Tuesday, September 08, 2009

From 1991: Bush Speaks to School Children, Event "Carefully Staged for Political Benefit," says Washington Post

Will we ever be finished with the whining, self-serving hypocrisy and nasty name-calling of the Left? Probably not in my lifetime. I would be ashamed to be affiliated with the Democrat party. Ashamed.

In an opinion piece posted today by Byron York at Beltway Confidential, York reminds us that when President George H.W. Bush spoke to school children in October of 1991, the day after his speech, the Washington Post went ballistic, accusing the White House of using the speech as paid political advertising: "The White House turned a Northwest Washington classroom into a television studio and its students into props."

Criticism of Bush went even further than that (oh big, big surprise there!). Rep. William Ford (D, Michigan), chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush's appearance. Unfortunately for Ford, Byron York tells us, the GAO concluded that the Bush administration had not acted improperly.

Fast-forward eighteen years to President Obama speaking to school children today. People have expressed concern that Obama's speech to school children is more about himself and his own Leftist agenda; it's another self-referential speech, mentioning himself 56 times and the country only four. Predictably, the hysteria from the Left over any criticism of Obama is loud and long. We are told Obama's speech is a "terrific message," designed to challenge and inspire. However, the nasty, insane Right-wing lunatic fringe, "as expected," have hijacked the issue and have either "gone completely mad or lost all control of its racial bigotry. Either scenario," writes political analyst Andy Ostroy, " is equal parts frustrating, infuriating, shameful, and scary."

Again and again, over and over, criticizing anything our first African-American President does is termed racist and/or bigoted by those of the "Left-wing lunatic fringe." Who would have predicted that [do I really need the /sarc tag]?

Ostroy goes on to say that all of this criticism of Obama is nothing more than illogical, irrational, ignorance, fear, racism [his emphasis], and emotional vitriol [he gets all of that into two sentences--wow]. He says he "imagines" that critics simply don't want their conservative children getting the message that its OK for a young [young? Funny, nobody called me "young" when I was 48] black man to be so powerful. "These parents are perpetuating the biggest mind-fuck of all on their kids. . . ." Nice.

Ostroy isn't done yet: it's moronic, it's indoctrination, and people have "simply lost their minds." And a drumroll please: "The people stirring up all this school-speech trouble are no different than the misguided tea baggers [a nasty term that his mother ought to wash his mouth out for using--look it up in the urban dictionary], the town-hall goons, the birth-certificate 'truthers'. . . ." Obama is "black [again, his emphasis], people. Get used to it. Because whether you like it or not, he's gonna be running things for another seven-plus years."

Well, I guess when you have NOTHING to argue with, like facts, logic, or even reasoned opinion, then the only thing you've got, like Ostroy here, is name-calling.

Let me tell you something, Andy Ostroy, political analyst, something you'd better "get used to" pretty quick. People like me are sick and tired of being told we're bigots and racists and morons and nutjobs every time we turn around and every time we disagree with your "young, black, powerful" guy in the White House. It's wearing mighty thin; working the white guilt thing may have been a good strategy during the campaign for getting your guy elected, but it's not going to work so well for you anymore. We know what we are. We aren't bigots; we aren't racists; we aren't the lunatic fringe because we disagree with a socialist agenda. We are people who love our country and are concerned that we're being taken down a road that we don't want to go down.

And by the way, Andy, it's gonna be three-plus years, not seven, and even that will seem like forever.

Oh, and P.S. I know that's a picture of George W. Bush and the reference is to George H. W. Bush speaking to school children. I just liked that picture. "W" wasn't perfect, but he was a good, decent man, and I miss him as President.

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