Gary Bauer: Obama’s Speech to Children Is an ‘Unprecedented’ Abuse of Power

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Gary Bauer, the religious conservative leader who was undersecretary of Education under President Reagan, and who now runs American Values, tells supporters in his daily email that the president’s Sept. 8 speech to schoolchildren is an example of the White House “using its power in unprecedented ways.” Parents, writes Bauer, should “sit in” on their children’s classes to keep watch on the president.

The full statement, bolded for emphasis:

Barack Obama will deliver a nation-wide address to students this coming Tuesday, September 8th. This will be the first day of classes for many children across the country. The White House plans to broadcast the address live from its website. Principals were notified of the plan in a letter addressed to them by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The White House claims that Obama will “challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.” He will also say that it is a “shared responsibility” among parents, students, and educators to make the learning experience as successful as possible. That may seem harmless enough, but is it appropriate? How would the media have reacted if President Bush had been beamed into classrooms coast-to-coast?

The Department of Education has offered educators “classroom activities” to go along with Obama’s message. Younger students in grades K-6 are encouraged to learn about the background of the President of the United States by reading books about former presidents and Obama. For students in grades 7-12 teachers are urged to utilize quotes from Obama’s speeches regarding education so that the students can understand the president’s message. Some of the questions they should ask themselves include: “How will President Obama inspire us? How will he challenge us? And why did he want to speak to us today?”

Once again, the Obama Administration is using its power in unprecedented ways, this time injecting itself into the nation’s classrooms. Tuesday may be a good day to sit in on your child’s classes.

Earlier today, Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer blasted the president for trying to “indoctrinate” children in “socialism.”

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Name
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

Actually, President Bush DID sit in on childrens' classes, with much the same salutory effect Dan Quayle had in his attempts to “further” elementary education. Much unintentional hilarity ensued, and of course laughter is good for everyone.

When I was a kid, we had a photo of the president on the wall of every classroom. Of course, that was before we had presidents who were just blatantly out to enrich their corporate cronies to the detriment of everyone else. Halliburton, anyone?


strangely_enough
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

Today's non-sequitur nonsense talking point: It's only acceptable if a Republican president visits a school for a photo op.


johnmccutchen
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 1:28 am

My Pet Goat


Virtus
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

And if Pres. Bush had given a speech to students televised during school hours by ABC and was accomanied by a study guide produced by the Dept of Education that instructed the students to “write letters to <themselves>” thinking of ways they can “help President Bush” and for the teacher to remind them later what they promised to do an hold them accountable, you would be up in arms too.
Get your facts. Of couse, as of last night the Dept of Ed has changed the study guide due to complaints.


rkossik
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

This is a great project to promote personal responsibility. This is precisely what conservatives are asking for, but they can't accept it because it is coming from Obama. Have we become so divided that we can't accept getting we want just because it doesn't come from the right political party?


Marilynt1
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

If only it were just about education and children and messages they need. It's an agenda and it scares me to death.


Name
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

This just seems to be the wrong time for this. The youth are a powerful group. In Florida the won a net ban by showing children a dolphin in a net on Saturday morning cartoons. No one saw that the video was of a oceanic institute doing research but portrayed it as commercial fisherman catching dolphins. The outlawing of nets passed. Children were saddened and told their parents which in turn they voted to ban the nets.
My perception of this speech to the children is a measure the Obama admin is using to get the youth involved to help with his goals. Of course the more you advertise the more business you get.
The speech is very inappropriate for this time with all the controversy going on with the medical plan, taxes etc.


panchopancho
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

Pres. Bush had the troops pray for HIM, himself, the president. How sick is that?


jules
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

Hey Gary, I suggest that if you don't trust your local PUBLIC schools then you might want to send your kids to a nice, safe rightwing indoctrination camp/school and pay for it with your own money.


