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Obama’s (Highly Creepy) ‘Pledge Project’

From ‘Obama Over For America,’ which is yet another one of the administration’s endless campaign websites:

Update from David Plouffe

By Christopher Hass – Mar 13th, 2009

Davd Plouffe sent out an update today, reminding supporters to take a moment to sign their pledge of support for the three broad goals outlined in President Obama’s budget: health care reform, education reform, and investing in renewable energy. Meanwhile, grassroots activists across the country are already gearing up for the first Pledge Project Canvass. 

[Here is the email:]

The next few weeks will be some of the most important our movement for change has encountered yet.

Mitch wrote to you earlier this week about Organizing for America’s Pledge Project — an effort to identify and mobilize support across the country for the economic vision President Obama has outlined in his budget.

If you haven’t yet done so, pledge your support now and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

The budget that passes Congress has the potential to take our country in a truly new direction — the kind of change we all worked so hard for. We didn’t fight to shy away from the tough long-term decisions Washington has ducked for far too long.

President Obama knows, as you do, that our future strength and prosperity depends on Washington finally taking the hard and smart steps in energy, health care, and education that will make sure America and its families are strong for decades to come.

And while his budget reflects those important values and priorities, the President also understands the government has to cut spending like so many families and businesses are being forced to do now. He invests where we need to and cuts where we must.

In the next few weeks we’ll be asking you to do some of the same things we asked of you during the campaign — talking directly to people in your communities about the President’s ideas for long-term prosperity. But first, start with your own pledge of support, and the support of your friends, family, and neighbors: Pledge your support now.

We know this fight won’t be easy. But important battles never are. Together, we have the opportunity to shape our country’s future. We believed in the power of people to win an improbable election victory. And we believe in the power of people to drown out the cynics and entrenched interests in Washington to bring lasting, meaningful change we can all be proud we played a role in.


David Plouffe

Anyone who is a student of totalitarian regimes, especially Nazi Germany, should recognize this tactic. Mr. Obama has organized his own cadre of Brown Shirts (or, if you prefer, Red Shirts) to agitate for his agenda.

Mr. Alinsky would be proud. And rightly so. For this is simply the continuation of Mr. Obama’s perpetual campaign. A campaign, as we noted at the time, that was modeled on Saul Alinsky’s organizing principles.

Of course, Alinsky, had modeled his methods on the great communist and/or fascist agitators of the past. Hence, the unsettling resemblance to Soviet-style and Nazi Germany agit-prop.

What a brave new world Mr. Obama is bringing us.

And we thought it couldn’t happen here.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

38 Responses to “Obama’s (Highly Creepy) ‘Pledge Project’”

  1. retire05 says:

    You readers should go to thomas.loc.gov and research H.R. 1388. Basically, it requires schools to force children in secondary and elementary schools to “volunteer” and be taught how to “volunteer” It also, in D.C. legal jargon, ties school funding to schools conforming to the mandatory requirements of this “service-learning” program.

    The “service-learning” classes would be part of the normal curriculum, i.e. required teaching.

    Gramsci, who had a fan in Alinsky, taught that if children were not indoctrinated by age 12, they were lost to the cause of socialism/communism. Obama is trying, with the aid of a dimwitted Congresswoman, to put these tactics in place.

    It would also allow for those from “community based organizations” to come in and instruct children on how to “volunteer”. That means ACORN.

  2. proreason says:

    “And we thought it couldn’t happen here.”

    [W]ell now we know.

    [A]nd if you had to pick 3 things to destroy the country fast, how could you pick better than Global Incineration of Adult Minds, Universal Health Care Rationing, and Indoctrination/Education

  3. curvyred says:

    Scary times ahead folks – should we just roll over and out aside our own morals, values, and beliefs?

    • brad says:

      Organizing and Mobilizing = “brownshirting” or, collecting as many harassers we can find that will protest and “Joe-the-Plummer” anyone we don’t like.

      Bold change, the change we need = liberal ideas.

      Talk to your neighbors = get in their face, and harass them.

      Canvass areas = give people vague promises so they will sign anything you say. Lie to them, and don’t debate anything, remember, this is a one-sided argument, not a democracy.

      Remember, the “special interests” in Washington will stop us, even though the House/Senate/White House is controlled by the same party–Democrats.

