Monday, September 7, 2009

Creepy 'I Pledge to be a servant' video



As I stated in a post a couple days ago, I think those parents who are going to keep their kids out of school because President Obama is going to make a speech encouraging kids to study hard and do well in school are overreacting. We don’t have royalty in this country and certain ceremonial and motivational functions accompany the office of the President. I view Obama making a motivational talk to young kids at the start of the school year in that light.

I am however pleased that the administration’s manipulative lesson plans that were to accompany the speech have been withdrawn and rewritten to be less objectionable. I am pleased that this event was scrutinized. Many left-leaning teachers will probably be more constrained in what they say to the children in their care because of the attention that has been focused on this event.

As I said in my previous post, we are wise to be vigilant and concerned about things like this but we should not overreact. Allow the President to speak to the children of America, but keep him on a short leach and watch him like a hawk. Frankly, I would be less concerned if it was any of our previous presidents giving the exact same speech. I would be less concerned it a President Bill Clinton had given this speech. If Hilary Clinton would have been elected and given this speech I would not be so concerned. Why the difference? It is because of the cult of personality that surrounds Obama. Bill Clinton was popular and likable, but not treated with the same adoration that we see of Barack Obama.

During the campaign when I saw the massive crowds in near ecstasy at his events I found it frightening. On the part of many of his supporters, there seems to be a suspension of reasoning that has been replaced by near worship. The way many view Obama, it is not as if he is an American president who’s policies they support, but it is as if he were the messiah. The loyal support he generates is like that that we have seen is totalitarian countries.

I have often been amazed at the public support and adoration shown by the public to some of the world’s most undesirability leaders such as Hitler, Mao, Castro, and Peron. These leaders were loved. At the height of their popularity, there is no doubt they would have overwhelmingly won fair elections.

Please do not misunderstand me; I am not comparing President Obama to a Hitler, Mao or Castro. I am concerned however that the devotion of some is followers is in the same mode as the devotion shown these men.

The above video was created back in January by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to celebrate Obama's inauguration and features over 50 of the biggest stars in Hollywood revealing how they plan to personally participate in keeping America strong, proud and green. Much of is admirable such as supporting local food banks, smiling more, and caring for the elderly. It reminds me of a group of people making New Years resolutions. There is nothing creepy about that. The creepy part is the pledge to be a servant of Obama.

Americans are not the servants of the President. We may be supporters, but not servants. We are not subjects. Throughout our history that has been a foreign concept. I fear there are many in America who would gladly suspend the Constitution and put all power in the hands of this president. The power grabs we are witnessing does not concern them; they would give him this power and more. When American’s pledge to be servants of the President we need to be concerned. With this kind of climate existing in America, we need to be on guard and cautious and protect our children from being infected and swept up in this cult of personality.

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2 comments:

  1. I thought that the lesson plans were out of the ordinary and largely unnecessary. They added an Orwellian element to the speech that just wasn't necessary.

    Lately I've been wondering about if the Obama administration even thinks about the political ramifications of things before they do them. I mean, come on, I'm sure that a ten year old could have seen that sort of reaction coming from the far-right. Sometimes I think Obama just gives them ammo so he can laugh at them.

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  2. I am pleased that my oldest childs school went out of their way to show his speech even after his schools sessions starting after his speech was presented publically.

    However, I beg to differ how you are not calling Obama a Hitler. People do not worship him, they respect him and appreciate the voice of change in America that needs to happen. If we could be the president, heck, we would. But you are not in our shoes and we are not in yours. Don't try to judge people saying they worship him. Hr is a change. Our first African American President...is that too much of a change for you? You compare our first African American President against Hitler and you only look like a racist with such hatred in your words.

    You talk about these "9-11 conspiracies" but yet you do not even consider that you are also creating the same?

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