Right Wing Watch has some of the highlights from The Awakening, last weekend’s Wingnutapalooza in Florida, which featured a Who’s Who of crazy and stupid. Bradlee Dean delivered his usual stemwinder, full of ignorant statements and half-truths. Like this:
Several speakers said Christian parents have no business sending their children to public schools. Right-wing radio personality and anti-gay activist Bradlee Dean, who markets his presentation to public schools, called public schools a “cesspool of indoctrination” and said “you can’t justify having your kid in a public school.” Taking the Bible out of schools, he said, opened the door to Satanism. He warned that the International Baccalaureate program used in some schools is teaching children to disarm and promoting homosexuality.
Sounds like a good reason not to invite Dean to speak at a public school, doesn’t it?
“This president is emulating dictators. Do you not understand that he is not playing games? If you look at Mao Tse-tung, this boy is emulating Mao Tse-tung to a T. You know what Mao Tse-tung did, he went to the younger generation, he overthrew the Republic of China to implement what? Democracy. Who is the last president that actually acknowledged that we are a republic? Reagan. Every president since has continuously inundated the next generation with the fact that we are a democracy. That is dangerous, guys.”
I get so tired of this idiotic claim that “we’re not a democracy, we’re a republic.” They’re the same goddamn thing. Democracy is defined as:
government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
And republic is defined as:
a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
It’s the same fucking thing. If you’ve been repeating this cliche, stop it. As for Reagan recognizing this non-existent difference, this is the president who said:
Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
OMG! Reagan believed in democracy, which is evil! Even though it’s the same thing as a republic, which is good!