Friday, September 4, 2009
When I was 8 years old, President Jimmy Carter visited Nashville. He was the President of the United States, back when that apparently meant something. All Davidson county schools were off that day so that the kids could go see him speak or at least watch his speech on TV. It was a really big deal. He hadn't been in office long and I remember people being very excited everywhere we went. Seeing the President speak is a memorable event to anyone, I would think. I certainly think that it is for kids.
President Obama plans to speak to the nations school children via a planned, recorded address on Tuesday September 8th, when they come back after Labor Day weekend. How dare he! Why is he unleashing this socialist propaganda on our children?
He is giving a speech on staying in school and working hard for what you want. He also has a worksheet that goes with it. It was originally supposed to be a "write letters about what you could do to help the President." People totally lost their shit over this as if Obama was using the school kids for his own agenda. It has now been changed to "write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals." Personally I don't think they should have changed it to make the far right whack jobs put a period on it, but I understand where they are coming from. Some school districts across the country are refusing to show the speech and others are allowing the children to stay home if their parents don't want them seeing the President. I think that's prefect. Keep your kid out of school while the President gives a stay in school speech because you can't keep your politics out of it. What kind of message does that send?
Think about what we're saying. We as parents need to sign a permission slip so our kids can watch The President of the United States on television.....What? It is a very sad day for us as a country when this is the case. The speech is about the value of education and the importance of staying in school as part of his effort to cut the dropout rate. Nationwide, 7,000 students drop out every day and only about 70% of students graduate from high school with a regular diploma. He makes an effort to do something about that and he gets shit for it? What the fuck?
I've made no secret that I think George Bush was the worst fucking President in the history of this country and I think history will remember him that way. He did a lot of shitty things, including getting us into wars we shouldn't be in while a generation of men and women die doing the dirty work. However, if he were the one giving the speech, my kid would watch. I wouldn't take him out of school because it might put a thought into his head. God forbid he have a thought! I'm OK with Owen hearing things that differ from what I teach him is right. If you don't see wrong, you don't know what it means to be right. You can't stand against opposing views if you haven't been allowed to hear any.
The bottom line, this is all about politics, just like it always is. The Democrats did it to Bush #41 in 1991 when he spoke at a school in DC, and they're returning the favor. Bush's speech was about basically the same thing and he should have been allowed to give it without getting a bunch of shit for it. Two wrongs don't make a right. Just let President Obama speak without grief and maybe the next President who tries to do something about the dropout rate won't have to face this same bullshit.
Asshole of the day award: Jim Greer, chairman of Florida's Republican Party ~ "Obama would "indoctrinate" school children with "socialist ideology," forcing them "to watch the president justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other president."