TX Eagle Forum Compares President to Hitler

by TFN

Texas Eagle Forum’s Cathie Adams shows once again how extreme and unhinged the far right has become. In an e-mail to far-right activists sent out late Saturday night, Ms. Adams — who is also a Republican National Committeewoman and has endorsed Gov. Rick Perry for re-election next year — compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and twists the purpose of his planned speech to students about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education:

“(The president) has NO AUTHORITY to intrude into our children’s classrooms and simultaneously address every child in every state.

If parents want their children to view the president, then they have ample opportunities at home without taking time away from their studies. This is eerily like Hitler’s youth movement. . . .

IF your child’s school is allowing this intrusion, then you can either ask that your child be sent to study hall during the showing AND that NO study guide be used to ask your child to “serve the president.” Or you can ask that your child be granted an excused absence from school. . . . “

That’s just shameful. One need not be a supporter of President Obama to agree that comparing our country’s duly elected leader to one of history’s most evil men — someone who ruthlessly presided over the murder of millions of people — is vile. Moreover, no suggested study guide asks students to “serve the president.” Ms. Adams’ claim is simply untrue. And the president has not asserted that he has the authority to demand that school officials have students listen to his speech. The administration has simply invited students and educators to do so. Ms. Adams is dishonestly and cynically trying to stir up anger and hostility toward a president who won an election despite her militant opposition.

Having students listen to a president speak about an important civic issue shouldn’t be so venomously controversial. In fact, both President Reagan and the first President Bush directly addressed students across the country. But extremists like Ms. Adams seem determined to politicize and poison nearly every aspect of our nation’s civic life.

Promoting the importance of education for our children isn’t just a Democratic or Republican value. It’s a mainstream value shared by all families, regardless of their politics. And claiming that a president promoting that value is acting like Adolf Hitler should disgust all citizens, regardless of their political party. Shame on Cathie Adams.

You can send an e-mail to Ms. Adams at torch@texaseagle.org and ask her to treat the president with the respect that his office deserves and that most Americans expect. (But if you do, please show the civility and restraint that Ms. Adams has not.)

Her e-mail follows after the jump.

Friends,

Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar searched for federal authority that would allow President Obama to address all school children. As you see below, he has NO AUTHORITY to intrude into our children’s classrooms and simultaneously address every child in every state.

If parents want their children to view the president, then they have ample opportunities at home without taking time away from their studies. This is eerily like Hitler’s youth movement.

I oppose federal intervention in public schools and support former President Reagan’s campaign promise to abolish the federal Department of Education. Its creation was a payback by former President Carter to the teachers’ unions and has abused public schools of state and local controls since its beginning. The Bush-Kennedy “No Child Left Behind” was no exception.

IF your child’s school is allowing this intrusion, then you can either ask that your child be sent to study hall during the showing AND that NO study guide be used to ask your child to “serve the president.” Or you can ask that your child be granted an excused absence from school on Tuesday, September 8th, the day of the nationwide address.

Cathie Adams

The rest of the e-mail reproduces part of U.S. law dealing with education.

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Gregorio Casar

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