Greg
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

My Pet Goat, anybody?


mike keil
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

Hey righties,

Admit it, you'll do anything on any issue to stop Obama from governing even if it involves kids. You're poisoning the minds of millions of kids by making Obama into some kind of mental pedophile. Hate Socialism, do you? Didn't hear you weep, wail, and gnash your teeth when the corporate welfare gravy train was in town. I listened to Dr.? Walter Williams stammer through the obligatory panegyric for the Founding Fathers as he filled in for the Bloviator Rex. Let business be business, but let the taxpayers pay for the infrastructure corporations get fat on, let the government still issue patents, and let our brave men and women in uniform die for dollars. I hope your movement chokes on its own hypocrisy.

Mike


isaac88
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

I watched in 2nd Grade as Reagan addressed us, in school, about a whole list of things… We wonder why the government sucks. Anytime a politician actually decides to do something completely benign his opponents villianize him for it. People are completely terrified of Obama for a host of reasons and not a single one of them is justified. Is he screwing up left and right with his wasteful spending? Absolutely! He's been a complete disappointment to me so far. Hasn't changed Washington one bit. But am I scared of him? No. Because I'm rational. I'm paying attention to someone besides my pastor and Sean Hannity.


vmc
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

Marilynt1: Who told you that it was an agenda? What the hell are you scared of? Why are you so afraid of everything? Did President Bush scare you to death? He circumvented our constitition; he ran the one supposedly independent part of our government (Justice) from the Whitehouse; he sent thousands to die in a War of Choice. He spent over a trillion dollars of borrowed money on that same war. That was scarey? A President of the United States speaking to school kids is not scarey, unless you are totally brainwashed. I had several supporters tell me that GWBush was my president too, so if you support our system of government, you must show respect for the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. It is really a good thing that all you scared people weren't in charge when the Greatest Generation led this country out of WWII. You would still be hiding under the bed. Where is your fortitude, and faith in our country. What happened to Country First. You all talk a really good game, but when the chips are down, your SCARED TO DEATH.


jct405
Comment posted September 5, 2009 @ 2:06 am

Gary Bauer? Wasn't he pretty much discredited when he spread his family values to a young lady not in his family?


DEDE
Comment posted September 7, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

Get over it America, President OBAMA is the President whether you like it or not, whether you agree with everything he does or not. President Bush's Administration got us in this mess and you want to blast President OBAMA for not clicking his heels and geting us out of it all. I f you are not a part of the solution then you MUST BE A PART OF THE PROBLEM ! Telling students to get a good education and submit their ideas is good. Who do you think will be running the country, when we are all to old to spit, or dead and gone? GET OVER IT !!!!!!!


ellenlois5
Comment posted September 7, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

People need to relax about this. Many school systems have opted to have the airing on Wed. this will give parents a chance to see or read the content before their children. In our school system notice went out and we have the option of not letting our children watch. If parents are being parents (which is questionable in many cases anymore) they will do this and be ready to talk with the children after they have watched. IF this is truely just about their education I think it is great for the kids to hear from the President directly to them but, if he slips in political propaganda it is a shame.


scottiegazelle
Comment posted September 7, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

For anyone who is interested, I think there is something parents of all parties can learn from all this hoopla. Posted here:
http://tiny.cc/Wb5YB


Bob
Comment posted September 7, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

I'd love to send my kids to a non-public school. When will the government give me back my money that is spent on an inferior public education so that I can send them to a private school?

This whole speech is going to be used by unethical teachers to push liberal propoganda and continue the brain washing of students.

On a daily basis, I have to explain to my kids why their teachers do not know what they are talking about regarding social and moral values.

The public schools are a joke and I wish I could afford (wait a minute…I could if they gave me back my money) to send them to private school.


tada5453
Comment posted September 7, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

It's too bad that the original curriculum was not published along side the original speech that was probably planned. In what democratic country do you make posters of the president's inspiring quotes to post all over your classroom. thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Steve_X
Comment posted September 7, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

So in other words, the gist of this article is that a washed-up right-winger with nothing better to do is so stupid that he calls the president's speech to schoolchildren “unprecedented?” It actually makes perfect sense that he would conveniently forget that both Reagan and GHWB spoke to students when they were in office and that they both use their classroom time to preach that good 'ol free market gospel.

