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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A Time Out for Conservative Republicans

Today, President Barack Obama will present a pep talk to the nation’s school students about the importance of working hard in school to achieve their goals. He will point out to them that success is hard work, but they all have the chance to take advantage of the opportunities that American society has to offer. Obama will further state that their achievements will help make America a better country.

How do I know this? Okay, I admit I cheated. I read the text of the President’s speech yesterday just after it was released by the White House on the Internet. I held off commenting on the speech until I had read it, because otherwise I would not have known what I was talking about.

This is, I believe, the most intelligent method to talking about a subject. You research it, you read up on it, and you study it from different angles before you even think about discussing the issue. Obviously, this is a concept that is totally alien to those close-minded individuals who resort to stereotyping, to profiling, to making up derogatory accusations about the subject purely because they do not like the messenger.

Many, but not all people described above, could be identified as conservative Republicans. Several people in this group voiced the most salacious and vile accusations last week about Barack Obama’s speech to the nation's schools. They accused the President of using the speech to spread his “socialist agenda”. How could they do this last week, when the speech wasn’t released for public inspection until yesterday?

Did they have an advance copy of the speech? Doubtful! Did they consider the source of the message and assume that it ran counter to everything they believe in? Yes, that is exactly what they did. Did they fabricate stories about the speech to further their anti-Obama arguments because the speech hadn’t been released yet? The answer to that one is obvious. Your honor, I rest my case.

Socialist agenda mentioned in the body of the speech? No, the words socialism, socialist, or socialistic do not appear in the text. Marx and Engels praised as saviors of economic theory? Nada. Clauses drawing comparisons between the student’s hard work and workers controlling the means of production? Hell no!

Conservative Republicans, you should be ashamed of yourselves. This whole episode has exposed you as not having open minds to opposing points of view. Where do you expect to regain the credibility — any credibility — you’ll need to thoughtfully debate the issues facing America after this debacle? You people need a time out.

Go now, stand in the corner, and don’t even think about saying anything until we - those of us who think before we speak — tell you to. While you’re in the corner, think about what your actions have done to this country and to yourselves. I hope you realize how very foolish you look right now.

(Thank you for reading. Please remember the words of Mark Twain, who once said, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, then to open it and remove all doubt.”)


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