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by Free Market Duck

Hey, kids, got game?  Got rap?  Wanna be a rich movie star?  “That isn’t hard work,” says Obama, “and chances are you ain’t gonna be any of those things.”
Sep 8, 2009

Washington, DC – Well giddyup, girl friends, has everybody read Big Brother Obama's Prepared Speech to America's students for Tuesday?  Let me spare you all the excitement and summarize it for you:  the underlying moral philosophy in Obama's speech to America's school children is that it is their moral duty to work hard to sacrifice themselves for the public good of the collectivist state.

   And “wash their hands a lot.”

   After plowing through President Obama's narcissistic over-use of his first person singular pronoun, "I want you to do this," "I want you to do that," "I, I, I" – sounds like a Cancun drinking contest -- to ad infinitum, he then starts in on his obviously state collectivist propaganda.  To the uninitiated or very politically naive, it sounds, at first, like a sleepy little ho-hum, benign speech babbling about how kids should stay in school and work hard.  But listen to where, politically, Obama's narcissistic first person singular pronoun leads the student in his not-so-benign speech.  "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."  And then, here's where Obama starts injecting the role of the collectivist state, "I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, blah blah blah..."

   What?  The “government’s responsibility for setting standards?”  This is absurd.  We’re not talking about the Office of Weights and Measures and how many grains of .995 gold comprises a Double Eagle coin.  It’s not the government's responsibility to educate our children or set collectivist educational standards.  It’s the government's responsibility to protect their freedoms from infringements, not set statist standards.

   Then he talks about the teachers' responsibilities for the state's collectivist education system.  And the principals.  And the parents.  He admonishes principals, teachers, and parents in his speech to the students because next he wants to admonish the students themselves by saying, "And that's what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education."  Not education for yourself per se, however, my dear little Sixth Graders, but for our collectivist state, as we soon learn further on in Obama’s Speech.

   Why is Obama concerned about everybody's, especially the student's, responsibility to America's collectivist public education system?  Because the kids, and therefore their authoritarian education, are part of his view of America as a future socialist state and Obama wants to make sure everybody does their part to transform America into His Big Commune.  Public Education is a key to accomplish his Marxist goals.

   (Note:  as the WSJ just reported, Congress will soon vote, and probably quietly pass this year, Obama's and the Democrats' program to add $1 trillion more in government debt to shift student loans from a 20% share of "government liability" to more than 80%.  And who is this "government liability?"  It's you, the taxpayers.  The taxpayers will soon "own" Sally Mae -- U.S. government student loan liabilities -- and go into debt for another trillion dollars just like our $5 trillion dollar Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie Mae indebtedness for home mortgages.  Whoa, that Federal Reserve; they sure know how to "work" a captive market with pulp fiction dollars, don't they?)

   One irony of all of this is:  the fact that Obama is even giving this speech is an indictment of Pub Ed's dismal failure.  Why does he feel the need to talk to our school children, besides the fact that he wants to brainwash them into becoming engineers for the government?  Because 47% of our nation’s high school kids don’t even graduate.

   The dismal failure rate, however, does not stop Obama from brow beating the students until morale improves.  As we discover further down in our President’s rather transparently Marxist speech, education is not supposed to be for the students' own happiness or self esteem per se; it is for training workers for Obama’s future socialist state.  Students must lose their identity.  They should not learn for themselves qua their own happiness, Obama is saying, since in state collectivism that would be selfish and selfishness is a big No-No in a socialist society.  Selfishness, or one’s concern for one’s own best interests, leads to individual thinking, individual rights, individual freedom and free markets with limited government, the exact opposite of what Obama is preaching.

   Obama’s words have been carefully chosen to surreptitiously promote state collectivism.  They are not accidental.  And they are aimed at your children’s brains.

   The morality of selfishness -- i.e. the valid philosophy of individuals acting voluntarily with other individuals in their own self interests, which is the basis for free market capitalism -- is the exact opposite of the morality of self sacrifice of the individual to the collectivist state.  Free market capitalism is not something Obama is advocating.  In fact, he wants to "transform" America from free market capitalism to Marxist socialism.  And that's precisely why he wants to inculcate his not-so-hidden collectivist philosophy into your children's brains with his Tuesday Speech.

   As proof, Obama finally starts revealing his real message further down in his speech, "And this isn't just important for your own life and your own future.  What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country.  What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future."

   No mention of individual rights and freedoms.  No mention of the youth of America choosing to do what they want to do for themselves instead of their country or government, choosing to study for their own self interests, their own happiness, or the right to the fruits of their own labor, or private property, or obtaining wealth to help out their own families.  It’s all about saving the socialist state and the state’s presumed assumption of power over the entire market.  Did not Obama just take over GM and fire its CEO?

   And no pressure on the kids, right?  The future of mankind and the entire universe rests on your shoulders, says Barack Obama to all the little Third Graders; Sally stop pinching Peter's left arm.

   And “challenges?”  Like what “challenges?”  Note how Obama cloaks his view of “challenges” as “government challenges,” not individualist or intellectual challenges.  He demands that our kids must work for the public good, the state, the government, as he says, "You'll need to cure cancer and AIDS; you'll need to develop new energy to save our environment; you'll need to fight poverty and homelessness and crime and discrimination; you'll need to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy."  Sounds like a U.S.S.R. home-coming speech by Putin in Russia.

