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DNC chairmanís school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials
Foster's Online ^ | 12-17-2003 | PAT McGOWAN

Posted on 12/17/2003 12:11:34 PM PST by HapaxLegamenon

DNC chairman’s school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials By PAT McGOWAN

Democrat Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — Several city officials are furious over the Democratic National Committee chairman’s recent visit to Portsmouth High School, who they feel turned a social studies lesson into a one-sided bashing of President Bush.

After requesting to visit the school, Terry McAuliffe was allowed by Principal Forrest Ransdell to come to teach what the principal believed to be social studies classes on democracy and the political process. However, several city officials are livid over what they say turned into a biased Democratic view of Republican President Bush’s term of office.

During the presentation, McAuliffe told students that due to Bush’s mismanagement of the country, 70 percent of college graduates will not be able to find a job upon graduation. He also told students that if the war in Iraq continues as it has, there could be a reinstatement of the draft.

"He comes into the school and just says what he wants," City Councilor Bill St. Laurent said. "At what point does he stop his politicking to the point of scare tactics? Saying that the draft may come back, and kids cant find jobs, those are scare tactics. He is out trying to get votes. This is taxpayers money, excuse me, but this is my tax dollar and I don’t want to use my tax dollar for his pulpit."

St. Laurent said there should be a measure of checks and balances in such presentations, limiting speakers to a nonpartisan discussion.

"I am just furious. I am not saying that he can come in and bash the president and then the Republicans come in and praise the president," St. Laurent said.

"I don’t have a problem with it as long as they represent each party, be it my side or either," City Councilor Evelyn Marconi said. "I think something just really got out of hand, and I think what happened is he spoke out of turn."

According to school Superintendent Lyonel Tracy, McAuliffe was allowed to speak to the students by Principal Forrest Ransdell as a civic lesson.

"If other representatives contacted us, we would act similarly," Tracy said. "To deprive our kids of the opportunity of seeing democracy in action would be a disservice to them. The trick is that we don’t exploit these kids for their own partisan agendas."

Tracy said Republicans, Democrats, and independents have frequently come to the school to talk to students.

"Unfortunately we don’t always have control over what people say once they are introduced," Tracy said.

Aiming to ease tensions, School Board member Raimond Bowles has asked New Hampshire Republican state chairman Jayne Millerick to also speak to the social studies classes.

"All I have been trying to do is to be a sense of balance," Bowles said. "Our high school students are more than capable of making up their own minds. I have decided from the outset to get a counterpart, a titled Republican official, so that she can respond to the comments of McAuliffe on that day."

It has yet to be confirmed whether Millerick will be allowed admittance to speak by Ransdell.


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To: HapaxLegamenon
After requesting to visit the school, Terry McAuliffe was allowed by Principal Forrest Ransdell to come to teach what the principal believed to be social studies classes on democracy and the political process.

However, several city officials are livid over what they say turned into a biased Democratic view of Republican President Bush’s term of office.

The second mistake these school officials made was to allow this lying Clinton butt licker on campus.

The third mistake that was made was to force these students to be present when this lying Clinton butt licker opened his lying mouth.

More importantly the first mistake was to believe this lying Clinton butt licker was any different from the main body of the Democrat Liberal America last crowd and would not lie against the truth.

These America last pukes care nothing about what people think of them personally or their party's plan for America as long as they are allowed to spew their filthy lies which they hope will win the election.

21 posted on 12/17/2003 12:56:39 PM PST by VOYAGER
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"... This is taxpayers money, excuse me, but this is my tax dollar and I don’t want to use my tax dollar for his pulpit."

You tell 'em Bill!

Aiming to ease tensions, School Board member Raimond Bowles has asked New Hampshire Republican state chairman Jayne Millerick to also speak to the social studies classes.

There is no doubt that Jayne Millerick will out class mcauliffe.

22 posted on 12/17/2003 1:02:55 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

23 posted on 12/17/2003 1:11:11 PM PST by mhking (Bud Light salutes Real Men of Genius: Mr. Silent Killer Gas Passer...)
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To: HapaxLegamenon
"Unfortunately we don’t always have control over what people say once they are introduced," Tracy said.

Really? If someone started cussing like a foul-mouthed sailor, the school administration would be powerless to stop him? Bulls***!

24 posted on 12/17/2003 1:13:17 PM PST by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: Egon
I'm assuming the principal must be a Democrat.

Not necessarily. Since he's a school administrator, there's also a good chance he's just an idiot.

25 posted on 12/17/2003 1:21:47 PM PST by Grut
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To: HapaxLegamenon
This does not surprise me. The HS where this happened is in one of the most liberal cities in New Hampshire -- Portsmouth.

