Not Getting It
Submitted By Todd on September 4th at 5:55am
President Barack Obama's back-to-school address next week was supposed to be a feel-good story for an administration battered over its health care agenda. Now Republican critics are calling it an effort to foist a political agenda on children, creating yet another confrontation with the White House.The right candidate at the right time, everything worked like magic for Obama the candidate. The change message was right for the moment and America was swayed by a relentless media pounding coupled with economic collapse and the wrong GOP candidate. The perfect storm took place, and Obama got the ride of his life.
Obama plans to speak directly to students Tuesday about the need to work hard and stay in school. His address will be shown live on the White House Web site and on C-SPAN at noon EDT, a time when classrooms across the country will be able to tune in.A stealth candidate, somehow Americans didn't catch the meaning of his ties to radicals like Reverends Wright and Pfleger, and his downplaying of obviously strong linkage to terrorist Bill Ayers, incredibly, did the trick.
Schools don't have to show it. But districts across the country have been inundated with phone calls from parents and are struggling to address the controversy that broke out after Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter to principals urging schools to watch.Even to folks who don't know the story, the Orwellian echoes of the Obama administration are creepy. Too much government takeover, too many speeches, too much pushing what Americans oppose, too much lying. America has figured it out, already. Who would have guessed it possible? Obama is over.
Districts in states including Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin have decided not to show the speech to students. Others are still thinking it over or are letting parents have their kids opt out.Next week, he plans to relaunch health care reform by dropping the public option and giving a speech to a joint session of Congress - an approach that's likely to sway voters as effectively as it did during the Clinton Health Care Debacle.
Some conservatives, driven by radio pundits and bloggers, are urging schools and parents to boycott the address. They say Obama is using the opportunity to promote a political agenda and is overstepping the boundaries of federal involvement in schools.In Massachusetts, they're trying to change the senate succession law so they can appoint an appropriate socialist to fill the 5 months before a special election, someone who can bring the emotion of Teddy to the senate floor and melt the icy feelings there over this bill.
"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality," said Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell. "This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."Americans now view the deficit as the third most important issue facing the country, and two thirds think that ObamaCare will increase the deficit.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 10% believe the legislation will reduce the deficit while 14% say it will have no impact. Eight percent (8%) are not sure.To pull this hustle off, he's going to need divine intervention. But, he is the Messiah, so caution is advised.