If you lie down with dogs, you rise with fleas, the old proverb goes.
President Obama must be itching like crazy over his federal appointments -- especially given the recent revelations about his safe-schools czar.
Keith Jennings is the assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. Part of his formative past includes founding and leading an organization that appears to encourage underage sex.
Does that sound like someone you want to help steer federal education policy?
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network says it seeks to foster acceptance of homosexual pupils in schools and to clamp down on bullying. But it recommends books to kids that mark a dangerous step -- really, a giant leap -- toward hypersexualizing schoolchildren.
Some of the books on the GLSEN reading list detail supposedly consensual sexual encounters between children and much older adults, and some incidents between kids as young as 6. To go into further detail would be to tread into territory that a reader shouldn't be able to stomach.
There can be a fine line between education and indoctrination. But not in this case. This kind of repulsive filth shouldn't be shopped around to schoolchildren.
And America's safe-schools czar headed the organization that spreads this list.
It seems as if every government czar Obama tries to appoint comes equipped with a second, outrageously controversial shoe ready to be dropped. A nominee can have this qualification or that qualification.
But. Too often there's a big "but."
Carol Browner, Obama's energy and climate czar, was a major player with a socialist group that advocated " 'global governance' and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change," according to The Washington Times .
Science czar John Holdren co-authored a textbook in the 1970s that floated the ideas of forced abortion and mass sterilization.
Mark Lloyd, Obama's FCC diversity czar, was a fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, and has had conservative talk radio in his crosshairs for quite some time. He thinks Venezuela is a good example of media equity. You remember Venezuela -- its dictator has quashed the free reporting of news containing even a whiff of partisan dissent.
Urban-affairs czar Adolfo Carrion, the New York Daily News reported, reaped thousands in campaign funds from developers with government projects that slid through thanks to his political connections when he was borough president of the Bronx.
Not one of these people should have a place in helping guide our federal government.