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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Barack Obama, Der Führer

"Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion" — Friedrich Hayek

Yesterday President Barack Obama came out of the closet with his endorsement of Gay marriage. This was after the good people of North Carolina joined 29 other states with a ban on Gay marriage The North Carolina ban was a constitutional amendment that passed with an overwhelming majority of 60 percent.

It did not take long for Obama to come out of the closet and announce his evolved support for Gay marriage. Declaring what everyone with a functioning brain has known all along — namely that President Barack Obama supports same-sex marriage but hasn't had the political integrity to admit as much until now — the commander-in-chief of the nation's armed forces told ABC News that:

When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."

Yes, he said that our military is out there fighting on his behalf. I am sure this statement was not cleared by his staff and he did not have a teleprompter during the interview. This was Obama’s off the cuff remark that surely expressed his narcissistic self.

Funny, I thought that commissioned officers swore to defend the Constitution of the United States before saying they would obey the orders of the President:

"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God." (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)”

FDR, for all his ego, would never have said that soldiers in World War II were fighting on his behalf. Neither would Truman, Ike, JFK, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or even Carter and Clinton (although Clinton might have thought it.

Much has been made of Obama’s support of Gay marriage, but little has made the mainstream media of his “fight for me” comment and I am sure it will die a quick death at CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the left-wing press.

The death of 87-year-old Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg on August 2, 1934 removed the final obstacle to Adolf Hitler obtaining absolute power over Germany. Even before Hindenburg's death, Hitler's cabinet had enacted a law combining the offices of Chancellor (the head of government) and President (the head of state); Adolf Hitler would henceforth be known as Führer und Reichskanzler (Leader and Chancellor) and was both head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces. The day of the President's death, the cabinet ordered a plebiscite for August 19 for the German people to approve the combination of the two offices.

The oath was the initiative of the Defense Minister General Werner von Blomberg and that of the Ministeramt chief General Walther von Reichenau, the entire military took an oath of personal loyalty to Hitler, who was most surprised at the offer; the popular view that Hitler imposed the oath on the military is false. The intention of Blomberg and Reichenau in having the military swear an oath to Hitler was to create a personal special bond between Hitler and the military, which was intended to tie Hitler more tightly towards the military and away from the NSDAP (Blomberg later admitted that he did not think through the full implications of the oath at the time).

Germany's voters went to the polls and 89.9% voted their approval for Hitler to assume complete power over Germany. The following day, August 20, 1934, the cabinet decreed the "Law On The Allegiance of Civil Servants and Soldiers of the Armed Forces". (Gesetz über die Vereidigung der Beamten und der Soldaten der Wehrmacht), which superseded the original oaths. Prior to the decree, both members of the armed forces and civil servants had sworn loyalty to "the People and the Fatherland" (Volk und Vaterland); civil servants had additionally sworn to uphold the constitution and laws of Germany.

The new law decreed that instead, both members of the armed forces and civil servants would swear loyalty to Adolf Hitler.

The mandatory oath, initiated on August 2, 1934, and sworn by all soldiers stated:

„Ich schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid, daß ich dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler, dem Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht, unbedingten Gehorsam leisten und als tapferer Soldat bereit sein will, jederzeit für diesen Eid mein Leben einzusetzen."

„I swear by God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath." [Source: Wikipedia]

This oath presented many problems for the German officer corps, especially for those opposed Hitler using the German Army for his exterminations in Poland and Russia. Taking the oath seriously the General Staff were loath to challenge Hitler’s policies for fear of arrest and execution.

So now we have our President stating that the armed forces of the United States are fighting for him, not the Constitution. How narcissistic can this man get? We all know how he takes credit for the accomplishments of others with his constant use of the personal pronouns “I” and “Me” in every speech or statement he utters. We also know how he avoids taking responsibility for things that go wrong like Solyndra and his shovel ready jobs program.

With his statement on Gay marriage Obama will draw support from the LGBT community and the liberal press, but I doubt much will be made of his comment on how the armed forces fight for him, our new Führer. Hail Obama!

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