Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jersey School Super Defends Obama Song





At first it was a misguided social studies teacher who led a group of school chilfren in singing a song of praise to President Obama in a New Jersey school. The woman was retiring that year. It is possible that she had actually experienced legal segregation first hand. She certainly remembered when it was legally acceptable in most of the South. So her excitement at an African American President is understandable, especially if she remembered a time when African Americans were barred from voting.

In retrospect, the Obama Song looks pretty foolish, unless you are the Burlington Toiwnship Superintendent of Schools. Amazingly enough, Christopher Manno just does not understand the difference between inculcating civic virtues and promoting personal loyalty to President Obama. Fox News reports as follows.


"The superintendent of a New Jersey school system where elementary school students were videotaped singing the praises of President Obama stood behind his employees Wednesday evening, saying the principal and teacher did nothing wrong -- despite growing anger from parents.

"There was nothing systematic or indoctrinating about this innocent classroom activity," Burlington Township Superintendent of Schools Christopher Manno said during a school board meeting. "There was no intention on the part of the teacher to make any political statement or promote a political agenda."






Our American system is built upon individuals uphollding and participating in a system that bridges and transcends their political differences. The vast majority of citizens believe in equal opportunity. No one wants there to be hunger or unemployment. But what drives our political system is the fact that there are people of good will who differ on how best to solve these problems. Understanding this simple concept makes our political system work a lot better.

I can easily understand an older teacher on the verge of retirement recognising the historic importance of the election of an African American to the presidency. But the cluelessness of Christopher Manno is hard to fathom. It makes me wonder what other distortions of America's civic traditions are occurring on his watch.

Anyone who has spent time under a totalitarian regime knows the feeling of living under a personality cult and its pitfalls. Anyone who has seen a portrait of whatever Great Leader holds sway.

As a historical footnote, I am posting the "Marcha Peronista", with its Spanish lyrics and English translation. Argentina is still struggling with the economic and political instability that resulted from Peronism. Hyperinflation, suppression of political opposition as well as social chaos resulted from having a political system dominated by a personality cult. We would do well to what we have built in america since 1776, as well as to safeguard it. Not only do our children need a proper education. It seems that our educators need to go back to school.



Marcha Peronista


Los muchachos peronistas

todos unidos triunfaremos,
y como siempre daremos
un grito de corazón:
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Por ese gran argentino
que se supo conquistar
a la gran masa del pueblo
combatiendo al capital.

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

Imitemos el ejemplo
de este varón argentino,
y siguiendo su camino
gritemos de corazón:
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Porque la Argentina grande
con que San Martín soñó,
es la realidad argentina
que debemos a Perón.

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

Después de haber liberado
a toda la economía
gritamos SOBERANÍA
con fundamento y razón
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Porque las Islas Malvinas
y el Antártico Sector
son netamente argentinos
aunque nos digan que no.

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

El pueblo está reclamando
con angustia y con razón,
que le voten enseguida
la nueva Constitución
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Con los principios sociales
que Perón ha establecido,
el pueblo entero está unido
y grita de corazón:
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Por ese gran argentino
que trabajó sin cesar,
para que reine en el pueblo
el amor y la igualdad.

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

Porque sabe que oligarcas
y el capital extranjero
están tramando de nuevo
la contra-Revolución

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

Los asesinos de ahora
enemigos y traidores
contra los trabajadores
organizan la traición
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Porque el extranjero espera
que cuando caiga Perón
otra vez él será el dueño
de toda nuestra Nación.

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

Antes que nos haga exclavos
la oligarquía derrotada
le daremos la patada
sin ninguna compasión
¡Viva Perón! ¡Viva Perón!

Por eso se junta el pueblo
en la plaza principal
¡para vivar a su jefe
que ya es gloria nacional!

¡Perón, Perón, qué grande sos!
¡Mi general, cuanto valés!
¡Perón, Perón, gran conductor,
sos el primer trabajador!

Peronist March

We, the Peronist guys

All united will prevail,
And as usual we will launch
A cry from our heart:
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

We are with this great Argentine
Who managed to conquer
The will of the popular masses
By fighting the capital.

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!

We must follow the example
Of this extraordinary Argentine man
And through the path by him opened
We must march yelling at heart:
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

Because the great Argentina
Dreamed by San Martín,
Is the nowadays reality
which we owe to Perón.

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!

After having liberated
The whole national economy
We can cry "Sovereignty!"
With a well-founded reason
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

Because the Falklands Islands
And our Antarctic lands
Are undoubtedly Argentinians
Despite they say us "no way".

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!

The people is demanding
With anxiety and rightly so,
To have promulged soon
The new Constitution
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

Around the social principles
Established by Perón,
The entire people is united
And shouts from their hearts:
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

We are with this great Argentine
who worked tirelessly,
For the prevalence among the people
Of love and equality.

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!

Because he knows that oligarchs
And the foreign capital
Are plotting once again
The counter-revolution

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!

The murderers of today,
Enemies and turncoats
Against the workers
Are organizing the treason
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

Because the foreign hopes
That with the fall of Perón
Again he will be the owner
Of our entire Nation.

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!

Before being slaves
Of the defeated oligarchy
We will give them a kick
Without any remorse
Viva Perón! Viva Perón!

That is why people get together
In the main square
To desire long life for their leader
Who is becoming the glory of the Nation!

Perón, Perón, how great you are!
My general, how appreciated by us!
Perón, Perón, our great guide,
You're the worker number one!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peronist_March

I have also included the link to my previous article on this subject, which contains the now hard to find Obama Tribute video.

http://www.rudistettner.com/2009/09/obama-praise-songs-taught-in-nj-school.html










video

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