    • curvyred says:

      I honestly worry about the canvassers (just like ahem ACORN) filling out false data using addresses of the houses they visit, naw they wouldn’t do that. *sarcasm*

  4. Weasel says:

    Most of us knew or suspected that this stuff was coming from this administration. The only thing that separates a democracy or a republic from the tyranny of the masses is having well informed and educated masses (ie able to think for themselves and use logic, not a list of worthless degrees) doing the voting.

    So while the conservatives were off fighting the cold war, the liberals were taking over education and the media. And now we have a slim majority of the voters who are neither well informed or educated and they fell victim to a bunch of sweet talk and pandering from The One and the liberals in congress.

    This is a tipping point – the masses either wake up and throw this trash out in 2010 and 2012 or we all continue down the spiral path to full blown socialism, which is just a slow death – look at Europe! The last similar tipping point for the US was under Carter and Reagan was the answer. So is the “Era of Reagan” really over or is there a true conservative (not a “compassionate” one or a RINO) ready to stand up and lead?

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I think, like so many things this administration is doing or trying to do, does take this nation down a very bad path. And, I’m also noting how the young are so very involved. That, to me is extra-disturbing.

    One can look in the history books and easily find that most movements start off slow at first, and even fail, and then gain momentum and surge ahead later at light speed. I suspect this is what will happen here. I do not want that. Nor do I think it’s inevitable. But it has been a long time since a large group of Americans had to get up and fight for something. Like so many have said, “never here”.

    Well, it appears that its’ here.

    This “volunteerism” of which this resolution speaks is extremely unsettling. It’s really a very thinly disguised push into making us all “one”. Now….I seem to recall in MY history lessons that many nations have tried this, many still do it but it is by no means successful. It holds to the idea that government bureaucrats hold the answer to everything and that the individual citizen MUST support the government.

    What this resolution fails to identify, as all cleverly worded and subversive messages do, is the right to disagree, the right to freedom and the right to do as one damn well pleases without government interference.

    I remember in the military, all the paperwork I signed had to have the “privacy act” statement on it and that I had the right to choose not to sign it. But, if I opted to exercise that right, then the counter to that was whatever I wanted, I wouldn’t get. But my right to privacy would remain intact.

    This is the same thing. They will put this thing into motion, with cute little statements about it “not being mandatory” but if you fail to comply, then you will be denied certain things. Say, for example, this particular brand of government lasts awhile. My daughter is 14. So…here it is, 2028. She’s 33 and let’s assume after college she got a good job and was happy, met a guy and they want to have kids. Well, while she’s in the hospital delivering this theoretical child, a government official stops by and has a “chat” with my daughter.

    Come to find out that because she didn’t participate in the “volunteer” BS of 2010 onward, that ALL citizens were “eligible” for(pronounced ‘forced into’), she will be denied certain things, as yet to be determined. Perhaps things like, electricity in her home, food, medical care (a likely candidate) and so on.

    This whole concept is not only disturbing, it could possibly become the most hotly debated topic to come and might even rattle the foundation of the Constitution. Remember, the democrats want to consider it a “living document” subject to much change and alteration to suit our “modern times”.

    I happen to remember that the Constitution holds up very well and has seldom needed amending. Hopefully, the process by which it is amended remains the painstaking, meticulous process that it is.

    But so far, it seems to me that everything this administration touches turns to poop on a stick.

    That’s the extortion that I foresee happening.

    • TNpatriot says:

      An even scarier scenario I see happening, with my own daughter as well, would be the doctor coming in to have his “talk” with your daughter and telling her because she did not complte her mandatory “service” she will not be allowed to have any children and the fetus must be aborted.

      That is the kind of ultimate control I believe they want government to have over us.

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all. Creepy doesn’t even begin to describe where this is going.

    At least you can refuse to sign anything in a public place but what about those door to door people who are able to report addresses? Thank God I live in a no solicitation neighborhood. But will I receive this in US Mail? And what happens if I don’t return it? What happens when you disagree? Does your name, address, e-mail get reported? Then what? An IRS audit, tracking of your internet activities, phone tapping, etc.? I don’t buy for one second your personal information doesn’t get shared with anyone! This is some scary s***!!!

  7. curvyred says:



  8. TickTock says:

    And so it begins… write your reps and senators. Let your voice be heard. Defeat HR 875 at all cost. Remember the lessons of Nazi Germany.

    Freedom isn’t free.

  9. pagar says:

    And what happens if I don’t return it? Ask the South Vietnamese? They gave them two choices after John Kerry defeated them. Reeducation camps or death. Communists are the same, whichever country they are taking over.

