Once again, one of the masters of the universe trotted out on MSNBC has discovered the cure to one of society's ills – more Obama.
Daily Voice editor and CNBC contributor Keith Boykin waved off the reservations of some parents about President Barack Obama addressing their children in the classroom. Boykin appeared on MSNBC on Sept. 3 in a segment about the classroom controversy and added his insightful commentary on the matter.
“So much of the debate about President Obama has been politicized in an effort by some to delegitimize his presidency,” Boykin said. “This is clearly much ado about nothing. We're talking about the President of the
But it's not as if there isn't a precedent for politicos to target schoolchildren to push a certain issue or agenda. As Creators Syndicate columnist Michelle Malkin pointed out in her Sept. 2 column, there are a number of instances where this has gone on in the past:
The activist tradition of government schools using students as junior lobbyists cannot be ignored. Zealous teacher's unions have enlisted captive schoolchildren as letter-writers in their campaigns for higher education spending. Out-of-control activists have enlisted their secondary-school charges in pro-illegal immigration protests, gay marriage ceremonies, environmental propaganda stunts, and anti-war events.
Boykin dismissed those accusations for the bizarre reason that that very few if any of these schoolchildren were able to vote.
“These kids don't vote. I don't understand why parents are concerned about health care related to kids hearing a speech from the President of the
Boykin might be correct – if there were an election tomorrow. However, there will be next presidential election in 2012 and there are 15-year-old school kids entering the ninth grade this year, that could potentially be eligible to vote in 2012 for Obama's reelection bid.
Boykin also failed to realize that what troubled many parents was not the planned speech, but the classroom activities that the U.S. Education Department suggested teachers use in conjunction with it. The “suggestions” (which were developed with help from White House aides) included having children “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president,” and to discuss what “the president wants us to do.”