Posts Tagged ‘Department of Education’

Democrats Turned 1991 George H.W. Bush Speech To Schoolchildren Into Spanish Inquisition

September 8, 2009

I got attacked by the Village Voice today for expressing my rather nasty response to the ObamaDay speech to schoolchildren and the accompanying ideological White House-dictated Department of Education lesson plans for kids (e.g., “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals“).

I don’t particularly mind being attacked by the Village Voice.  I mean, at least they spelled my name right, as they say.

If anything, what bothers me is the smarmy, “They’re unhinged and we’re not”) tone of the article.

When Democrats act as if they aren’t the ones who are unhinged, just recognize that Democrats have a terrible addiction to “being unhinged,” and that a big part of any addiction is denial.

First, yes, Reagan and Bush 1 gave speeches to students.  But unless you can show that their speeches were accompanied by having children engage in scripted White House campaigns to create posters and write themselves letters asking,“What can I do to help the president?” it is anything but the same thing.  Rather, Presidents Reagan and Bush managed to give speeches to kids about school without lowering themselves into self-serving propaganda, as the Obama administration clearly tried to do.

[Update: it has since been brought to my attention that Reagan’s and Bush’s speeches did in fact contain certain political statements.  Barack Obama’s own speech has a fair amount of political ideology expressed in the form of rather transparent innuendo.]

Discussion questions that the White House provided to the Department of Education to pass on to public teachers included the following: “What is President Obama asking me to do?”, “What is President Obama challenging me to do today?” “What did President Obama attempt to inspire me to do?”, “What are the three most important words in today’s speech?”  How does that NOT sound like propaganda?

Second, I would point out that my article – “unhinged” as it might be – nonetheless documented repeated instances of liberals using children for political purposes including this shocking video that simply don’t have any parallels with Reagan or Bush unless you can document otherwise.

Third, I document a teacher in a public school browbeating a child to support Barack Obama and renounce his support for John McCain.  Please watch it before you ridicule the prospect over worrying about the Obama-dictated Dept of Education agenda.

I made the point in my article, “If Obama just wanted to do a brief public service announcement and call upon kids to stay in school and study harder, nobody would have a problem with it.”   And that’s exactly correct.   The problem is that a LOT more was clearly going on.   Even the Obama White House was forced to admit that there was something wrong with the appearance of the proposal they crafted for the Dept of Education to provide to teachers.

When I can document government teachers trying to brainwash public school children, I think I have a right to wonder about what teachers who will be all alone with children will do in the hour following the Obama speech.

As I say in my article, “The Obama speech to the children will very likely sound innocent and innocuous. But in the liberal public schools – which are and have been laboratories for leftist activism, it won’t be innocent or innocuous at all. Unionized Government Teachers will be free to spin their own agendas onto Obama’s speech.”

If you think that is so impossible, Please watch the video I cite above to see otherwise.

Now, having brought out those little factoids, it turns out that there is more to say: namely, when George H.W. Bush gave his speech in 1991, Democrats turned their ideological reaction to it into the Spanish Inquisition, Part Deux.

When Bush spoke to students, Democrats investigated, held hearings
By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
09/08/09 7:11 AM EDT

The controversy over President Obama’s speech to the nation’s schoolchildren will likely be over shortly after Obama speaks today at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. But when President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech on October 1, 1991, from Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington DC, the controversy was just beginningDemocrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush’s speech — they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue.

Unlike the Obama speech, in 1991 most of the controversy came after, not before, the president’s school appearance.  The day after Bush spoke, the Washington Post published a front-page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president’s political benefit.  “The White House turned a Northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props,” the Post reported.

With the Post article in hand, Democrats pounced. “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” said Richard Gephardt, then the House Majority Leader. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.'”

Democrats did not stop with words. Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush’s appearance. On October 17, 1991, Ford summoned then-Education Secretary Lamar Alexander and other top Bush administration officials to testify at a hearing devoted to the speech. “The hearing this morning is to really examine the expenditure of $26,750 of the Department of Education funds to produce and televise an appearance by President Bush at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, DC,” Ford began. “As the chairman of the committee charged with the authorization and implementation of education programs, I am very much interested in the justification, rationale for giving the White House scarce education funds to produce a media event.”

Unfortunately for Ford, the General Accounting Office concluded that the Bush administration had not acted improperly. “The speech itself and the use of the department’s funds to support it, including the cost of the production contract, appear to be legal,” the GAO wrote in a letter to Chairman Ford. “The speech also does not appear to have violated the restrictions on the use of appropriations for publicity and propaganda.”

That didn’t stop Democratic allies from taking their own shots at Bush. The National Education Association denounced the speech, saying it “cannot endorse a president who spends $26,000 of taxpayers’ money on a staged media event at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, D.C. — while cutting school lunch funds for our neediest youngsters.”

