Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Quick...Hide Your Children!

On Tuesday, President Obama is going to deliver a speech that (*gasp) encourages students to study hard and stay in school.

I've had it with his socialist agenda.

You can click here to read the entire speech, but here are the five most scandalous parts:

1. Every single one of you has something you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide.
2. And no matter what you want to do with your life - I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it.
3. But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life - what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home - that's no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude
4. I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you're not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject you study. You won't click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try. That's OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who've had the most failures.

5. The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.

Yes, I can see why parents are threatening to keep their kids home. It's dangerous for them to hear this kind of message. They might (*gasp) STAY IN SCHOOL and STUDY. Our president should be focused on the economy and health care -- not on education. Education isn't important for our country's future at all. It's up to parents to educate their kids. Not the teachers. Not the schools. Parents do it all.

When I was in school, we had to get permission slips to listen to sex education. (Oddly enough, the kids who weren't allowed to hear the sex talk were among those who got knocked up in high school.) I can see where schools have to get parents' permission to hear the leader of our country speak. He's dangerous...he's the enemy.

What kind of culture have we built? I hated Dubya with a passion - but I never would've prevented my children from listening to his speech. They would've listened to it - and we would've talked about it when they got home.

One of the republican governors said he thought it would be 'disruptive' on the children's first day of school. Disruptive? Does anything actually happen on the first day of school? We would get our seating assignments and books. We might get a reading assignment. Nothing too crazy.

Here's what one parent said:

"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."

I'm sorry - what's she saying? If you're American, you don't have to listen to the president. Or is that people who listen to the president aren't American? I'm an American. So is President Obama. If President Obama is the president AND an American, does he not have to listen to himself?

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