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It’s Official: Wary of Obama’s School Speech? You’re a Racist!

September 4, 2009

So declares the ever tiresome and predictable buffoon, Joan Walsh of Salon.

The far right says Obama is bad for our kids

So I was thrilled to hear he was going to deliver a back-to- school speech next week. I like seeing him play that paternal role, Father in Chief, not just for his own daughters, but for all of our children. All of our kids need to be reminded that education is a precious opportunity they must seize, whether they live behind the high gates of a tony private community or in a violence-plagued housing project. After all the fighting of the summer, finally something we can agree about, right?

Wrong. I never imagined the outbreak of right-wing crazy that Obama’s gesture would provoke, and this time it’s hard not to see racism behind the hysteria. The message is “Obama’s coming for our children!” the standard cry against scary boogeymen in every culture. I mean, really, what besides Obama’s race could make him so scary to these people? That he’s a Marxist socialist fascist Nazi? I’d argue that the only reason those extreme epithets have taken hold goes back to reason No. 1: Our first black president is provoking some outsize and irrational reactions.

Joan, sweetie (I feel as if we are on a first name basis since you profess to know what is in my heart and mind). There’s a key difference between us right there. I do not WANT nor need a “Father in chief” for my child. And even if I did, I would not choose a politician to be so. You see, I don’t believe The Government is my Mommy nor my Daddy. I don’t want nor need them to hold my hand nor raise my child. I’m funny like that; I believe that people can actually make their own informed decisions and run their own lives.

Unlike you, I don’t believe Democrat politicians are some glittering aristocracy nor members of some great intelligentsia that know better than I do.  Granted, Perhaps I’ve never held the title of Community Organizer, but I’ve actually lived and, you know, accomplished things. I prefer those kinds of role models for my child; people who have done actual living outside of an Ivory Tower, who have actually accomplished things and done things for others, not just talked and spouted feel good-y theories and rhetoric whilst holding a figurative gun in hand to force others to sacrifice. It has not one whit to do with the color of someones skin; it has everything to do with the content of their character. Perhaps you need to study up on THAT lesson again, Joan.

The Government is NOT your Daddy, Joan, and neither is President Obama, no matter how many times you fantasize about it.

But that’s not stopping other blowhards of the Pants on Fire Party. Lunatics like Pamela Heller of Newsmax, radio host Brian Fischer and WorldNetDaily’s Bob Unruh are trying to organize parents to take their kids out of school for the day. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’s “troubled” by Obama’s speech. Crazy Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin are raging against “indoctrination” while Townhall’s Meredith Jessup is calling it “a massive abuse of government power.”

And lest you dismiss these rantings as confined to the lunatic fringe and ratings-crazed talk-show hosts, the backlash has had an effect. First, after school administrators in mostly red states expressed concerns about exposing kids to the speech without knowing what’s in it, the president’s office said he’d make it available on Monday so they can read it in advance. OK, that’s nice of the president, but is anybody else a little rattled that some right-wing bullies appointed the nation’s unelected school administrators to vet our president’s speech? And even that wasn’t enough for administrators in six states: Districts in Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia and Texas are telling reporters they won’t show Obama’s speech to students on Tuesday. (I’d urge parents of kids in those districts to protest by keeping their kids home, except liberals value education too much to do that.)

Where to start to explain this hysteria? Since the height of Sarah Palin’s dishonest and divisive campaign last September, I’ve been alarmed by the unique way in which Obama’s opponents paint him as “the other.” For the life of me, I can’t think of another American politician — not even Hillary Clinton, although it’s close — who has spurred such visceral, irrational hatred. (Tell me if I’ve missed anyone in comments.) Sure, John Kerry was “French” and Michael Dukakis was Greek (and looked like a pinhead in that dumb helmet), but only Obama is a Marxist Communist who pals around with terrorists and wants to harm your children.

Raging against indoctrination? Expressing concern and disagreeing with YOU is not raging. I’ve read what Michelle Malkin has written and it is far from “raging”. What’s more, she has factual examples to back up her concerns, dear. Where are yours? I know you all are into name calling and ad hominem attacks, but tossing around words like “crazy”, “lunatic fringe” and “pants on fire” don’t quite do it.

