woody_zimmerman_118_2007Mmm, mmm, mmm!
George Dub-ya Bush! (Yeah!)

He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again.

Mmm, mmm, mm!
George Dub-ya Bush! (Yeah!)

(With apologies to Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and the Worldwide Fellowship of Rap)

This simulated rap song – using the term “song” loosely – consisting of numerous, similarly mind-numbing verses – was never sung or rapped (or whatever you do with this kind of thing) in any school or church or community center. I know this because if it had been, the heads of millions of liberals simply would have exploded, leaving a massive cleanup for the country. It would not have been a pretty sight.

Moreover, although he has not said so explicitly, one imagines President Bush is also deeply grateful, for more practical reasons, that such a song about him did not hit the Internet charts. He might have injured himself trying to do a hip move during one of the performances – perhaps on Jay Leno. (Having been born a few years before Mr. Bush, I can say with some authority that you’ve got to be careful what kind of moves you attempt in the passion of the moment…)

Undoubtedly my readers are way ahead of me here. Excepting those who might have been vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard during recent weeks, most of them know that the above verse was bowdlerized from a new hit song that has taken the Internet (and some cable-news channels) by storm. It was sung by a choir of New Jersey elementary school kids in a now-famous clip found at http://www.breitbart.tv/update-new-crisper-version-of-obama-anthem-school-song-provides-lyrical-clarity/

In case you couldn’t catch all the words of the “Obama Anthem,” I furnish them below:

Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama!
He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again

Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama!
He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay

Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama!
He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance

Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama!
He said red and yellow, black or white,
All are equal in his sight

Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama! Yes!

Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama! Barack Hussein Obama!

Needless to say, the performance of this new classic by those charming students from Burlington Township, New Jersey, has caused a stir across the country since hitting the Internet, cable TV, and finally the Mainstream Media. Complaints about kids singing praises to the Dear Leader immediately arose. Some articles even compared the Jersey kids to the Hitlerjugend (i.e., Hitler Youth) who marched, sang and Sieg-heiled for the Führer in the 1930s.

Really, I thought the latter was a bit of a stretch. After all, how many American kids can march in step, sing and salute, all at the same time? There’s simply no comparison to those spiffy Deutchenkinder in their matching uniforms.

Nevertheless, the words and imagery of the song were disturbing – especially the part about “red and yellow, black or white/all are equal in his sight.” The passage appeared to have been borrowed directly from the old Sunday School song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children” (not to be chanted in rap-cadence) –

Jesus loves the little children: all the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

It seemed to me that plagiarizing this Christian children’s song was waaay over the top. Call me a racist (again), but I didn’t like the smell of it. I have never heard of schoolchildren singing paeans of praise to any past president – not to George Washington (who was a personal friend of mine), nor to Abe Lincoln. Not even to the sainted FDR. Why is that?

The president is our head of state. He is a government official who balances the “triangle of federal power” with Congress and the Supreme Court. He is not king of the USA. He is not our ruler. Nor is he our Leader – “Dear,” or any other kind. He does not gaze benignly down on us from on high, nor is it his job to inspire our children to “change” the country so it will conform to his concept of “social justice.”

What is the president’s job? Here’s what the presidential oath of office says about it:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Notice that there’s nothing there about “changing” the country – or enlisting schoolchildren to help push the president’s political agenda – or promoting “equal pay for equal work,” etc.

It is wrong to represent an extra-Constitutional presidential role to children, as though it is his true job. At the very least, this is poor teaching. At worst, it is seditious. Children not old enough to know one thing from another should not be taught – via jiving mantras of praise – that a particular president can “save” the country, any more than they should be taught that another president has “ruined” the country. The inversion with which I started this article illustrates this clearly. If anything like this doggerel had been sung about George W. Bush, in any school in the land, his political opponents would have sued to stop it. And they would have been right to do so.

Like the president, and all of us, schools have a job to do. Their job is to help children gain the skills and factual knowledge that will help them become functional, productive adults in the nation’s social and economic life. Activities that detract from that are inappropriate.

The country has more or less decided that religious instruction of any kind does not belong in the public schools’ educational mission. I’m OK with that. Now perhaps it’s time for a serious debate over whether political indoctrination belongs in that mission. For starters, I’ll cast my vote against “Barack Hussein Obama – mmm, mmm, mm…”

How about readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic/Before we see any more of this? (Mmm, mmm, mm!)