One would think administrators in other parts of the state would not allow this form of blatant politicing.

26 posted on 12/17/2003 1:33:21 PM PST by crv16
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Everybody connected to this should be fired, including the principal and the school board. To let this slime bag in their and allow him to indoctrinate these students with this garbage is inexcusable.
27 posted on 12/17/2003 1:33:59 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Rush is Right!

Terrie is a PUNK and needs a good ole fashion ass-whooping!

28 posted on 12/17/2003 1:37:00 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Funny. In most schools, it is the social studies teachers who stand around bashing Republicans. The kids probably thought McAuliffe was just some substitute.

In any event, this crass exploitation of high school kids by the Democrat chairman was disgraceful, and McAuliffe was an idiot not to foresee the backlash. Now the Republicans need to make him and the Democrats pay mightily for their stupidity. I hope the Republican chair Jayne Millerick shows up and teaches the kids in a totally professional and non-partisan way about civics, calmly answering McAuliffe's wild-eyed charges, and drawing as sharp a contrast as possible between civilized Republican behavior and crass Democrat behavior.
29 posted on 12/17/2003 1:49:38 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: HapaxLegamenon
During the presentation, McAuliffe told students that due to Bush’s mismanagement of the country, 70 percent of college graduates will not be able to find a job upon graduation. He also told students that if the war in Iraq continues as it has, there could be a reinstatement of the draft.

The moral of the story is...never deal with a RAT. He will always be a RAT...

30 posted on 12/17/2003 1:57:10 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Are you pondering what I'm pondering?)
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To: HapaxLegamenon
And they won't let the kids have any kind of religious expression in schools....doesn't this qualify as promoting some sort of satanism?
31 posted on 12/17/2003 1:57:16 PM PST by lorrainer (Professional driver. Closed course.)
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To: HapaxLegamenon
I have decided from the outset to get a counterpart, a titled Republican official, so that she can respond to the comments of McAuliffe on that day."

This oughta be good, now that the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, Medicare Drug Benefits, and McClown-Swinegold are the law of the land. Conservative students, plug your ears once more, please...

32 posted on 12/17/2003 1:58:49 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Are you pondering what I'm pondering?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Somebody tell the High School:

This is now an excellent opportunity to teach how Athens fell to demagogues and sophists. Thanks again Terry :)
33 posted on 12/17/2003 2:22:48 PM PST by Fenris6
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Tracy said Republicans, Democrats, and independents have frequently come to the school to talk to students.

"Unfortunately we don’t always have control over what people say once they are introduced," Tracy said.

Wonder how long it would take them to "control" what someone was saying if the discussion was on Christianity...

34 posted on 12/17/2003 2:23:02 PM PST by danneskjold (Kerry f***ed up my tagline)
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To: HapaxLegamenon
"70 percent of college graduates will not be able to find a job upon graduation."

SEVENTY? This is such a preposterous number it's not even worth getting upset about. Nobody would beleive this. Even during the Great Depression unemployement was no where near 70%.

This party isn't having a crack-up, they are into full blown implosion.

It's so fun!

35 posted on 12/17/2003 2:23:53 PM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do!)
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To: jocon307
This just in: McAwful is a buttmuncher. Film at 11.
36 posted on 12/17/2003 2:37:39 PM PST by JusPasenThru (A man's happiness lies in his ability to develop a taste for grey hair and wrinkles.)
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To: jocon307
Young, impressionable minds might.

Elsewise, why do you think that liberalism flourishes in the college/university enviroment?

37 posted on 12/17/2003 2:38:32 PM PST by X-USAF
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To: All
Back when I was a kid they told us that Dewey would add saturday to the school week. Seems nothing has changed in their MO.
38 posted on 12/17/2003 2:51:18 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2004 for sure, just watch! She is the very best they can come up with.)
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Uhhhh, got news for ya- The DNC chairman is not the only one using scare tactics at school. The schools themselves, tell kids these type of things and try to scare them.

My neighbor's 18 year old son is an example. He thinks he's going to be drafted any day now, and says he won't be able to go to college,or, find a good job. He's a walking ad for the DNC. He spouts their jargon like a broken record.

I keep trying to talk to him and help him to think for himself. I ask him who told him he's going to be drafted, or can't go to college or find a good job, and he always says "someone at school", or "somebody who came to the school" told him this.

Naturally, he goes to public school.

39 posted on 12/17/2003 2:54:29 PM PST by fly_so_free (Never underestimate the treachery of the democrat party. Save USA- vote a democrat out of office)
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Dump the principal. He's not doing his job if he allows political propaganda to be a part of the school curriculum.
40 posted on 12/17/2003 2:55:58 PM PST by arasina (What will YOU do when Howard Dean or Hillary Clinton is president?)
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