06 September 2009

While you Were Away .... The Nuts Kept Falling Out of the Trees

"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality. . . . This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein's Iraq." ~ Oklahoma State Senator Steve Russell.
I have spent much of the past week at a professional meeting in Toronto and so (as it turns out, mercifully) have been distracted from the rantings of the right wing nutters here in the U.S.; but now, it seems, we once again are being treated to the spectacle of the right displaying its total inability to grasp reality.

So, the President - yes, the President of the United States - is going to give a speech tomorrow on education, encouraging students to work hard, stay in school, and all that sort of terribly controversial stuff. And what do we hear from those on the right? Well, the editorialists at the Reverend Moon's Washington Times claim that the speech and it's message are "suggestive of the Pyongyang public school system." (Oh, they, like even less insightful nutter pundits, also are reprising the complaint that Obama served on a board with Bill Ayers back in the day - can no inane charge ever die? Can the right ever dispense with the guilt by association tactic rendered so effective by .... that guy named Joe?) For more on the wackiness, check this report in The New York Times where parents and pundits whine about how Obama's speech will expose impressionable young minds to his "socialist" views.

If conservative elected officials and parents and pundits lack the ability to discriminate between Obama and Kim Jong-Il or Saddam Hussein, well ... you decide where the danger to schoolkids really resides.

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