Remember when Barack Obama asked for a civilian defence force as strong and well funded as the U.S. military? Well, here’s Obama’s first graduating class of FEMACorps workers. The kid in the video sums up pretty well how disturbing this is when he says ‘we don’t really know what our job is’ while adding that he’ll go wherever the government sends him. Nothing like a little brownshirt army to have at your beckon call.
"You remember, how long was it, how long ago was it that I said that AmeriCorps is going to be working with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA and it's not going to be a good thing? Remember they mocked me for that?" Glenn asked Stu on radio this morning.
The prediction was prompted by Obama saying, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."
While Glenn may have been mocked at the time, a new report shows he may not have been wrong after all.
231 young adults made history Saturday by graduating as the first class of FEMA Corps at the Center for Disaster Preparedness in Anniston, Al.
Recent high school graduate and Missouri native Austin McBee made the jump from Eagle Scouts to FEMA Corps.
"We are the first class ever to have this kind of a partnership and we're looking really forward to working with FEMA and seeing what we can do to help survivors," he said.
As a new unit of AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps grads will spend 10 months helping the nation respond and recover from disasters.
Many of the graduates will head to the Gulf Coast to assist with recent hurricane recovery.
"They're wearing AmeriCorps Department of Homeland Security uniforms. This is a FEMA Department of Homeland Security program. Let me tell you something. Since when do we need a new division of people going out and helping on a hurricane? That's what we do. They are taking our job away. That's our job. That's our job as churches and communities. That's our job. FEMA is always the last one there. When we had the tornadoes, Mercury One was one of the first groups on the scene. Churches are always the first on the scene. And when FEMA finally got to the tornadoes last season, when they finally got there, if you remember right it was two days later and they started telling people, you can't clean this up. You don't have a permit. You can't clean this up. Remember? What do we need these people for? Why are we spending money on this? This is the first class wearing the Department of Homeland Security uniform. Not good, gang. Not good. Really not good."
"My favorite line in that is, we don't ‑‑ we don't really know what our job description is but we're willing to help out."