  10. canary says:

    Warning. This organization is not legal, and does not follow Federal Regulations. It is not registered. This site shows no federal idenitification or registry number.While, it admits your donations are not tax-deductable, it still must be registered with state or federal government and have a registration number. still has to have a have a registry number. Notice the Privacy policy. Cookies to track your every move.
    It is called My.BarackObama, but also has link http://www.BarackObama.com to make it look like his official site. Could be one of Barack Obama’s way to make money while in office, because Obama thinks America is stupid. He will take advantage of poor uneducated people who made bad loans.
    Further, after displaying all the products union.American made. Go to store, and the Store is closed. Non-profit organization, have to release audits and inform people of their finances, so you know where your money is going.

    • canary says:

      Obama is definitely behind and promoting this illegal organization. It is a branch from his grass roots Organizing America, after his election. Obama knows people are dumb, and he is taking full advantage. Just like people fell for those bogus coins. One of Obama’s official site, created as soon as he was elected by one of his aids, change.org was GSA federal government approved, but it was not following GSA government guidelines. After complaints to the GSA the site personal information required* was changed.

  11. U NO HOO says:

    Energy, Health Care, Education…

    Never mind, Obama aint listening…

  12. retire05 says:

    First you make citizens dependent on government (welfare, AFDC, WIC, TANF, CHIPS, Medicare/Medicaid).

    Then you remove certain right from parents (the right to be notified if your minor daughter is going to undergo an abortion, the right to not have to pay for public schools that you don’t send your kids to, the right to discipline your children without being abusive, and the state determining what constitutes abuse which in some circles, even a couple of whacks on the bottom is abuse)

    Then you remove a parents right to object to certain public school curriculum (9th Circuit’s ruling that parents do not have a say in curriculum taught in public school or notification of any study plan that goes against the parent’s religious beliefs)

    Next, you indoctrinate the children in your political philosophy. This has been going on in colleges and universities since the 60’s and the socialist movement. The normal progression is to move it into the elementary and secondary schools. It is easy, really. Just teach little Johnnie and little Janie that their parents are wrong. Tie it into peer acceptance and peer pressure. Don’t you want to volunteer just like your little socialist friends? Eliminate all independent thinking that might be instilled in those yound minds by their parents. By the time they reach 16, at an age when little Johnnie and little Janie think they are smarter than their parents anyway, the indoctrination is complete. A couple of university professors like Ward Churchill and Robert Jensen and the job is done.

    So you have a huge segment of our society, dependent on the state for their very welfare, raising children they have never had to assume responsibility for, having those children taught that the state, and not their parents are the benefactors to their health and welfare. Those kids who do grown up with some ambition and desire to do better, will be discouraged as it is not benefitial to the “community”. They, the child leaders, will grow up to be the politburo who will determine the best for the prolitariate. Pure Saul Alinsky who was a fan of Gramsci.

    But socialism has never worked as European nations are learning. And there will be those who will not submit to the yoke of the state.

    There is an air of revolution. People are taking to the streets in cities all across the nation having Tea Parties. Yeah, they are small, but so was the number of people who talked of freedom from the British Crown in the beginning days of the 1770’s. You can only push people so far and when they decide that their freedoms are being lost, when they decide that they want to be responsible to themselves and not some politburo, they will rebel.

    Ask yourself this: why do 11 states currently have “sovereignty” laws in their congresses? What happens if 1,000,000 taxpayers refuse to pay their taxes? Or 2,000,000? But we have a responsibility. We have to no longer be quiet and say “well, there is nothing I can do about it.” We have to talk to our friends, to people we know, and let them know about bills like H.R. 45 and H.R. 1388.

    Remember the Shamnesty Bill? We stopped it. We shut down the Congressional switchboard. And our elected officials heard us. As Americans, we need to become charged again about our Constitution and remind everyone that no one president, no one congress person, has the authority to violate it.

  13. proreason says:

    These certifiably insane actions that we are beginning to see (Obamy Brown Shirts, Pledges, attacks on private citizens by the President, propaganda campaigns organized by the WH, etc.) have a silver lining.

    Remember that the looney left’s NumeroUnoAboveAllElseAtThePenaltyOfAScreamingHissyFitAndOrDeath priority is………..me me me me me.

    This stuff is SO creepy that a lot of the nutters are going to become alarmed that The Moron is going to go after THEIR stash or restrict their “lifestyles” or somesuch.

    The left always over reaches. Always.

