From the Republican Party of Florida, I give you Jim Greer:
"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."- 9/1/2009
From Salon.com, I give you Joan Walsh:
The hysteria Obama inspires in his far-right foes is primeval, primordial. From the Birthers' obsession with the facts of his birth -- which lets them obsess about his origins in miscegenation -- to the paranoia that he's coming for the children, there's a deep strand of irrational paranoia that can't be anything other than racial. These people don't merely disagree with him, they distrust and dislike him viscerally. He's not merely wrong, he's scary; even terrifying.- 9/4/2009
The purveyors and cheerleaders and sycophants of this movement were ready with Gephardt's complaint about a 1991 George W. Bush speech. If you click on that link you will find that the Democrats claimed Bush41 was attempting to force school children to be indoctrinated with a vile, anti-American extremist political ideology and they organized a campaign to keep children home from school to protect them from hearing a speech by the President of the United States. Go ahead, click on it to discover the horror that was the Democratic complaint in 1991.
Granted, the Democrats did not distinguish itself with that bit of political theater. But Jim Greer is not complaining about misuse of government funds, now is he? Obama's speech will not cover his policy on health care, banks, automobile companies or taxes. Most people knew that. But I don't think Mr. Jim Greer is trying to reach most people. I think most people know what kind of people Florida Republican Party Chairman Mr. Jim Greer is trying to reach. He's trying to reach the ones who are waiting for that sweet moment.
When a leader in the Republican party of Florida tells people it is dangerous for children to hear Obama speak, it is beyond mere political gamesmanship. This is a vicious attack on the very foundation of our pluralistic society. Are there ANY Republicans left with the backbone to call out these anarchists who gleefully stoke irrational paranoia? Anyone?
"What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing."- Michelle Bachmann 8/31/2009
"[Obama has] a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."- Glenn Beck 7/28/2009
"Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate"- Rush Limbaugh 8/5/2009
Any Republican with a backbone should heed Dan Savage:
I really do think the Michelle Bachmanns of the world and the Glenn Becks of the world are actively and, consciously or subconsciously, trying to get, I’m just gonna say it, trying to get the President killed.9/1/2009, on MSNBC Countdown.