   "Boost our economy?”  Oops, how did this Keynesian socialist view get into Obama’s speech?  Not by accident.  Obama continues, "If you don't do that" -- if you quit on our state collectivist school system which exists to serve the authoritarian government -- "you're not just quitting on yourself," and here's the statist punch line, "you're quitting on your country."

   It is not self esteem or encouragement as an individual per se -- an individual who has the right to succeed for the sake of his or her own happiness regardless of what type of socialist state -- that Obama is trying to inculcate into our students' brains, it is the philosophy of the individual as a self sacrificial animal to the collectivist state that Obama is propagandizing to young minds, many of them too young to understand the insidiousness of his Marxist propaganda.

   Then Obama pulls the Let's-Cry-With-Wheel-Chair-Examples Card by introducing three hard luck stories of kids who have it really rough, you know, as an example to other kids who may be thinking about not participating in Obama's Pub Ed system for the new Marxist America.  Sob, sob, sob, sounds like he's still on the campaign trail.  "Don't ever give up on yourself," says Obama, pretending to be concerned for them as individuals but then revealing his real socialist concern, "because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country."  There it is again.  Country, nation, the Fatherland, the state collective.

   Obama finally dumps on the kids in the only portion of his speech that mentions individual achievement and rewards by referring to several career examples as becoming rich and successful without any hard work, by dissing anybody who succeeds at "rapping" (insinuating that music and popular rock groups are inherently bad bad bad because they don’t work to solve state collectivist, government problems) or "basketball" (insinuating that all athletes got rich by not working hard) and "TV stars" (I'm sure the Hollywood crowd is just going to love this one), finishing off his sentence by saying, "chances are, you're not going to be any of those things."

   Whoa, dude, kick me in the teeth, why don’t you?

   Hey, the only time Obama mentions individual success and free market rewards of wealth for the sake of the individual instead of the Omnipotent State, and he chooses to slap the kids and their dreams right upside their little free market noggins.  Obama brings up the examples of free market success in music, sports, and acting in order to blast the dreams of millions of kids who are busy wearing sports team apparel, their favorite rock group T-shirts, and idolizing their favorite movie stars because those careers or dreams of success do not fit into his “work hard for our state collectivist system” message.  Obama disses many kids’ dreams, free market capitalist dreams, by essentially saying, don't bother going in those directions, because if you ain't working your butt off at 90 MPH in our boring-ass Public Education system to become a little cog in My Big Socialist State Wheel solving AIDs and boosting jobs in our economy, not only is that BAD, you probably ain't going to make it anyway, you little individualist dinkleberries trying to make it outside my state collectivist education system.  Slap, slap, slap.

   So stay in school and save our nation.  It's your duty, kid.  And you can’t hit a high-C or play A-minor rock n roll riffs anyway, Jimi Hendrix, van Halen, and Yngwie Malmsteen.  Bash their dreams, Obama, bash their dreams.

   Obama continues brow beating little Fifth Graders into studying for the sake of His Future Marxist State by trying to offload this Big Lie on our kids' shoulders, "The story of America is about students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation."  Really?  Let’s get our revolutionary facts straight, Barack.  Actually, the Founding Fathers were not educated in a state school system; they were either self educated (Benjamin Franklin) or educated by private tutors or private schools.  And, unlike Barack Obama, they were fighting for less government, not more government, for more freedom, not less freedom, and certainly not for national socialism.

   And now for Obama's Big State Collectivist Summary:  "So today, I want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be?  What [state collectivist] problems are you going to solve?  What discoveries [for the public good, not for your own intellectual interests] will you make?  What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?"

   Hey, how about asking the kids what they want to do for themselves?  What makes them happy?  What are their intellectual leanings, their artistic gifts, for themselves, not to solve government problems as some sort of collectivist duty?  Why do they have to do anything for "the country?"  Or the state collective?  Or the government?  Or Obama and his previous Green Czar Van Jones’ Marxist Borg?

   The point is, Obama is not concerned about school children qua individuals but rather as little cogs in his future collectivist wheel.  Obama’s speech is pure out and out Marxist, socialist, communist, state collectivist propaganda and he makes no attempt to hide it.  He finds it easier to brainwash the kids instead of their parents, given all the hullaballoo that's been happening at all the recent Town Hall Meetings, tea parties, and the upcoming 9-12 March on Washington by Republicans, Democrats, AND Independents alike.

   Obama finishes off his final surreptitious brow beating of our children with the typical guilt approach, "Your families, your teachers, and I [Big Brother First Personal Singular Pronoun again] are doing everything we can do to make sure you have the education [nationalized public education] you need to answer these questions," you know, how're you going to play your part in Obama's Collectivist State?  "I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn."  Oh thank you, Big Brother, for your concern about what I need in my education to fit into Your Marxist Plans for me.  "But [and here it is, folks, the inevitable statist demand] you've got to do your part, too.  I expect this, I expect that, I demand this of you, blah blah blah."  "So," brow beat, brow beat by Obama, "don't let us down -- don't let your family or your country [there it is again, state collectivism] or yourself [but only as a cog in His Wheel] down."

   Once again, the underlying moral philosophy in Obama's speech to America's school children is that it is their moral duty to work hard to sacrifice themselves for the public good of the collectivist state.

   Not once does Obama’s speech encourage the children to study and become happy and succeed for themselves, as individuals, who have the right to be all they can be, irrespective of his presumed role for them as little cogs in his future collectivist state.

   By the way, children, Obama wants "you to all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don't feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter." – FM Duck

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