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Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer takes the Glenn Beck train to Crazyville

September 1, 2009

On Aug. 26, the Secretary of Education sent the following letter to school principals across the nation:

Dear Principal:

In a recent interview with student reporter,
Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first
day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a
national address directly to students on the importance of education.
The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational
goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call
for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students,
parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school
receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global
economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as
American citizens.

You can read the whole thing here.

And here is Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer’s response.

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Katie Gordon
September 1, 2009                                                                                        (850) 339-7087

Greer Condemns Obama’s Attempt to Indoctrinate Students
Tallahassee –
Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer today released the
following statement condemning President Obama’s use of taxpayer
dollars to indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.  
the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer
dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.
The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch
the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks,
and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs,
and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only
infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans,
while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.
I support educating our children to respect both the office of the
American President and the value of community service, I do not support
using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda. The address
scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on
the President’s agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in
our public school system to agree with our President’s initiatives or
be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.
schools can’t teach children to speak out in support of the sanctity of
human life or traditional marriage. President Obama and the Democrats
wouldn’t dream of allowing prayer in school. Christmas Parties are now
Holiday Parties. But, the Democrats have no problem going against the
majority of American people and usurping the rights of parents by
sending Pied Piper Obama into the American classroom.
Democrats have clearly lost the battle to maintain control of the
message this summer, so now that school is back in session, President
Obama has turned to American’s children to spread his liberal lies,
indoctrinating American’s youngest children before they have a chance
to decide for themselves.”

OK. One second.


Obama’s going to tell kids to study hard, stay in school, and yada yada yada – controversial shit, there – and Greer decides that instead he’s going to give a five minute speech that will force them all to join their local communist party or something? Seriously?