Dear Readers: I wanted to update everyone on the status of the Obama Address to school children, slated for 9:00 am PST tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 8th). The Young Prince will NOT be indoctrinated, at least not this year. An email exchange with his teacher indicates she will be too busy. It seems that running through the rules and introductions on the first day back is more vital than listening to President Obama — again!
In other word, our heroic teacher is too busy actually teaching to indoctrinate.
Capitalist Hero Kimberly Dvorak has reprinted Obama’s intended address; the full post is HERE. A snippet is below:
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
Let’s to a bit of a comparison, shall we. Below are portions of President Reagan’s November 1988 speech to schoolchildren (courtesy of another Capitalist Hero, Rosita the Prole):
And in our country, our Constitution is by the people, and it tells the Government what it can do. And only those things listed in the Constitution, and nothing else, can Government do. So, in America, it is the people who are in charge. And one day you’ll be those people out there voting and creating the Government.
That vision of self-government was the basis for the American Revolution, the first revolution of its kind and one of the most important historic events not just for our own nation but for all humanity. Because most revolutions have always just been a case of replacing one set of rulers for another set of rulers. Ours was that kind of a constitution where, for the first time, it was announced — what I’ve told you before already — that the people were in charge of the Government, not the other way around.
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But America’s world leadership goes well beyond the tide toward democracy. We also find that more countries than ever before are following America’s revolutionary economic message of free enterprise, low taxes, and open world trade. These days, whenever I see foreign leaders, they tell me about their plans for reducing taxes and other economic reforms that they’re using, copying what we have done here in our country. I wonder if they realize that this vision of economic freedom — the freedom to work, to create and produce, to own and use property without the interference of the state — was central to the American Revolution when the American colonists rebelled against a whole web of economic restrictions, taxes, and barriers to free trade. The message at the Boston Tea Party — have you studied yet in history about the Boston Tea Party, where, because of a tax, they went down and dumped the tea in the harbor? Well, that was America’s original tax revolt. And it was the fruits of our labor — belonged to us, and not to the state. And that truth is fundamental to both liberty and prosperity.
Reagan’s speech is uplifting, which reminds children the our government is by the people for the people. It is uplifting. Obama’s speech is full of Obama. As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey puts it succinctly, it is all about the O 56 times. Obama’s words are utterly forgettable.
Tomorrow after school, I will show the Young Prince a Reagan Classic speech:
Followed by a Sarah Palin speech: