Friday, September 4, 2009

The President speaks.... Who will listen?

Apparently the President of the United States is going to speak to us next week. More importantly, he is going to speak to our children.

People are pissed.


Yes... really.

Parents are pulling their children out of school, they are calling into the school districts and are infuriated at this.


Got me... ~shrugs~

My darling friend Amber posted up a similar post on her blog "Mile High Mamas" about this topic.... Here is my response.

I am not a political person... I believe that whoever is president deserves our right to listen.

Why would we not?

Are we SOOO afraid that he is going to "sway" our children in the hour he is going to talk to them in a way that we can't correct?

What harm is it going to do?

"Support your country, each other and the president" - Yep... I checked.. so far I don't have anything bad to think about that one.

"Study hard, you ARE our future" - Yes... also very true statements, so what would I complain?

He is going to talk to them! The president of the UNITED STATES cares enough about my football playing son, my artist daughter, my prima donna senior to speak with them.

He is speaking to my second grader, my kindergartner and two toddlers. He is speaking to all of us and all of them. He is speaking to the teacher standing before those students, giving those children hopes that they can one day change the world.

Change a world that is showing hardships all around. How many of our kids have come home to use with tears in their eyes saying, "My friend had to move to live with their grandmother because they couldn't afford their home." ?

I work in the school district and get phone calls from parents saying, "My kids and I are living in our car, how can the bus come pick them up in the morning?"

We need help.... help from our kids, help from each other and help from our president.

Someone cares enough to talk to my kids and give them hope... LET THEM SHOUT! I want my kids to see that the president cares.

No I did not vote for Obama, nor did I vote for McCain. I voted on my own, with my own agenda.


Annie said...

Great post! I am not a huge fan of decisions Obama has made in the past nor what he hopes to push for the future...but yes - we need to teach our children to listen reverently to our president. Then we can discuss what we thought at home.

My little girl is only 2, so I didn't know all this drama was going on! WOW

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Amber said...

Glad you posted this! I'm going to repost your quote on Tuesday.

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

Well said. I think all children should have a chance to hear the president of their country speak. If parents don't like what he said to the children maybe they should take the opportunity to sit down and talk to their children about it and explain their differences!

Jennifer Leigh said...

I have the links on my site that will bring you directly to the curriculum planned.

While I didn't state my opinions because I wanted it more for parents to inform themselves. I'll give my opinion here.

Its MY choice as a parent as to what I want taught to them. I did not vote for Obama then, nor would I now, or will I ever. There IS an agenda.

If he wants to speak to MY kids, maybe he should speak to ME.

Its kinda like when your MIL goes around you to your kids with stuff you should have been addressed with first. Regardless if its good or bad. Come to me and let me go to my kids. After all they are MY responsibility.

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Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

Great post. I am shocked to read that parents are being so ridiculous. I had no idea that this was going on. Not the President speaking, but parents taking their children out of school to avoid hearing it. Very strange.

Lilith Silvermane said...

Just a note.. the things I deleted were spam. I did not delete a single post that had to do with my readers opinions on this topic!

Thanks for responding everyone!

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Lisa Sharp said...

I was shocked by this as well! And the speech wasn't political at all. Bush Sr. and Reagan did the same thing! Reagan even used the word "negro" in his speech!

And what about Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during Obama's health care speech? As a registered Republican I'm sick of the disrespect and hate!

Jennifer Leigh said...

Wow came back to read everyone else's comments. Sad you felt the need to delete some of them. Or should I say it's sad that people couldn't handle themselves so you HAD to delete them.

Charlotte said...

Agree, Agree, Agree Lilith!!