Saturday, September 26, 2009

Obama Loves Me, This I Know

Because my teacher tells me so.
You probably have already seen the following video, but if you have not, please watch it. Everyone in America should see this video of schoolchildren being indoctrinated in New Jersey, at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington:

(video added 10/2/09 after previous video was deleted by youtube)

This type of indoctrination, which is happening all over this country, is wrong in so many ways that it is almost incomprehensible that school administrators, teachers, and parents can tolerate what once would have been immediately recognizable as intolerable in a free state.

Starting with what should be obvious, this performance, enthusiastically taught and obviously thoroughly memorized and frequently practiced by eight-year-olds attending a public school funded by taxpayer dollars has co-opted two deeply religious hymns by replacing the Name of the honored Deity with that of Barack Hussein Obama, not neglecting in the process to ascribe some of the Deity's powers to Obama.

The first hymn is the charming children's hymn, "Jesus Loves the Little Children," the refrain of which is:

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

In the United States, no teacher would permit (nevermind teach) a group of eight-year-olds to sing "All are precious in His sight," as is painfully well known. But teaching children that "All are equal in his sight" is no problem whatsoever, as long as the "he" in this rendition is Barack Hussein Obama.

The second is the powerfully moving "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which begins thus:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

And ends thus:

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.

After nine months of an Obama administration, we need not belabor the lack of resemblance between Obama and an all-powerful God.

The indoctrination session shown in this video was led by Charisse Carney-Nunes, apparently a guest of this public elementary school, back in June of 2009, the second occasion on which the little innocents performed these songs for guests; their first performance was in February. Carney-Nunes later posted this video of the children's performance on her Web site. Via Michelle Malkin and ModernConservative:
...Carney-Nunes is senior vice president of The Jamestown Project, “the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama (2009),” and according to her biography, “a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a schoolmate of President Obama.”
The Jamestown Project is housed at the Harvard Law School. Among its many activities, the Jamestown Project hustles Carney-Nunes' children's book (seen in the video), together with accompanying curricula for elementary school children. From one of these:
The central question we seek to answer is, “How do we instill the values of citizenship and active participation into the youngest, and in many ways the most important, members of our democracy?”
In asking that question, the Project jumped the proverbial gun. Before the Project attempts to answer the question they pose, I suggest that its members take a moment to first identify the "values of citizenship" in American society, which, the last time I checked, do not include promoting demagoguery.

Maybe the Project should seek the help of an outside consultant, because an appreciation of the values of citizenship in a free society seems to have slipped beyond the grasp of the Harvard Law School, sort of like an elusive butterfly flitting between the latex-padded fingers of a robotic clown. I will add that, even at Harvard Law School, reading American history (from, say, original sources) and perusing the hymnals used by a majority of Americans does not require taking an oath of allegiance to the Republic or baptism in the Christian faith, as horrific fates as those might seem in the Ivy Tower. Such actions do, however, require a little intellectual curiosity and a dab of intellectual honesty.

And maybe the current public outcry will give a shake to the school administrators, teachers, and parents who are asleep at the wheel at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, New Jersey. They might never permit the children in their care to sing the original lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, with its heavy reliance on the G-word, but it still remains perfectly legal for them (as adults) to open a history book every now and then.

I hope that it will not be too much for them to imagine the impact of their teachings on the young minds in their charge a few years down the road, if fashions change and having Barack Hussein Obama comfortably ensconced on the Diety throne loses its enchantment.

And maybe someone could remind those teachers and parents that each and every one of the children being taught to praise and congratulate Obama for mythical accomplishments is being burdened by his policies with more than $30,000 of debt before they reach the tender age of nine.

1 comment:

  1. There is so much wrong and disturbing about this kind of junk that Carney-Nunes is pulling, it's hard to know where to begin. The fact that the whole thing is a promotion of her children's book is just the icing.

    I think part of this reveals what a small opinion the Ivy League has for your typical American (or human for that matter). They seem to go by the idea that if you make a few kids sing some praises, this will insure a lifelong devotion or something. They should really talk to people who grew up under Stalin, or Kim Il-Sung, or others and find out that singing hymns to the "dear leader" may distort the perception of truth but doesn't re-install their desired version of "truth." Hard to believe how short-sided and badly researched the Ivy League can be at times...