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The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a Hollywood charitable organization, has helped to organize a push in the television industry to encourage volunteerism among the citizenry. The support for volunteerism will be spread across 60 shows, and in some cases woven into the plot lines.
Enter Glenn Beck, who reads in this yet another conspiracy theory that President Obama is using Hollywood in an attempt to turn American in a communist nation: "Well, this is fantastic. It's almost like we're living in Mao's China right now."
Read more at: www.huffingtonpost.com...
Originally posted by mikerussellus
reply to post by grover
Any issue I have on the subject I started in this thread last week.
Titles, "Net week, the indoctrination starts."
Just a couple of points
1. They will be directed towards websites that encourage debate on Obama's healthcare plan. Part of the volunteering will be to "debunk the myths of the rights attempt to stop healthcare reform." Or to participate in the debate about the risks and dangers of global warming.
2. Another area of the website that the "kids" will be directed to is an anti-war site, a pro-islamic site. . . .
Nawwwwwwww, there's no agenda here.
Lets see, the media pushing for Obama's agendas. Using volunteerism. So if we criticize this, we criticize volunteerism?
This country scares me every day.
23 million more Americans are volunteering today than in 1989.(1)
-- Since 1989, the reported number of Americans volunteering has
increased from 38.04 million to 61.80 million last year, an increase of more
Under President Obama's leadership the pace of our service movement continues to grow. The passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act marked a new threshold of possibility with a dramatic expansion of national service and a Volunteer Generation Fund and Social Innovation fund to fuel human capital and change. President and Mrs. Obama made a call to action called United We Serve, and the Points of Light and Hands On Network became the largest on-the-ground support network answering the call, mobilizing and training a record number of volunteers.
Originally posted by grover
There is no polite way of saying it...beck is an idiot
...and people who take him seriously are gullible at best.
Volunteerism is as American as the proverbial apple pie or barn raising and has been encouraged by just about every president that I can think of regardless of party...remember Bush senior's thousand points of light?
If he thinks encouraging volunteerism makes us anything like Mao's China he has idea what he is talking about.
As far as I can tell beck is simply mush loosebowels without a brain...
or maybe a walking talking manure spreader.
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glen beck is an idiot but yet you quote the huffington post......liberals are so obvious, also if you could ver turn on the other side of your brain and listen to glen beck you would know he never asks anyone to listen to him he asks people to do their own homework , you should try it.
Encouraging volunteerism is a noble effort undertaken by every US President. However, this Administration’s national service outreach has led on multiple occasions to outright policy advocacy. I’ve shown this throughout my writing on the subject, with a primary focus on the National Endowment for the Arts. However, the Corporation for National and Community Service is playing an even bigger role in this White House effort, and I don’t think general volunteerism is the only goal in mind.
The national service initiative is being led by The Corporation for National and Community Service (The Corporation) and the White House Office of Public Engagement. On the now infamous August 10th conference call, Nell Abernathy of The Corporation introduced Buffy Wicks as the person who championed the art community’s involvement in the Obama election campaign as well as the person spearheading this national service initiative. Wicks, the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement, explained the White House’s rationale for selecting service by stating, “part of my role [at the White House] is working on service, and so when we were thinking about how do we take a lot of this energy that’s out there, how do we translate folks who have just been engaged in electoral politics and engage them in really the process of governing, of being part of this administration in a little bit of a different way because politics is one thing and governing is something totally separate, we really saw service as the platform by which we can do that.”
The White House views service as a good way for those that have just been involved in electoral politics to stay active, and is driving them to Serve.gov to organize and manage them. Buffy Wicks didn’t state that national recovery was the rationale for encouraging partisans to serve. She conveyed that the White House was interested in transitioning partisans from the election cycle into the administration, and using “service” as the mechanism for this transition.
These partisan volunteer efforts along with the expansion of The Corporation are alarming signs. Through expanding the size and power of The Corporation, the Administration is in essence organizing and increasing the pool of resources that helped it acquire power.
But another event, on further review, adds to concern about the use of The Corporation.
On June 11th, President Obama controversially fired Gerald Walpin, Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The termination, possibly violating a watchdog protection law, was thought to be due in part to Walpin’s dogged persistence in pursuing the misuse of The Corporation’s funds by grant recipients, one of which was a big supporter of Obama, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. After a brief period, Johnson’s funding suspension by The Corporation was lifted, triggering Walpin to scold the agency’s board of directors for that decision. Walpin was later fired by the President with little explanation.
If Walpin’s funding misuse investigation showed the White House anything, it was that he was actually going to be a watchdog – a good quality in an Inspector General unless you don’t want the dog watching.
It is my hope that the mainstream media, along with Congress, begins to look into these White House volunteerism efforts with a bit more of a critical eye.
This new iParticipate initiative by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and The Corporation appears tame on review of the press release and website. But a memo uncovered by Big Hollywood shows that the TV networks are being encouraged by this initiative to infuse the issues of health, the environment, and energy into their storylines.
Such a close relationship between the government and the networks should leave many to wonder whether the networks are too close to the White House to be critical. And recent comments by Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, attacking a legitimate news network seem designed as a preemptive strike to marginalize critical inquiry.
The free press needs to keep a critical eye, regardless of whether the White House likes a watchdog or not.
Originally posted by grover
reply to post by jjkenobi
Like the right doesn't make mountains out of molehills?
Oh yes and only right wing media sources like faux news are legit.
Originally posted by Remixtup
I want to know if the people who dont volunteer are going to be turned in by their neighbor to some .gov website. This tactic has been used successfully many times throughout history.
If I dont want to volunteer my time, am I less of an american than you?