Obama’s speech — I must be a racist!

I am one of those parents who was concerned about Obama’s speech to school children this week. I was concerned that it would consist of political propaganda at worst or be simply a waste of time. My friend Art Smith over at the Conservative Reader was right — it turned out to be the latter.

My concern was based on reading the suggested learning activities published by the Department of Education before the speech. Among them:

  • Teachers may post in large print around the classroom notable quotes excerpted from President Obama’s speeches on education.
  • Teachers may ask students to think of the following: … How will he inspire us?

Since I read the transcript the White House released in advance, most of my concerns were allayed. Other than providing exposure for the president during the middle of a huge fight in congress and on the eve of his address to a joint session and utilizing the bloated, inefficient and unconstitutional Department of Education — the speech was just a waste of time. When schools are concerned about instructional hours and appropriate use of classroom time it seems absurd that this event was considered worthy of the school day. At least Cedar Rapids made it optional.

I did however find out that I must be a racist. One of my childrens’ teachers said that those who were concerned were expressing:

… a mild form of racism.

This form of argumentum ad hominem is often used in lieu of rational debate. Students in our schools deserve better. Perhaps this teacher should have taken the time to explain why people who disagree with the president are racists.

In my speech to the 2nd District Convention last year, I mentioned my Pacific-Islander, Asian and African heritage. I said that I was:

One part yellow, two parts brown and one part black which makes me at least as black as Barack.

So, where does this cracker, honky teacher get off calling me a racist?

Joni!!! We love you!!!

Last night the 2nd District Executive Committee met to elect a replacement for me on the State Central Committee. The winner on the third ballot was my friend Joni Scotter of Linn County. Joni ran against Trudy Caviness of Wapello County and Sarah Henderson of Linn County. It was a close race between three very capable and well-liked women from our district and Joni won on the third ballot.

I remember when I returned to Iowa and joined the Linn County Central Committee. Joni was one of the first Republicans I got to know. Joni has a way of making everyone feel welcome with a hug and a kind word. Over the years, I learned that there is no one in Iowa politics who is a more dedicated volunteer than Joni. She is a tireless worker an able to motivate others to do the same. Brent Oleson has a post about Joni over at The Marion Contrarian. I am sure that Brent is not the only candidate who can say that Joni is one of his top supporters.

Joni brings to the State Central Committee, the perspective of a totally committed grassroots volunteer with years of experience. She not only talks the talk but she walks the walk.

Good Luck — and Joni, WE LOVE YOU!!!