From the desk of author Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon was a 15-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and served  in its drug enforcement division, receiving well over a dozen awards for his excellent service
Date: October 7, 2008   Vol. 3 2- Issue 18

Yes, We Can?

"This is the greatest county on the face of the earth. Join with me as we change it." -Barack Hussein Obama, 2008

If this were the greatest country on the face of the earth, why would you want to change it?

If you look back in history, you will find five people who professed they were agents of change, Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and Castro. Now we find a sixth person who wants to take his place in history as the next agent of change, Barack Hussein Obama. In each of the aforementioned, the first five despots started their movement for change with the youth of their respective nations.

Domination of youth movements has been the rule and not the exception in the history of the socialist movement in all countries. Why has this been so? Can the youth movement, that Obama is trying to build today be free from such domination?

The question of the independence of the youth movement is an organizational question. It involves such questions as the relationship of democracy to discipline in the youth movement and the relationship between the youth movement and the adult political parties.

The radical movement has been plagued by organizational questions similar to this; and in a number of cases, a division on such questions has led to a split. However, in every case serious study reveals that the organizational issue has been largely a reflection of underlying political differences. Let us take a look at some of the youth movements throughout history.

The Marxist Labor Youth League (LYL) as an example claimed throughout to be "an independent Marxist youth organization" completely free from domination by any political party.

However, from the time of the 1948 Communist Party convention, which called for its formation, until 1957, when the Communist Party decided to dissolve it, the LYL was little more than a younger shadow of the Party. Never did it take a stand in contradiction to Party policy, and never did it raise real criticisms of the Party's own mentor, the Stalinist leadership of the Soviet Union.

Former members of the LYL said they never once had a chance to participate in the formulation of League policy on any important issues. League conventions were more like political rallies and songfests than occasions for the formulation of policy. Internal democracy, while guaranteed on paper, was not present in life. Caucus formations in opposition to the leadership, the key to real party democracy, were not allowed.¹

At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, most German youths were quickly caught up in the war mania that swept Germany and enthusiastically went off to the battlefield anticipating it as a noble, romantic experience that would mold them into 'new men.' In reality, they died by the millions, cut down by the machinery of modern warfare including machine-guns, mustard gas and explosive artillery shells. By 1918, Germany was defeated and soon plunged into political and social chaos.

In 1920, Hitler authorized the formation of a Youth League of the National Socialist Workers' Party under the control of his storm trooper organization known as the SA (Sturmabteilung). Among the rules, no membership fees and an emphasis on "love of one's country and people, enjoyment of honest open combat and of healthy physical activity, the veneration of ethical and spiritual values, and the rejection of those values originating from Jewry..." Need I say more?

Benito Mussolini's Italian Fascists seized power in 1924 and established a comprehensive youth movement for all ages from eight-years old on. Fascism first developed in Italy during the period of economic dislocation and social unrest, which followed World War I. The Fascists coined the term Totalitarian and while Mussolini may have aspired toward that goal, he never created a truly totalitarian state, but rather a personal dictatorship and authoritarian state.

The rest is history.

Twenty-year-old Tobin Van Ostern finished his sophomore year last spring at George Washington University, but this fall he's enrolled in the Barack Obama campaign as a full-time organizer. The Richmond, Virginia, native started Students for Obama on his campus last year as a Facebook group. It now has chapters on 800 campuses, Van Ostern said, the campaign has recruited thousands of college students and recent graduates to work as both paid staffers and unpaid volunteers through the November election. If that was all Obama's youth movement was about, I would not be worried at all.

However, it goes far beyond that.

What is happening among our nation's youth from ages five and on is frightening and reminiscent of Marx, Hitler and Mussolini. When I see groups of six-year old children chanting songs praising Obama, their parents standing around in proud admiration, I get sick to my stomach. Go Here.

I close my eyes and can picture young children in uniform, goose-stepping with their right arms outstretched high and their heads turn towards the Fuhrer. If you do not believe this can happen in America you may be very mistaken. Remember Obama keeps chanting that he wants to start a youth corps because they are our future.

Political correctness has not crept into our society it has invaded it. It may be too late by the time we wake up and realize what has happened. Therefore, I am warning you now. Let me tell you a short story.

If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. If you put the frog in a pot of cool water, it will stay there. As you heat the pot until the water is boiling, the frog accommodates to the change in temperature until it is too late. If you think this is a fantasy watch the video below. It is only one of many groups that have developed in America and a movement that continues to grow.

Obama calls it "Obama's Youth," I call it socialist and fascism. Watch the video and you decide. It is still frightening. As you watch it look at the self-saluting fist pumps, do they look familiar? The only thing missing are the brown shirts and the salute to the Fuhrer. Click her to learn more. Watch it to the end.

The participants in Barack Obama's youth movement think this is fun, the same way the Youth Movement in Hitler's Germany started out as fun, with the nation's youth attending camps, such as our summer camps. However there is nothing funny about this. Is this the start of a a reactionary movement, which believes that Barack Hussein Obama will change America's political institutions in a revolutionary way.

We do not know if Barack Obama embraces this sort of militant adoration or rejects it. He has been strangely silent on the topic and refuses to talk or acknowledge it. Requests for a comment from the Obama campaign have gone unanswered.

Yes, we can? Not if I can help it. Vote with your head, not with your heart.

¹International Socialist Review, Vol.29 No.1, Winter 1958


And, that is my opinion.

Michael Solomon

Author of "Where Did My America Go?"


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