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COLUMN: Since when did listening to the U.S. president become a threat to our democracy?

The president of these United States has asked kids to set goals, to work hard, to stay in school--and wash their hands to prevent the spread of influenza.

Now, isn't that about the most subversive, left-wing, un-American language you've ever heard?

Thanks to a few extremists and their influence on a minority of Americans, this is what the nation has come to: Somehow, listening to the president of the United States deliver a "back to school" message will erode our kids' sense of values and contribute to the decay of our democracy.

What is going on here?

When I was growing up, we were expected to shut up and pay attention when the president gave his State of the Union address. It didn't matter what the president's political affiliation was.

Have we lost sight of the definition of a "democracy?"

Aren't we as citizens, and our children as future partners in our "system," obligated to participate in our democratic process?

Participating means that, in addition to listening to big, fat idiots like Rush Limbaugh and the other talk show propagandists; we ought to also listen to big-eared "communists" like Pres. Barack Obama.

Printed here is just one excerpt from the president's back to school message.

I've been dissecting the sentences in an effort to uncover any subliminal subtexts that promote socialism. I think I found one. Its the passage where he encourages kids to read books. I believe what he's really saying, if you get between the lines, is: "read books by Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Ho Chi Minh and Chairman Mao...and before bedtime, read the Koran, too"

Take a look at the passage below.

I'm sure you will reach the same conclusion.

"...That's why today I'm calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education -- and do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending some time each day reading a book. Maybe you'll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you'll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all young people deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you'll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, by the way, I hope all of you are washing your hands a lot, and that you stay home from school when you don't feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter."