>”My rights as a parent are being circumvented”

>Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure everyone is aware of President Barack Obama’s plans to address elementary school students on Tuesday in a speech that will challenge “students to work diligently and set educational goals,” according to examiner.com’s article on Wednesday.

Sounds innocent and harmless, right? Well, not to those on the extreme right. The speech has been criticized as a way for the President to “indoctrinate” and poison young minds with his socialist agenda before they’ve even had a chance to form their own opinions about the president.

Foxnews, the well-known haven for right-wingers to deposit their own subliminal propoganda, has a story which details how some parents are “troubled” over Obama’s speech.

“It’s a form of indoctrination, and I think, really, it’s indicative of the culture that the Obama administration is trying to create,” [Regine] Gordon told FOXNews.com on Thursday. “It’s very socialistic.”

The article also points out how a St. Louis parent is considering keeping her two daughters out of school on Tuesday:

“I have to sign permission slips for my kids to watch R-rated movies in school,” Moore said, explaining that she felt parents were being blindsided by the president’s address. “It was simply presented, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this, this is when it’s going to air and you’re going to show it to your kids.'”

Moore suggested that the speech be issued as a DVD to students so they can view it with their parents at home, adding that the first day of classes for many students will be a harried affair.

“That’s their first day,” she said. “I would think they have plenty of other things to do.”

This “uproar” has school districts across the country scrambling. Many of them have sent letters home to parents and have given students the option to participate in alternate assignments instead of listening to the leader of the free world.

Here are some excerpts from Glenn Beck and others on Obama’s plan to brainwash the nation’s youth (courtesy of Media Matters):

“On Tuesday, the president is going to be speaking to classrooms and your children, if they go to school — K through sixth grade, I believe. You know, hey, get ’em while they’re young.” Beck added that he was planning on airing “a special one-hour broadcast next Tuesday on television on the indoctrination of your children,” explaining that he decided to air “it on that Tuesday because of Barack Obama speaking [to students] on that Tuesday.” Beck continued: “Gang, you have a system that is wildly, wildly out of control, and they are capturing your kids. As [special adviser for green jobs] Van Jones himself has said, the earlier we get the kids, the earlier we make this adjustment with the youth, the easier this transition is going to be. Stand guard America. Your republic is under attack.”

Newsbusters‘ contributing editor Mark Finkelstein:

Say, here’s an idea. Pres. Obama’s quotations on a variety of topics could be assembled in a small book, and every citizen given one–free of course–by the government. Citizens would then be encouraged to meet and discuss “what can we infer the President believes is important” in every aspect of life.

Naturally, those citizens who improperly interpret “what the president believes is important” will be given additional educational opportunities to learn and reflect on his message. They will be housed in special government schools for people of all ages, to be set up across the country in quiet, rural areas, free from the stress of everyday life that can cloud clear thinking.

These schools will also be free, and staffed by special teachers, members of course of our wonderful labor unions, who correctly understand the president’s message and will be sure to imbue every student with correct thinking in the wisdom of the president before he or she is freed, um, graduates.

Michelle Malkin:

The activist tradition of government schools using students as junior lobbyists cannot be ignored. Zealous teacher’s unions have enlisted captive schoolchildren as letter-writers in their campaigns for higher education spending. Out-of-control activists have enlisted their secondary-school charges in pro-illegal immigration protests, gay marriage ceremonies, environmental propaganda stunts, and anti-war events.

American Thinker:

Well, I know what I “would like to tell the President” and it does not include praising him for his past 8 months of “serving” the country. I also have no intention of having my children write a letter to themselves or anyone else “about what they can do to help the president.” It seems to me that the president has enough help devastating the country with community service from the likes of ACORN, George Soros’ cabal of organizations, and brainwashed liberals who still adore him. My children are off limits.

Townhall.com’s Meredith Jessup:

I know what I would like to tell the government: leave our kids alone. I don’t need the government teaching my children anything about what “personal responsibility” means–a subject especially out-of-line coming from a President proposing $9 trillion in deficit spending for the next decade. I don’t need the government teaching my child its own definition of “citizenship” because I believe being a member of our family is exponentially more important than being a community citizen. I don’t need the government to explain what civic duty is, especially because the President and I differ significantly in our opinions of what civic duty, personal responsibility and citizenship all mean. Parents, prepare yourselves–your kids are going to be made a captive audience to this forced nonsense. I suggest you plan your own civics lesson to teach your children when they get home from school on September 8. Teach them that “civic duty” does not mean doing whatever the President wants you to do, but instead, being strong-minded enough to stick to your principles and formulate your own thoughts about the role government should play in our lives. Teach them that “citizenship” means something more than living within the geographical borders of the country and paying taxes; it means caring for and looking after your neighbor because it’s the moral and right thing to do, not because the government told you to. And teach them that personal responsibility is self-reliance and independence–ideas that can only grow to their fullest potential when a person maintains his liberty. Do not begin to relinquish your rights and responsibilities as parents to the government. This massive abuse of government power–reaching into our kids’ classrooms–is unacceptable. We’ve watched as prayer and religion have been tossed out the schoolhouse doors, but big-government influence continues to be ushered in. It’s unacceptable–and the best way we can fight back is to take pride in the America we believe in and empower our children to carry on its legacy.

You all get the idea…

First question: where do these conservatives get off? How have their brains become so infused with propaganda that they are willing to distort the absolute truth?

I must state the obvious: these parents sound like right-wing drones. That is, they sound like conservative sound bytes we are so used to hearing on the radio and the teevee.

This “backlash” against President Obama’s speech is nothing more that conservatives’ attempts to perpetuate we are living in a socialist state under an authoritarian regime. One parent’s comment about their “rights” being taken away sounds straight out of the playbook of the Sean Hannitys of the world. The themes of fearing government expansion, curtailing the Constitution, etc. all points back to the reactionaries’ insistence that President Obama is nothing more than a socialist in disguise who, not only isn’t an American citizen, but is a Muslim who wants to also eliminate any reference to the country’s Judeo-Christian background.

Their fear of the president “indoctrinating” school children with his socialist agenda only plays into the stereotypes and fears of our democracy headed towards a Fascists form of government. Their fears that Obama is forcing the government to infiltrate our lives has become the concrete arguments right-wing wackos continue to make on their soapboxes.

I wonder what would have happened if Democrats had raised one ounce of complaint against W and his wife Laura reading to inner-city school children. Those who would have been complained would have been labeled radical, unpatriotic leftists who were still bitter W won the election–two times.

I just have one question for these parents who are considering keeping their children home on Tuesday: would this have crossed your mind if W wanted to do the same thing? Would you have complained about your rights as a parent being taken away then?