Friday, November 9, 2012

Person Who Helps Determine What Goes In Nation's Textbooks Claims People Who Voted For Obama Racist Maggotss

Given some of the hyperbolic reactions that South Dakotans have had to Obama's re-election, (sorry, I can't bring myself to link to Howie's site to back up my point about hyperbole) one should have expected that Texas would do it much bigger. Hardin County Republican treasurer Peter Morrison wants to separate from the Untied States:
"Let each go her own way," he writes, demanding an "amicable divorce" from the U.S. and from the "maggots" who re-elected President Obama.

Evoking the history of Confederate soldiers who refused to surrender after Gettysburg, Morrison, 33, calls for Texans to fight "in hopes that Providence might shine upon our cause."

Morrison is particularly angry at Asian-Americans and Hispanics who backed Obama, accusing them of voting on an "ethnic basis."

"'They' re-elected Obama," Morrison wrote. "He is their president."
Given that I don't know who chairs the Democratic or Republican parties locally, I really shouldn't care what a racist Texan writes in a "race-heavy newsletter."

On the other hand, "Morrison was chosen by former State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy to help screen Texas public school textbooks."

It's taken as an article of faith in the education community that Texas has a disproportionate impact on the textbooks used the nation's schools. Even Fox News says so:
Since Texas is the second largest consumer of textbooks in the U.S., publishers often create a book that meets Texas standards and then sell the same version to school districts across the country.
I hope Dr. Blanchard has posts some back up material to help South Dakota history teachers remind students that the Civil War was about slavery and nothing else. I have no desire to parse the sentence: "Everyone who voted for President Obama is a maggot." I don't want to use that sentence as an example of a metaphor either.

Morrision's ideas, however, may make my job as a debate coach easier. Last session, Representative Steve Hickey pushed through a resolution urging schools to teach the Bible. Romans 13 poses some interesting questions about succession or "separation."
1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
The Bible also has that pesky little reminder that everyone is created in God's image; it's tough to see how people created in God's image and who did their duty and voted are "maggots," but I don't live in Texas and I'm not a Republican.
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