Before I saw the video below, I had written:
Obama probably didn’t personally choose this sleaze to be an Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. Appointments at that level are surely done further down the food chain than the Oval Office.
Boy, was I wrong:
Like most people, I forget how the-pay-to-play game works. This moral midget raised a whole lot of New York money for Obama so of course he gets that appointment.
The reality of Kevin Jennings has been around for a long time. Conservative bloggers have been complaining ever since they got downwind of him last year. Parents of school-age children in California and Minnesota have battled him for over a decade. In contrast, Huff&Puff and other assorted loose & liberal folks have defended him — much the same as they now defend the child-raper Roman Polanski — i.e., with a straight face and with robust self-righteousness.
How long has the information on Jennings been out there? Probably since before Bush’s first term. See this 2003 essay in City Journal which details the concerted efforts to push queer theory all the way down into kindergarten:
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A relatively recent arrival on college campuses, queer theory has swiftly dominated the myriad university gender-studies programs and spread its influence to other disciplines, too, “queering” everything under the sun. Type “queering” into Amazon.com’s search engine, and up comes Queering the Middle Ages, Queering the Color Line, Queering India, and many other books, many from prestigious academic presses.
It would be tempting to dismiss queer theory as just another intellectual fad, with little influence beyond the campus, if not for gay activists’ aggressive effort to introduce the theory’s radical view of sexuality into the public schools. Leading the effort is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN, pronounced “glisten”), an advocacy group founded a decade ago  to promote homosexual issues in the public schools. It now boasts 85 chapters, four regional offices, and some 1,700 student clubs, called “gay/straight alliances,” that it has helped form in schools across the country.
GLSEN often presents itself as a civil rights organization [but]…it is, in fact, a radical organization that has clearly embraced the queer-theory worldview. It seeks to transform the culture and instruction of every public school, so that children will learn to equate “heterosexism” — the favoring of heterosexuality as normal — with other evils like racism and sexism and will grow up pondering their sexual orientation and the fluidity of their sexual identity.
Nor is it ever too early to begin stamping out heterosexism. A 2002 GLSEN conference in Boston held a seminar on “Gender in the Early Childhood Classroom” that examined ways of setting “the tone for nontraditional gender role play” for preschoolers…
…a 1999 book, Queering Elementary Education,with a foreword by GLSEN executive director Kevin Jennings, offers essays on “Locating a Place for Gay and Lesbian Themes in Elementary Reading, Writing and Talking” and “How to Make ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ in the Classroom”-the scare quotes showing the queer theorist’s ever present belief that categorizing gender is a political act.
The book in question was also endorsed by that famous terrorist/bomber and college educator, Bill Ayers.
For comprehensiveness, nothing beats a GLSEN-recommended resource manual distributed to all K-12 public schools in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The manual presents an educational universe that filters everything through an LGBT lens…
This philosophy is morally repellent. The narcissistic bias, the lie they want us to buy — that we are untethered from our heritage, that we can make up our own “narrative” as we go along — is pernicious and evil, especially when force-fed to children. Obama, who has already made up several narratives (“Dreams”) of his own, with unacknowledged assistance from others, is a metrosexually ambiguous example of the underlying philosophy of queer theory: we are who and what we say we are, unbound by the past and dedicated to a Utopian future. “We are the ones”, et cetera ad nauseam. But you can bet he won’t permit any queer theory philosophy to be taught to his children. Not for a few more years, anyway.
Can Jennings be removed from the Department of Education? I hope so. However, should Obama turn a deaf ear to outraged parents’ calls for his removal, then the existence of Jennings in his present place of employment will simply be another card to play in the Congressional elections next year.
Has your Congressman spoken out for Jennings’ removal? If not, then in 2010, Jennings becomes a liability for your Congressman. If he waits too long to make his protest known, it will be too little too late.
Obama needs a Democrat Congress, yet his outside-the-box-don’t-need-Congressional-approval-appointments have often been these scandal-ridden mediocrities who paid for their seat. Obama’s overtly cynical pay-off to Jennings is a dangerous ploy that will culminate in a large throw-the-bums-out furor next year.
Our president’s skill set does not include bipartisanship. It also doesn’t seem to include a salesman’s intuition if you judge his words and behavior in Copenhagen. Thus he needs Pelosi and Reed to stay where they are. Given what we’ve seen so far, he doesn’t appear to understand the basics of political gamesmanship. Saying “I won” isn’t going to cut it.
Putting a sleazebag from NAMBLA in place at the Department of Education is going to cost him dearly. Leaving him there is political suicide.