Thursday, September 24, 2009

Revisiting Obama's Back-to-School Speech


There are many who said Obama's back-to-school speech was harmless; that the public outcry was entirely unjustified; that he just wanted to encourage kids to stay in school; that it was ridiculous to suggest he had anything but the most respectable intentions.

Although I don't really understand the final frame (it should have read something like: "I'm not a math teacher"), this strip from Hope n' Change illustrates my point: Once word leaked out that Obama was planning a speech to schoolchildren and a significant number of citizens understandably expressed concern, the White House had plenty of time and opportunity to revise the speech into something less inflammatory. I believe that is what they did.

Even the final speech contained a couple of statements I didn't particularly care for.
  1. "...if you quit on school - you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country." What about "you're quitting on your family and the people you care about" instead? Obama keeps trying to make the case that joining AmeriCorps or helping on a Habitat for Humanity house or, now, staying in school, are as patriotic as laying one's life on the line in defense of our country and its liberties. I agree that charitable giving, public service and education are very worthy causes to undertake, but I fail to see how they are comparable in any way to military service.
  2. "You'll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy." Is this Obama's economic recovery plan? Are we looking 15-25 years out to a time when these kids are done with school and college and starting to make a measurable impact in the economy? Aren't Obama's current policies forcing thousands of companies out of business right now? Forcing others to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers? Sending important industries overseas? This statement is the first I've heard from Obama that indicates he might actually understand how 'stimulus' works and how people, jobs, industry and GNP are interrelated. However, I would argue that even if he truly understands the concept, he does not, himself, believe it.  If he did, he would abandon such ideas as national health care, cap and trade (tax), government takeover of entire industries. He would realize that nearly every single act he has thus far performed as POTUS has been detrimental to America's sovereignty, economic strength and leadership, and the fortitude of its people. 

If you still think there is not a movement out there to deify Obama, watch this short video. This is also appearing on The Drudge Report today, so I'm sure you'll be seeing it in several forums. 

[Weird. The video has been taken down. Long live YouTube - I found another version, with a great Soviet march at the beginning.]

I've heard of this type of thing before - in North Korea and Cuba.

And here is the guy our children are supposed to be worshipping...

Simply unbelievable!

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