In every sector of our economy and educational system, Barack Obama attempts to balance out success attained through hard work and accomplishment by "redistributing wealth." However, during a speech on education in Madison, Wisconsin, Obama went beyond the written text to share with the audience a personal account of his first daughter Malia's educational struggles. He said that recently, Malia came home with a less-than-impressive 73% on a science test. He went on to say that in the past, Malia felt 80% was doing "pretty well."
In an effort to promote a "Race to the Top" educational agenda, Obama said Malia's contentment with mediocre grades was a, "no, no, no" because the First Family grade goal is "90% and up." Obama told his audience that failure to meet that standard caused Malia to internalize failure and come home from school "depressed." By divulging Malia's educational trials and triumphs, the President admitted that a poor test score is what incentivized his daughter's efforts, which is a stunning statement from a leader whose goal is to deincentivize every segment of American society.
Obama is an unrelenting crusader in the fight to advance socialism in a capitalistic nation whose success is based on competition. In order to do so, the President demonizes competitive methods of economic advancement and fosters envy as a means of squelching motivation. The Obama administration works hard to address the sin of societal greed and uses condemnation of personal and corporate materialism as a basis to justify socialist policy. So why then, in the privacy of his own home, would Obama, in lieu of the parity and mediocrity he mandates from American citizens, encourage Malia to compete academically?
Obama's statement about Malia's 73% on a science test is very telling. The truth is that the President squandered an opportunity to present the First Family as an exemplar of the utopian worldview he envisions for our nation. Malia's grade was a "teachable moment" for Obama to instruct his daughter how avarice fosters inequity. Instead, Obama encouraged grade greed and set a standard of excellence high above the mediocre values he has foisted upon the rest of us. Obama did not tell Malia to shoot for a median grade in order to safeguard classmate self-esteem and self-worth. There were no parental lectures on how Malia should contribute to fairness in classroom rank. No, instead, the President chided Malia's approval of a run-of-the-mill 80% as unacceptable and below her intellectual capability. Very bizarre advice coming from a man whose goal is an equitable society where individual responsibility and success are strongly discouraged by punishing those who earned an "A" with a "D."
When Obama asked why Malia received a less than stellar grade, Malia answered, "Well...the study guide didn't match up with what was on the test." Cliffs Notes never do. America can learn a lesson from Malia's experience. Without a doubt, universal health care, government handouts, and safety nets can deliver only disheartening results for those who accept the premise that taking the shortcut of government assistance should replace the reward that follows investing time and personal effort.
Malia countered the educational problem with a solid plan for success. She decided, "Well...I've got to read the whole chapter. I'm going to change how I study, how I approach it." Even ideological icon Barack Obama recognized his daughter's motivation to raise the bar on her own. Malia possesses more promise than her Marxist-tending father. Without the benefit of a Harvard Law degree, the middle-school student managed to exceed the leader of the free world in both logic and understanding. So while Dad was busily discouraging national achievement, dispiriting those who work hard, and redistributing everyone's wealth, Malia was actively applying herself to studying. The effort paid off with an above-average mark of 95%. Malia's high grade placed her in a position to be envied by those who decided to stick with the study guide versus taking the less popular route of reading the entire chapter. If Obama were a man with core convictions, he would never encourage Malia to work harder to earn a 90% on any test. The President would explain that grade greed is a sin that should be avoided. Although hard work bolsters achievement, Malia should be reminded that personal success could cause the less dedicated or academically underprivileged to feel inferior. Barack wasted the opportunity to gain a new recruit into the socialistic mindset, which says achievement must be equalized in order to insure a fairer more level playing field. As a dedicated father, the President should give the "high fiving" tween a dose of Obama-style reality and let Malia know that, in Obama's America, regardless of effort, compensation is always the same.
In his closing statement on how to reach for educational excellence, Obama shared that towards the end of Malia's grade controversy, a change magically occurred when Malia realized she "just liked having knowledge." Obama said, "That's what she said. And what was happening was she had started wanting it more than us." So, in Obama's exclusive world, the first daughter has carte blanche to pursue wants, while the rest of America is denied the same right?
Malia's revelation places her in the unique position to educate Dad on a few things gleaned from a foray into academic distinction and accomplishment. Malia can inform her father how experience taught her that "If excellence isn't the goal of personal achievement, conformity or mediocrity reigns. If wealth isn't a reward for success, poverty reigns. And if success is a sin, failure is a virtue." Now the twelve-year-old can query the President as to whether he adheres to that truth. If Barack does not, Malia can then pose the obvious question to her father, "Hey Dad, then what's the point of getting an A?" After that, and on behalf of all Americans, maybe this bright young girl can also ask her father why she gets it and he doesn't.