After all, nothing says godless communism like telling kids to stay in school and work hard. He's probably prefer for them to quit halfway through so that they can follow their “higher calling” by posting more frequent status updates on Twitter and Facebook.


Phil
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 3:44 am

The Right is bankrupt and devoid of ideas. They have been reduced to howls jeers and hoots. It reminds me of the simian exhibit at the zoo.


Amy
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 5:05 am

Obama has shown me over the last several months that he is utterly incapable of running my country. Look at his actions….it would appear he would like to take this country down. Read history, friends. Socialism, Marxism….it never works. And if you are being honest with yourselves and using a little common sense, it is obvious this is where he wants to take the USA. He has proven himself untrustworthy….what kind of parent am I if I willingly stick his face in front of my child so that he can paint himself as a good 'ol American? He is not! And I will not.


LB
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

that may seem harmless enough, but is it appropriate? How would the media have reacted if President Bush had been beamed into classrooms coast-to-coast?

Isn't the fool aware that Bush WAS beamed into classrooms coast-to-coast?


p27159
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

Interesting that they say “How would the media have reacted if President Bush had been beamed into classrooms coast-to-coast”. Well, Daddy Bush DID have an address to students that was broadcast nationwide! Maybe these fools should get their facts straight.

I am begining to think the CON in CONservative stands for “CON man”. The CONservatives are trying to CON the American people into believing Obama is Evil. This whole uproar over the school address is a clear example how these despicable human beings have gone too far with their constant bashing. It's downright sickening how CONservatives behave.


monkey99
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

Amy,

No pure form of ANY government works. The push for unadulterated Capitalism resulted in the Great Depression. We had it again, almost. That it is “just” a recession is dumb luck.

There should be pockets of all those forms within a government for it to succeed. Look past your xenophobia and realize that Capitalism is NOT the do-all-end-all form you espouse. None of those forms of government you previously mentioned have existed in a pure form anywhere on this planet. So by your reasoning, “1984″ is also possible (except it's too large to implement).

One last thing……and don't take this out of context like you have this subject: Ignorance is just the lack of education. Stupidity is the willful act of refuting education. Stop being stupid! Oh, and I also know it's all about race. You can admit it, the cat's out of the bag. Distrusting the President about telling kids to stay in school and be productive? You know, there isn't an “enemy” behind every tree, bush and rock. Your kids won't come home mesmerized by “Socialist” ideas. They may have learned something constructive, for once. So, are your kids just ignorant, or are you teaching them to be stupid? Your call, but I feel sorry for them if it's the latter.


cmonte
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

Home school your children. It won't cost you a dime and you can save money on clothes by letting them stay in their pajamas all day. Many ultra conservative people protect their children from the evils of public school by doing just that…..


monkey99
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

Phil,

Watch out, though, when they finally figure out they can throw their own doo-doo, It's going to get messy!

But then again, maybe you have plexiglas enclosures (it sure would be embarassing to have right wing crap on your clothes, you wouldn't want to be incorrectly identified!).


deeroydee
Comment posted September 8, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

I see plenty of children who go to public school wearing pajamas and torn jeans as well as uncombed hair.

All the home schoolers I know graduate early so the state will pay their first two years of college. These young people are very respectful, bright, well-rounded, industrious individuals…some even begin their own businesses at 13 or 14. Their parents go out of their way to introduce them to a variety of industries and situations…they volunteer and take field trips, garden, can foods, make soap, etc…so they might only wear pajamas part of the day….unlike those in public schools.


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Jan Bilyew
Comment posted September 9, 2009 @ 2:07 am

What do you mean, “unprecedented” and “if President Bush had…” ? From what I've read, it was done by President Bush and then the democrats through a fit. When will someone from one party ever stand up and say that a president from another party isn't ALL bad.