Perhaps you don’t have children? I’d use the Liberal’s fave, Wikipedia, to find out, but to be frank, I’m just not that into you. So, let me just explain something to you. When you have children, it isn’t “crazy” to be concerned for them. Even if the fears turn out to be unfounded, it is not wrong to HAVE them. It is instinct (you know, that science-y stuff y’all claim to love) to protect your child. We parents preemptively protect them; we don’t wait until something happens and then say “Whoops”.

So, no, we are not “bullies” for daring to wish to see before-hand a speech that is going to be told to our children without invitation. The speech itself isn’t even the main issue either; it is the lesson plans and the ideology that will be foisted upon our children before and after. Cuckoo? Not quite; we base such concerns on first-hand experience.

My own little girl stepped forward and told us all that in five years, if something wasn’t done, Myrtle Beach (where we share many happy family memories) would be lost under the waves forever. Guess how the play ended? With an exhortation to the parents of course. “Mom and Dad, what can you do? Turn off lights, drive hybrid vehicles, and vote for candidates who are working to change the world for the better.” A small child’s voice barely squeaked out “Obama” before the applause, and a few knowing chuckles, erupted among the yuppies, yippies, and go alongs.

Vote Democrat! …. says their teacher. This is not the first or last time overtly partisan, overtly leftist rhetoric was foisted on my children. That wasn’t even the first or last time that day. Every day they come home with something that I must debunk, refute, or dispute.

Which leads us to one of your most laughable utterances. “but only Obama is a Marxist Communist who pals around with terrorists and wants to harm your children”. Perhaps calling Obama himself a Marxist Communist is hyperbole, however, he DOES pal around with domestic terrorists – no matter how much you all extol the virtues of Bill Ayers, that is *exactly* what he is.  And have you not heard of his Green Job Czar, Van Jones? I know the media has been doing it’s best to cover-up, but he does exist and Obama did appoint him. A self-professed Communist and a Truther. You know, like those Birthers at whom you sneer only way, way crazier. And far more dangerous as he is in a position of Power, as well as being in charge of $30 BILLION. Of our money.

You’re right about one thing, I must admit.  This speech by a President to school children is different. Because you all made it different. We’ve seen what you do with children, exploit them and use them to “sell” President Obama and his policies. We remember the videos of children singing songs with words they likely didn’t even understand, all in the name of The One. We know that you even have no qualms about using mourning children to spout policy points at the funeral of their own Grandpa. Capped off by your latest super creepy “I Pledge” campaign.

The President himself made it different as well, due to his constant ridiculing of “bitter clingers”, the derision aimed at anyone who dares disagree with him, the sneering condescension all Summer long toward people simply questioning a policy that would result in a Government take-over of 1/6 of the economy and take health care choices OUT of individuals hands. Did you forget that constant drumbeat of Un-American, angry mobs, racist, evil mongers and the odious Nazi references, among other epithets, being hurled our way for months?

So forgive us if we don’t take you all at your word and choose to proactively defend our children. Our World doesn’t revolve around a politician. Our World revolves around our children and we will protect them. We have that Right. (that’s an *actual* Right. Not one of your “I want it, thus I have a Right to it” Rights)  By the way, protecting your kids and being wary doesn’t necessarily equal shutting the speech down. But neither does it mean that anyone is crazy or a lunatic for merely having honest concerns and, you know, wanting to READ the speech and lesson plans before exposing their children to them.

But you know what ticks me off the most? That you all are so blind, so willfully ignorant, that you can’t even entertain the idea that some people don’t lionize nor deify politicians.  And some people actually believe Socialistic policies are Wrong. We have honest and valid disagreements and you purposefully refuse to see that and instead jump shamelessly on the “You’re Racist!” easy out. It’s easy because you know it is next to impossible to defend and it scares people into silence. No one wants to be called a Racist. And no one can defend themselves from such accusations – saying “I’m not racist’ doesn’t work because you just say “Of course you are, you just don’t know it”.

