Well I know it's been a while since my last blog but I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to voice my opinion. As most of you know there has been much controversy regarding President Obama's speech to school children yesterday. I just think this is ridiculous and I'm a little ashamed that I'm from a country that now looks at their president as an enemy instead of OUR leader.
I tend to think that I'm a realist. I know that there's no possible way to make everyone happy. But what's done is done. Like it or not, Obama is our president. It hurts my heart to think that we are such a prejudice country. I must have been really naive because before this last election I thought we had made great strides in accepting all people as equals. After all, there is only one race of people...the Human Race!
Regarding the speech... So all of the uproar about this speech was because parents did not want their kids subjected to political propaganda in a school environment. This makes perfect sense. IF I had kids then it's possible that I would feel the same way. However, this speech was to talk to kids about how important it was to stay in school and build a future. How what you learn in school shapes your future. How you are responsible for your own destiny. How if you work hard it pays off in the end. How it's okay to be different. How it's okay to not excel at everything. How the president himself can relate to these children going through tough times.
I personally read the script for the speech. There was not one word mentioned about anything political. Not healthcare reform and no mention of taxes. All of this was stated before the speech. The script was even released beforehand so that all parents could read it prior to the children hearing it. After all, President Bush did the same thing yet it did NOT cause controversy.
I have heard so many negative comments regarding this. I just don't understand. Why wouldn't I want someone as important as OUR president, whether you support him or not, to try to explain to my kids how important school is?!!?! I would think that everyone is on the same page when it comes to this issue. I don't see anyone saying to their kid that school is for losers...don't waste your time! No! We all encourage our kids to stay in school and try to make them realize how this can affect their future, their career, their life!
A lady being interviewed on the news one day had the best insight yet. She said "We aren't teaching our children to disagree, we are teaching them to be disagreeable." This is brilliant! Why wouldn't we encourage our children to think for themselves and to have a mind of their own. Instead everyone seems to push their ideas and opinions down their kids throat instead of giving them the tools to decide for themselves.
I have so many more opinions on this matter but I'm going to leave it at that.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America!