Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Commie bastard...exposed!

The prepared text of Barack Obama's speech to America's schoolkids has now been released, and it's easy to see what all those conservatives were so upset about. (Regular readers may recognize that as sarcasm.) A few highlights:

Hello, everyone—how's everybody doing today?
And there ya go! Right off the bat one can discern Obama's subtle attempt to indoctrinate students into a breezier, hipper, ultimately blacker way of talking! ... But seriously, moving on to the substance of the speech:
Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is.

No matter what y
ou want to do with your lifeI guarantee that you'll need an education to do it.

This isn't just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will...determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges.

At the end of the day, the circumstances of your life
what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at homethat's no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That's no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That's no excuse for not trying.
Hmmm. That last part in particular sounds very much like a message of total personal responsibility,
along with an outright dismissal of the demagogic, blame-game thinking that has handicapped inner cities for decades. I dare say it sounds positively conservative in tone: Your life is what you make of it. It's all up to you. Stop blaming others for your own failures. (Let's put it this way: It's not the kind of message that will win Obama any brownie points with the likes of Al Sharpton.) Hell, I can easily picture ol' Dutch Reagan delivering just such a speech to a fanatically adoring audience of GOP hard-liners.

None of which, of course, will prevent right-wing pundits from staying on the attack. They'll find a way of twisting it around so that it sounds lik
e Obama is trying to persuade our children that the U.S. should submit to United Nations rule, or that all kids should buy lifetime subscriptions to Essence and Jet.

Because that's just how we do things in today's America.


Elizabeth said...

A good one, Steve. It's about time we started exposing the commie bastards for what they really are: commie bastards.

That message to kids, to stay in school and do homework? That's pure communism. Or Nazism. Or maybe Muslim indoctrination.

Oh, who cares about fuzzy details as long as we can show Obama for the commie he really is.

Speaking of commies, here is another one, Bill O'Reilly:

What President Obama Can Teach America's Kids,

who says, among other things:

(...)our modern age presents vast challenges to children, and they need to learn lessons quickly in order to prosper. And who better to teach them than the President of the United States?

We are surrounded. It's only a matter of time until Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity show their true pinko colors.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the White House modified this speech to the nonsensical blather it was. The original version was too much about Obama - and the accompanying video of Hollywood twits "pledging to help he president" and the discussion questions aimed at teachers were too creepy.

So instead, the White House has decided not to recruit the little kiddies, but will use the National Endowment for the Arts to push its agenda. There is no need to create new leftists; it is far better to use those already on the government payroll.

Stever Robbins said...

Anon: when is telling people to accept personal responsibility "nonsensical blather"? What would constitute sensible blather? "Cut school, talk back, and accept the fact that your skin color and socioeconomic circumstances have doomed you from the start" ?

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:17: I am flabberghasted by your comment. The funny part is you did exactly what Steve predicted. Is there nothing this man (Obama) can do that you would give credit where it's due? If he came out in favor of apple pie you'd accuse him of trying to kill us all by making us eat too many sweets.

roger o'keefe said...

Steve, with all due respect the point and what so many of us find so troubling is that the man apparently believes he's entitled to rethink and reorganize and run *everything*. He commandeers the bank system, he tells GM what types of cars they should (and shouldn't) be making, he decides unilaterally what level of exec compensation is supposedly fair, and now he wades into education. And don't think this is the last of it, either. He is an engrossing speaker and has a definite charm but he is as much of an egomaniac, maybe even a megalomaniac as any world leader I can remember in some time. Quite simply he acts as if he thinks he has all the answers to everything, and this pesky democratic process is just getting in his way.

That is what outrages and even terrifies some of us. And because of the mood in the nation when he took office, nobody calls him on it!

roger o'keefe said...

Not to mention health care!

RevRon's Rants said...

"Quite simply he acts as if he thinks he has all the answers to everything, and this pesky democratic process is just getting in his way."

Roger, to the majority of Americans, you have just described the previous administration. Perhaps if various industries and government entities had not been allowed - even encouraged - to run roughshod over the American public's well-being, there would be no need for the dramatic intervention we're seeing now. The man will make some mistakes, but contrary to what those on the far right are screaming about, his every act is not an attempt to create an autocracy. On the contrary, he's trying to restore some semblance of democracy to our system. And those who fear no longer wielding absolute control are terrified of such a prospect.

Steve Salerno said...

Once again here, I find the difference in perspective remarkable. I tend to side with Ron--as I suspect most visitors do--but still, one can't argue that the opposing viewpoint (as embodied in, say, Roger) is unsubstantial. Even in last year's election, which many regarded as an "overwhelming mandate" for Obama and the Dems...let us not forget that some 58 million Americans voted to continue the policies of the previous administration, or at least to allow that party to retain power.

Elizabeth said...

Coincidentally (or not at all), the whole paranoia about Obama's speech to kiddies was white in its rage, literally.

I did not see one black parent or educator raising doubts or objections to the President's speech.

As if this was not disturbing enough, there are now reports surfacing here and there that Obama's speech actually inspired some kids to stay in school and learn.

Gasp. There is no telling how far the commie plot will reach. Next thing you know, with all that learning 'n stuff, kids will stop believing that our Earth is 6,000 years old. Just awful.

Elizabeth said...

Roger says:

and now he wades into education

and then adds,

Not to mention healthcare.

Of course, let's not mention it. ;)

The man (Obama) just has no proper humility or recognition of his bounds.

Before we know it, he's gonna take us to immoral, illegal and unnecessary wars, started under false pretenses and costing thousands of lives and trillions of $$. This kind of hubris and executive overreach should not be tolerated, I agree.

(Sarcasm intended.)

Elizabeth said...

Related to your last comment on the thread, Steve, you may want to check out this (brief) research article that deals with people's predilections to believe whatever the heck they want to believe even if it flies in the face of verifiable facts. (In this case, Saddam Hussein's/Iraq's involvement in 9/11.)