Friday, September 4, 2009

Death - Puppies, Kittens, and Children Should be Destroyed!

What a title, huh? Ludicrous, isn't it? Who is against puppies, kittens, and children? Who for that matter is against education and environment? I mean what kind of monster are you anyway? Who in their right mind can possibly object to the President speaking to school kids about staying in school and doing their best? What could possibly be wrong with treating the earth with respect and promoting clean energy solutions? Clearly, if you object to such wholesome and fundamentally sound principals you are not worthy of consideration and are indeed worthy of my disdain and ridicule. Most folks leave it at that and go blindly about their business, never stopping to consider more than the 15 second, scoffing talking head coming through their TV screen. They mutter on their way to the government mandated low water toilet,(that doesn't flush the first time), that the Right Wing Nut Jobs are at it again.

In the Spirit and Audacity of Logic, let us examine in depth what could possibly create such sentiments and determine if the thinkers are indeed worthy of your disdain or if perhaps, they may actually know what they are talking about.

For the sake of brevity, for this post, I will concentrate on the logic behind the position of objecting to President Obama addressing the Nation's school children next week.

1. Protocol for an address of this nature is not being observed. Instead of going through the established channels the DOE went directly to school principals. Why?
2. The lesson plan published on the DOE initially had school children writing a letter to themselves on how they were going to help the President. That has since been retracted and spun in such a manner that the students will now write a letter to themselves about how they are going to achieve their own goals, but the hasty spin and retraction speak loudly to initial intent. Does it bother you that children are being recruited to help ANY President? What if it was George W Bush?
3. The President would not initially release the material of the address until pressured and will only now release the contents the day before. Why?
4. Teachers are encourage to print portions of the President's address in bold signs and hang them in the classroom - innocuous right? Not so, when you consider that the 15-18 year olds will be potential voters in the next Presidential election. Is High School an appropriate place to try and win voters?
5. Why address ALL the school children in America on their first day or school? Don't teachers and administrators have enough to do that first day without trying to gather all the children together for another speech by the President? What does this say about the priorities and character of the President?
6. Why not release it on the web and let parents watch it with their children? Why circumvent the parents in this process?

Regardless of your political beliefs and leanings, what do you disagree with on the above? If you do, which point and why?

There are a myriad of other reasons that parents may object to this based on their political beliefs, their concern over the direction of the country under this administration, and the narcissistic totalitarianism feel such a move brings to mind - but this blog is intended to move beyond political affiliations and look at the heart and the logic of the issues.

Further, I hope this blog can serve to unite us as "We the People". Only then can we begin to concentrate on the things that bind us together like love of country, family, freedom, and the pursuit of the American dream. By educating ourselves and engaging in critical thinking perhaps we can recognize opportunities and dangers to our Republic and our way of life before they have disappeared into the all consuming organism we now call the Federal Government.

1 comment:

  1. If former pres GWB were doing this and all you suggest (posters, etc) I would not like it UNLESS it stuck to the importance of a good education and helping our country's goal of unity. THAT I would like to see in my child's school. I would want my child to respect the position of president, even more than the person. Ethics needs to be taught in school. I am 100% behind Obama giving this speech. Even Laura Bush backs the effort.



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