Florida GOP Chairman: "Pied Piper Obama" Wants To "Indoctrinate America's Children"

September 02, 2009 12:23 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

According to the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, President Obama's address on education next week is really an attempt to "indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda."

On September 8, President Obama is slated to deliver an address directly to students across the country on the importance of education.  The speech will be broadcast live on WhiteHouse.gov.  Nobody is required to watch, but the administration is encouraging classrooms to tune in.  As education secretary Arne Duncan writes, "This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation's school children about persisting and succeeding in school." According to Secretary Duncan:

The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible.

That seems rather straightforward.  However, the chairman of the Florida GOP is attacking the planned address as an evil attempt to "indoctrinate America's children" to the president's "socialist agenda."

In an outrageous release, state party chairman Jim Greer claims that President Obama is going to use his speech to "justify his plans for government-run health care." Greer also refers to the president as "Pied Piper Obama" and complains that public schools aren't allowed to teach children that gay marriage is wrong.  Read the whole thing:

            Greer Condemns Obama's Attempt to Indoctrinate Students

Tallahassee - Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer today released the following statement condemning President Obama's use of taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda.  

"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology. The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.

"While I support educating our children to respect both the office of the American President and the value of community service, I do not support using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda. The address scheduled for September 8, 2009, does not allow for healthy debate on the President's agenda, but rather obligates the youngest children in our public school system to agree with our President's initiatives or be ostracized by their teachers and classmates.

"Public schools can't teach children to speak out in support of the sanctity of human life or traditional marriage. President Obama and the Democrats wouldn't dream of allowing prayer in school. Christmas Parties are now Holiday Parties. But, the Democrats have no problem going against the majority of American people and usurping the rights of parents by sending Pied Piper Obama into the American classroom.

The Democrats have clearly lost the battle to maintain control of the message this summer, so now that school is back in session, President Obama has turned to American's children to spread his liberal lies, indoctrinating American's youngest children before they have a chance to decide for themselves."