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September 08, 2009

Cowbell for Chicks and Gay Dudes: Conservative* Heartthrob Adam Baldwin Posts at Big Hollywood on Obama's School Speech

Adam Baldwin, incidentally, is not related to the Baldwin brothers. (Well, he's not a Baldwin brother -- who knows if he's a third cousin or something.)

Anyway, the Firefly and Chuck star is a bit nuanced on the speech. He objects chiefly to the preparatory materials.

Ideological and political partisanship and “cult of personality” persuasions aside, once duly elected, who the President is is not controversial in and of itself. Nevertheless, what a President says may indeed be controversial, especially when addressed to a captive audience of ideologically and politically naïve youths.

The trouble with all this arose because the materials in the ED’s lesson plan are an integral part of the president’s message, and the fact that it has already been necessarily revised (post-dissemination) proves it was in fact controversial.

That the ED and its recipient, undoubting education professionals do not seem to appreciate this distinction (and parents’ natural concerns) perhaps illustrates how the quest for intellectual conformity in public education–not to mention this particular predetermination to accept a federal government lesson plan–exemplifies a pervasive and discriminatory injustice that runs contrary to all pretense to freedom of conscience, speech and thought in modern academia.

Thanks to DrewM.

* Actually I don't know if he's a declared conservative. I know that a lot of people have gotten that impression from his comments, and now he's over at Breitbart's Big Hollywood. Whether he is or isn't or is a libertarian or is still kinda pretending not to be or whatever, I know conservatives and conservative-leaning libertarians have taken him to be one of their own.



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