Housewives, bankers battle in Chavez militia

We learn, from the AP via the Oregonian, about Mr. Chavez’ latest effort to secure his country from the imminent threat of a US invasion:
[INDENT]A 54-year-old housewife fires the machine gun for the first time, lets loose a thunderous burst of gunfire and beams with satisfaction. A boot camp instructor shouts, “Kill those gringos!”

Thousands of civilian volunteers in olive-green fatigues are training over the weekend at a Venezuelan army base, where they learn to crawl under barbed wire, fire assault rifles and stalk enemies in combat. Known as the Bolivarian Militia, this spirited group of mostly working-class men and women-from students to retirees-are united by their militant support for President Hugo Chavez and their willingness to defend his government.

From what exactly?

Chavez has repeatedly warned of potential threats: the United States, U.S.-allied Colombia and the Venezuelan “oligarchy,” as he labels opponents. He has called on recruits to be ready to lay down their lives if necessary to battle “any threat, foreign or domestic,” even though Venezuela has never fought a war against another nation.
[/INDENT]A worthy effort?

My take on this…

Nothing unifies a country like a threat to the homeland. Since Venezuela is not being invaded, a fake war will serve in its place. That Chavez’ popularity has slipped below 50% shows that the talk of invasion isn’t taken seriously, except by Chavez partisans. Still, the militia is a way of rallying his “troops.”

It is impressive how people can come under such complete control. This reminds me of the Jim Jones affair where many people were led to their death.

Is this the result of fostering hate? If so, it seems hate can grow in a community and love on the other hand requires continual effort and humility.

We are in a fallen world.

Seems that President Obama is being seriously neglectful of his duty to be ready for war with Venezuela!

Chavez is just crazy enough to be dangerous.

Unless Congress [the House of Representatives] defunds it after the November 2010 election, the United States will soon have its own Civilian Security Force, as well funded and armed as the U.S. military.


Do you have a mainstream news link discussing this?

Actually, very few people have read the new healthcare law; certainly not people who work for the newsmedia; after all, they rely on press releases, and besides, it’s 3000 pages; even Nancy Pelosi said we needed to pass it and THEN find out what’s in it.

But try this:

I think a Civilian Security Force, outside of our current military, were authorized in the new health care law, the mainstream media would have uncovered it by now.

Will the text of the actual law suffice?

Obama just got his private army…
…And no one seems to have noticed. It is buried in the Senate revisions to the health care bill.
Subtitle C–Increasing the Supply of the Health Care Workforce
Sec. 5201. Federally supported student loan funds.
Sec. 5202. Nursing student loan program.
Sec. 5203. Health care workforce loan repayment programs.
Sec. 5204. Public health workforce recruitment and retention programs.
Sec. 5205. Allied health workforce recruitment and retention programs.
Sec. 5206. Grants for State and local programs.
Sec. 5207. Funding for National Health Service Corps.
Sec. 5208. Nurse-managed health clinics.
Sec. 5209. Elimination of cap on commissioned corps.
Sec. 5210. Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps.
Subtitle D–Enhancing Health Care Workforce Education and Training
See the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, page 1312:
Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:
(1) IN GENERAL.–here shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.
(2) REQUIREMENT.–All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended.
(3) APPOINTMENT.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(4) ACTIVE DUTY.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training.

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.–Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.
(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps.
[Note here that those personally appointed by BO – without advice and consent of the Senate – automatically become a part of the Regular Corps. Ed.]
(1) PURPOSE.–The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.
(2) USES.–The Ready Reserve Corps shall–
(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;
(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;
© be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and
(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services.
(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

How many of you, dear readers, were aware of the fact that the health care bill created another army

Kind of looks to me like a way to draft doctors and nurses and send them wherever the administration wants to send them.

This Chavez thing reminds me of the Volkssturm. Utterly useless militarily,and probably half of them would turn their guns on Chavez if they could.

I think the comparison to the Volkssturm is apt, though I don’t think the Volkssturm was totally useless (enough conscripts taking poorly-aimed shots with panzerfausts and you’re bound to tag a few T-34s), but yes obviously any attempt by these unfortunates to engage forces such as the USMC would result in a regrettable slaughter. I don’t know about their morale, though… for all I know they’ve totally drunk the Chavez Kool-Aid.

erm… what you are citing is a provision dealing with medical personnel in the US Public Health Service. The provision is to set up a program to deal with a medical catastrophe. Its not an armed military.

The USPHS has been around for at least 100 years. Here is a bit of history about it:

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