Monday, October 06, 2008
Via Matt Drudge is a video that must be seen to be believed. (There is some additional information and commentary at Newsbusters.)
The clip opens with a group of camouflage-clad adolescents from a charter school repeatedly chanting "Alpha! Omega!" as they march into a room. (A lefty commentator somewhere said that the order was reversed. Whatever.) The kids stop, and each in turn stands aside and, with his arms held almost genie-like, aloft, says, "Because of Obama, I am inspired to be the next [fill in an occupation here]."
Next, they chant through a litany of things (e.g., "take responsibility for our own lives") in between refrains of "Yes we can!"
In their grand finale, the kids tick off the alleged virtues of the Obama plan for physician enslavement -- only they call it the "Obama Health Care Plan".
Their "education", if the above terminology and this absurd exercise are representative of it, has consisted primarily of memorizing political slogans instead of developing mental acuity, and in acquiring muscle memory for bizarre poses in between Twinkies instead of achieving actual physical fitness.
Yes they can! But not for much longer under that kind of tutelage.
Or under a regime that threatens to be as hostile, if not more so, to freedom of speech than John McCain's:
When an outside group ran TV ads pointing out links between Obama and the former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, the Obama campaign asked the Bush Justice Department -- yes, that Bush Justice Department, the fount of all evil -- to open a criminal investigation.The apparently thoroughly-forgotten Founders of our nation took pride in "a government of laws, not men" for good reason: They understood the advantages of living under laws that not only protected individual rights, but were understood by the people in advance -- rather than the whims of an absolute ruler.
The Obama campaign's effort dovetails with the work of an outfit called Accountable America, run by a former MoveOn.org operative. It is devoted to threatening conservative donors with legal action and exposure of any embarrassing details of their private lives if they give money to groups running ads against Obama. The New York Times account says the group hopes to create "a chilling effect," but the phrase is used non-pejoratively. [bold and some formatting added]
They also understood the value of freedom of speech, which such a government protects. What will become of these unfortunate boys if their minds somehow survive a childhood of indoctrination, only to find themselves threatened for expressing an opinion that might endanger the grip on power of some politician? What kind of nation uses speech as a means of enforcing conformity rather than as a means of uncovering the truth through debate?
Man must be able to think and act on his judgement to survive. A nation that destroys the minds of its children and forbids intelligent discussion among any remaining adults is doomed because man, having no instincts, cannot function on the animal level.
And yet, before this election and, if we are lucky, over the next four years, the exercise of freedom of speech is all we are going to have to beat back the advance of tyranny. The behavior in this video is shocking and pitiable, but at least there is no coordinated effort on the part of the state to foster it as there eventually could be under the national "service" initiative that Obama's "opponent" favors.
In one month, the United States of America is almost certain to elect the worst President in its history.
Today: Reposted video, which had been taken down (HT: Andrew Dalton). Also, the "teacher" who produced it has been suspended, according to Fox News.