I remember reading Reds (not associated with the Warren Beatty film) and then seeing Good Night and Good Luck a few years ago, and being amazed that so many seemingly intelligent people could be convinced there was a vast Communist conspiracy that was seizing the American government. I got that same feeling of astonishment when I saw this story about parents in Texas not wanting their children to hear President Obama: ” President Obama’s plan to deliver a speech to public school students on Tuesday has set off a revolt among conservative parents, who have accused the president of trying to indoctrinate their children with socialist ideas and are asking school officials to excuse the children from listening. The uproar over the speech, in which Mr. Obama intends to urge students to work hard and stay in school, has been particularly acute in Texas, where several major school districts, under pressure from parents, have laid plans to let children opt out of lending the president an ear.”
God forbid the young’uns hear the President encourage them to stay in school. Clearly, there must be some socialist message underlying all of that (probably also with a dash of secret Muslim stuff). I bet that when he says “work hard” it’s actually code for “bring down civilization — and maybe egg your parents car while you’re at it!” One father was quoted as saying, “The thing that concerned me most about it was it seemed like a direct channel from the president of the United States into the classroom, to my child. I don’t want our schools turned over to some socialist movement” I thought that was disheartening enough, until I kept reading and found even more straightforward idiocy masquerading as concern for children.
Mark Steyn, a Canadian author and political commentator, speaking on the Rush Limbaugh show on Wednesday, accused Mr. Obama of trying to create a cult of personality, comparing him to Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader. . . . And Chris Stigall, a Kansas City talk show host, said, “I wouldn’t let my next-door neighbor talk to my kid alone; I’m sure as hell not letting Barack Obama talk to him alone.”
Usually I can at least try to muster up something to say here, either an attempt at cleverness or an indignant screech of WTF. But this just makes me more sad than it does angry. Steyn has no qualms about comparing the President to condemned dictators, while Stigall paints him as some kind of predator. Clearly, some people are coming unglued because of the fact that President Obama doesn’t stand for — or look like — what they think America is supposed to be. And they’re passing it on to their kids, or at least trying to. This may be born of desperation and fear, but that doesn’t make it any less insidious.