Eagle Forum Utah is upset over a Barack Obama propaganda video shown to students at a Farmington, Utah elementary school - and rightfully so. Full story by KSL Channel 5. Additional stories now published by the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. Watch KSL news video embedded below:
The video was originally produced in January 2009 by MySpace and Katalyst Media, a production company co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. They teamed up with various Hollywood celebrities to record their personal pledges of service. The video was directed by Demi Moore, and was presented to Barack Obama on his inauguration day.
While there is some praiseworthy counsel presented on the video, there is clearly a leftist political agenda being promoted. In addition, there's evidence of "Obama worship" embedded here and there throughout the video. For example, some tattooed circus freak kisses his biceps and pledges to be "a servant to Barack Obama". Watch the disgusting, sappy video for yourself below:
Eagle Forum Utah President Gayle Ruzicka objects to much of the content, saying that it showcases "well-known celebrities pledging and asking viewers to support stem cell research, not flushing the toilet after urinating, not using plastic grocery bags, ‘to sell my obnoxious car and buy a hybrid,' etc." But what she objects even more to is the fact that the video was shown to students at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington, Utah on August 28th. Angered parents brought it to Eagle Forum's attention. The decision to show the video was made by the PTA president and school principal without parental consent. You can read Ruzicka's full press release HERE.
The principal of Eagle Bay, Ofelia Wade (spelling confirmed - KSL misspelled it), has overruled a decision made by the PTA to show the video to parents on Thursday, September 3rd at Back-to-School Night, because Wade, who is listed HERE as making an annual salary of $80,641, has now decided that it would cause too much controversy. Gayle Ruzicka is asking the district superintendent to require the principal to send all the parents a link to the video before Back-to-School Night and then give them the opportunity to voice their opinion. Meanwhile, Wade has apologized to parents and says she hopes the incident doesn't overshadow the school's effort to motivate students to serve the community.
Many people have already voiced their opinion in the form of 444 comments to the KSL story as of this post. In addition, KSL is running an unscientific opinion poll on the same page as the story, in which they ask the question, "Should this video have been shown at an elementary school assembly without parental consent?" So far, out of 863 votes cast, 63 percent of respondents say No.
At least two-thirds of the commenters oppose the showing of the video, for one reason or another. Here's a sampling of some of the 444 comments posted on KSL:
That last line...
by AI @ 5:15pm - Tue Sep 1st, 2009
That last line about being a servant to our president made me almost throw up!
Our president is supposed to be a servant of the people and all he does is ignore our requests and push forward with his liberal/socialist agenda to shred the Constitution, with his self-avowed communists czars and advisors...and enamored liberal media. If Bush did this all liberals would be up in arms about it. This is SO two-faced.
I'm sorry, but I draw the line at having my children be the servant to a dictator/communist/socialist president.
This is ridiculous...and I don't even have anything to do with Eagle Forum...I am just a regular parent who thinks this is so Nazi-like that it scares me.
by Wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee @ 4:36pm - Tue Sep 1st, 2009
The video has nothing to do with respecting the President. It has everything to do with using left-wing extremists in the environmental movement, riding on the 'coat tails' of their socialist president, to get their message across to a group if young impressionable kids who don't recognize the propaganda for what it is.
If you or I saw the video, as adults, we could keep it in perspective. When these young children are exposed to this sort of biased opinionated material, presented NOT by their President, but by Hollywood idols and actors, it has NOTHING to do with respecting the president.
And as for RESPECT, I was taught that respect is something you have to EARN, not something you were forced to give away as if it were deserved like some sort of entitlement. But of course, "entitlement" is precisely what the new left-wing socialists, like Obama, are trying to teach our children!
Funny how we miss the topic
by Denzel E. @ 5:04pm - Tue Sep 1st, 2009
So first I really want someone to tell me who provided the video to the school? Was it part of a classroom presentation, if so on what topic? Was it shown in an assembly to all students? Was it followed with information on how to get involved in community projects?
I do think it is very typical of propaganda, you would never hear of the school presenting something telling kids to support stem cell research on its own, probably never really hear them talk about the options of plastic vs. paper and which costs more and does more damage to the environment, but when you slide in these types of issues with things like be a better neighbor or smile more. Well then you get the win, you have just convinced children that supporting stem cell research (heck most kids won’t know what it is) but it must be good because it is like smiling.
Anyone who doesn’t see or understand the subtle nature of propaganda and how this is a clear example of it, well there isn’t much that can be said to you, but look close not at if you agree with what is said or not but rather look at how complex issues with opposing viewpoints are simply made to look like easy decisions like caring more, learning your neighbors name, and such. It is a very nasty trick but done by professionals who knew exactly what they were doing.
This video is subtle but pernicious to a free society
by Politico @ 5:09pm - Tue Sep 1st, 2009
Pledge to be a servant to the President? This is indoctrination whether the President be 'Republican' or 'Democrat' and the pledge itself is subtly reminiscient of the pledge officials took to Hitler. "I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to Adolf Hitler". Ours is a softer version ("I pledge to be a servant to our President") but the same idea is present. We as a citizenry should never be beholden to a man but to the ideals of liberty. Our support should be to the Constitution which grants us our freedoms, not to a man who can take them away. Most of this video is fluff - every so often green indoctrination surfaces in the video (Caring for the planet, not using plastics, supporting stem cells) which is bad enough that our tax dollars again go towards political indoctrination. These most destructive idea though is the last - fidelity to our glorious leader. Who is serving whom after all?
What ruins the video are the personal expressions of "Obama worship". This type of partisan political propaganda promoting one particular politician has no place in an elementary school classroom.