Next Tuesday (Sept. 8), the day after the U.S. has celebrated the labors of its citizens with a national holiday, President Barack Obama plans to deliver a speech to America's schoolchildren.
By all reports, this national address is intended to deliver a message to these kids to stay in school, to study diligently, and to be kind and respectful to one another, their teachers and their parents -- basically, to be good, responsible citizens!
Now, it should be easy to extrapolate from this message another, underlying message: That earning an education, and that becoming a responsible young citizen, will ultimately give you choices in life -- which will help you become a responsible and productive adult citizen who contributes to the labors of society, thus making you less likely to need to rely on the welfare state for survival.
And you'd think that members of the Conservative party would be doing somersaults over our president bearing such a message.
But, N-O-O-O-O!!! Some have become so outraged over Obama's intentions to "indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda" by "using our children as tools to spread liberal propaganda" (these words were actually penned by Florida GOP leader Jim Greer!), that they have called for a ban or boycott on the speech in local schools.(So, there goes the basic American principle of free speech, right out the window!).
Now, I get that our country has become so divided, so filled with Obama haters, that anything he does is bound to attract a boatload of outrage and moral indignation.
But -- just for the sake of argument -- let's say that Obama does use this opportunity to try to brainwash all those little minds. Let's say his speech is loaded with messages about, oh, the importance of a national health-care plan, or the need for a more fairly distributed tax system. Then, haters, here's an idea for you: Why don't you use the opportunity to have a dialogue with your children about it? Why don't you use it as a way to put forth your own ideas and beliefs while allowing for the free exchange of ideas and opinions? You might even find that it will engage their minds in ways not previously explored. And, surprise! you might both learn something from the experience!
So, the way I see it, Obama's speech is a win-win situation for everyone, not something to be suspicious, fearful or outraged about!