Sunday, September 06, 2009

This Silly Season

The White House doesn't understand why many parents are concerned by the presidential "event" planned for Tuesday. And some liberals point out that George Bush was visiting a school when 9-11 happened. Remember that, haters? Well yeah, but one event was a president reading a story about a pet goat at a single school. The other is a broadcast into every available school, with a suggestion that when it's over the millions of school children write a letter about how they can help the President.

The whole thing reminds me of Bill Ayers, the one time terrorist bomber, still unrepentant, friend of the president, who had to go under the bus with the many others when Barack Obama decided to run for president.
From a Bill Ayers speech:

Caracas, Venezuela
November , 2006
President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests, comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!

This is my fourth visit to Venezuela, each time at the invitation of my comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator and inspiring fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational reforms underway here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution, and I’ve come to appreciate Luis as a major asset in both the Venezuelan and the international struggle—I look forward to seeing how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane. Thank you, Luis, for everything you’ve done.

He's just some guy from the neighborhood now, but that is the kind of guy Obama worked and hung out with with in Chicago. How are his theories of revolution through education working out? Well, Chavez is a fan. But many Venezuelans are in revolt over his new education law. Call it silly season in Caracas:

Were the President's intentions good? Was it just going to be an admonition to "study hard, stay in school"? Well I think it will be now, thanks to early bud nipping.
Nip it. You go read any book you want on the subject of child discipline and you'll find every one of them is in favor of bud-nipping.
-Barney Fife

Oregon Guy points to the mother lode of Chavez protest. It takes a little courage to beclown Chavez in a poster. It's not like the US, where some make sport of antagonizing the police. In Venezuela you can get thumped badly for that sort of thing.