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Obama 'Outreach' To School Kids Feels More Like Personality Cult
IBD Editorials ^ | September 4, 2009 | The great MARK STEYN

Posted on 09/04/2009 6:00:31 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Friday, I had the rare honor of appearing in the pages of the New York Times, apropos President Obama's plans to beam himself into every schoolhouse in the land in the peculiar belief that Generation iPod will find this an enthralling technical novelty. As Times reporters James C. McKinley Jr. and Sam Dillon wrote:

"Mark Steyn, a Canadian author and political commentator, speaking on the Rush Limbaugh show on Wednesday, accused Mr. Obama of trying to create a cult of personality, comparing him to Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader."

Oh, dear! "A Canadian author": Talk about damning with faint credentialization. I don't know what's crueler, the "Canadian" or the indefinite article.

As to the rest of it, well, that's one way of putting it. Here's what I said on Wednesday re dear old Saddam and Kim:

"Obviously we're not talking about the cult of personality on the Saddam Hussein/Kim Jong Il scale."

Close enough for Times work.

But, if the Times wants to play this game, bring it on. The Omnipresent Leader has traditionally been a characteristic feature of Third World basket-case dumps: The conflation of the man and the state is explicit, and ubiquitous

In 2003, motoring around western Iraq a few weeks after the regime's fall, when the schoolhouses were hastily taking down the huge portraits of Saddam that had hung on every classroom wall, I visited an elementary-school principal with a huge stack of suddenly empty picture frames piled up on his desk, and nothing to put in them.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: arth; bhoeducation; cult; obamamessiah; obamaschooladdress; steyn

1 posted on 09/04/2009 6:00:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: bareford101; BerniesFriend; blaveda; Bookwoman; Celeste732; dsc; FrdmLvr; FreedomPoster; ...

2 posted on 09/04/2009 6:02:18 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

You can tell Obama is desperate when he is wasting time trying to convert kids that won’t be old enough to vote for him in 2012...


3 posted on 09/04/2009 6:04:18 PM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: Kaslin

Joseph Goebbels would approve. ;-)


4 posted on 09/04/2009 6:07:07 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama? Not so much.)
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To: John123

Some Lib called Walter today and liked Bush reading books to kids in ONE school on 9/11 to Hussein broadcasting propaganda to every Government School, lecturing them , telling them to do what their parents already told them to do.


5 posted on 09/04/2009 6:07:30 PM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: John123
You can tell Obama is desperate when he is wasting time trying to convert kids that won’t be old enough to vote for him in 2012...

Think about that for a moment. It's not a waste of time if you don't plan to leave.

6 posted on 09/04/2009 6:08:33 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Kaslin

Mark Steyn is more American than “zero”.


7 posted on 09/04/2009 6:08:36 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I think that’s a GREAT point.


8 posted on 09/04/2009 6:10:13 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
It's not a waste of time if you don't plan to leave.

Obama is vacating the WH... he has zero political capital left... he is gone in 2012...

9 posted on 09/04/2009 6:15:48 PM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: omega4179
Some Lib called

He was probably smokin' crack in his parent's basement...

10 posted on 09/04/2009 6:17:02 PM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: Kaslin
Mark Steyn: Brilliant as always!
11 posted on 09/04/2009 6:19:29 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ5SVDYBNrY


12 posted on 09/04/2009 6:22:36 PM PDT by cranked
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To: John123

Actually they called Hannity’s fill in today. They do NOT like it when we scream about their agenda and propoganda.


13 posted on 09/04/2009 6:22:55 PM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: Kaslin; metmom

Personality cult?

Is that the new way to spell indoctrination?


14 posted on 09/04/2009 6:24:56 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Kaslin
"The president's strategy on Jan. 20 was to hurl all the vast transformative spaghetti at the wall "

LOL! Oh,my, that's exactly what he's done!!

15 posted on 09/04/2009 6:27:29 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Kaslin

All Communist tyrants get into the personality cult thing. Big Brother is Watching You.


