This will be shorter than usual.
We’ve heard much uproar over the president’s intention on giving a speech which is to be aired in public schools around the nation so all kids, of all ages, can listen to Barack Obama’s message. And despite the objections of millions of Americans, including parents and teachers, the president is moving ahead with that plan.
What’s the big deal, you might ask.
The big deal is injecting politics, however subtle, into the public school arena where every religion and every political leaning are represented in classrooms. The parents of those kids have not been consulted or advised. It doesn’t matter what the president’s words contain, we all know the he is not doing this without a purpose in mind, and few politicians ever have another purpose other than indoctrinating people to their points of view.
In this case, millions of children will go home that afternoon declaring their love for the Messianic president whose words stimulate everyone, even his enemies. Those kids will become future voters, not necessarily for him, but for the ideals he stands for and the party he molds.
Some say the objections are only being raised by Republicans, that it’s just anti-Obama politics as usual. Not so.
Prior presidents have addressed school rooms to impart information concerning threats to national security, or to decry drug use. One in particular was delivered in 1991 by G.W. Bush himself at a public school in Washington D.C. in which he implored children to stay away from drugs. The speech was later aired nationwide. Objections? You bet. Led by Rep. Dick Gephardt, the Democratic side of congress went ballistic, vilifying the new president for using the airways to inject politics into the schoolroom. Gephardt said, ” The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students.”
He wasn’t alone.
Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, said it was outrageous for the White House to “start using precious dollars for campaigns when we are struggling for every silly dime we can get for education programs.”
What’s good for the goose…
That’s just a sampling of those objections from 1991…which, I might add, were just as valid.
It’s not the job of the president of the United States to mold the minds of children. Obama’s current ploy reminds me of nationalistic indoctrination that has targeted kids in other countries of the past. Names like Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Castro and Hitler comes to mind.
Naturally there are teachers and principals who are from all sides of the spectrum, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. The degree of support and enthusiasm for the upcoming speech will undoubtedly receive hot, cold and tepid responses. And, in many places, books are already in place for the children to read ahead of time. Please check out this article by America’s Independent Party National Committee, and the books and the short video clip:
Time is running short. This is nothing more than the first steps toward initiating a cult of worship. Write your congressional representatives, your school boards and your school principals. This is wrong. This is far outside the proper conduct of an American president. This is mind manipulation. This is using kids — our kids — to forward a political agenda. And, it is an abomination.