Fla. GOP Chair Accuses Obama of Indoctrinating School Kids with Socialism

In yet another one of his quote-marked, not-proof-read, bombastic “press releases,” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer lashed out at President Obama for a speech he is planning to give Sept. 8. The nationwide address, the first ever aimed directly at American schoolchildren by a U.S. president, sounds pretty dang bad, according to Greer:

Democrats have no problem going against the majority of American people and usurping the rights of parents by sending Pied Piper Obama into the American classroom.

“As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology. The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.

“While I support educating our children to respect both the office of the American President and the value of community service, I do not support using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda. The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President’s agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President’s initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.

“Public schools can’t teach children to speak out in support of the sanctity of human life or traditional marriage. President Obama and the Democrats wouldn’t dream of allowing prayer in school. Christmas Parties are now Holiday Parties. But, the Democrats have no problem going against the majority of American people and usurping the rights of parents by sending Pied Piper Obama into the American classroom.

The Democrats have clearly lost the battle to maintain control of the message this summer, so now that school is back in session, President Obama has turned to American’s children to spread his liberal lies, indoctrinating American’s youngest children before they have a chance to decide for themselves.”

I’ll say this for Greer — that Pied Piper line is a classic!

Shoot, I actually could climb up on the same high horse with Greer on this topic — if he hadn’t just made it all up. You know, what they call propaganda, or bold-faced lies. It’s just a chance for Greer to spout off. It’s not like he’s peering into the future a week and actually foreseeing the speech.

But that’s OK because at the bottom of Greer’s e-mail rant is a link that says, “Click here to learn more about President Obama’s address. Except I don’t think Greer would actually want you to go to the Department of Education site and see that everything he wrote about the speech was a lie. The link goes to a letter from Education Secretary Arne Duncan:

In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education, even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health care. The President believes that education is a critical part of building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are more active civically and better informed on issues affecting their lives, their families and their futures.

This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the White House website www.whitehouse.gov 12:00 noon eastern standard time.

Man, sounds like Greer and Duncan are talking about two different speeches. That is, unless Duncan meant to say that Obama is trying to indoctrinate schoolkids to work hard and make good grades, or that universal education is a socialistic notion.

No, I think Secretary Duncan got it right — his version just sounds a lot more like something Barack Obama would say than Greer’s. But then, the speech Greer imagined will only be heard reverberating in the cavernous hall of Greer’s monolithic partisanship.

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