Somebody explain to me the uproar over President Obama addressing a speech to school children. The man is our president. We voted for him. We elected him. We dragged our school-aged children through the election process. Don’t pretend that your kids didn’t learn all about the process in school, hold mock elections, and debate the pro’s and con’s of each candidate’s agenda. I know I did. When I was in school and it was an election year, that’s ALL THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT. Every class managed to fit the election and political process into their agendas – hell, even my ALGEBRA class diverted into statistics and polls.
So, I’m reading this CNN article, and every other line I’m freaking out and shouting an unheard commentary. And then I thought, gee, I have a forum and by gawd I’m gonna USE it.
Politics on a Saturday morning. Who woulda thunk it over at this humble little site? I don’t talk about politics often, but by gum when I have an opinion people are gonna hear about it! So. Go read the article, I’ll wait. Then come back, please.
“”Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me,” suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. “I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now.””
Okay, holy frickin’ crap. God save me from the PTA. (Shanneen?? Hansel??) She’s an American, she says, and her kids are Americans, she says, and he’s the mother-fucking PRESIDENT of the United States of (hello) AMERICA. You don’t think it’s okay for your president to talk to your kids? About staying in school? You are scared that your leadership wants your kid to stay in school? Idiot.
And then there’s this guy (Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty):
“”At a minimum it’s disruptive. Number two, it’s uninvited. And number three, if people would like to hear his message they can, on a voluntary basis, go to YouTube or some other source and get it. I don’t think he needs to force it upon the nation’s school children,” he told reporters at the Minnesota State fair.”
A President’s speech is “disruptive”, eh, you putz? There’s going to be rioting in the classrooms because the kids are receiving a positive message to “challenge students to work hard, stay in school and dramatically reduce the dropout rate”? Really? Also, “uninvited”? The President is encouraging schools to air this speech in classrooms, and is providing optional lesson plans to go along with the speech. Yeah, no gun, no scare tactics, no threats, no force. Finally, what this idiot is saying is that he’d rather have the kids educate themselves via YouTube, than in the classroom. Where there can be point-counterpoint discussion. Fan-frickin’-tastic. Next he’s going to encourage kids to learn their social skills from Grand Theft Auto.
And then there’s this idiot John Greer (Florida GOP Chairman):
“”As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology,” Greer said. “The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the president justify his plans … is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power.””
so*cial*ism (noun) – a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” I’ll let you all digest that one on your own.
Also, “It goes against the beliefs of the majority of Americans…” HI, the majority of Americans VOTED for this guy. I’m sorry, but John Greer does NOT have the authority, knowledge, or friggin’ BRAIN CAPACITY to speak on behalf of the “majority of Americans”. Also, we’re “bypassing American parents” by subjecting their kids to Reading Rainbow, too. And sex education. And school cafeteria food. And US History. And Algebra II. And pretty much everything else that the parents expect the educational system to teach their kids without their understanding or presence.
“The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the president justify his plans…” Huh? First, do you make your kids leave the living room whenever the President is on television? Also, what’s wrong with his efforts to keep your kids in school? There will be no political “message” in this speech. The White House replied with:
“”The goal of the speech and the lesson plans is to challenge students to work hard, stay in school and dramatically reduce the dropout rate,” an administration spokesman said. “This isn’t a policy speech. It’s a speech designed to encourage kids to stay in school.””
Now you tell me, because I honestly don’t understand, how could THAT be construed as negative in any way, regardless of if you’re a righty or a lefty?
And then? There’s this gem:
“”As far as I’m concerned this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality,” said Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell, a Republican.”
BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!. Okay, yeah, I know he meant Stalin, but all I could think of was Living Colour. At any rate, that statement was just ridiculous. I’m sure CNN just threw it in there for levity. For fuck’s sake.
I have to note that the article states that back in ’91 when Bush did a similar speech to students, and back in ’88 when Regan did a speech to students (that DID have a political message, mind you), there wasn’t nearly as much fit-pitching going on. Yeah, that’s because they were Republicans. And now it’s Republicans pitching the hissy. Because their Democrat (democratically-elected) President has the NERVE to DO HIS JOB.
Okay, rant over. I just couldn’t let this particular bit of ridiculousness blow over without adding my two cents.