No one should be surprised that right-wingers are pressuring writing teams to craft new Texas public school social studies curriculum standards that are slanted to the political right. We reported in June that State Board of Education members had seeded the writing teams with far-right extremists who rail against immigration and think new President Obama is a racist who has “hatred and contempt for white people, traditional families, small business owners, evangelical Christians, conservatives, and everyone else that liberals call the ‘racist, heterosexist, nativist, Christianist, capitalist, homophobic power structure’ in America.”
So don’t be surprised if the rhetoric gets even more extreme. Take, for example, a recent e-newsletter from the author of the above quote accusing President Obama of racism. In the newsletter, the Peter Morrison Report, Mr. Morrison suggests darkly that health insurance reform will lead to euthanasia for the elderly:
In 1973 there was a Charlton Heston movie called Soylent Green, which depicted a nightmarish future for Americans, especially the elderly. In the film, America is massively overpopulated and resources are scarce. Food riots are common, and old people are seen as nothing but useless eaters, a burden on society which must be removed. In response, the government opens up euthanasia clinics to solve the problem. Such a bleak future is hard to envision, but some of the rhetoric we’re hearing with regard to Obamacare protesters is truly frightening.
Mr. Morrison also returns to his theme about the president’s alleged racism:
Because of the huge demographic changes in America, elderly people, who benefit the most from health care spending, are mostly white, while younger ones are much more racially diverse. Obama evidently sees it as his role to redistribute wealth from older people to younger ones, who are much more likely to be black or Hispanic. When coupled with decades of unchecked immigration, both legal and illegal, it won’t be long before the Democrats will be able to simply buy enough votes in every election to stay in power, and they’ll have no concern for what “old racist white people” want or need.
And he closes with this beauty:
If we fail, all Americans may be headed for a nightmare in our old age, where we’re herded into underfunded, government-run nursing homes, staffed by poorly trained immigrants who regard us as burdens on “their” society. We simply must stop Obamacare. Then we have to elect men and women who will bring an immediate halt to the mass immigration that is destroying our American identity at its very foundation. This is a battle we simply can’t afford to lose.
This person, folks, is helping write curriculum standards for our children’s social studies classrooms. And who nominated Mr. Morrison to serve on a writing team? State board member David Bradley, R-BeaumontBuna.