| September 1, 2009 | 4:42pm
For many students across the nation, September 8 will be their first day of school, and President Obama has decided to address them. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer has somehow interrupted this as a "use of taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda."
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Rather than take on Obama on issues, Greer once again decides to take a pretty innocuous nonissue and lay the baseless rhetoric on thick. Of course, the more moderate Greer isn't exactly a popular man in ultra-conservative circles; some see him as little more than a Charlie Crist puppet. So maybe he's trying to up his use on familiar right-wing war cries without actually advocating right-wing policies. Maybe he's a bit afraid that once Crist makes his great escape to the Senate, Greer will see his prominence in the RPOF diminish.
Take it away, Greer
: "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 schoolchildren 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.
"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."
Greer, unless he's privy to information we're not, is completely pulling things out of his ass. How do we know? Because the end of news release instructs us to "Click here
to learn more about President Obama's address." So "here"
"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."
There's more, but nothing about laying out the importance of a "public option" and other assorted socialist propaganda points in front of school kids. No, children won't be "forced to watch the president justify his plans for government-run health care." Principals and teachers, for that matter, aren't being "forced" to even bother tuning in. The White House is merely "encouraging it."
Let's hope, though, teachers will tune in, and kids will do their homework so they don't end up as stupid as Jim Greer.
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