[Guest post by DRJ]
Texas parents are joining the boycott of Barack Obama’s speech to students next Tuesday, and the Houston Independent School District has “directed principals to give parents a heads-up if they are planning lessons around Obama’s speech so parents can opt out their children.” Parents are concerned students will miss important lessons if they participate in related instructional activities or that they will be ostracized if they don’t participate.
But Obama does have his defenders:
“It’s hard to imagine anything more ridiculous than attacking the president of the United States for talking to students about the importance of getting a good education and being a good citizen,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which monitors public education in Texas.
“I wish our elected leaders were responsible enough to denounce this kind of wild-eyed paranoia,” Miller said. “But the problem is too many of them are actually feeding this kind of nonsense — like when the governor flirts with secessionists and State Board of Education members say the president sympathizes with terrorists.”
I feel your pain, Ms. Miller. It’s like when the official Obama website asks supporters to send out notices and wage a coordinated phone campaign against Americans exercising their First Amendment Rights:
“All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”
Now we know. Organizing for America = “wild-eyed paranoia.”