After a round of protests from conservatives and from parents and school officials who didn’t want the President of the United States mobilizing impressionable young school children to his political causes, the rewrite crew toned it down.
In the end, it wasn’t the cult leader starting the process of organizing the school children into Obama- atics who could support the Leader’s neighborhood political network. It wasn’t, either, the beginning of the classroom recycling initiative. That’s where first graders taught that recycling bottles, newspapers and plastic was the way to save the planet grew to adulthood as “green” fanatics. The schools are the ideal place for government to indoctrinate children and, for that reason, they’re no place for a President’s agenda, except perhaps for wartime where the nation’s survival is at risk.
Obama’s speech at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., based on the prepared text, is really the kind of parental lesson most all children once got at home from their fathers. Education really is a job that requires two parents. What Obama does at Wakefield is to deliver a fatherly message to children that reinforces the engaged single parent’s or substitutes for the the non-involved parent. If we could assume that most children had mothers and fathers in the home — and with an out-of-wedlock birth rate that reaches 70 percent for black children, almost 50 percent for Hispanic and 25 percent for white, we can’t routinely make that assumption — there’d be no need for a President to play the role of National Daddy reminding children that it’s a tough world out there and they’d better be prepared. But, alas, we do occasionally need an authority figure speaking that truth.
This should be a last, though, for President Obama, barring some national emergency. He does have an agenda that much of the country opposes and he’ll not be able to avoid the temptation to organize the kiddies to serve the Leader. Others can deliver the fatherly talks.