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Paranoia over Obama's talk to kidsPosted Friday, September 4, 2009, at 2:22 PM
If a president wanted to address America's students in past years, likely no one would have objected.
Flash forward to today. We're already receiving calls at the T-G from parents asking if the speech will be heard in Bedford County's classrooms. (We don't know yet...)
Some conservatives are already accusing Obama of attempting to indoctrinate America's children. I'm seeing front page stories in newspapers around the nation about parents asking that their children be allowed to "opt out" from the speech.
I don't think any previous president in my lifetime would have faced such a response. But constant verbal attacks on Obama are becoming the norm these days.
Some conservatives and Republicans seem to be attempting to lead America into a state of paranoia against Obama. I seriously doubt Obama is attempting to turn America's children into young Democrats.
We're simply seeing political posturing at its finest, and it seems to be running rampant lately.
"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education -- it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality," Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Steve Russell was quoted by the Associated Press. "This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."
Enough ridiculousness already, conservatives. Just ask for response time following Obama's talk, find a Republican spokesperson, and talk to the kids yourselves. Then, all of you, stop interfering with learning time.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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