Thursday, September 03, 2009
Next Tuesday, President BO will bypass the parents and speak directly to kids in government-run indoctrination centers across the nation. This speech will be followed by discussion about how the kids can "help the President." Students will be encouraged to express their devotion to the President in songs, poetry, and essay form. Then, much as in George Orwell's 1984, where kids were taught to listen at their parents' door for any sign of thought crime, kids will be sent home to make sure that their parents conform to statist orthodoxy. If they hear anything "fishy" they can report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans to include "Goose-Stepping With Nancy Pelosi" were dropped at the last minute.
Reason #374 that I am glad our kids do not go to public school.
No President in American history has ever targeted a speech to public school students, directing for it to be shown in every classroom, to every student from Kindergarten to High School. George Bush never did it. Neither did Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, or any other American President. If BO were honest, he would encourage students to beg their parents to send them to private college-prep schools like the ones he attended and currently sends his own kids to. Although BO will attempt to portray this speech as a non-political unobjectionable effort to convey the importance of education encouraging kids to do well in school, the fact remains that anything done by any President is political. You can't stand there with a straight face and tell me that this is not all about BO's floundering approval rating and the public rejection of his health care takeover plot. But even if this was a President I liked, it would be a bad idea. No President should be doing this, regardless of his party or ideology.
This is not a First Amendment, freedom of speech issue. The President certainly has the right to give a speech any time he wants to, and to say whatever he wants to say. Mandating that the speech be shown to captive audiences in public schools, funded by taxpayers, bypassing parents to indoctrinate impressionable kids is not anywhere close to the Constitutional role of the President or the Federal Government. But remember that BO spent several years working with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayres distributing millions of dollars for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to fund political indoctrination and radicalization programs in public schools. BO is an experienced veteran in the art of using public schools to train up the next generation of statist drones.
One school district in our area has announced that they will refuse to interrupt their instruction time to show the President's speech, but will instead make it available on their web site to be viewed outside of school hours at the parent's discretion. This is an ideal solution, because it allows parents to view the speech with their children, if they wish, and to discuss the content with their kids. We must never forget that parents are still the primary authority in the lives of their children, and it is the parent's responsibility to mold and shape the character and values of their children.
The Fort Worth school district has a much less satisfactory approach. They plan to interrupt the school day to show BO's speech. The FWISD web site says that the speech is "available but not mandatory." In other words, students will have to opt out if they wish to not see the speech. The time which should be spent teaching math, English, history, or science will be lost even for those who opt out. The announcement from the ISD indicates that "Those who elect not to participate will be provided alternative activities." You know what "alternative" means, don't you? When I was a kid, they sent the teenage delinquents and the troublemakers to "Reform School." That term is not politically correct anymore. Today they call those same schools "Alternative School." "Alternative" is the euphemism for where they send bad kids who need to be re-educated and reformed.
There will be a lot of people who don't see the problem with what BO is doing. They will assume that the President has nothing but good and pure intentions and is motivated by nothing but a genuine desire for kids to excel in school for the good of America. As if the reason that American public education is a colossal failure is that kids have not been told by the President to study. Have you noticed the bizarre advertisements popping up on the internet which say "Obama tells moms to go back to school" or "Obama says to refinance your mortgage" because we don't know what is good for us unless the nanny-state President takes our hand and guides us? The President is not behind those ads, but the ads reflect a growing way of thinking which depends on government to run our lives. Government can't even run a "Cash for Clunkers" program. It is not the job of the Federal Government to motivate your kids to learn and excel in school. It is YOUR job. Don't delegate your responsibility to a government school, and certainly don't delegate it to a statist President.
And say, isn't your kid feeling a bit under the weather?
Posted by Don Dodson at 2:30 PM