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Today we hear a lot about spin. Bill O’Reilly has the “No Spin Zone.” Spinning is nothing more than propagandizing. Propaganda is a form of communication designed to influence the attitude of a community toward a particular cause or position by presenting only one side of the argument.  

When I think about propagandizing, I automatically think of pre-World War II Germany and of North Korea. The Germans were trained to be prejudiced to hate Jews, and North Korean citizens are taught to hate America and the Western world. Brian Myers in his book “The Cleanest Race” verifies it is made clear to the North Korean masses that “This hate will last forever.”

How can entire cultures be so convincingly controlled? This is usually accomplished when leaders blatantly ignore written laws and attempt to control media outlets; however, the best way to achieve the desired outcome is to target schools. Spinning stories to school children allows them to become trained messengers who willingly deliver the preferred government-sponsored message to family and friends.

Students in North Korea are led to believe that North Korean leaders have messiah-like qualities. Students repeat myths about the dearly departed “Father Kim Jong-il” that include outlandish statements like his birth immediately caused a double magical rainbow to occur and that winter instantly turned into spring. Did you know that the first time he ever golfed he scored 11 holes-in-one?

Some American teachers are promoting President Obama in extraordinary ways. Children are taught to memorize organized chants. Kindergarteners at a Texas elementary school were sent home with songs that included such lyrics as “Barack Obama is the man” and “He’s our man, yes we can!”

Teachers in Livsey Elementary School in DeKalb County, Ga., created an exhibit and displayed this message:  “Rosa sat … so Martin could walk. Martin walked … so Obama could run. Obama ran … so our children could fly.” If our children come to believe that they can take to the air and soar over their environment, will they then begin to think of President Obama as a mystical “super- hero?”

Do you remember Sept. 8, 2009, when President Obama addressed all school children via TV? The Department of Education sent out lesson plans to prepare teachers for the event.

Teachers in grades seven through 12 were provided with these questions: “Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us?” Pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers were instructed to have their students write letters to themselves about what they could do to help the president. They were to collect the letters and “redistribute them at an appropriate later date to make students accountable to their goals.”

Think about this administration’s effort to bring about the demise of the Second Amendment. The President pointed to the Sandy Hook School Massacre to help achieve this goal. President Obama used children, who wrote him letters after the Dec. 14 shooting, during a White House event to highlight his views that we can wait no longer to reduce gun violence and that gun control legislation must be passed.

I am alarmed by the recent disclosure that the Los Angeles Unified School District is using $990,000 of taxpayer money to promote the Affordable Care Act. Since the administration has become aware that they need more people to sign up for the health exchanges, is the goal to train students to be messengers to sell the individual mandate of ObamaCare to parents and relatives at home? Even Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius tried to get the NBA and NFL to encourage young fans to buy coverage on the exchanges.

German leaders understood that their supremacy depended on German citizens regarding them as infallible. Their rules had to be followed even if their orders subverted the law. German schools produced young men and women who obediently and unquestioningly were ready to serve the Fatherland.

The purpose of schooling should be to prepare young people for life — equipping them with problem-solving skills and the ability to think for themselves not create robots. Many of today’s students are being instructed that life’s difficulties can be solved simply by being politically correct and putting faith and trust in government leaders.

I lived in Germany for 11 years, and I came to love the German people. I only mention this because, after World War II, a period of “de-programming” became necessary to restore the German population to normalcy.

I hope that we will not require a comparable period of “de-programming” to insure that our children realize that politicians are neither perfect nor above the law. Slightly altering President John Adam’s words, children today desperately need to be taught that “We are a government of laws not of men” or women. — No spin intended!

WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is past president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs on the first and third Friday of each month. Reach her at willeecooper@gmail.com.

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