This started out life as a comment over at Megan’s place, after she whined about McCain’s “Obama Sex Education” ad. (I note with amusement that rather than being posted, “Your comment has been received and held for approval by the blog owner.” Given that there’s no real logging in, my guess is it’s a size issue.)
If you haven’t read Jim Geraghty’s two defenses of the McCain Ad, as well as Byron York’s you should. Both provide solid background that the MSM has left out. Commenter “glasnost” attempts to strike back here, mainly by quoting ABC. Too bad ABC’s full of crap.
My comment to “glasnost”:
You know, I just figured out why this is such a winning issue for McCain, and why it so completely torques you “Coastal Elite” types.”
The Obama defense is “look, you’re being unreasonable. Of course we’re not going to take advantage of ambiguous language in order to do insane things (like teach about sex to Kindergarteners) in the classroom.” And the response from the McCain camp, and from the sane part of America, is “the Hell you aren’t. You have in the past, you will in the future, so we’re not going to let you screw up our kids education now.” The fact that most Americans just don’t trust you really pisses you off. “Who do those hicks think they are, not trusting me?” Answer: they’re “What’s Wrong with Kansas.” They’re the people whose votes decide elections. And they don’t trust you because people like you have been coarsening our culture for the last 40 years, and they think that makes the country worse off.
I ran across this article School sex club run by small boys, says Brisbane dad, and thought “I wonder what the teachers at that school would claim is ‘age appropriate sex education’? Would I really want to give them a blank check like that, and find out what they’ll do with it?”
No, I wouldn’t. And neither would most other people.
But Barack Obama voted to do just that, on a “straight party line vote.”
So, glasnost, excellent try, but you fail.
What I quoted from Geraghty:
it’s clear that one of its key purposes was to change existing law that said “Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades 6 through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention, transmission and spread of AIDS” to “Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV.”
From the large pile of drivel that [glasnost] pasted in:
The word “comprehensive” appears just once in the bill as applied to kindergartners, it the section saying that “Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV” — in other words, the word was focused on pre-existing classes that may exist.
False. If they were just going to leave it at the pre-existing classes, they wouldn’t have needed to change the law.
And, in fact, once they started to catch grief over the law, “one of the bill’s original sponsors, State Sen. Carol Ronen, apparently rethought the age issue and introduced an amendment to shift it back to grade 6.”
So yes, it was an issue, and a legitimate one.
So what does “comprehensive sex education” mean in terms of kindergartners?
“It means teaching kids about families,” McDowell says.
Ah, so Obama was trying to bring “Heather Has Two Mommies” to IL Kindergarteners? If you think that’s a defense, go right ahead.
“No reasonable person would believe we’re talking about teaching kindergartners about sexual intercourse,” McDowell says. “I don’t think Sen. McCain believes that.”
If you’re teaching about AIDS and HIV prevention to K – 12, you’re as a minimum opening the door to be teaching about sex K – 12. If that’s not what you want to do, then write the law so it doesn’t do that.
This kind of thing is why Democrats lose elections, and why you deserve to lose them. This bill was about the Left attacking the rest of society in the Culture War. “We know the proper way to think, and we’re going to force it on you hicks.” Which is why it also changed (emphasis mine in both)
All public elementary, junior high, and senior high 20 school classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual –intercourse shall emphasize that abstinence is the expected norm in that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only protection that is 100% effective against unwanted teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
All public elementary, junior high, and senior high school classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual activity or behavior shall emphasize that abstinence is an effective method of preventing unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV when transmitted sexually.
This bill was boilerplate Leftist Culture War material. Obama voted for it on a straight party line vote. Why?
Because Obama is a Democrat Party hack. He’s not thoughtful, he’s not nuanced, he’s just another left-wing drone, this one with a pretty face and the ability to give a good speech (so long as it’s fed to him from the Teleprompter).
And he’s going to lose. He’s going to lose because the American people aren’t stupid, and are figuring him out, he’s going to lose because McCain is just a better campaigner than Obama, and he’s going to lose because McCain’s VP choice was a thousand times better than Obama’s.