Jean Schmidt delivers Republican campaign message to 1st graders at a Catholic school:
Parents of Cincinnati elementary school students are upset over remarks made by U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt. She reportedly brought up the abortion issue in front of children as young as 6. The school’s principal sent a letter home to parents on that same day informing them that the topic of abortion came up during Schmidt’s appearance.
Here’s part of the apology letter the school sent parents after Mean Jean turned a civics forum into a stealth campaign event:
I do not recall the exact words she used, but she paused towards the end of her speech and stated that this would be the only time when she would be ‘political’ in her address. She defined abortion as the taking of a child’s life in the mother’s womb. She indicated that abortion involves the killing of a child before it is born. She was not graphic or any more detailed in this regard. Later, when a child asked about it, she indicated that an abortion is something that a doctor does when a mother requests this.
The school’s principal asked that parents keep the incident within the parent community to avoid the school becoming “embroiled in any sort of political controversy during an election season.”
Reading the school’s letter, it’s clear Schmidt carefully and deliberately inserted the anti-abortion speech, because she actually prefaced it with an announcement she was now going to be “political” and a child asked a question on abortion only “later”, after she delivered her stump speech.
Schmidt is a war-mongering clown, so I’m not surprised she’s blatantly pushing the GOP political agenda on 1st graders in the week before an election but the incident brought this particularly brutal and cruel media-generated “controversy” to mind:
President Obama’s plan to deliver a speech to public school students on Tuesday has set off a revolt among conservative parents, who have accused the president of trying to indoctrinate their children with socialist ideas and are asking school officials to excuse the children from listening.
The uproar over the speech, in which Mr. Obama intends to urge students to work hard and stay in school, has been particularly acute in Texas, where several major school districts, under pressure from parents, have laid plans to let children opt out of lending the president an ear.
It was complete bullshit, of course. Reagan and Bush I did the same thing, and no one batted an eyelash. FOX News promoted the lie, mainstream media picked it up and it was treated it as a legitimate controversy. Complete bullshit, ginned up by conservative activists and treated as fact.
There have been tens of false charges leveled against Obama in the last two years but this one hit me hard. It was so clearly malicious and mean-spirited. It was about barring the schoolhouse door not to The President, but to this President. It was about denying his legitimacy as President, but it went further. It was about assuming he had the absolute worst intentions, and insisting he prove he didn’t. It was about questioning his character with not a shred of evidence to back up the allegation, and making him sit for a test that has been applied to no other President in my memory, but one that this President, uniquely, has been forced to take again and again.
“Did President Obama set out to indoctrinate 1st graders? Perhaps! Discuss”.
“Will President Obama seat a death panel to deny senior citizens medical care? Perhaps! Discuss.”
President Obama passed the school entrance test that conservative activists insisted that national media administer. He was grudgingly and with great reluctance permitted to address school children, where he urged them to work hard and stay in school.
That national media went along with this blatantly race-based nonsense and gave him a test prior to admission that no other public figure in my memory has been forced to take is something I won’t forget, or forgive.