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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Not skeered.

As I drove my daughters (ages 7 and 11) to school this morning, I thought about discussing President Obama's speech today. I thought about, as a parent, what I should say to warn my kids against incipient socialist indoctrination.

But why? I daily have shown my children the way of life that I lead and expect them to lead. They will hear an 18 minute speech today, and I PROMISE you, they will be bored. It's doubtful that they will much listen, anyway. It will be the same desk, in the same office, with the (apparently) same flags in background, as when, back in 1988, I was herded in front of a television to hear President Reagan speak. I remember the incident; I do not remember what the man said.

I'm not afraid of my children hearing what Barack Obama has to say about school. Hell, he's probably got some reasonably good input to give about it; he's a case study in how far you can go with a good education. And, no, I'm not afraid of my children being "indoctrinated" by a single 18 minute speech heard over the television. While I don't agree with the methods that our President chooses to use to lead our nation, I personally don't believe that he's got an evil subplot.

I believe that my kids should recognize who our nation's President is, and should respect the office. Thus, I want them to sit quietly, and listen to what the man in the Big Chair says. Tonight, I'll sit down with them and talk about what they saw and heard. In all probability, there won't be anything impressive to discuss. My elder daughter already hears the message from me that her education is her responsibility. If she can hear our nation's leader say that, then I'm okay with that.

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4 Comments:

At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 9:56:00 AM, Blogger charlotte g said...

Sometimes I am really proud to be a parent as I admire the man you are. This was--reasonable.

 
At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Don said...

I don't remember either the Reagan or Bush speeches, although I was in school for both of them. And I tend to agree with you; the reaction has been overblown, and people are going to feel silly about it.

But here's what concerns me: lost in all this is the fact that President Obama appointed a Secretary of Education (Arne Duncan) who repeatedly and proudly did everything Obama is accused of doing. Duncan comes to the Dept. of Education from Chicago Public Schools, where he organized huge political rallies. Tens of thousands of students were bused from their schools to Soldier Field and treated to free performances by small-time Chicago music acts, in exchange for which they sat through speeches by Duncan, Daley, and Jesse Jackson. They were exhorted to demand more money for Chicago schools and "sensible gun laws" and picked students were briefed on what to say to the media for maximum effect. And Duncan had the gall to put out a press release claiming that school kids had organized the whole thing, from booking Soldier Field to using 1,200 CPS school buses and taking a school day off for the spectacle.

But have you heard anyone else mention this? I haven't, and I don't get it. It's not a crazy, speculative conspiracy theory; it was reported by the Tribune and ABC7 and others in Chicago at the time, and the reports are still out there.

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-17034-Chicago-Gun-Rights-Examiner%7Ey2009m9d8-Obama-school-speech-arne-duncan-school

 
At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Don, that's a great example of why we don't need bogus conspiracy-to-indoctinate stories to focus; the truth is so very real, and just as sinister.

But the problem is, look above, and notice the concise paragraph in which you described Duncan's acts. There must be, like, maybe 150 words there. (There are 154.) Too wordy, man. Nope. "Stay Away From My Children" and "Show Me The Birth Certificate" are about as far as my attention span will go.

Hell, the Democrats have us beat out, too, with "Bush Lied. People Died." You can't beat that! That's two whole sentences in four freakin' words! Pseudo-muckraking GENIUS.

 
At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 6:59:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Agree Matt, it's never been the speech I had a problem with, it was the lesson plans they were pushing. Kinda funny, when Bush did this in '91, the dems were up in arms!

 

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