“Right Wing Conservative Panic”

Remember when it was announced that President Obama would be speaking to the nation’s school children, a letter went out from Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, on official stationery to school principals across the nation. It was highly unusual that the letter went to principals and not local superintendents or school boards. In addition an ‘event’ guide was prepared that gave teachers specific questions and discussion subjects. When conservatives and concerned parents objected the guides were toned back or eliminated, yet those objecting were ridiculed as panicked or over-reacting.

Remember when the University of Massachusetts offered college credits to students for campaigning for Barack Obama prior to the election.

Remember the Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher “I Pledge” video highlighted by Cindy on this site. One of the participants said “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama” and another “I pledge to be a servant to President Obama”.

Remember the Cumberland County, N.C. teacher caught on video exclaiming ” Oh Jesus, John McCain ” when a student of a Marine serving in Iraq said her family supported McCain.

Remember in New Rochelle, New York when elementary students were instructed to color in pictures of then candidate Obama- not in a picture frame but in a campaign button.

Remember the video made during the campaign, of students in Kansas City dressed in T- Shirts and camouflage pants chanting praises of Barack Obama.

Here’s the latest remember video which is from Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, Township, NJ. It was recorded in February 2009 during Black History Month at a student get together.
Burlington Township (NJ) school officials said Thursday the recording and dissemination of the video was “unauthorized,” but acknowledged that the Obama praise session was part of the students’ official curriculum.
As the video is difficult to understand here are the words:

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said all should lend a hand to make the country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be fair today, equal work means equal pay.

Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said take a stand, make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
He said red, yellow, black and white, all are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama
Yeah! Barack Hussein Obama

…Hello Mr. President, We honor you today
For all your great accomplishments, we all do say hooray
Hooray, Mr. President you are No. 1
The first black American to lead this nation

And the tune to which this is sung–Jesus Loves Me, Yes I Know.

So when parents and concerned citizens want more information or question what’s being said in our schools and to the students–I believe it is fully warranted.


  1. That’s not Jesus Loves Me, its the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Freaky, none the less.

    It is always always always reasonable for parents and citizens to question what is taught in our schools and to ask for more information–ALWAYS.

    It is a bit of a stretch to conclude that Demi Moore and a handful of isolated incidents make a national conspiracy to form a personality cult, as some fear. People are silly every day, with or without the support of the government.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    Your dismissal of just about everything on this site has become laughable. It is extremely scary that you call the incidents above ‘silly’. But Obama is your man so I guess you are just being loyal.
    I would consider the behavior above threatening regardless of who is President.

  3. Randy, you have a remarkable capacity for avoiding nuance.

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    If I were to detect nuance, I would react accordingly.

  5. Kathryn scares the living daylights out of me. She tried converting my kids once, telling them to say please and thank you, showing them how to be kind to poor people.

    It makes me shutter just thinking about how extremely scary this woman really is.

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    Change the subject, attack the messenger, and don’t discuss the issue. Nothing you say changes what was described above and is there for anyone to see, hear, or read. These examples of what is happening within our education system and with some in Hollywood are so far out there you didn’t even say your favorite that, ‘everyone is doing it’.

    And I didn’t say Kathryn was scary but what she said was. In this country our ideals and beliefs are not in a person, any person. You don’t have to believe me–let’s wait until November 2010 and we can all see how many people feel as I do.

  7. Taking it from the top: I agree with you about the freaky videos. This is the United States, not a third world dictatorship. If that video is from a public school, the activity is HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE. I would pitch a fit.

    Here comes the nuance…

    Because this is the United States and not a petty dictatorship, singing the praises of a sitting President (except maybe in a campaign song, tippy canoe and all that) is silly. (Silliness is part of the package in campaigning.) Doing it in a public school would be outrageous. It doesn’t reach the level of being SCARY until the administration does it, requires it, or the like.

    Not every bad idea is a conspiracy.

  8. You kids having fun?

  9. You bet Mom! 😉

  10. Randy in Richmond says:

    Some more fun.
    So our tax supported, public operated, federally supported and regulated, either elected or appointed school boards can do as they please with our children and can be outrageous, but does not reach the level of being scary until the Administration requires it. And to say ” not every bad idea is a conspiracy” is the same as saying ‘not every crime is a murder’. Sometimes it is said people are not on the same page of a book. We, however, are not even in the same book.

  11. Randy, you are a piece of work. I give up.

  12. …but you think every crime is a murder.