This is for my Dad and all the other parents out there who have very selective memories. Last night, he told me that if his kids were still in public school, he wouldn’t want them being spoken to by the President, preaching his agenda. Funny, it didn’t seem to bother him when his kids actually were in public school, being spoken to by the President, preaching his agenda. In the clip above, you can watch as my brother and I were violently propagandized by George H.W. Bush back in 1991.
I was an innocent seventh grader and my poor little brother was just a naive second grader when the bad man came into our classrooms to touch…our…minds. Sure, shortly after the speech by H.W., I started collecting Gulf War trading cards and wearing my hair in a buzz cut. But look, America, I turned out to be the single-payer and socialized education advocating, anti-Fed, anti-war radical that you all know and love! (Side note: poor Kevin really never was the same.) So really, don’t worry about letting that scary man talk to your kiddies while they are in an institution of learning, where they are supposed to be exposed to a diverse range of ideas!
From the beginning, the whole “Obama is going to ‘pied piper’ your kids” controversy struck me as ludicrous and yet I couldn’t figure out if I was missing something. I’m pretty damn skeptical of all things political and yet this wasn’t setting off my alarms. Was there really something specifically wrong with the President addressing the youth of America? When did we reach the point as a society where parents would pull their kids out of school so that their kids wouldn’t hear a message from the freely-elected leader of their nation? How is this any worse than having kids watch any other presidential address? It’s almost as if everyone is starting to listen to me about our electoral system, propaganda, police state, etc., but for the stupidest reasons. Wouldn’t that just be my luck?
Watch the agonizing loss of my innocence (aka G.H.W. Bush’s Education Speech) after the jump…