Saturday, September 5, 2009

Why Conservative Parents Fear Obama's "Socialist Youth" Speech

Florida Republican party chair Jim Greer spoke for many conservative parents when he explained why he's against President Obama's speech to schoolchildren on Tuesday: he's "appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology."

At first this made no sense to me. The president intends to urge youngsters to work hard and stay in school. Are these "socialist" notions just because they're coming from Obama? If a child listened to the President, stayed in school, earned an MBA and became a corporate executive, how would that fit into the President's nefarious plan to put us all on collective farms?

As I thought further about it, though, it began to make sense. Obama wants kids to stay in school–public school. Like the public option in health care, public school is socialist. What we really should be doing is privatizing the entire educational system. Education should be reserved for children whose parents can afford private school, since education, like health care, ought to be considered a privilege, not a right. We don't need a big government public school system–and we don't need the President urging kids to stay in this socialist institution.

"Stay in school"? Why, that's positively Marxist!


lucydrake said...

Send the kids or don’t send them…either way, they will find out what was said…with the media and people talking, it will get out…

Jeff Tone said...

Lucy: I see no purpose in telling kids to stay home from school, especially to avoid hearing the president's message to stay in school and work hard. In any event, these parents are teaching their kids that if you disagree with someone, don't listen.