Correction: That used to work. People are thankfully seeing through such tactics.   I know that I’m not Racist, so it no longer offends me. It’s merely sticks and stones. The true problem is that you are hurting actual victims of true racism. By your willy-nilly tossing about of the Racist card, you are reprehensibly rendering the word utterly meaningless, and that just stinks.

Perhaps instead of a Teachable Moment for our children, you all should revisit the lessons learned in The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. MayBee permalink
    September 4, 2009 1:54 pm

    Joan Walsh:OK, that’s nice of the president, but is anybody else a little rattled that some right-wing bullies appointed the nation’s unelected school administrators to vet our president’s speech?

    How DARE unelected people have access to our president’s speech ahead of time! How DARE a school administrator make decisions for his school, when the president wants something else. How dare a bunch of parents who belong to the party OUT OF POWER try to have some input into their children’s educational lives?

    I say, the President should pretty much have the final say over anyone who is unelected. Anyone who disagrees should just shut up. That is the American way!

    (I’m all for showing the speech in school, but this is just through the looking glass logic)

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 4, 2009 6:13 pm

      Ha! Bingo, Maybee! That’s the thinking …their old stand-by: Because, Shut up!

  2. September 4, 2009 2:27 pm

    The Left loves to toss the Race Card as much as possible. By calling the opposition names because they have nowhere to go after a debate….it’s their last resort.

    The Illogical Left also points out that Bush did a speech for the children. Yet, Bush didn’t hang out with Commies, terrorists, or have empathy towards anyone who hates and wants to destroy America and her values.

    So now the WH is going to “reword” their statement for the children to write down what THEY can DO for Obama….notice it’s always ABOUT him? I didn’t vote for this Marvelous Marxist, & I always thought he had an ego but didn’t realize that his narcissism has hit ‘heavenly’ heights.

    Tyrants love to use children to furthur their propaganda…..the kids listen to them in schools, sing songs about their Dear Leader in schools, & now these learning institutions want our kids to PLEDGE about Obama in schools………now come to think of it, that is EXACTLY what the Left is doing to our kids too! I see a pattern here, and I don’t like it!

    This reeks of Hitler Youth, this time it’s Obama Youth.

  3. huladeb permalink
    September 4, 2009 6:07 pm

    Fantastic! You did a great job of hitting all the points. Can’t wait to share this.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 4, 2009 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Josie and Huladeb!

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  5. September 4, 2009 7:58 pm

    The race card: Declined everywhere reality is accepted.

  6. Reiuxcat permalink
    September 4, 2009 9:31 pm

    Well, son’s school (theme school 4th-8th) (don’t ask) here next door in GA is delaying the speech one day and posting it online after it has been given.

  7. September 4, 2009 9:57 pm

    Great post, I wish we could get those on the left to stop screaming racist long enough to think things through.

    It’s killing me that people I have known for years and consider friends immediately jump to “Racism” every time anyone questions Obama. No matter how many times he lies to us, no matter what he does to us, questioning him is racism.

    Keep up the good fight and thank you.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 5, 2009 1:38 am

      Same here, Houston. It has to end soon. I have hope (heh) that people will realize “Hey, wait a minute…. questioning someone who lies, associates with and puts wack-jobs in POSITIONS OF POWER.. is, um, Smart. Not racist”

      It just makes me so angry because they are tossing the word around willy-nilly rendering it virtually meaningless. It’s like a slap in the face to people who really have been victimized by racist acts, you know?

  8. Ken permalink
    September 4, 2009 11:50 pm

    The office of President of the United States must be respected no matter what political view any of us hold or no matter the individual who holds the office. If we do not, all of us under mind the country we so dearly love.

    • September 5, 2009 12:10 am

      Under mind?

      You know, I think we’re well past the point of attaining what Hamilton wanted and Jefferson warned against: the President as a sort of king, beyond reproach or criticism. We saw this a lot under Bush, where criticism of the President was considered anti-American, and despite their objections to this at the time, the left has now happily adopted the same tactics now that their guy is in office.