This is an opportunity for parents to sit down with their children and talk about respect. Respect for themselves, their teachers, and yes, even their leaders. This is a time for parents to talk about the good things the president said, but, also, why they don't agree with him in a lot of matters. This is a time for parents to discuss their own beliefs and why some of those issues are different than what our president believes. It is a time to discuss that not everyone agrees on a lot of issues, but we, respectfully, listen to various viewpoints, but also need to stand up for what we believe in.

Come on. I'm a Republican, but I don't believe that the president had political motives behind his speech. If anyone has political motives, it seems to be you and others who can't find anything good about our president. It makes me wonder how you treat those in your family who don't totally think like you.


SinCityScott
Comment posted September 9, 2009 @ 7:17 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — On the very first day of the school year, 12-year-old Mileena Rodriguez was reminded by President Barack Obama himself that hard work can take you places.Mileena listened to Obama's plea to study hard and stay in school Tuesday, watching along with several of her classmates at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and students across the country. For all the hubbub among adults over the back-to-school speech, many youngsters took the president's message to heart.

“He said that we're the future, and he's right,” said Mileena, who wants to be a forensic scientist. “That's a president telling you, `I care about you getting your education.' Just imagine what kids like us can do if we actually listen.”

Schoolchildren from coast to coast watched on classroom TVs and computer screens. Others did not hear the message at all, either because their parents pulled from them from class or their schools refused to carry the speech over complaints from conservative groups and others that it smacked of political indoctrination.

In his speech, which aired on C-SPAN and the White House Web site, Obama used examples from his own life to urge students to study hard. He told them to stop chasing dreams of being athletes or reality TV stars.

“The truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject you study. You won't click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try,” Obama said.

Other presidents, including Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, delivered similar speeches to students, but some conservatives accused Obama of trying to promote his policies, and they urged schools and parents to boycott the address. Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer initially called the speech an attempt to “spread President Obama's socialist ideology.”

The Department of Education was also criticized for proposed lesson plans distributed to accompany the speech, including a section — later changed — that asked students to write about how they could help the president.

Schools were not required to show the speech, and the White House posted an advance transcript on its Web site on Monday. After they got a look at the text, many critics, including Greer, backed off, and some schools agreed to show the speech after all.

Still, others were glad they kept their kids out of class.

“They don't need to be told by the president what their responsibilities are. It's the parents' responsibility to teach them that, not the government,” said Ryan Christensen, a carpet cleaner who asked that his 10-year-old daughter be pulled from a fifth-grade class watching the speech in Caldwell, Idaho.

In Marietta, Ga., the elementary school that Mollie Cushing's two daughters attend chose not to air the president's address. And that was just fine with Cushing.

“We're not really happy with the way the country is right now, so I don't have real warm fuzzies about the whole thing,” said Cushing, a stay-at-home mom and Republican. “I don't think there's going to be anything he will touch on that will be important.”

The uproar followed Obama to Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., where he delivered the speech. A small band of protesters greeted his motorcade when it arrived at the school outside the nation's capital. One carried a sign reading: “Mr. President, stay away from our kids.”

Karen Miller, a former PTA official and a longtime education activist in the Houston area, said she initially had concerns about the speech and accompanying lesson plans. “Whenever a political figure goes to a public school, one has to be very cautious,” she said.

After hearing the speech, however, Miller said she found it inspiring.

“The message he gave to children was so appropriate, that you shape your destiny no matter the hand you're dealt,” she said. “The message was absolutely on target. I had chills.”

All schools in the 163,000-student Philadelphia district were encouraged to show the speech, which coincided with the first day of school.

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, a Republican, had originally criticized the speech and its suggested lesson plans as “steps never before seen by any presidency in the realm of government intervention.” But he said his concerns eased after some of the lesson plans were changed.

“It was perfectly innocuous and a praiseworthy message,” he said Tuesday.

At Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Wash., a racially and economically diverse district outside Seattle, sophomores listened attentively to the address. Fifteen-year-old Ariana Steele said the message connected with her.

“When you see someone of such power saying what your parents say or your teachers have said, like all your life, it really makes it more powerful to you and it really makes you want to try more,” she said.

And William Geist, a San Francisco fifth-grader who likes to sleep late, listened closely to Obama's story of studying with his mother at 4:30 a.m.

“Now since I heard this speech, I'm like, `Man, I've got to get up early in the morning. I've got to get ready for school. I've got to do this,'” William said.

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Associated Press writers Dorie Turner, Donna Blankinship, Jessie L. Bonner, Terence Chea and Alan Zagier contributed to this report.

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Joy
Comment posted September 9, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

At least Gary Bauer told parents to go to school to see what's happening. Where I live the Presidents message was banned. No students were allowed to see it. I was very upset about that decision. Yesterday I wrote to following essay.

An American President Banned

Today is a very sad day in America. Discrimination is alive and well in our Nation. We did not allow the President of the United States to speak to all the People. Some of those who are the strongest supporters of our Constitution allowed this to happen. We would really have something to worry about if President Obama would have said, “I’m just going to go speak to school children in Harlem or in the Ninth Ward or Atlanta, Detroit and Compton” That would be frightening, but President Obama wanted to speak to all the school children in our Nation today. I listened to a white first grade teacher in Wilson County, TN tearfully express that there were children in her classroom who needed to hear that message. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

We, the white people, don’t like how black youths act in this country. We don’t like the crime. We complain about the Welfare rolls, etc. What are we, the white people, doing to help this go away. Do we really want it to go away or do we just not want it in our backyard. There are plenty of races, creeds and colors in America committing crimes, etc., the bad stuff, but the message of recent weeks seems to focus on Black America. I was in the home of a relative last week, who was watching Glenn Beck on Fox News. I was trying to ignore it, but all I saw was the white face with blond hair and blue eyes ranting and raving as he showed video of black face after black face. I’m very sorry, but this didn’t seem much different from what I saw in my southern upbringing on TV of Lester Maddox or George Wallace. I was taught that, “Actions speak louder than words.” We say we’re not prejudice or racist concerning the Ban today, but our actions speak otherwise. Put your feet in the shoes of Black America today.

This day has made a liar out of me. Until recently, I lived in California for twenty years. While living and working there, I often had to fight stereotypes portraying Southern people as dumb and racist. I was very offended. Can you imagine somebody thinking you were dumb just because of the way you talk or that you are racist just because you are from Atlanta, GA.? This assumption came from both blacks and whites. Frequently I would say, “Times have changed. It’s not like that anymore.” Sometimes, I would get aggravated when one of my black co-workers would “play the race card”. Well the race card was played today, but it was Southern Whites who played it. I have always been proud of my southern heritage and didn’t like it when they changed our state flags in the South. But eventually, I began to realize what horrible things that represented to Black America. That it wasn’t just about Southern Pride. Google “strange fruit” and see what horrific images come up. Today I was made a liar, because I told people in California “things had changed”.

Some Americans ridicule “The Message of Change”. Some make jokes that end with “here’s your change.” I’m not laughing. We want “them” to change, but it’s the religious and political “Right” that need to change. And what really needs to change, and I am so sad to say, it is not the only the religious, but those who claim to be true Christians. We need to “walk the talk”. We need to check ourselves with the Fruit of the Spirit. I know many of us have quenched the Holy Spirit in our hearts today. We sound so scared. What are we so afraid of? Isn’t our Mighty God still in control? What was Paul’s message? “We need to rally and get rid of this Roman government that is persecuting us!” No, he said, “I must decrease so He can increase.” This message today is not increasing the Kingdom of God. How is our message today speaking to the minorities of our country?

Jesus said,
Mt.25:31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37″Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40″The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41″Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44″They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45″He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for
What did we do to the least of these today?
This action today upsets me as much as the “O.J. Verdict” did thirteen years ago. Both are wrong.

