Seriously?

The following is a note from my son’s school’s principal, via the PTA. . .

“Dear [name of Elementary School] Families,

As you may be aware, President Obama is scheduled to address the nation’s
schoolchildren on Tuesday. However, [our school] will be postponing the
viewing to later in the week. I will be sending a letter home on Tuesday
explaining the details and giving parents the option of allowing or not
allowing their child to view the address.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Principal McPrincipalson, Ed.D.
Principal
School Name Elementary

As a PTA membership benefit and an important communication tool, you have received this email directly from the [school name] PTA.”

Seriously? Glad to know that the powers that be at my child’s school are caving to a bunch of hysterical nut jobs.

Here’s the thing: If you don’t want your child to watch it, keep your child out of school that day. And in the future, please refrain from throwing around the old “that’s not patriotic” charge; In my opinion, if you are refusing to let your child hear a message from the President of our country, you are showing disrespect to the office of the President. Who’s unpatriotic now?

Yeah, my kid will be there. I refuse to teach my child that it is okay to refuse to listen to someone else’s viewpoint. I will teach my kid that it is required that he show respect to the highest office in the United States.

  12 comments for “Seriously?

  1. kara
    September 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    THANK YOU. I had this same argument with my dad this weekend, and I said pretty much exactly the same thing you did in your last paragraph.

  2. September 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Kara, you’re good people. :-) I bet your Dad’s good people too, much like my dad. They just need to turn off Fox every once in a while.

  3. Anonymous
    September 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I’m sorry but you can’t expect anything more from public or I’m sorry government schools. The Obama speech is nothing less than a major effort to indoctrinate our chilidren to bow down to govt. Plain and simple.

    The hysterical nut jobs that you are referring to work for the govt. They work for PUBLIC / GOVERNMENT schools. The fact that he gave parents a choice for their children to listen to the Obama speech is surprising enough. Wait until the day when the public schools force children to take the h1n1 “vaccine.” See how you feel then about the people who are teaching your children that GOVT is okay and that we should accept, with open arms mind you, that GOVT in every aspect of our lives is okay.

    My advice to you is too take your children out of public/govt schools immediately. They are nothing but places that make your children dumb as rocks and and are unable to make decisions for themselves without the help of Mr. Obama. Think about it and do the research.

  4. September 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    That was the most angry awesome comment i have ever gotten. . . whoohooo!

    Loses all clout with me because it’s anonymous, but I love comments!

    I don’t really see though how a speech asking children to do their best is asking them to bow down to government.

  5. Davey Shaps
    September 7, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Anonymous: Nutjob.

    Seriously, there’s reality, and there’s your version of the universe. And they are orthogonal. Think for a second. Does anything you’re saying pass the smell test? No? Exactly.

    Nutjob.

  6. September 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Dave, you read my blog? I had no idea. Good to hear from you. Say hello to the missus Gummy Worm for me.

  7. Davey Shaps
    September 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Okay, admittedly no, but it was at the top of my Facebook feed, so I took a peek while waiting for dinner to warm up.

    As for “I don’t really see though how a speech asking children to do their best is asking them to bow down to government,” *no one* sees the equivalence. Not even the most redneck Fox News viewer who’s so dumb he can’t spell “Glenn Beck.” But they still say it to generate controversy and to fabricate negativity and opposition. It’s called arguing in bad faith, and conservatives are incredibly talented at it.

  8. Anonymous
    September 7, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    “I don’t really see though how a speech asking children to do their best is asking them to bow down to government.”

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking children to do their best. Nothing at all. The question is this – do their best for their country or themselves? Do I really need to start getting into Ayn Rand shit?

  9. Anonymous
    September 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    And to my friend Davey up there – what does orthogonal mean? Sounds like some flaming liberal banter to me. I had to pull up Dictionary.com for that one. Personally I think the word is too advanced for this discussion. May be you’d be better suited to start a discussion with the idiots over at Popular Mechanics.

    And for the record I’m not a stupid redneck. In fact I don’t even watch the ass clowns on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, whatever. The media is ran and owned by the same people. Here’s a question: Imagine if you haven’t watched an inkling of TV in the last two years. Not one thing. What evidence do you have that proves the SWINE FLU is going around?

    I’ll stop right there I getting pissed.

  10. September 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Agreed, but i think this is a pretty fringe group; i even saw Newt Gingrich on TV this morning supporting the speech. And the only place i think you are wrong is in the fact that only conservatives excel at arguing in bad faith. Our country is almost at a standstill with both sides making ridiculous, time-wasting, money-wasting arguments.

  11. September 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Anonymous, I am an Ayn Rand fan, so no, you don’t, and while we’re at it, lay off the condescension. You are preaching to the choir here. That being said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking kids to improve themselves, thereby improving their country. Do I worry a little about individual teachers’ takes on the speech and how they will discuss their interpretation of the speech in the classroom? Yeah. Did I read the speech? yeah. Will i be discussing my own interpretation of the speech tonight over dinner with my kid? Yeah.

    My kid is going to run into people who believe different things. I will teach my kid to respect that person’s words and thoughts, and to form his own opinion about them. He will know that it is okay to disagree with the president, or the church, or the teacher, but that they will be treated with respect.

  12. September 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Anonymous, don’t get angry. Just a discussion. But for the record, arguments that don’t pull out all the accusatory stops and throw around words like “flaming liberals,” “idiots”, etc. hold a whole lot more weight with people. Argue your point, rather than calling each other names. It detracts from the message. People stop listening to you when you use them, and I daresay you want to get a message across, or you wouldn’t have posted here.

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