Sunday, September 6, 2009

Speaking of Pressing Partisan Agendas on Impressionable Young Minds...

Conservatives across the country, and especially here in Texas, are having a hissy fit over President Obama's speech to students scheduled for Tuesday. They say that the president is going to try to brainwash students by pressing a partisan political agenda on impressionable young minds. Speaking of which...when Mike and Chris were still in high school and President Bush was still in office, I began getting voice messages on my unlisted land line from an adult male asking Chris to return his calls. Mike and Chris each had cell phones which friends and family used to reach them, so I wondered about this guy calling our house. Chris ignored the calls, but that didn’t stop them. They became more frequent, and the guy sounded like a creep to me: “Hey man, this is Bob, c’mon, call me back, we have things to talk about.”

“Who is this guy?” I asked.

“Just some guy,” Chris answered, with typical, teen-aged male succinctness.

Alarmed, I returned the call myself. “Why are you calling my son?” I asked

He said that he needed to talk with Chris.

“About WHAT?” I asked. When he realized I wasn’t about to give up or to let him talk with Chris, he identified himself as an army recruiter.

It turns out that President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act requires all public high schools to turn over private student contact information to local military recruiters or lose federal funding. This particular provision of the Act was added by Louisiana Republican, then Representative, now Senator, David Vitter, who identifies himself as a "staunch conservative". The first sentence in his biography on his website reads: "David Vitter is dedicated to making life better for his young family and all Louisiana families." Uh-huh. He's reportedly pro-life and pro-gun rights but against same-sex marriage, funding for abortion providers, increases in CHIP (the state Children's Health Insurance Program) and amnesty for undocumented aliens. I guess he's a family values sort of guy. Oh, but in June 2007 he was also identified as a client of D.C. madam Deborah Jean Palfrey's prostitution service. And that wasn't just some random accusation by some liberal out to get him, he admitted and apologized for it. Hey, a guy has needs, right?

If you want to read more about military recruitment on public high school campuses, check it out here (Mother Jones). If you want to find out about more protesting this practice or if you want to opt out of the database, check out the excellent website, Leave My Child Alone.

cross posted at Talking to Myself


JACKIE said...

Huge raspberries found here. Thanks for the great post. Ask kids to stay in school=huge hissy fit. Try to influence our kids to kill=really good thing.

And let's not even get into how they're treated once they get hurt or crack under the strain and need help.

emmapeelDallas said...

Chris had been treated for depression, a disqualifier, and told the recruiter that. The recruiter's response: "The Army doesn't need to know about that. Don't tell." If Chris had done that he could have been tried. This is SO outrageous.

Kathy said...

I remember back to my oldest junior year when the school send home a form for us to complete allowing them to NOT give out information to recruiters. And fill that form out we did. Pronto. I figured it this way ... if she had an interest, she could find them.

Funny ... nothing came home for the youngest and no recruiters have been heard from.

I guess special needs need not apply.

Let Obama speak. I may not like what he says ... or I may, but geesh, can't the students learn something from it? Of course they can. And it's an opportunity for parents to impose their own viewpoints ...