September 8, 2009


Joy
Comment posted September 9, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

An American President Banned
Today is a very sad day in America. Discrimination is alive and well in our Nation. We did not allow the President of the United States to speak to all the People. Some of those who are the strongest supporters of our Constitution allowed this to happen. We would really have something to worry about if President Obama would have said, “I’m just going to go speak to school children in Harlem or in the Ninth Ward or Atlanta, Detroit and Compton” That would be frightening, but President Obama wanted to speak to all the school children in our Nation today. I listened to a white first grade teacher in Wilson County, TN tearfully express that there were children in her classroom who needed to hear that message. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
We, the white people, don’t like how black youths act in this country. We don’t like the crime. We complain about the Welfare rolls, etc. What are we, the white people, doing to help this go away. Do we really want it to go away or do we just not want it in our backyard. There are plenty of races, creeds and colors in America committing crimes, etc., the bad stuff, but the message of recent weeks seems to focus on Black America. I was in the home of a relative last week, who was watching Glenn Beck on Fox News. I was trying to ignore it, but all I saw was the white face with blond hair and blue eyes ranting and raving as he showed video of black face after black face. I’m very sorry, but this didn’t seem much different from what I saw in my southern upbringing on TV of Lester Maddox or George Wallace. I was taught that, “Actions speak louder than words.” We say we’re not prejudice or racist concerning the Ban today, but our actions speak otherwise. Put your feet in the shoes of Black America today
This day has made a liar out of me. Until recently, I lived in California for twenty years. While living and working there, I often had to fight stereotypes portraying Southern people as dumb and racist. I was very offended. Can you imagine somebody thinking you were dumb just because of the way you talk or that you are racist just because you are from Atlanta, GA.? This assumption came from both blacks and whites. Frequently I would say, “Times have changed. It’s not like that anymore.” Sometimes, I would get aggravated when one of my black co-workers would “play the race card”. Well the race card was played today, but it was Southern Whites who played it. I have always been proud of my southern heritage and didn’t like it when they changed our state flags in the South. But eventually, I began to realize what horrible things that represented to Black America. That it wasn’t just about Southern Pride. Google “strange fruit” and see what horrific images come up. Today I was made a liar, because I told people in California “things had changed”.
Some Americans ridicule “The Message of Change”. Some make jokes that end with “here’s your change.” I’m not laughing. We want “them” to change, but it’s the religious and political “Right” that need to change. And what really needs to change, and I am so sad to say, it is not the only the religious, but those who claim to be true Christians. We need to “walk the talk”. We need to check ourselves with the Fruit of the Spirit. I know many of us have quenched the Holy Spirit in our hearts today. We sound so scared. What are we so afraid of? Isn’t our Mighty God still in control? What was Paul’s message? “We need to rally and get rid of this Roman government that is persecuting us!” No, he said, “I must decrease so He can increase.” This message today is not increasing the Kingdom of God. How is our message today speaking to the minorities of our country?
Jesus said,
Mt.25:31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37″Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40″The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41″Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44″They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45″He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for
What did we do to the least of these today?
This action today upsets me as much as the “O.J. Verdict” did thirteen years ago. Both are wrong.

September 8, 2009


Sevensisters
Comment posted September 10, 2009 @ 12:47 am

What an idiot!!! Reagan made speeches for school children…I really don't understand these people!


