Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Among socialist values Obama pushed were hard work and hand-washing

So today is the first day back at lessons for my two youngest kids, both homeschoolers. And since many of their publicly schooled counterparts across the nation got to watch President Obama's back-to-school speech I made sure they did, too.

My husband and I encouraged our kids to watch the speech not just because we support our president but also because the act of watching is a testament to our faith in our parenting abilities. We didn't think Obama would say anything we disagreed with. But we are secure enough in our kids' intelligence - and their respect for us - to realize that even if he did that it would be OK. Had he said something we disagreed with, we would have discussed it with the kids. A speech isn't going to influence them any more than we can.

I feel sorry for kids of parents who are less secure in their own abilities, and for kids whose parents are so paranoid that they think the words of a politician - any politician - are going to instantaneously poison whatever values they've formed in their children so far. Do those parents really doubt their own influence to that extent? Do they think the kids they've raised are that morally and intellectually weak?

Apparently so. Some of those parents kept their kids home from school today, collectively raising the average IQ score of their schools by many points.

I made the mistake of turning on a local talk radio station last week. In the five minutes I listened I heard two callers express fear - yes, fear - over this speech. Obama, they said, was going to use this address as a way to advance a cult of personality. You could tell by the way they said this that they had no earthly idea what they were talking about and were just repeating something they'd heard on FOX. In fact, when the host asked one man what he meant by "cult of personality" the man stammered a bit before saying, "You know...like one of them...Jonestowns...You know. A cult."

The callers said Obama was going to try and infect children with socialism. I kept picturing not a speech, but a sneeze spreading commie germs. It sounded pretty dire. So naturally I was keen to pick out the socialist messages today while listening today.

I looked for it when Obama said this:

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

Hmmm. That sounded a lot like that a promotion of individualism. Probably just a slip. And then there was this:

When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years and my mother didn't have the money to send me to where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday - at 4:30 in the morning.

That sounds suspiciously like appreciation for homeschooling, something a few paranoid right wing home schoolers I know say Obama opposes. Again, that was probably just a mistake. Let's move on.

Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

Patriotism? How did that get in there? Now let's see what he has to say on that socialist value of Perseverance in the Face of Adversity, shall we comrade?

J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

These people succeeded because they understand that you can't let your failures define you - you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time.

Aha! Harry Potter reference. He's promoting witchcraft! Still no socialism, though. Damn, those hidden messages are hard to find. Maybe if I replay the speech backwards I'll finally hear that communist propaganda everyone was so worried about.

Poor Obama. You can tell he tries really hard to get his point across, but I were to grade him on turning my kids into little pinko socialists, he'd get a big fat F. For FAIL. By his own standards, that means he'll just to try harder.

Of course, I could be wrong. The message may just be so insidious and understated that it flew under my adult radar. So I'll be on the lookout for the subtle signs of Obama's socialist influence on my kids, just in case. If I catch them pretending to be doctors who treat patients regardless of their ability to pay, then I'll know exactly who to blame. Oh yes, I will...


Laura said...

The speech is wonderful and I am glad that my kids will get to see it. OT, but do you know if Audrey is okay? We are worried about her over at PD.

possum said...

I went to a political rally last week end held by the Other Side - I like to know what everyone is saying, and the group I sat with was so anti "The speech" - but could NOT tell me why, just they were not going to let their kids listen to his lies.
No, they listened to lies about WMD, Iraq, no torture, the outting of Plame that no one is responsible for and the other 8 years of hatred, but they will not let them watch Obama, NO SIREE!
Then they asked me if I watched Glen Beck. I said, "Who?" I have an antenna, not dish or cable, so I really do NOT get FOX... they told me I had (make that HAD) to watch Beck because he was the only one brave enough to tell the truth!
I truly choked back tears. I DO know who Beck is, unfortunately he is on the TV where we eat dinner once a week. They think that is the truth. We are in big trouble when people believe idiots and hate mongers like Beck, Limbaugh and Palin. BIG TROUBLE.
I am so glad I finally found your blog! Thanks for being here!

Morgan said...

Possum, it is amazing how these anti-Obama people claim to fear government intrusion and brain-washing when it's the GOP Karl Rove faction that's committed to doing just that. The problem is that these people are all for a "Christian" government misleading us or interfering in our lives. But when someone comes along who believes government should serve the people as opposed to ruling as some kind of back door theocracy then they get their panties in a wad.

