OK. Here's the thing. Some celebrities, having been inspired by President Obama's request that we all work to make this country a better place, went and made this SHOCKING video, in which they pledge to do things like work to be better mentors to children and conserve water. You can watch it here:
And the PTA of Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington, UT, decided to show this video to the kids at the beginning of the year.
OK, there are some silly pledges, like Anthony Kiedis saying that he pledges "allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica," which some dumb bitch named Jennifer Cieslewicz from Kaysville says is "unAmerican. It's disrespectful." Apparently she doesn't want her children to find out at school that some things are unAmerican or disrespectful, since it's not the school's job to promote patriotism or respect--as she also comments, "Values are to be taught in the home-not the school."
I admit I was a bit jarred by the pledge to "serve President Obama," given that he is following too closely in W's footsteps. I wish that had been left out. But I don't think it renders the whole video unworthy of my attention. I was moved by some of the pledges, which were, by and large, pretty general. I understood that these were other people's pledges. I didn't feel I had to adopt them all. But apparently Eagle Forum et al don't trust their kids to understand that. No--their kids are just TOO INTELLECTUALLY DELICATE to be exposed to other people's visions for a better country.
In the comments about the article, people ask things like, "What if the video showed Tom Selleck saying 'I pledge to support the Second Amendment by encouraging more people to get handguns to defend themselves.'"
Well, gee! First of all, that pledge is much more specific than most of the pledges in this video. But propaganda that blatant and militaristic was something we all encountered in from 2001-2008, and some of us managed to deal with it without going apeshit. I remember talking to my high school students about the very pro-war videos that got shown, courtesy of some news organization, every morning in the high school where I taught in spring 2003.
It's moments like these when I'm REALLY to live in the small island of blue that is SLC, instead of being adrift in the nasty ocean of red that is the rest of Utah.
And I'm also dreading what sort of google ads will turn up on my blog when all these references to Eagle Forum and the Second Amendment show up.... oh well.