Meghan McCain – Cute, Blonde, Idiot. Speaking of idiots, why don’t I understand the kerfluffle over Obama’s school address
Found this while going through my blogroll this morning. Ms. McCain was upset that mean people like me were questioning the Kennedy legacy:
Like many Americans, I watched as Senator Ted Kennedy was laid to rest over the weekend after his year-long battle with brain cancer. The day marked not only the end of the Camelot era, but seemed to signal the final passing of many things politically. I certainly didn’t agree with Senator Kennedy’s politics on many issues, but as I listened to his friends, family, and Senate colleagues — including my father — tell stories of the man they knew, what was so evident was that Ted Kennedy always believed you could find compromise on the really important matters. [snip]
After reading some of the discourse online, I was both surprised and disgusted at what was being written. I was shocked that even in death, people were having partisan quarrels about his legacy which led me to writing a Tweet saying, “I just don’t know what kind of life of anger you lead if you can’t put politics aside for a moment to respect a man’s passing…” Immediately, this post was used yet again by some as an example of my “secret liberalism.” Because what — apparently I can only respect a politician who had served nearly five decades in the Senate if he was a Republican? I don’t know how or why we got to this place in politics. Why death is used as yet another excuse for mudslinging and party rhetoric. It is depressing to think that we have come to an age where you can only mourn a man’s service to his country if he abides by every single political tenet you believe in. Whenever people ask me if I want to run for office, my answer is always no. Among the many reasons is that I don’t want to go into an industry where there seems to be a complete inability to meet in the middle on issues. Why would anyone want to work in an us-versus-them environment?
I have so many angry, pre-morning coffee, pre-morning shower thoughts, roiling in my head at the moment that I can’t adequately respond. Fortunately Lori Ziganto of Snark and Boobs (a site which I heard of only this morning but is going in my blogroll) does it for me:
You purposely chose to ignore the fact that he harmed this country with his policies and agenda, and that he killed a woman. He left her to die in a sinking car. He left her to asphyxiate. Alone and in the dark and terrified.
Even leaving aside the multitude of sexual harassment claims which you, as a self-avowed feminist should deplore, he KILLED SOMEONE. And never repented. Never felt one ounce of remorse. But no, that matters not to you. Like your buddies on the Left, you place a higher value on childish and naive thoughts of “all getting along” and “compromise” for the “greater good” above all; even above life.
Then, in keeping with your track record, you purposely chose to slap not just every conservative, but every intellectually honest and ethical person in this country, in the face, by publishing those thoughts (I use that term loosely) so that you could appear “cool” and “above it all” and “oh so fair.”
The only thing I could add would be that if Ms. McCain wants to complain about the us vs. them mentality she might want to take a look at one of the prime instigators, the man she just lionized. Yes, Kennedy could work across the aisle, but it was always on his terms. That ability in some men may be great but in others it is just cynical, and I believe that in Kennedy it was cynical. To him everyone and everything was a throw away to be used to advance his image and legacy, but we are rid of him now and I say good riddance.
While I am online – What’s going on with the President’s speech to school kids? I’m not sure what everyone is up in arms about. I saw Michelle Malkin talking about it on Fox News and she was incoherent. The Other McCain is apparently against it. Has anyone read an advance copy or is this just another one of those incidents that is going to blow up in our faces and make all conservatives look stupid because some have no ability to discern between harmful and harmless. Taking over 17% of the economy – bad, Telling kids to do well in school – good or at most harmless. I have heard some talk about lesson plans that amount to indoctrination, but I haven’t seen them. They would fall under the bad category but like I said I haven’t seen them. Little Miss Attila provides a link, but the excerpts there seem harmless enough:
Short readings. Notable quotes excerpted (and posted in large print on board) from President Obama’s speeches about education. Teacher might ask students to think alone, compare ideas with a partner, and share their collaborations with the class (Think/Pair/Share) about the following: What are our interpretations of these excerpts? Based on these excerpts, what can we infer the President believes is important to be successful educationally?
Students could discuss their responses to the following questions:
What do you think the President wants us to do?
Does the speech make you want to do anything?
Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?
What would you like to tell the President?
Neither of those seems particularly harmful to me. In fact they seem so amateurish I have to believe that they were written by teachers (who along with lawyers and MBAs are a bane to society) and not some well oiled political indoctrination machine.
Michelle Malkin provides another link. While some of the activities are a little Baracky-centric for my taste none of them appear particularly harmful (and I was right they were dreamed up by teachers. Edu-speak is so obvious). Malkin does have a point in that Obama’s record as an education reformer is horrible, but we are talking apples and oranges here.