Democrats make me want to start believing in social Darwinism…

UPDATE 9/5/09 @ 4 PM:  I am told the LCSD is taping the President’s speech and giving teachers an option to show it to their classes, but not offering teachers the option to show it live.  However, as far as I know, the Express isn’t covering this, nor has there been an explanation given as to why teachers aren’t being given the option to watch the speech live.  Given the stupid hysteria that’s gripped folks on this, I’d also be curious to hear if parents in Lebanon have complained.

…and I hate social Darwinism.  It’s a stupid, fallacious, idea.  Nevertheless, it’s hard not to think about when stuff like this happens.  From the NYT:

HOUSTON — President Obama’s plan to deliver a speech to public school students on Tuesday has set off a revolt among conservative parents, who have accused the president of trying to indoctrinate their children with socialist ideas and are asking school officials to excuse the children from listening.

That this is incredibly stupid (meaning there is zero evidence that Obama’s going to do anything but what he says, which is to tell kids that education is important) on the part of Republicans should be obvious, and as such, given the way politics is conducted in this country, should provide a golden opportunity for Dems to make Republicans look like complete and utter morons.  All they have to say is something like this: “Why do Republicans oppose the President giving a speech about the importance of education?  Do they oppose educating America’s children?  Do they think education isn’t important?  Do they think they have to oppose every single thing the President does?  Why aren’t they working on health care reform or [insert almost anything else – Iraq, Afghanistan, the deficit, etc.]?”

And so on and so forth.  The charges being leveled by Republicans on this one are so painfully, obviously stupid that they should be mocked relentlessly (speaking of which, Jon Stewart is probably kicking himself for being on vacation right now).  Instead, as tristero over at Hullabaloo points out, we get this:

“This isn’t a policy speech,” said Sandra Abrevaya, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “It’s designed to encourage kids to stay in school. The choice on whether to show the speech to students is entirely in the hands of each school. This is absolutely voluntary.”

How the hell the Democratic Party has survived is somewhat of a mystery to me sometimes.  This is a textbook example of buying into a ludicrous frame, and thus legitimizing what is a batshit insane objection.

But that’s just the Dems.  What about the Republicans?  As others have noted, this is what their party has become.  Few of them are speaking out against the crazy, because the crazy is their base.  And that crazy – well, I think what’s really happening here is that a number of them simply can’t accept that Barack Obama, a Democrat (and not even a very liberal one) and, more importantly, a black man, is the President of the United States.  They just don’t want to give little Timmy and little Sally the wrong impression, you know, about who can be President of this great nation.  And that, of course, makes the people who are losing over Obama giving a speech to kids about the importance of education – well, I’m not even going to go there.  You can probably guess what I think.

Oh, and one more thing:  What about the local school districts, particularly Lebanon?  Is this going to be shown in Lebanon?  If not, why not?  Given the hysteria around the country, and given Linn County’s demographics, I suspect there are more than a few ignorant, irate parents calling schools and repeating what they heard on Fox.  And that should be news.

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One Comment on “Democrats make me want to start believing in social Darwinism…”

  1. almost anonymous Says:

    All I can say is “Amen.” This country and it’s political parties have become insane. If the Democrats don’t get their act together pretty soon, I may have to jump ship, but I don’t know where I’ll land other than non-Republican. Scary. Maybe it’s time to move ……

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