There is a very old Peanuts strip that I am reminded of lately. In the strip, Lucy is walking with Linus and explaining to him the origin of telephone poles. She says something along the lines of “The telephone pole is actually a tree specially developed by the phone company to grow without branches.”
Charlie Brown over hears this lecture, drops his head against one of the phone poles and says “I can’t stand it.”
President Obama plans to deliver an address to the nation’s school children that “will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.”
Conservatives are up in arms that the President wants to indoctrinate the nation’s school children with his “socialist agenda.”
So working hard, setting educational goals, and taking responsibility now constitutes a socialist agenda?
I can’t stand it.