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The student responds by correctly noting that being arrested for talking badly about the president would violate the right to free speech. “You would have to say some pretty f’d up crap about him to be arrested,” he says. Indeed, you would have to make a credible physical threat to the president, a point that the student, unlike his teacher, understands. “They cannot take away your right to have your opinion… They can’t take that away unless you threaten the president.” “Sweetheart, sweetheart,” the teacher replies condescendingly, before sailing off on an incomprehensible tangent about people not being read their rights when arrested.
Her argument wouldn’t even hold up in Logic 101. First she states that criticizing Obama, the current president, is disrespectful. Then she claims that criticizing Bush, when he was in office, was criminal and people were arrested for it. Which is it, merely disrespectful or illegal? It’s neither, of course. One of the superior qualities of America is that we are free to criticize our elected officials, even hurl invectives at them, without expecting a visit in the middle of the night from the secret police, as the totalitarian left might prefer. The truth is that these students were not disrespecting Obama; this teacher was simply incensed that rogue students weren’t falling in line to worship him.
A Rowan-Salisbury School District spokeswoman confirmed that the teacher is still employed, but would not release her identity. This is fortunate for the teacher, since the audio reveals her to be not only less literate and articulate than her own students, but also less well-versed in such subjects as free speech, American history, and constitutional rights.
A School District statement noted that this video can be a learning experience. Indeed it can. What we can learn from it is this: Certainly there are many excellent teachers out there struggling against all odds to inspire, enrich, and open up the minds of our nation’s youth. But this video is an instructive reminder that some high school students are being shouted down by incompetent and even moronic leftist ideologues who see their role as indoctrinators, not educators, and who discourage critical, intellectual debate with political bullying.
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