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Damned socialists! They’re everywhere!

Yet another glaring example of right-wing paranoia is rearing it’s many-eyed head in the States. No death panels this time, though. Rather, President Obama is being accused by the wacko right of trying to “indoctrinate” America’s kids as part of some sort of socialist plot to take over the country. Or all of the IHOP franchises in the Greater Milwaukee area. Or something el se. I dunno. The goals ain’t clear.

This socialist speech exhorts America’s kids to engage in the following repulsive and seditious activities:

  1. Study hard.
  2. Don’t let failures define you.
  3. Pay attention to your teachers.
  4. Don’t quit on yourself.

Brrrr…. shadows of Lenin, Castro and Trudeau are looming! Of course, only loony-tunes are spouting off against the speech – like this moron from Texas, for instance.

“I don’t want our schools turned over to some socialist movement,” one father in Texas told the press, as if the elected leader of the free world were part of a secret Bolshevik cabal.

OK. Well, obviously this guy is just out of one of those places where padded rooms and happy pills are the norm, right? Shurely he doesn’t speak for the GOP? Right?

I am appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology,” declared the Republican Party chairman in Florida, Jim Greer, calling Mr. Obama’s planned broadcast from a school in Virginia an attempt at “indoctrination” that made a sneaky end-run around American parents to reach their children, and thus represented an “invasive abuse of power”.


Since when is it an issue for a person who is respected by many in his country and indeed around the globe to try to inspire young people? Would the Republicans and their minions prefer the President to tell students to do the following?:

  1. Slack off.
  2. Your failures are who you are.
  3. Treat your teachers like crap.
  4. When the going gets hard, give up.

Of course not.

But, just like the ridiculous images of “death panels” that the wacko right have been throwing around, this self-righteous indignation is designed to widen the schism in American society. That between liberals and conservative, black and white, rich and poor and urban and rural.


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  1. trashee says:

    But it’s not just a handful of wackos… I wish it were!
    A cursory browse of the traditional media sites as well and the blogosphere seems to indicate that the whole “socialized medicine will lead us to damnation” theme is becoming pretty pervasive in America.
    We’ll see how Obama responds now that he has realised that sitting on the sidelines during this debate is not an option.

  2. XUP says:

    Like Ken said, FL GOP chair, Jim Greer admitted that he was wrong and the speech was kinda good. So, that’s something, right? I’ve stopped paying attention to a lot of this stuff and I wish the media would stop giving it air-time, because it just makes Americans look cuckoo when it’s really only a handful of wackos that promulgate all this shite.

  3. Ken says:

    Yeah, extremists can be found on either side of the fence.

    It seems many of them have realized the speech wasn’t all that bad after all…

  4. Bandobras says:

    I can see where the right’s fear comes from.
    The last time I recall a president in a classroom was when GW was trying to read a book to the kids and the planes hit the towers.
    We all know where that got us.
    It is far too dangerous to let a president loose in a classroom.
    Or for one to pretend he can read books for that matter.

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