Friday, September 4, 2009

Two Ohio schools hear from anti-Obama ranters

THE DOOMSDAY rant of the unwashed opponents of President Obama's planned TV speech to schools across the country has echoed through two Central Ohio school districts. The Dublin district will ban the speech in its schools in a scandalous assault on what, after all, is nothing more than a presidential pep talk on achieving higher goals in education. The Hilliard school district first banned the speech, then changed its mind after what Superintendent Dale McVey described as a "divided community outcry."

The anti-Obama network has laid down a new challenge to Republicans with a tad of respect for the difference between right and wrong. TV host Joe Scarborough, a Republican, has called on others in his party to stand up and be counted against this right-wing outrage. I'll do the same: If there are any Republicans reading this who feels a twinge of guilt about this latest spectacle, there is a little box at the bottom to add your comment. Unfortunately, I doubt it will happen. Too socially risky. As Rousseau once said: "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains."

To those who are accusing Obama of trying to brainwash students (Reagan et all had the same classroom opportunities and nobody screamed!) I would say it takes a brainflooded Republican to remain silent in these times of increasing madness on the right.

Operators are standing by. I dare you.

UPDATE: Saturday's newspapers are reporting that the ban on Obama's speech is spreading rapidly in our distressed Bogeyman State of Ohio. Among the latest schools to opt in favor of the aginners are Medina , even though superintendent Randy Stepp said the calls reaching him are "evenly split". That's the rule of Las Vegas blackjack, where a tie means you lose. Other school districts reporting bans are Parma and Brecksville-Broadview Heights. There will be more. as parents with no recollection of history, overlook similar speeches from Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. This is a disgrace as tails keep controlling the dogs.


fargo said...

Home schooling is an option for anyone who objects to Obamas address to the children. Another option would be to have any offended pupil sit in a separate classroom during the speech where a volunteer parent could read to them from "My Pet Goat". A third alternative, for the high school age kids....they could have a military recruiter come in during Obamas speech to make their pitch....I understand there are still two wars going on that need young, willing, and patriotic bodies.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling the paranoia of the extreme right of this nation is only going to get worse and increasingly more dangerous. It is going beyond mere policy and into the realm of theocracy. The town halls have evolved into putsch rallies where the physically ill have been insulted and shouted down. In addition, the shouts of fascism and communism at these rallies could only be viewed as horrifying if only the end result is hilarity because these people don't recognize that fascist and communists are and have always been at the opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Grumpy Abe said...

Right. But have you noticed the silence of folks in both parties who should know better than not to respond in kind. If I had a kid in high school who was denied hearing the speech, whether from Obama or Palin, the Superintendent would get a visit from my lawyer. If allowed to continue unabated we will have national agendas created by crackpots. I'm not one to take it lightly but Americans will have to decide what kind of democracy they want to live in. I'm not an optimist.

Anonymous said...

In the end, what this does mean is that a President (Democrat or Republican)will never be able to address students in any capacity without the fear of politicization of the motives by the other side of the spectrum? The loser of this all is civility.

Grumpy Abe said...

That can only happen if a majority who believes in the value of civility steps forward to oppose the intellectually subversive mobs in our midst. As I suspected, not one Republican has responded to my challenge to argue against the mindlessness of the mobs at the schoolhouse doors. That can only mean one thing: They tacitly support the mobs for whatever political gain they see in them.