REPUBLICANS – Please keep your children home from school tomorrow!

Lest, they may learn something.

The White House has released the text of the official speech that Barack Obama will deliver to schoolchildren tomorrow. Read it here.

Republicans, struggling to find a way to demonize a speech that is about staying in school, taking control of your destiny, and overall responsibility, have stooped to the level of actually counting how many times President Obama  said certain words.

I kid you not, republicans on the internets are all atwitter over how many times Obama said the word “I” vs how many times he said “Nation. “

Don’t believe me? Just Google the following:

  • 56 iterations of “I”
  • 19 iterations of “school”
  • 10 iterations of “education”
  • 8 iterations of “responsibility”
  • 7 iterations of “country”
  • 5 iterations each of “parents”, “teachers”
  • 3 iterations of “nation

Missing from this petty little rundown, of course… is any variant of the word “you.” Such a count of that word may reiterate what we with actual intelligence already knew. This speech is not about the president at all.

While I really was not in the mood to separately plug in each and every variant of the word, “YOU,” I did count that the president referenced “you” over 200 times. ie, you, your, you’re, you’ll, you’ve, yourself, etc. Others have said he plainly said “you” 93 times. I will take their word for it. Not to mention that country and nation are essentially the same thing.  They also conveniently didn’t tack on “America” to the list.

Yes. This is what our nation has come to.  Republicans have us counting words to counter their ridiculous attacks on anything that comes out of Barack Obama’s mouth. Those on the right will do any and everything under the sun to ATTEMPT to diminish our current president and his administration. Even if it is something as simple-minded and petty as counting how many times he said certain words in a speech. They may want to reconsider this whole “playing a game of numbers” thing. It’s one that they can not win.

They are also claiming that it can not possibly be the “original” speech! While they also can not possibly prove what never existed, they damn sure will try. I mean clearly he was planning to stand there and tell  schoolchildren that they needed to fight for socialist health care, tax increases, and handouts for the lazy. Thank God the fright-wing stepped in before he indoctrinated all the nations children and they went home with whited out eyes and spouting fangs.

Finally, they cling to this phrase provided in materials to accompany this speech.

A bullet point for activities after the speech used to say, “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”

How dare the president ask the citizens of this country and their children to make a positive contribution! In the minds of the fright-wing, of course, this means that he wanted the children to write him to tell him how they would make sure that his socialist agenda is achieved. Starting with making sure that every child in their class… has an equal turn on the swing set.  Or something.

The verbiage has since been changed to:

“Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short–term and long–term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”

Phew! Thank God!

In the end, what can we say? The only way to insure that the right-wing continue to have a base is to make sure that schoolchildren living in republican households remain illiterate for decades, if not centuries, to come.  Therefore, encouraging truancy will do just that.

Republicans, I implore you. Continue the good fight!

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