“And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it.”
Only in the world of conservatives, can those words President Obama will say in a nationwide speech to students tomorrow be considered propaganda and “imposing their political views on their children.” This is some of the silliness right-wingers are rolling out because the President of the United States is going to address students on the first day of school on the importance of education, staying in school, working hard and perseverance.
Here in conservative Livingston County, one Pinckney Community Schools parent, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, has threatened to blackmail the school district by “recruiting other parents to keep their children home on fall student count day if the district airs the speech.”
Each district receives a per-pupil foundation grant for each student counted that day that is the only money the school district receives to actually operate the school. Some idiot would sabotage the education of hundreds of other students just because of an 18-minute speech by the President they don’t like.
One Whitmore Lake parent said Obama’s speech “will attempt to force his views onto his children because he’s “a conservative and tends not to agree with Obama’s views.” “Maybe it’s innocent, but it doesn’t pass the smell test,” he added.
I agree; this ridiculous uproar does not pass the smell test.
The President released the text of the speech, and these are some of the views he is attempting to force on students.
“You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.”
How’s that for “socialist ideology?”
Here’s some more:
“My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.”
With a 50 percent divorce rate, I guarantee there are lots of students in Livingston County who live in households headed by a single parent. What an inspiring story the President has to tell; he came from humble beginnings to graduate from Harvard Law School to make history and become the first African-American President.
Where was the outcry when Republican presidents addressed students? Like when Reagan spoke to middle school students back in 1988 on the importance of tax cuts.
“The message at the Boston Tea Party -- have you studied yet in history about the Boston Tea Party, where because of a tax they went down and dumped the tea in the Harbor. Well, that was America's original tax revolt, and it was the fruits of our labor -- it belonged to us and not to the state. And that truth is fundamental to both liberty and prosperity.”
So much for this BS about respecting the office when we criticized Bush.