Today’s San Diego Union Tribune features an editorial entitled “A civil society? A school board polarized by politics”. After providing a highly distilled recap of Tuesday’s La Mesa Spring Valley School Board meeting, at which the board members who voted to ban President Obama’s speech from their schools ended up apologizing for their actions (except for Rick Winet) after catching hell from a couple of hundred angry parents, the paper goes on to say:
Time out, everyone!
A board’s role is to run our schools efficiently, supervise our children’s education and provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. It is not for trustees to install or unseat political parties. It is not up to special interests to escalate misjudgment into unpardonable sin. Or for audience members to hurl hurtful words while elected officials see killers behind every clump of verbiage. Adults must not take today’s tools of incivility and place them in the caldron that forges future generations.
Ten deep breaths, everyone. Parents can still use this as a teachable moment. Trustees should allow a fine superintendent and dedicated teachers to do their jobs. Point partisan groups toward the national stage. Let voters decide whether to accept apologies or call for change at the ballot box.
Then editorial number two, “Left and right’s mutual loathing is poison” goes on to bemoan to us:
Something has gone fundamentally awry in American politics. Big chunks of each party literally hate the other side.
Then editorial number three – “Playing the race card is not helpful”- asks us to ignore the corporate sponsored proto-klansmen behind the scenes playing up racial fears as a means towards defeating each and every action that the Obama administration proposes.
I don’t usually bother acknowledging the daily fishwraps’ pontifications because, if I did, I’d have no time to write about anything else. Suffice it to say that we disagree with most everything that gets written over there. But I can’t resist just this once…
Why is the paper surprised that people got angry at a school board trustee who claims, in a news story that appeared on their pages? Board member Rick Winet declared, repeatedly:
This was a direct assault on The Constitution of The United States of America. U.S.C. code 3503 clearly states that Congress prohibits the Executive Branch from overriding local school boards and local branches of government of control of public school curriculum.
Really? Where was the ORDER to override local school boards? (There wasn’t one.) And since when did the U.S.C. get added to the Constitution?
Or how about this? Winet again:
This Secretary of State, Arne Duncan, issued a politically charged e-mail along with irresponsible “lesson plans” in his initial notice to public schools…
…This administration actually lowered itself to asking students to “write a letter to themselves and ask themselves what they can do to help the President.” I would not and will not ever support this sort of selfish, socialistic message as public school curriculum.
I wonder if Hillary Clinton knows she’s been demoted. And I don’t remember “helping the President” as being part of Marxist dogma.
I could go on and on here about the layers of deception and outright lies by the right that that the Union-Tribune has either promoted in its news columns or ignored, but I won’t. And we don’t need to worry about any of the alleged misdeeds of the left, because the U-T has pointedly ignored every thing emanating from that side of the political equation. Unless it has to do with ACORN or Trade Unions, in which case it’s soundly denounced without regard to facts.
The bottom line here is that the actions of (and reactions to) the La Mesa Spring Valley School Board have brought national attention to just how low the Party of No and their supporters are willing to go. And now, having realized that ordinary people are standing up to their campaign of lies, the Union-Tribune has decided that civility is in order.
The fact is that the right-wings’ meme of Obama is Muslim/Socialist/Anti-Christ ran into a brick wall of common sense. They lost that round because people have decided not to ignore their lies anymore.
Civility will come when the lies stop. In the meantime, just say “NO” to The Stupid.