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"Write me a letter about ways you can help us achieve our Goals" - Bush, 1991.

It was October 1, 1991, and President George H. W. Bush gave a speech to students at Alice Deal Junior High School in Chevy Chase, MD.  However, it was broadcast around the country.

Prior to the speech, the Secretary of Education sent out a letter urging schools to have their students watch.  The speech was carried live on PBS, CNN and also by Mutual Radio.  And during the speech, President Bush laid out his goals including the need to improve student competency, increase the graduation rates, and to better prepare students starting school.  Interestingly, he also added one request to the students:  

"Let me know how you're doing. Write me a letter. I'm serious about this one. Write me a letter about ways you can help us achieve our goals."

Does this sound familiar?

Where was the uproar then?  Clearly, President Bush was trying to indoctrinate our kids.  Right?  The Bush Youth. That would have been as ridiculous then as it is today!

This is nothing but a ruse being used by those on the right who lost the election back in 2008.  Is it racist, as some suggest?  For some, clearly.  But for others, it's just that they are sore losers! Whiners!  Babies!

Maybe the best response is one from the Republicans themselves.  They love to use it anytime anybody brings up Bush v. Gore . . .

Get over it!  You lost!

Well, Republicans.  Get over it!  You lost!  Unless you have a legitimate argument about an issue, all you do is make yourselves look feeble and incompetent.  And the only supporters you will find are those not smart enough to realize how feeble and incompetent you are.  Quite a political party.  

Good luck with that! 

Reader Comments (7)

Sucks when people remember, huh? :)

September 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterJack Rice

Jack, did you go to a public (govt. run) or to an elite, private school? Your spelling is atrocious --> "Soar"? Only if you're an eagle.

I have a legitimate argument, far better than yours, frankly. Bush Sr.'s speech was 18 years ago, long before the reality of a post 9/11 world set in. It was carried on only a few stations... in '91, PBS and CNN were teeny weeny players. It wasn't piped into EVERY CLASSROOM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, UNDER THE GUISE OF 'EDUCATION' AND REPLACING THE LESSON PLAN FOR THAT CLASS THAT DAY! It didn't include a recommended lesson plan and discussion questions. All of that smacks of Cuba, Venezuela, China, Iran and other despot-run countries, frankly. We don't force-feed our children propaganda in America, remember?

The other problem I have with Obama's planned speech is that it is hypocritical: it is about the importance of getting a good education and staying in school... yet we po folks don't have the same options as Obama's girls, who go to private schools (and always have). WE don't have a choice, WE have to accept government-run, government funded schools, which provide an inferior education to private and even home-schooled educations. Eighteen years later, there is a FLOOD of data showing we continue to decline in the quality of our education... so Bush Sr.'s speech clearly didn't do much good, did it? So why would Obama want to do something that clearly DOESN'T work?

Oh, but wait, that's his M.O.! He wants a single-payer health care system, which doesn't work. He wants government-run companies, which doesn't work. He wants to spend more money to un-bankrupt our country, which doesn't work. He wants increased gun control, which doesn't work. He wants to do a lot of things that a lot of other countries have tried and proven don't work.

Why doesn't he do what works? Cutting taxes works. Giving citizens education options works. Letting us own guns works. Getting the government OUT of the way of business and free enterprise works.

Next time, compare apples to apples, and leave the whines out, because they demean you and make you look no better than the side you so love to attack!

Kelly Anderson, aka "energizersnobabe" on FB
Reno, NV, where we hate Harry Reid

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Anderson

Guns. You are talking guns. That's it. Bring an MP5 to the table and that will make you smarter. And that deregulation which has made Wall Street more responsible? Incredible. And you are talking apples to apples. Please!

September 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterJack Rice

At least you are wise enough to recognize good advice when you hear it, and changed "soar losers" into "sore losers", as is appropriate. Of course, as a former CIA officer, you should be able to spot good "intelligence" when it comes up and bites you in the hiney! Way to go Kelly Anderson. Excellent rebuttal!

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Stevens

Jack, you wanted legitimate arguments, and I gave you several. To rebut, you pointed your Navy Seals' issue MP5 at the deregulation of Wall Street as your proof that the free market doesn't work. That's not logic, and that's not apples to apples. But I do agree with you on one thing: the MP5 sub-machinegun is most definitely the gun of choice for ALL right-wing political terrorist citizen patriot wackos! Mine is an airsoft, my neighbor's is a bb, and the conservative nut job across the street owns a paintball MP5. But yours is probably the real thing, since you were in the CIA, Jack! And isn't that the same group our new President doesn't trust to interrogate terrorists? He likes the FBI better... that must really chaff you tricky trigger finger!

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Anderson

I feel sad for you Kelly, I really do. You and your like-minded trolls are dumbing-down our nation. I despise your warped thinking.

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Sanborne

Actually, Jack, there was an uproar but it occurred after President George H.W. Bush's speech. Byron York of the Washington Examiner wrote about it this morning in his piece, "When Bush spoke to students, Democrats investigated, held hearings. Did you come to his defense back then?

Honestly, I think you missed the point in your post. This isn't about Republicans being "soar" losers (as you originally posted - thanks spell check!). This is about keeping the president and his administration accountable, just as your party did when you were out of power.

There is one major difference, though. I am willing to give President Obama something that most of you failed to give President George W. Bush... respect as the leader of our nation. However, that doesn't mean there won't be policy disagreements from time to time.

As both Bush presidents have said, "Education begins in the home." Parents should be vigilant about their children's education and the federal government's role within it - especially since the current educational system is designed to favor more state and local control.

If parents were uncomfortable with the proposed "lesson plan" or the president's education approach, it is certainly within their rights to voice concern but there is no need for insults or name calling.

Regardless of the issue, can't we just have a civil discourse, debate ideas, compromise where needed, then find common ground for the best solution moving forward? Anything less, in my opinion, would be un-American.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Almacy

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