Posted: 09/03/09 17:12, Edited: 09/03/09 18:42
by Dave Mindeman
I think the following excerpts of a Yahoo story can speak for themselves as to the stupidity of the current right wing goofiness....
Last month, in an interview with 11-year-old student reporter Damon Weaver, the president announced his big back-to-school plan:
"I'm going to be making a big speech to young people all across the country about the importance of education; about the importance of staying in school; how we want to improve our education system and why it’s so important for the country. So I hope everybody tunes in."
I think we can establish that this is merely a high profile public service announcement to emphasize the importance of staying in school.
But that didn't stop the conspiracy obsessed right from turning it into something "sinister"....
But Jim Greer, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, came out swinging against the planned speech. An excerpt from his statement:
"The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President's agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President's initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates."
The Cato Institute, a public-policy research foundation, issued a press release entitled "Hey Obama, Leave Those Kids Alone," criticizing the "troubling buzzwords" in the lesson plans:
"It's one thing for a president to encourage all kids to work hard and stay in school – that's a reasonable use of the bully pulpit. It's another thing entirely, however, to have the U.S. Department of Education send detailed instructions to public schools nationwide on how to glorify the president and the presidency, and push them to drive social change."
Watch the local school boards cower on this one.
UPDATE: Oh my God...Kline is pontificating
“Just as parents are able to review a textbook before it is used or consider a planned field trip before children leave the classroom, public consideration of your remarks in advance of the live address would ensure parents can review them, make an informed decision about whether the material is appropriate for their children, and engage them accordingly,” Kline wrote along with Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI.
When's the last time you did a little textbook reading?
And, speaking of that, if only we had the opportunity to scrutinize and evaluate everything Obama's predecessor had said......oh wait, we couldn't do that -- he was the decider.
This is nuts.