Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer is warning of a new menacing initiative by President Obama: To indoctrinate our children into his grand socialist agenda!
The source of Greer's ire, as expressed in a new press release
, is that the Department of Education has recently announced a September 8 national address
by President Obama to America's students, in which the department says Obama "will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning." This would appear to be a pretty much non-partisan message on personal responsibility and character.
Greer sees it differently, though:
"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology. The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power."
Greer also adds:
"While I support educating our children to respect both the office of the American President and the value of community service, I do not support using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda. The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President's agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President's initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates."
It should be noted that Greer is seen as one of the more sensible, mainstream Republicans, as he is a long-time ally of moderate Gov. Charlie Crist.
Requests for comment to the Florida GOP were not returned. A call was placed to the Department of Education, as well, which had no comment.
It's too bad the Florida GOP didn't get back us, as we did have some very important questions. For example, has Greer ever seen a movie called Doctor Strangelove?