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makieduffil
Comment posted September 13, 2009 @ 12:34 am

Im 12 years old. Standin at 5'4,175 punds,and i dont think its rite to send kids like me 2 fat camp. Not everybodies purfect. Obama's kids aint perfect either. So all i have to say to u obama,good luck tryin 2 win another 4 years.


vmc
Comment posted September 13, 2009 @ 3:49 am

Makieduffil: Are you for real? The president has better things to do than worry about fat camp for kids, although someone should 5'4″ and 175 is too heavy, especially at your age. My other question is where do you go to school. Do they teach spelling, grammar and punctuation at your school? I am pretty sure I could spell and write better than that when I was 10.


mvpkali
Comment posted September 26, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

i agree with makie duffil even though im not fat because i only weigh 72 pounds so im not heavy like makie duffil but i do agree with her because i have friends that are FAT. Obama i say the same thing.


mvpkali
Comment posted September 26, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

vmc if i were you i would just be quite because makie duffil should weigh that much for here age.
IN YOUR FACE ANYBODY AGREE WITH ME. ALSO NO BODY IS PERFECT.


vmc
Comment posted September 28, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

mvpkali: First be sure and stay in school, you have a lot to learn. I'm 5'4″ and my proper weight is between 130-140 pounds. 175 pounds is not the proper weight for anyone at 5'4″, which is 45lbs overweight and constitutes obesity. Just because you don't agree, doesn't mean you should shout that everyone else should be quiet.
Note the spelling. Quiet not quite.


Kray
Comment posted January 19, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

I am a Christian, a Vietnam Veteran and former police officer. You ask what do “Whites” do for blacks in this country????? Are you serious? That is one of the saddest pathetic things I have heard from a “Christian”??? in a long time.

The black family has fallen apart. Who is ultimately responsible for that? 75% of black newborn children are “bastards”. Who is ultimately responsible for that? You may feel guilty for what you have and/or haven't done but please don't paint with a broad brush Americans in this manner. We are the most loving, caring people in the world. (Save the genocide of abortion of course). Explain why Asians come to this country without anything but within a generation are starting businesses, graduating from college at high rates and succeeding in every field the enter….why is that?

We are not victims….everyone had rain fall on them. We are Americans with equal opportunity for all…..quit whining and step up and be responsible for your actions….Jesus will be proud.


bradylorax
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

Regarding (Bauer, et al's) quote comparing Bush, one of the worst presidents the US has ever seen, whose imbecilic and inane lapdog antics have permanently scarred our foreign policy, our economy, not to mention our self-esteem as a nation – to an articulate and once popular liberal, seems myopic and sides taking at best. As a Republican myself, embarrassed at how the Bush Administration pointed out the short comings and greed of “my party” and my country, I think I caught a whiff of what stinks in conservatives, nation-wide, coming back to haunt us, in those comments.

As a president, residing over his command and country, turning to education to empower and enable his constituency should seem second nature to the educated – to find flaw with that is another black eye and obvious symptom of the archaic side of Republicanism, and fearmongering , and what fails a strong and proud American. I’m curious if (they) were capable, interested, or articulate enough to go back to the drawing board and re-write a more empowering article, highlighting what should be done to better educate our coming generations, more than just creating controversy, finding flaw with anything done by the other side, turning their back on what needs to move our country forward, based on (their version) of “principles…”


bradylorax
Comment posted February 1, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

Regarding (Bauer, et al's) quote comparing Bush, one of the worst presidents the US has ever seen, whose imbecilic and inane lapdog antics have permanently scarred our foreign policy, our economy, not to mention our self-esteem as a nation – to an articulate and once popular liberal, seems myopic and sides taking at best. As a Republican myself, embarrassed at how the Bush Administration pointed out the short comings and greed of “my party” and my country, I think I caught a whiff of what stinks in conservatives, nation-wide, coming back to haunt us, in those comments.

As a president, residing over his command and country, turning to education to empower and enable his constituency should seem second nature to the educated – to find flaw with that is another black eye and obvious symptom of the archaic side of Republicanism, and fearmongering , and what fails a strong and proud American. I’m curious if (they) were capable, interested, or articulate enough to go back to the drawing board and re-write a more empowering article, highlighting what should be done to better educate our coming generations, more than just creating controversy, finding flaw with anything done by the other side, turning their back on what needs to move our country forward, based on (their version) of “principles…”


spelling games for kids
Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

I don't know how long he is going to be able to stay in power with this kind of blunders


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