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September 4, 2009
Obama speech to students smacks of Orwell's '1984'

Remember George Orwell's famous novel "1984"?  It became famous for its portrayal of pervasive government surveillance and control, the government's increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual, and calculated brainwashing of the masses, especially society's youth.

Barack Obama must be well versed in Orwell's novel.  Obama is scheduled to deliver an address to “students across the nation” on September 8th, and many folks I've spoken to in Goffstown find this disturbing and objectionable, I among them.  There is also a video contest for kids 13 and over.  They are encouraged to produce a video of two minutes or less in response to the speech and upload it to YouTube.  Even my daughter, a senior at Goffstown high school, has questioned the motives behind Obama's planned 'sales pitch', as she calls it.  

Knowing how Obama’s handlers and the media have tried so hard to build up a personality cult centered on him, I can’t help but be reminded of how little children in North Korea sing songs to the Dear Leader. One might suppose that a speech that is supposed to emphasize the importance of education would be innocuous enough, but consider:

  1. During Obama’s campaign, he placed special emphasis on early education, to the point that it could be seen as government intrusion into family life.
  2. Many parents already, with considerable justification, think of public education as a vehicle for political indoctrination by the left. What more effective method than a direct address from the president?
  3. What business does the president have addressing students about anything? Is there any part of our lives that he doesn’t feel he needs to be personally poking into?
  4. Will this be the first of many such occasions during the school year?
  5. Is he following the path of other dictators in trying to win over the young people and set them against their parents politically? Or use them to try to persuade their parents about supporting his agenda? Remember, this type of thing has been a frequent tactic in the global warming controversy, requiring kids to watch Al Gore’s film, etc.
  6. Aren’t parents right to be concerned and possibly not allow their children to participate in this exercise?

Students are to deal with questions like, “What is the president trying to tell me?” and “What is the president asking me to do?” (see Obama's "Menu of Classroom Activities - PreK-6" and "Menu of Classroom Activities - Grades 7-12" concerning the broadcast speech.)

You may think this is normal and OK.  I think it’s creepy, and another attempt to sway our young children towards Obama's political agenda. 



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