Next Right Wing Conspiracy Theory: Obama’s Hitler Oath

The latest conspiracy is forming in Right Blogistan, combining Hitler and Obama. They say Obama is forcing soldiers to take an oath that swears allegiance to him rather than to the constitution, just like Hitler forced on the Wehrmacht. They didn’™t notice the oath already swears obedience to the President, and has for a long, long time.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The Freepers are freeping about it, and they are talking about it all over the right wing whack job side of the blogzome. Here, here, here and here, for instance. Supposedly the story begins with a writer named Michele Chang at Jumping in Pools, but it is an awfully tangled web of whackjobbery to untangle.

The gist of the whole whacked out story is, and let’™s remember this is pure fiction, that Barack Obama has proposed that soldiers take an oath to him, not to the constitution. Yikes! Watch out for the black helicopters! Get your wives and sisters and daughters in the house and bar the door! Here’™s the alarming text from Ms. Chang, or a segment of it:

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is extremely frustrated with orders that the White House is contemplating. According to sources at the Pentagon, including all branches of the armed forces, the Obama Administration may break with a centuries-old tradition.

A spokesman for General James Cartwright, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the Obama Administration wants to have soldiers and officers pledge a loyalty oath directly to the office of the President, and no longer to the Constitution.

‘œThe oath to the Constitution is as old as the document itself.’ the spokesman said, ‘œAt no time in American history, not even in the Civil War, did the oath change or the subject of the oath differ. It has always been to the Constitution.’

Chang later calls the action equivalent to the oath the Wehrmacht took to Adolf Hitler. My, my, that’™s scary. Well, it would be if Michelle Chang had bothered to give us a source here, name a spokesman, or give any facts that could be followed up. Particularly odd is her quote saying the soldier’™s oath has never been changed in our history. Gosh, the US Army’™s own web page about the history of that oath mentions how it has evolved. You’™d think they’™d know, wouldn’™t you? Or maybe they are in on the conspiracy, eh? Yeah, that’™s it, the US Army is in on the conspiracy headed by Barack Obama, a conspiracy whereby all soldiers are forced to take this oath:

‘œI, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.’ (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

Look, look! Obama didn’™t even have to argue with Secretary Gates! The military is already required to take an oath to obey the President! It was George Washington who started this conspiracy, knowing all about how the Wehrmacht would steal the oath and also knowing that Barack Obama, a Kenyan or Indonesian or Manchurian or something, would come along and, just like all the other Presidents in our history, have regular soldiers take this oath.

Man, the right wingers are stupid.

Friday, January 30th, 2009 by Richard Blair |

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