  14. TwilightZoned says:

    Retire05, you are absolutely right! There is an air of revolution. As I write this a friend called to tell me of a man parked in a prominent shopping mall where I live, with a van draped in an American flag and a large poster stating the country is being led into socialism and “Obama, there is a revolution coming.” It is imperative we all fight the fight. We are in the majority, not the minority as the left would intimidate us to believe.

    I found this very interesting:

    Except from, “Sol Alinsky and DNC Corruption” by Diane Alden Jan. 7, 2003 NewsMax.com

    Alinsky had a true genius for formulating tactical battle plans for the radical left. He wrote two books outlining his organizational principles and strategies: “Reveille for Radicals” (1946) and “Rules for Radicals” (1971).

    “Rules for Radicals” begins with an unusual tribute: “From all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

    The devil challenged authority and got his own kingdom, and that goes to the heart of what left is really about. That of course is to get power any way you can, including lying, cheating and stealing. The ultimate rule is that the ends justify the means.

    It’s pretty clear that Sol Alinsky’s ‘rules’ are alive and well within the DNC today. This article is a very good read for those interested.

    • retire05 says:

      TwilightZoned, check out the membership on the Congressional Progressive Caucus. It was started in 1996 by the admitted socialist, Bernie Sanders. Until a couple of years ago, you could go to the American Socialist Party web site and the link to the CPC was on there. I guess they (the CPC) took some heat for that so the Socialist Party removed the link.

      We were warned in the ’60’s that our children would be communist. We have also been told that socialism/communism does not happen overnight. It is inch by inch, day by day, congressional bill by congressional bill. It is what I have long called “creeping” socialism. It comes on us like a quiet theif in the night. It is not loud, it is not blatant. It is stealth.

      45% of American taxpayers are zero liability. They either pay no federal income taxes, or they get back more from the IRS than they paid in through Earned Income Tax Credits. They have no “skin” (to quote the biggest socialist of them all, Obama) in the game. They are takers, not contributors. And they will continue to vote for the candidate that promises them the most free “stuff”.

      There is a reason gun dealers have voted Obama the Gun Salesman of The Year. There is a reason that Americans are having trouble finding ammuntion for their firearms. The stores are sold out for a reason and it ain’t because the manufacturers have slowed down. It is because people are becoming scared and because they fear for their nation.

      Saul Alinsky has been very popular in universities for a long time. Obama followed his guidelines when Obama was a community “agitator”. Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis on Alinsky and remained friends with him until his death.

      Take a look at who are the Congressmen and Senators and the journalists of today. They are the same people who marched against the Vietnam War in the 70s. They are the same kids that carried NVC flags, sold Marx, Lenin and Gramsci at protests. The same people who believed that socialism was the way to go then are now imposing their ideals, quietly, without fanfare, on the American people. The only change is that they are no longer loud and dancing in the streets to the garbled songs of Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin. Their political view points have not changed, they just got quieter.

      If I still had children at home, I would not allow them to go to public schools even if it meant working three jobs.

  15. Cincinnatus says:

    Reminds me of “The Prisoner.”

    Speed learn. A university course in three minutes. It can be done. Trust me.

  16. rocketman says:

    When will they start selling arm bands with the round logo? /s/

  17. Odie44 says:

    Socialists, communists, totalitarians, thugs and terrorists know how to exploit children well.

    There is a reason why Hitler Youth remained fighting months after the fall of the Reichstag, vietnemese kids detonated suicide grenades and 14 year olds shoot each other fo’ money and rock…

  18. Steve says:

    An earlier (but similarly creepy) email from the Brown Shirts:

    [Organizing for America Deputy Director Jeremy Bird sent out an email today to a number of veteran organizers and volunteers across the country, announcing the next step for the Organizing for America Pledge Project:]

    On Monday, we announced an ambitious new effort called the Organizing for America Pledge Project.

    We hope you took part and signed your name to this national display of support as we identify and mobilize supporters of President Obama’s economic plan across the country. But now, we need you to take the next step.

    On Saturday, March 21st, thousands of people across the country are organizing our first national day of action by hosting Pledge Project Canvasses, where they’ll talk to their neighbors and ask them to pledge support for this bold plan to restore our economy.

    Host a Pledge Project canvass in your neighborhood and build support for President Obama’s economic plan.

    We can’t let this plan be debated behind closed doors by special interests or an establishment that doesn’t welcome change.

    Change has to come from us. We have to show that ordinary Americans are opening their doors to each other, discussing the need for action and demanding this new direction.

