Thursday, August 13, 2009

Michele Bachmann's Nightmare: Her Son Joins AmeriCorps, Obama's "Re-Education Camp"

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), always on the lookout for subversion, spoke out in April against AmeriCorps, the organization whose stated purpose is to provide opportunities to "apply your skills and ideas toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community."

Sounds worthwhile, right? Not according to Bachmann, who views these pretty words as a cover-up for the Obama administration's nefarious plans to expand the group to brainwash young people. Listen:

Bachmann: I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concern is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically-correct forums. As a parent, I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this. (h/t Think Progress)

One can only surmise, then, that Bachmann is having "a very, very difficult time." According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bachmann's son, Harrison, joined the Teach for America program, which is under the aegis of AmeriCorps. In fact, since the application deadline was in February, her son probably applied by the time Bachmann delivered her warning. Jim Tevlin of the Star Tribune explains the program:

Coincidentally or not, TFA came to Minnesota just this year, exactly because the state's socioeconomic inequalities have grown as the state has retrenched its programs for the poor, disenfranchised and under-educated. For the first time, we have to rely on the charity of good kids like Harrison Bachmann to step up and help out at our schools.

Helping out at schools in impoverished neighborhoods? Why, one has to be the brainwashed product of an American Gulag to do something subversive like that. What's next, community organizing? If you disagree with Harrison Bachmann's involvement, should you scream at his mother like the right-wing mobs do at health care town halls? Tevlin advocates the novel concept of exercising restraint:

I might suggest that if you feel strongly that this is more government control, you should show up at Bachmann's next town hall meeting and scream slogans at her. But that would be rude and, frankly, a little crazy.


Hunter W said...

Can you address what she actually talked about -- the provisions/discussion/writings/speeches (whatever they were -- I saw them months ago) of President Obama that would require young people to volunteer and the PROVISIONS to educate them in a certain way?

Her concern clearly isn't with doing good -- it is with the proposed changes the President wants (or wanted -- I don't know if he has changed his mind on this yet or not) to make -- to REQUIRE volunterism (which then makes it something that isn't volunteer) and the PROVISIONS that would require teaching based on government leanings.

I don't know if your miscue was intentional or not but I'd love to hear your thoughts on what she actually talked about and the President's leaning towards requiring young people to volunteer.

Jeff Tone said...

Hunter: I don't do "intentional miscues." My purpose here is not to mislead anyone.

I realize that Bachmann isn't criticizing "doing good," nor do I say so. Her concerns on this issue are part of the conspiracy theorizing that she's prone to.

I don't see anything on the AmeriCorps website that validates her fears, nor have I heard or read that Obama will require youngsters to volunteer–and yes, that would not be volunteering-nor have I heard him speak about indoctrination.

I have heard Obama talk about volunteering to do good work for the community. I commend Harrison Bachmann for overlooking his mother's paranoid ideas and deciding to serve others.