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Friday, September 11, 2009

Let the President Speak to the Children

Another news item that has left me utterly flabbergasted is the absolute hysteria around President Obama addressing our school children. The talk of his wanting to brainwash and indoctrinate our school children is again, untenable. I really do wonder if Americans have completely lost their minds. At the end of a news clip that I watched of kids responding in a positive way to the President's address, the news reporter mentioned that originally the administration had planned on offering kids a chance to post comments about the President's policies, or some such thing and that THAT was what was creating a hullabaloo. A friend of mine made a comment that the study hard, discover your gift speech I think pretty much all can agree on. But sadly, during this entire discourse, very few people who oppose the President actually acknowledged this. Instead, they chose to focus on the brainwashing, indoctrination thread that wasn't true from the beginning, but whatever program had been proposed, was dropped early on. Still...the opponents took it and made a mad house of it. It is disappointing. Some of the people who are showing the most disrespect towards President Obama are the same ones who gave me the "respect the office" speech at the end of Bush's term. It would be nice to see them cry out again for respect of the office of President even when their guy isn't in office. Additionally, is teaching our children a fundamental lack of trust in what the President would say to them what we really want out of life? Seriously Republicans...what in the world did you think President Obama would say on national TV in a nationwide address to school children? A dumb man he is not.
So...at the end of all this, I found this cartoon and it has made me laugh out loud more than a few times today. So I share it with you here because it is sooooo funny.
Is this what we are afraid of?