At least if you work for the National Review‘s The Corner. Because the Peace Corps is as horrific as the mass murder of European Jewry. By way of Spencer Ackermann:
Oh good, for a moment I thought the Second Holocaust was off. In response to this plan put forward from Obama —
The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps.
— John Derbyshire comments at the Corner:
Arbeit Macht Frei (cont.)[John Derbyshire]
Sorry, you had no idea what I was posting about, did you? This.
Because voluntary national service programs are exactly like the wholescale annihilation of European Jewry. I see the similarities between encouraging college graduates to teach in underprivileged schools and shipping Jews in cattle cars, brutalizing them, gassing them, and then incinerating the bodies, don’t you? Although, I suppose this is par for the course for a magazine that referred to the civil rights movement as the “Negro Revolt.”
When I was ten (give or take), I mouthed off to my dad about “Arbeit macht frei”, the slogan hung over the gates of the Auschwitz death camp. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well. But ten year olds say stupid shit, well, because they’re stupid ten year olds. What’s Derbyshire’s excuse? Worse, at the National Review, Derbyshire is the slightly sane one.
I bring this up, not to pick on movement conservatives–that’s about as fun (or challenging) as picking on the slow kid. But the lunatics of the National Review are considered an acceptable, albeit right-leaning, part of our political discourse. And the National Review has served as a farm system for mainstreaming lunacy into the national media. A serious argument would ask if the program actually accomplishes its goals. But Derbyshire does not present a serious argument. His argument is not even a silly argument. It is a public exhibition of pathology.
Until they regain sanity, movement conservatives need to be called out on this garbage. Currently, they make as much sense as a tinfoil-helmet wearing homeless guy pushing a shopping cart, except, unlike the homeless guy, they get loads of wingnut welfare.