Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Scary Stuff

I am not one to follow politics very heavily - certainly not enough to spout my political views, because I'm not really sure what they are. However, when I heard about the uproar over the President's speech to America's school kids, I had to ask, "Why?"

Since then I have seen and heard the following:

  • Obama is a liar.
  • Obama is going to brainwash our children with his political agendas.
  • Obama is going to tell kids to have abortions.
  • Obama is the "Anti-Christ".
  • Obama is going to ask children to "pledge allegiance to Obama".
  • Obama being compared to Hitler
  • Friends who also don't understand all the hooplah being called Socialists
  • The speech today being called an "indoctrination"
  • Being "un-friended" on Facebook because I simply asked why people were opposed to their children hearing the President speak to them.

Scary stuff, indeed.


D... said...

It is scary stuff. I wish our presidents (because it happens to every single one of them lately) didn't have to some much hate and insanity surrounded them. It happens on both sides. I don't know why people have to get mean when they get passionate.

I truly don't think you were un friended because you asked. I think it was a stepping away from the situation because it did become heated. A time to regroup and simply hiding still has emails sent to you. Your friend will come back. Unless I am totally off base about his character. I only know this person through his comments on FB.

Jenny86753oh9 said...

I had mom's calling me to "encourage" me to call the school and complain so they didn't allow this kind of "brainwashing" to continue. Are you kidding me? My 1st grader doesn't sit still long enough to listen to ANYBODY and my 4th grader will probably blow spit wads at the TV! Not too worried...they're already brainwashed.

Katie Lady said...

Preach it, sista!


rachelizabeth said...

I don't understand the uproar, either. I mean, it's our country's president. He still deserves respect, whether or not you agree with him.

I was surprised that I had to sign a permission form for my kids to watch the speech. And the school didn't even air it live. They're showing it sometime later this year.

Besides, it's a great way to initiate discussion with our kids, assuming they actually paid attention to it.

cjm said...

First, I totally didn't realize you were blogging again. Yea for that!

Second, I don't get it at all either. I read the speech and thought it was great. He made kids accountable. He stated about every excuse they could give and then shot them down.

The thing is, whether you like the President or not there are a few things you can't argue (although people will). He's a great speaker. And it was obvious during the election that he got people motivated, especially young people. I say capitalize on that. If he impacted even a small percentage of folks with that speech, then great.

What exactly is making people mad? Do they not think the responsibility lies with the kids themselves? Do they not think that parents/adults/the government have an obligation to try to help kids succeed? Do they think kids don't need to study or aren't the future of the nation? Who put this soapbox here?

angelq said...

I'm guessing that the people who get/got mad didn't even hear the speech. Most of the hatred the President faces in this part of the country is related more the fact that he is inciting change, or attempting to anyway. And so many of them are stuck on who he is instead of what he can do for the country.

forgetfulone said...

These are passionate issues we're dealing with right now, and regardless of where we stand on them, we need to be mature about it. And, as it turned out, the speech was completely harmless and likely helpful for many kids who needed to hear what he said. After all, he is the President of our terrific country!

CrAzY Working Mom said...

I'm not sure why, but they did not show the prez's speech in our children's school.