Glenn Beck is insane. Did you see his rant about socialist symbols in Rockefeller Center? It was the most bizarre thing I've ever seen! And the irony is that - if put to it - half his fan base would tell him he's going to burn in hell for being a Mormon! To me, Beck's religion is insignigicant. He's a Mormon without the second "m."

Thanks for coming over and reading. I'm going to go over and check out your space now.

Andrea said...

The fragility of their faith is also seen in their aversion to proper science instruction.

I feel really bad for the kids who live with such melodramatic parents.

Btw, I think your kids rock! Them and their enviable childhood.

Morgan said...

Yeah, I like those kids. They're awesome. ;=)

Anonymous said...

The hypocrisy is stunning. One must question everything that Obama says; he is going to brain wash the children, kill grandma, and then he is coming for us.

On the other had, please do follow Sarah Palin without question. Whatever appears on her Face Book page is supposed to come from her, and do not question whether it is too well researched and too well written to be done by Sarah. Must follow and adore blindly, blindly. That fact that she does not appear in public to issue her own statement says it all.

The hatred shown towards Obama is worse than we have seen towards other presidents, in recent memory. The Republicans tried to remove Bill Clinton, but it didn't work. As for George W. Bush, if anyone offered criticism they were called traitor and terrorist. No criticism was allowed-- in much the same way that the devoted fans of Sarah Palin allow no criticism of her.

Imagine what would happen if we found out that a baby wasn't born when he was supposed to be born-- or that her public display of family life isn't what she claimed! Keep plugging away; we can only hope!

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at how much influence these people think a one time, 15 minute speech can have. A speech that will be scrutinized, analyzed, and critiqued by the whole world. One misstep and Obama would be bashed by the press for weeks to come. Did they think he wouldn't know that? On the other hand, they seem to have no problem with their kids being totally absorbed by pop culture. Today's music, video games, movies and TV send out much more damaging images and messages, and those are a constant, daily exposure.
I heard a song yesterday that mentioned 'lost my fake ID' and thought, gee that's a good message for kids to hear.

Christopher said...

It's no wonder Obama's opponents now openly wrap themselves in the Confederate flag. While they're not exactly fighting for the right to own slaves (yet) their overriding policy is, essentially, "You have the right to live the way I want, and the right to say whatever I want." The calls for freedom and cries of oppression are coming from people who want freedom for themselves and the right to oppress others. Honestly, someone told me yesterday that he didn't want Obama's speech to be broadcast because he disagrees with Obama's policies. Since when does not agreeing with the president--or anyone--the right to silence them?

And this is one of the same people who, for almost eight years, told me my opinions were irrelevant and that I should be silenced because I disagreed with George Bush. The conservative philosophy has become, "Dissent is patriotic as long as we're the ones doing the dissenting."

FEDUP!!! said...

While a lot of school districts denied their pupils a really great Pep-speech of someone who 'has been there', there is at least ONE who did just that - and now will bus some of their students to see a speech of former indoctrinator-in-thief, gw (sic)! The school is in Texas... where else (roll eyes)...Story here: http://tinyurl.com/lbcvdf The kids will be bussed in on Sept. 21, so they will miss even more than the 18 minutes it took for President Obama to make his points, and they will listen to unintelligible word-salads from gw as well as laura (I will NOT capitalize their names!!!).

Morgan said...

FEDUP, the hypocrisy is disturbing but not surprising. I read about what this school district was planning to do over on Gryphen's blog and all I could thing was..."WTF?"

It's the same kind of mindlessness that has the very members of congress yelling "You lie!" to Obama curiously silent when Bush misrepresented information to get us into that clusterfuck otherwise known as the Iraq war.

Republican right-wingers love lies as long as they're the ones telling them. It's sickening.

Lynnie said...

I was wondering about Audrey, too. I found this site because of hers.

Token Hippie, I have just bookmarked your site ~~~ and this piece that you have written is amazing! Job well done ~~~ so funny, if it weren't so tragic.

Possum, I can relate. Tomorrow morning I will start bowling on a league that is filled with The Others. I have discovered that perfectly nice people that I have known and liked for years are incredibly racist: and I never knew it until Obama ran for President and was elected.

It's heartbreaking.

Morgan said...

Lynnie, a heartfelt thanks to you for becoming a reader here. I moderate Audrey's blog and am so grateful for the support she's getting after coming under attack from a small band of moronic mouth-breathers.

Yes, it is tragic when the lowest common denominator tries to hijack public policy. And when the GOP leadership turns spineless and lets Crazy become the new Normal this is what it comes to.

But take heart. Truth will out and then they'll all come crashing down. And when they do we'll see who gets the last laugh.