      IMO, contrary to what you’re suggesting, placing our politicians on a pedestal is one of the major factors that are undermining our country. Politicians are supposed to represent *us*. As members of the republic, it’s our duty to speak out, harshly if necessary, when their actions don’t represent our values, regardless of which party they’re from or whether or not we voted for them. It’s distinctly UN-American to suggest that the “losing side” should fall in line, shut up, and support the guy who won just because “we’re all in this together.”

      • snarkandboobs permalink*
        September 5, 2009 1:40 am

        Ken, respecting the office of the Presidency does not mean blindly following unquestioningly.

        Myopicrhino (great name, btw):

        Extremely well-said. I completely agree.

  9. Hannaloves27 permalink
    September 6, 2009 1:30 pm

    I was wondering how long it would take before some on the Left started throwing around the race card on this issue. As my mother says, “nothing in politics surprises me anymore.” But it is sad that every time we disagree with the president, we must be racists and redneck bigots. When can Americans ever move past that? I have yet to see or hear of any concerned parent say they don’t want their kids to see it because he is black. That is absurd and the fact that some liberals repeatedly use race drives me nuts. It’s ok to disagree with the president. The race card is old and way overplayed! I am so glad you addressed this. We need to keep shining the light!

  10. 1MadJack permalink
    September 6, 2009 11:47 pm

    Respect the Office of the President? Yes I do. But there has never been anything written that makes it law to respect the person who is President. Well unless they snuck it in somewhere with the Stimulus Bill.

    S&B excellent article and right on the mark. I have no children school age anymore but I can say if I had the power to keep my grandkids home on the Obamassiah’s speech to the kiddies’ day I surely would. This is just an attempt by the leftloons to indoctrinate our children to their insane way of thinking.

    As to the I Pledge video it, I Pledge to puke if I’m ever made to watch it again. It is high time We the People make these politicians know that they work for us and we will no longer accept their arrogant, condescending behavior.

  11. Chrissy in Central New York permalink
    September 7, 2009 1:58 am

    I believe it is incumbent upon us who respect the office of the president to expose and object to specific actions of specific presidents which demean that office.

  12. snarkandboobs permalink*
    September 7, 2009 2:33 am

    Thank you, Hannah. I agree; we need to keep exposing it when they use such odious … and harmful to all, tactics.

    Madjack, Precisely. Somewhere along the way, they decided they were Smarter Than Us and that we should just Shut Up and get out of the way. Um, no. YOU work for US. And we are pretty damn smart ourselves, thank you very much.

    Chrissy, I completely agree with your statement in full.

  13. Bob permalink
    September 7, 2009 11:31 pm

    “liberals value education too much to do that” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Like my liberal acquaintance who firmly believes it was Pres. Reagan who gave away the Panama Canal!

  14. Michael permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:27 am

    What’s amazing is the amount of fear and lies that have been thrown around regarding this speech. After having read it in full I find nothing particularly wrong with it – in fact it’s the kind of speech that Reagan or any other conservative leader might give. Work hard, take personal responsibility, stay in school and do your best for your country. Regardless what I might think of the President, he seems to have got it right this time, and muddying up that right message with other problems he might have seems to just be unfair. Lets call the bad when its bad and the good when its good.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 8, 2009 12:31 am

      I did a post today about the speech itself. Agreed; the speech itself is totally innocuous.

  15. Tim permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:50 pm

    Totally agree on the over use of the race card; by diluting it, the liberals are making it easy for people to ignore or cast aside any real racist actions.

    I am a father of a recent graduate, and speak to her daily about the current state of affairs in our government. If she were still in school, I would not want BHO addressing her class for one reason: he is a liar. Not a black liar, just a run of the mill politician who cannot tell the truth and wont take the medicine he is so eager to prescribe to the rest of us. His actions/policies/decision making/campaign promises are a collection of lies, manipulations and blunders. A complete failure. Why would anyone want him to have a word with a classroom of children? Perhaps the loony left wing can follow up on this great idea with Paris Hilton preparing a speech for the sex ed class.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 10, 2009 12:58 pm

      Tim, could not agree more. Great comment. Thank you.


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