Wednesday, September 02, 2009

9/12 Project Targets Hillborough County School Board

The Glenn Beck group the 9/12 Project sent out this email to Hillsborough County tea baggers.

"Troubling are statements such as 'Teachers can build background knowledge about the president by reading books about Barack Obama.'… One would expect this type of indoctrination from teachers of the 'Young Pioneers' of the old Soviet Union, but not in 2009 in Hillsborough County!" the e-mail reads.

The 9/12 Project is urging tea baggers to storm tonight's townhall meeting at Hillsborough High School at 7:00 PM. The source of ire is President Barack Obama visit to Tampa talk to school children at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. Somehow the 9/12 Project finds it offensive that teachers would have students read books about the current President. I find it offensive Beck used the 9/11 tragedy to market his 9/12 madness. Obama talking to children has nothing to do with the worse terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil.

There is nothing offensive about a Republican or Democratic president speaking to children. It is a good opportunity for children to learn about the political process. The 9/12 Project and tea baggers aren't interested in protesting policies based on wonky matters. They don't like Obama and they are going to scream their heads off at every townhall meetings. And Glenn Beck makes $18 million-a-year.

Image created by the Gen. JC Christian

Image created by the Gen. JC Christian

Update: there is no school board townhall meeting tonight.

Update: RPoF Chairman Jim Greer couldn't resist the opportunity to put his foot in his mouth.

"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology,” Jim Greer, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida writes in response in a press release, “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.”

The Chairman said that the President has turned to America’s children to “spread his liberal lies” by “indoctrinating American’s youngest children before they have a chance to decide for themselves.

Greer says that while he supports educating the nations’ children and respects the office of the American President he does “not support using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda,” when it “the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President's initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.”

Greer accuses Obama propaganda. Would he dare say this about the factually-challenged Fox News or Weekly Standard? Of course not. Obama is indoctrinanting children in socialist ideology? Obama's speech is not going to become a master's program polical science class on the socialist revolution. Kids would fall to sleep listening to a real lecture on socialism.

If Greer really respected the Office of the President he wouldn't spend so much time pandering to tea baggers. Greer blew his conservative credentials by supporting his friend Charlie Crist in the Senate race. The conservative base created the Facebook group Recall Jim Greer. The group's description is priceless.

Greer has disgraced his title and the party through his gross abuse and misuse of the party's treasury for personal lavish expenses, his transformation of the once-respected organization into nothing more than a Charlie Crist fan club, and equating Florida's first Cuban-American speaker of the House to a "fringe" candidate by pushing for the exemption of a rule that prevents it from endorsing one candidate over the other in a primary.

Jim Greer has become an embarrassment and a liability for Florida Republican elected officials, candidates, and the party organization. His actions have earned the party negative press and have endangered its fundraising ability. Party leaders should remove him immediately and be clear that the Florida Republican Party is not a Chicago-style party boss machine bent on promoting one politician's career, but rather an organization that represents all Florida Republicans and key fundamental principles that are not up for compromise or negotiation.

Those RPoF American Express cards showed real fiscal conservatism. And yes, that was snark.

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