civilian national security force just as strong, powerful and well-funded as our military."

More reading about September 8th:

Gateway Pundit

America's Right

And here's a good question, "Who's delivering the Republican response?"
Reboot Congress

"I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama"

More points for why there is no benefit of doubt:
Wall Street Journal

"He alone, who owns the youth, gains the Future!"
-- Adolf Hitler, speech at the Reichsparteitag, 1935

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