16 posted on 09/04/2009 6:28:09 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Kaslin
"DEAR LEADER!"
17 posted on 09/04/2009 6:30:23 PM PDT by 4Liberty (End-of-Life counseling = End-of-Care counseling)
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To: Salvation

18 posted on 09/04/2009 6:32:57 PM PDT by 4Liberty (End-of-Life counseling = End-of-Care counseling)
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To: potlatch

I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SNORT





19 posted on 09/04/2009 6:36:32 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . . . . KILLAGRAM@WHITEHOUSE.GOV . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve
Song for a New Day
Sung to the North Korean National Anthem

Chicago's windy streets sent you to us,
To lead us into change and make it good,
Barak the First our Dear Leader,
We'll silence those who don't want change.
We'll start with those on talk radio,
Rush, and Hannity are first to go.
And a special place for Glenn Beck, you know!
We'll make them pay for what they said.
We'll be ever true our Dear Leader ,
Hear every word that you pronounce.
The townhall people will be sent away,
And then we'll have our new day!
20 posted on 09/04/2009 6:39:56 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: omega4179
They do NOT like it when we scream about their agenda and propoganda.

Tough noogies.

Pump up the volume.
21 posted on 09/04/2009 6:51:59 PM PDT by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: Kaslin

Captive audience equals indoctrination! If you think this is the first your wrong, fox news just aired show tonight on what and who are writing our text books for our children, a real eye opener. We are being attacked from all sides now. American culture is in danger of extinction!


22 posted on 09/04/2009 6:53:38 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (The clowns need a correction!)
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To: omega4179

A bunch of the libs have been comparing a speech that George HW Bush made in Oct. 1991 to schoolchildren. In it he did ask that schoolchildren write to him and tell him how they could help “us”.

As usual the libs are drawing a faulty comparison. GHW Bush did not issue any government approved lesson plans giving assignments that excerpts from his other speeches and books by/about him be read and that children be graded on how they listened and reacted to his speech by making short term goals and having teachers check up on them later in the year to make sure they were achieving them for the President.

GHW Bush did not say anything political in his speech. We haven’t seen Obama’s speech, but there is no way you can convince me that if there hadn’t been this outcry that he wouldn’t have used the chance to indoctrinate the kids on the global warming scare, the virtues of green living and universal healthcare.


23 posted on 09/04/2009 6:57:04 PM PDT by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: Kaslin

“Steyn’s the best” bump...


24 posted on 09/04/2009 6:57:17 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: Kaslin
scamwow
25 posted on 09/04/2009 6:59:59 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Elyse

Like I said, GWB was reading books to small children, not broadcasting propoganda to every school, at lunchtime no less.


26 posted on 09/04/2009 7:02:33 PM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: John123

You are missing the point. “Progressives” work from emotion. The more people they can get to vote from emotion, rather than experience and reason, then the better chance they have of gaining power.

Younger folks fill that bill just fine, thank you.

Read this for an eye opener:

http://www.pierretristam.com/Bobst/08/c102008.htm

“In other words, high school students are in a better position to cast an open-minded vote, and certainly one less burdened by the prejudices of history and ideology, than their elders.

In that case, why stop at 16 (as in Austria, Brazil and Nicaragua)? Why not 14, 10 or 8? Personally, I have no objection to anyone of high school age automatically having the right to vote, or anyone who files taxes, or anyone younger than 14 who passes an adult citizenship test.”


27 posted on 09/04/2009 7:03:31 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Kaslin

I sent an email to my district asking if there would be alternate arrangements for kids whose parents did not want them exposed to obama. So far, I haven’t heard back, which probably means my kids will have a day of home schooling. Maybe we’ll read the Constitution and bill of rights, go to the firing range, read a Bible verse or two... You know, those things that mark me as a bitter-clinger, right wing extremist, birther, and American.


