little_rock_integration_protest-small.jpgThis bit of hypocrisy shouldn’t surprise anyone:

A Texas school which refused to air President Barack Obama’s live classroom address is planning to bus students to see the president.

Did school officials reverse course after realizing Obama’s speech wasn’t political, as conservatives had claimed?

Nope. They’re sending fifth graders to see another president: former President George W. Bush, and his wife, Laura. Bush is speaking alongside several Dallas Cowboys players and prominent Texas business leaders.

The people who pushed to censor President Obama’s speech, and who habitually call him a Communist or Socialist (and who call the public option "communism") are not only the same ones who approve of Bush and Reagan speaking to our kids, they (or their parents) were running around in the 1960s calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a Commie, and holding up signs at anti-civil-rights protests that read "RACE MIXING IS COMMUNISM".

Oh, you say, that was forty-plus years ago! Surely nobody exists today who believes that?!

Why, yes they do, and as Lean Left points out, they write for "respectable" conservative magazines like the National Review, and emit (as Lisa Schiffren did back in 2008) things like this concerning President Obama’s white mother and black father:

… Political correctness was invented precisely to prevent the mainstream liberal media from persuing the questions which might arise about how Senator Obama’s mother, from Kansas, came to marry an African graduate student. Love? Sure, why not? But what else was going on around them that made it feasible? Before readers level cheap accusations of racism — let’s recall that the very question of interracial marriage only became a big issue later in the 1960s. The notion of a large group of mixed race Americans became an issue during and after the Vietnam War. Even the civil-rights movement kept this culturally explosive matter at arm’s distance.

It was, of course, an explicit tactic of the Communist party to stir up discontent among American blacks, with an eye toward using them as the leading edge of the revolution.

Bear this in mind whenever you see somebody like Glenn Beck — the man who was the front operator for the oil-lobbyist-funded campaign to snuff African-American environmentalist Van Jones — spouting off about Obama and Communism. Or when you see somebody like Michael Barone try to pretend that birthers – people who refuse to admit that Obama is a US citizen and thus eligible to be president – are a harmless minority in the Republican Party, when in fact they are a majority of Republicans, including elected ones.