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William Thaddeus Fauntleroy?

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's tentative chief of staff, wrote a book called The Plan  in which he advocated universal civilian service. Anticipating possible reactions, he said "Some Republicans will squeal about individual freedom".

Let's put aside for a moment whether or not UCS is a good idea, or what the exact nature of Obama's Civilian National Security Force is. The remark itself is disturbing, as if someone advocating personal freedom is  comparable to a whiny child or even worse, to Ned Beatty in Deliverance. It's a little scary to think that the President-Elects chief of staff holds liberty in such low esteem.


Imagine a Republican writing a book against gay marriage and saying: "Some Democrats will squeal about individual freedom." He will be attacked by Democrats (and other Republicans), and deservedly so.

That's basically what this guy is saying. I'm starting to doubt this "liberals are for personal freedom" thing. I'm starting to think the generalization doesn't carry truth in it at all. Sure, they are for some personal freedoms. But compulsory national service takes away your freedom to do with your own time as you wish like, WHOA.

Edited at 2008-11-13 09:49 pm (UTC)