With the scheduled piped-in address by President Obama to school children around the nation next week, we step over a line that I don’t believe has been crossed in this country, ever. That is, of having a sitting president deliver a message directly to school children, on a forced basis, accompanied by a White House provided curricula, designed to augment whatever message Obama intends to supply.
While this approach by a U.S. President is best described as untested, it is not without precedent. The heads of state of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea (the Dear Leader), and Venezuela have all spoken to the school children of their nations. One can only conclude that the rationale for such an approach is to communicate an age appropriate message, that leans favorably in support of that leader’s policies. Is there ANY reason to believe that Obama would approach this with a different motive? The short answer for those pondering the question is “NO.” And naturally, this will be pulled off without parental consent or the ability to provide an informed response in reaction to it. It seems to me that this is a form of indoctrination cloaked in the trappings of providing encouragement, or inspiration. Irrespective of a parent’s political leanings, this cannot be viewed as a good thing.
And for those who believe it is not possible to indoctrinate children, watch this. (In answer to the question in the title of the video…..CREEPY!)