Lost in all the denouncing and investigating was the fact that Bush’s speech itself, like Obama’s today, was entirely unremarkable. “Block out the kids who think it’s not cool to be smart,” the president told students. “If someone goofs off today, are they cool? Are they still cool years from now, when they’re stuck in a dead end job. Don’t let peer pressure stand between you and your dreams.

So thanks for reminding us of when George Herbert Walker gave a speech to schoolchildren, Democrats.  It’s a reminder of what loathsome hypocrites you truly are.

Bush 1 gave an innocuous speech to schoolchildren that was utterly bereft of the Obama-style propaganda utilizing the Department of Education to coerce teachers into brainwashing the little darlings under their charge immediately after the speech.  Yet the Democrats came completely unglued anyway.

And yet, how the liberals roll their eyes when Republicans offer up what amounts to a FAR tamer response.

Gephardt’s replacement for Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is hardly out there demanding an answer to the question, “Who’s Paying For Obama’s Education Speech?”  And given that Obama’s speech is far more grandiose, and going out to far more schools than Bush’s ever did, you can bet that TAXPAYERS will be forking out a whole lot more than Bush’s $26,000.  Not that these Democrats will care.

So when you reflect on how the mainstream media reported on how unhinged conservatives are over a “similar” event to what George Bush 1 did, just realize that – like the propagandists they are – they aren’t giving you any of the context that lets you know the truth.

Not only did Democrats react to the Republican President’s speech, but they reacted far more savagely.

It helps to know the truth.

It also helps to know that you will rarely ever get the truth from the mainstream media.

What Obama, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, And Freddy Krueger ALL Have In Common: Targeting Children

September 3, 2009

It’s not like this story is news.  But it sure is a punctuation on an old story.

Barack Obama and Freddy Krueger really like going after kids.

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We can call the movie, “A Nightmare on EVERY Street.” [Image credit to Resistnet].

“Don’t forget your homework, children.  Write an essay titled, ‘How to help President Obama.’  And as you know, I will severely dock your grade if it isn’t sufficiently worshipful.  After you turn in your papers, we’ll have an indoctrination – I, er, mean a discussion – of how you will help Dear Leader Obama triumph over the evilmonger Republicans so he can establish a glorious One Thousand Year Reich.”

Bush had his “No Children Left Behind.”  Under Obama, it’s “No Child Left Alone.”

If Obama just wanted to do a brief public service announcement and call upon kids to stay in school and study harder, nobody would have a problem with it.  But that isn’t what Obama had in mind at all.

From the Washington Times:

President Obama’s plan to inspire the nation’s schoolchildren with a video address next week erupted into controversy Wednesday, forcing the White House to pull out its eraser and rewrite a government recommendation that teachers nationwide assign students a paper on how to “help the president.”

Presidential aides acknowledged the White House helped the U.S. Education Department craft the proposal, which immediately was met by fierce criticism from Republicans and conservative organizations who accused Mr. Obama of trying to politicize the education system.

White House aides said the language was an honest misunderstanding in what was supposed to be a inspirational, pro-education message to America’s youths.

Among the activities the government initially suggested for prekindergarten to sixth-grade students: that they ” write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”

Another task recommended for students immediately after listening to the speech: to engage in a discussion about what “the president wants us to do.”

The event is still scheduled for September 8, at 12:00 P.M., at Wakefield High School in Arlington.

The K-6 grade curriculum is posted here.

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This was about getting kids to ask “how can I help Obama?”  As Obama tanks with grownups, Obama is switching to the people who literally were born yesterday to sell himself and his message.  This is about getting our children to join Obama’s personality cult and push his agenda to their parents.

We’re assured that this was all just an honest mistake, and it is only the most bizarre of coincidences that it basically comes right out of Hitler’s Little Brown Book for Brownshirts.

The fact that no Republican president has ever even come close to anything even remotely resembling such a fascist “misunderstanding” isn’t worth mentioning.  And the fact that Democrat parents would have RIGHTLY come completely unglued if George W. Bush had ever done anything like this is completely beside the point, as well.

It’s not that Barack Obama doesn’t realize that this is intrinsically fascist behavior; it’s frankly just that he doesn’t give a damn.

Remember your liberal mantra:

Just like it wasn’t fascism for public school teachers to so indoctrinate kids that they found themselves doodling like hate notes like this when Bush was president:

That note was found and its image posted by a liberal walking his dog outside of a middle school in Raleigh, North Carolina (the link to the liberal’s blog is available here, and was still active as of today).  He thought it was great.  He said, “I know – EVERYONE hates that a*****e Bush – but I haven’t seen it expressed quite so well by a kid before!”

And silly conservative parents worry that unionized government teachers might indoctrinate their kids.

For those who actually buy the “honest misunderstanding” line that Team Obama Forever offered, let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Singing hymns of praise to the messiah:

The Obama Anthem:

“We’re gonna spread happiness! We’re gonna spread freeeeedom! Obama’s gonna change it, Obama’s gonna lead ‘em…”


Ah, such beautiful memories of great leaders of the past who sought to reach out to their nation’s children:

Ah, yes; I recall the glorious days from the last time children were taught to adore and sing to their leader:

Adolf Hitler is our Saviour, our hero
He is the noblest being in the whole wide world.
For Hitler we live, for Hitler we die.
Our Hitler is our Lord who rules a brave new world
.

