Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama's speech to children

I've been thinking about the upcoming speech by President Obama to the nation's school children. The White House and Democrats, of course, think all the backlash is just a silly tempest in a teapot.

Maybe it is. I strongly suspect that if it was George Bush (either one) or Ronald Reagan who was about to give the speech, Republicans wouldn't rise an eyebrow while Democrats may express concern.

So maybe the problem is not so much about the fact of the speech--though some of us do not want any more government meddling in the classroom than there already is--maybe the real issue is the one giving the speech.

Many of us honestly believe that Barack Obama has repeatedly lied to get where he is and is now using strong arm tactics to institute a socialist takeover of America--his trillion dollar bailout, his takover of AIG and the automakers, his attempted takeover of healthcare and the cap and trade fiasco, his many radical and even Marxist Czars, his racism, his support of abortion and homosexual sex, his apologies for America to our enemies--are all deeply disturbing.

We don't want someone like this anywhere near our children or grandchildren.

But what bothers us even more than the speech, is the "I pledge" video propoganda that strongly promotes social agendas with which many of us disagree, and ends with someone pledging to be a servant of Barack Obama....not to America, mind you, but personally to Barack Obama.

Given my views of Barack Obama, I find this disturbing. It sounds just a little too close to "Heil Hitler" for my comfort.


Kevin said...

With your view of Barack Obama being what it is it doesn't seem that there is anything he could ever do that you wouldn't discredit on grounds of his character.

From what I can gather about this I Pledge stuff... it seems to be independent celebrities, way out there nutty ones, but independent.

For an alternative view by a conservative Christian see John Piper's blog post.

Dennis said...

I think your assessment is accurate and perceptive. Given Mr. Obama's track record, I doubt that there is much of anything he could now do--apart from having a radical repentance/conversion experience like the Apostle Paul--that would change my view of him. And even then, I'd have to see a track record.

As much as I appreciate John Piper, this wouldn't be the first time I disagreed with him. I think what the speech does is to inject a sense into our children, teachers and others that, "my isn't our President a wonderful and wise man!" (It doesn't matter that he has repeatedly lied to us. It doesn't matter that he is taking over our businesses. It doesn't matter that he supports homosexual sex and threatens religious liberty. It doesn't matter that he fought to allow a living baby to be left to die in a stainless steel pan!). He is just such a nice and wise man.

Totalitarianism does not always come in the form of jackboot storm troopers led by tyrants with little mustaches. Sometimes it comes disguised as very nice and apparently wise men (sometimes outstanding public speakers) who want to use government to solve all your problems.

Dennis said...

Regarding Obama's speech itself, I think the words of Thomas Sowell are appropriate:

"The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them. The words of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff were apparently quite convincing to many people who were regarded as knowledgeable and sophisticated. If you go by words, you can be led into anything."