    For everyone who questions why the President has offered this plan, these pledges will be the answer: because the American people demanded it.

    Join our first national day of action now and host a canvass.



    Jeremy Bird
    Deputy Director
    Organizing for America


    • canary says:

      On their agenda is Obama is going to stop cluster bombs to save civilians. I think they have no idea he is using drones to bomb Pakistan since elected.


      as far as change, under the subject of Obama’s new agenda of helping women and girls,
      you click on to a demeaning photo and advertisement for Kick cigerettes that our troops will be able to get cheaper, then their accusatio that the DOD is adding higher taxes to troops cigeretts. With stimulous package going to stop smoking, it’s nice as Obama’s latest attempt to cheat war vets from medical. I don’t think he realises that soldiers that were handed out cigerettes developed addictions and consequential poor health. This is demeaning to women and girls for this to be on a website that claims to be a part of the democratic nomimatiom committe, although Obama refers to it as a grass roots program.
      A speical is purchase of their “Mama voted for Obama” coloring book.


      Also, on the agendy is “Fox and Porn”

      I called the store number. Said to leave name and number. Reminds me of another organization that was unlawfully soliciting without license, that fell under the FBI jurisdiction. Remember the miles of dumped shoes in Miami, that police could not figure out, heh heh heh. I know why they dumped them. Then another organization that is regulated suddenly appears offering to send the shoes to some country across the ocean. They end up 3rd party on the internet. I’d put these people with the same scum.

      Ya know. Wouldnt’ surprise me, if Obama trademarked his image, and after he leaves office, he sues alot of people. heh heh.

  19. brad says:

    “The bad news is, as a result, the special interests and the old habits in Washington will dig in even more it’s up to you to make sure they don’t stand in our way.”

    You mean:

    The Congress run by Democrats
    The Senate run by Democrats
    The 9000 special interest earmarks in the stimulus bill
    The elderly Democrats like Bryd and Kennedy who have 40 year old habits


  20. A Mad Pole says:

    Having attented communist government-run schools (had no choice, the government and the party had a total monopoly over education then; there is a reason those regimes are called “totalitarian”) all I can say this is one unbelievable nightmarish deja vu.

    And it’s all happening in the U.S.A, for crying out loud.

  21. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The scary part is that Hitler’s Brownshirts were violently replaced by an even more more fanatical group-the SS (ShutzStaffel) otherwise known as the Protection Staff. Will the original ranks of the America Pledge Project get replaced by more devoted kool-aid drinking Obamabots? I’m going to go a bit on the positive side here (I’m a cynic by nature) and hope that most Americans will see this ambitious project for the power grab that is and not only say no, but hell no.

    • farrightman says:

      Move the more devoted to the next phase army?

      Yes that would be the logical move and the reward for their eagerness
      would incite them to more bold actions for their ne’er do no wrong leader.

      His followers aren’t most Americans.

      But they feel empowered by the election and see his agenda as a way to
      garner more power and seal the deal for the long term.

  22. BillK says:

    Yep, the Obama Youth are loud and proud!

    Wait until cap-and-trade is passed, and volunteers are urged to “report neighbors who aren’t complying with environmental regulations – it’s for the good of the planet!”

  23. U NO HOO says:

    Health care reform: outlaw health insurance (anyone not able to get the cocaine they desire?)

    Education reform: home schooling mandatory (minimizes class size)

    Investing in renewable energy: plant and burn trees (George Washington cut down the cherry tree, not one of his slaves)

  24. GetBackJack says:

    I Pledge To Resist Obama and his Communist Goons Every Day in Every Way.

  25. katmeredith says:

    1. Could his goals be any more vague?
    2. None of his goals are Constitutional.
    3. Tell me there’s an ‘Anti-Pledge’ site I can join.

  26. MinnesotaRush says:

    Gosh folks .. I’ve been studying this Cloward-Piven strategy that was birthed in the mid 60’s. It would appear that o-blah-blah (et al) is utilizing that – implementing that – with laser effectiveness. The result ain’t good.

    Read up on it here .. (from the American Thinker) ..


  27. farrightman says:

    Everything I find out about Obama, wife, his friends, campaign, policy positions, etc. is

    So why should this be any different?

    A word of warning:
    I thought I would send in a registration to their site as a protest with some made up name
    just to voice my angst at the idea of the Obama Army coming to my house to “persuade”
    me to support his budget, but my firewall warned of potential spyware that would download off the site.

    So don’t go to the link provided for the sign up form!

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