28 posted on 09/04/2009 7:09:22 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: Kaslin

I guarentee you, the speach he is going to say now is much different than originally planned.


29 posted on 09/04/2009 7:09:24 PM PDT by The Wizard (Democrat Party: a criminal enterprise)
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To: BwanaNdege
You are missing the point.

I was of the understanding Obama was just going to talk to the grade school kids... and they will still be too young to vote for him in 2012...

30 posted on 09/04/2009 7:19:19 PM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: potlatch

31 posted on 09/04/2009 7:20:21 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . . DIFFERENT VERSIONS UNDER CONSTRUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Kaslin

"Worship me."

Steyn: "They told him he was the greatest orator since Socrates but, alas, even Socrates would have difficulty playing six sets a night every Open Mike Night at the Soaring Rhetoric Lounge out on Route 127."

32 posted on 09/04/2009 7:28:36 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Think about that for a moment. It's not a waste of time if you don't plan to leave.

Well then you don't need voters at all then

33 posted on 09/04/2009 7:43:45 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;))
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To: John123

I can feel it...I seriously can but not without the People’s revolution. We need passionate patriots and not business manager’s running the Republican party now. It’s obvious.

We need the “regular” guy leading this revolution.


34 posted on 09/04/2009 8:00:49 PM PDT by Shaka
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To: al baby
Well then you don't need voters at all then

Oh, they want voters, make no mistake about it. They just don't allow the votes to change anything.

35 posted on 09/04/2009 9:46:37 PM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: al baby
Think about that for a moment. It's not a waste of time if you don't plan to leave.

Well then you don't need voters at all then

Frankly, if he attempts a coup of some kind, it will be a whole new ballgame...and I don't know what kind of support he will need.

And it sure looks like he and his minions are planning something, because America, thanks to Beck and Limbaugh, is catching onto Obama and his presidency, for all intents and purposes, is dead in the traditional sense IMHO.

36 posted on 09/05/2009 2:17:13 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: John123
Obama is vacating the WH... he has zero political capital left... he is gone in 2012...

True in the traditional sense.

He will either accept the fact that his presidency is lame or manufacturer some kind of crisis that would permit him to declare a state of emergency and proceed from there to take control...temporarily at first, then segue from there into a more permanent coup.

37 posted on 09/05/2009 2:23:45 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Kaslin; All
Obama Overexposed
 
 

38 posted on 09/05/2009 2:34:11 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: John123
You can tell Obama is desperate when he is wasting time trying to convert kids that won’t be old enough to vote for him in 2012...

No, but they will be old enough to help elect him "President for Life" in 2020.

39 posted on 09/05/2009 6:50:56 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin
A teacher friend of mine was telling me today how their school was all in love with ZERO and for the plans for the speech to the schoolkids they even got a LESSON PLAN from the White House on what the teachers should be doing to prepare in advance for the speech etc. It is so much like Hitler did to the youth it is frightening!!

Interestingly the school is 90% Haitians and as far as they are concerned ZERO can do NO WRONG!!

40 posted on 09/05/2009 2:34:39 PM PDT by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: Elyse
A bunch of the libs have been comparing a speech that George HW Bush made in Oct. 1991 to schoolchildren. In it he did ask that schoolchildren write to him and tell him how they could help “us”.

As usual the libs are drawing a faulty comparison. GHW Bush did not issue any government approved lesson plans giving assignments that excerpts from his other speeches and books by/about him be read and that children be graded on how they listened and reacted to his speech by making short term goals and having teachers check up on them later in the year to make sure they were achieving them for the President.

GHW Bush did not say anything political in his speech. We haven’t seen Obama’s speech, but there is no way you can convince me that if there hadn’t been this outcry that he wouldn’t have used the chance to indoctrinate the kids on the global warming scare, the virtues of green living and universal healthcare.

Check out post#16

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2332767/posts?page=16#16

41 posted on 09/05/2009 7:10:34 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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