And ah, what the heck.  Chairman Mao deserves honorable mention, too:

I’ve purged and murdered millions of their parents, but what can I say?  The kids still love me!

And you’ve really just got to have a video these days, you know: Go, you little Brownshirts, march and chant in cadence to your Dear Leader:

And of course, a Merry Heil, Obama! to you, too!

You remember that terrible little kid whose warmonger soldier father abused him into supporting John McCain?  Thank Government (because we know who our god really is, don’t we?) that a devoted public school teacher was around to indoctrinate – I mean, to um, teach – that little monster and turn him into a productive future member of our new utopia:

So don’t worry, parents.  Your public school teachers won’t take advantage of the Obamathon at your children’s school.  They will teach your kids to love and fear Dear Leader Obama, just like they’re supposed to.

Our Government teachers are loyally teaching children to pledge allegiance to their Dear Leader:

From a public school in Utah (via Michelle Malkin who has more)

A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling “radical, leftist propaganda.”

Children at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington were shown a short video called “I pledge” on Aug. 28. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says, “Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.” The video then features celebrities making pledges about how they will help the president and the world — and that’s where some say the problem lies…

… Gayle Ruzicka, president of conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said the video was blatantly political. She said other offensive pledges included, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama” [at 3:17 into the video], “I pledge allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica,” and pledges to not use plastic grocery bags and not flush the toilet after urinating.

“It’s very inappropriate to show a radical, leftist propaganda piece that political to children,” Ruzicka said. “If parents want their children to learn about those things and do them in the home, wonderful, fine, but it’s not the place of the school to show a one-sided propaganda piece to children without parents knowing about it.”

Cieslewicz said such values should be decided in the home, not at school.

Well, of COURSE public school teachers should be indoctrinating children into a radical leftist political agenda.  It’s the logical extension of using Darwinism to teach them there’s no God.  The little darlings need a replacement.

The video features graphics of Obama, and a short stint from a speech.  And then it shows dozens of well-known celebrities who were so profoundly inspired by Dear Leader that they vowed to change the world in wonderful and environmentally-friendly ways – and of course to serve Barack Obama.  Obama wants us all to pledge – and then all the beautiful and famous people start pledging.  Joseph Goebbels couldn’t have polished it better.

Never mind the poop storm that would necessarily follow had George Bush powerfully called people to action and called upon them to pledge to help him enact his agenda – and then celebrities and culture leaders lined up to pledge to fulfill the Bush vision.

Many of the celebrities – inspired by Barack Obama – “pledge” to view and use energy the way that Obama would want them to.  What is not stated is how central energy is to Obama’s vision to fundamentally transform America into a different society.  And global warming is central to his goal to redistribute wealth.  If you don’t believe me, believe Obama’s environmental czar (and admitted communist) Van Johnson.

So say your pledge of allegiance, kids and young adults:

The AmeriCorps Pledge

I will get things done for America –
to make our people safer,
smarter, and healthier.

I will bring Americans together
to strengthen our communities.

Faced with apathy,
I will take action.

Faced with conflict,
I will seek common ground.

Faced with adversity,
I will persevere.

I will carry this commitment
with me this year and beyond.

I am an AmeriCorps member,
and I will get things done.

And just use your “2 and 2 make 5” logic your public school teacher taught you so you won’t think about how incredibly Marxist all of this sounds.

Remember how wonderful it was for you kids at the Kids’ Inaugural.

Of COURSE Obama isn’t trying to indoctrinate kids.  That is just so silly.

I keep thinking, “It can’t get any creepier” – and then it just keeps getting creepier.

Let me center myself:

“We’re gonna spread happiness! We’re gonna spread freeeeedom! Obama’s gonna change it, Obama’s gonna lead ‘em…” – so help me Marx.

Okay.  I’m all better now…

The Obama speech to the children will very likely sound innocent and innocuous.  But in the liberal public schools – which are and have been laboratories for leftist activism, it won’t be innocent or innocuous at all.  Unionized Government Teachers will be free to spin their own agendas onto Obama’s speech.

This isn’t happening now because Obama is worried that your six-year-old is going to decide to drop out of school.

The timing of this event isn’t happening by accident.  Don’t be naive.  Barack Obama’s healthcare agenda is under attack, and frankly in danger of becoming a major disaster for him.  The fact that Obama has already been busted for using a plant in the form of a cute 11-year old girl named Julia Hall (whose mother – Kathleen Manning – was a top state-level Obama campaign member) comes into play.  His administration has used children to advance his agenda before, and they will do so again.

If your kid comes home from school after ObamaDay and starts bugging you about health care, you’ll know why: it will be because Barack Obama despicably degenerated into trying to turn your child into his propagandist.