Monday, September 7, 2009

Controversial speech? More like a PSA.

Right-wing nut jobs, tea partiers and the like who think President Obama's planned speech to school kids tomorrow (read the speech here) is really some guise to "indoctrinate" the children in this country, let's hear from you now that his speech has been released. What exactly is it about this speech that made you lose your collective minds, once again? Especially before you even saw or read it? What did you think it would say? Are you afraid your kids might take the black man's advice? Such controversial advice it is, too, like "stay in school" and "don't give up." Afraid your kids might not hate him as much as you do?

You guys must know you're really reaching when even Newt Gingrich is defending Obama's speech. He said, on Fox News nonetheless, "It is good to have the president of the United States saying to young people across America stay in school and do your homework. It’s good for America." But I know too many people still disagree with that, and I would so love to hear why. (And if anyone answers with some sort of socialist-communist-Hitler answer, you better write a book explaining it, because I can already tell you you're absolutely wrong.)

Did you care at all when Bush Sr. spoke to students in 1991? I was in school then, and I can tell you right now I don't even remember that speech -- can you imagine if the same fuss was made then, over something that ultimately wasn't even memorable? Even Bush Jr. strategist Matthew Dowd doesn't get what the big deal is. He said: "If he can't give a speech like that to the schoolchildren ... without people freaking out, that's the problem we have today," Dowd said. And he is exactly right.

For every parent who keeps their kid(s) out of school tomorrow because of this speech, what exactly are you teaching your children? That if you don't like something, run from it? That's it's okay to skip school (or any event, I suppose), because of an 18-minute speech from the elected leader of our country? That they shouldn't listen to or respect the president? Or any black person?

For every school district opting out of showing this speech, shame on you. You're hardly any better than the parents above.

For all the officials ranting over this speech, shame on you, too. I don't know if you could be any less responsible in your offices than to say that school children should not listen to the president of this country.

And for every person screaming about this speech who doesn't even have children? Shut the hell up.

1 comment:

Razor said...

It's just another part of the right-wing's concentrated effort to make Obama seem illegitimate. They have zero respect for the man or the office he holds. I'd like to think that it has to do with something other than his race, but I honestly can't come up with anything else.

And before any wingnut jumps in with their list of idiocy, let me stop them right now: Obama's not that liberal, the economy sucked long before he was elected, our spending has been out of control for 25 years (at least now we're spending it domestically instead of in George W. Bush's sandbox), and we're nowhere near "socialism," no matter how much they scream it.

The country is no different than it was on January 19th, so to throw this kind of temper tantrum over something as non-controversial as "stay in school," leads me to believe their problems are entirely with the man himself. Not his policies, not his message, just the fact that they can't wrap their feeble little brains around the idea of a president named Barack Hussein Obama.

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