Why is the Grand Old Party upset that the President of the United States is going to direct a speech to the school children in America? He isn't the first President that's done it and I'm sure won't be the last one either. Could it be that they don't want the kids to hear something contrary to what they have been preaching about anti-Obama, the allegedly Socialist President? Could be. Could it be that they don't want the kids to be able to make informed decisions, at their level of understanding of course. Kids today are not stupid and are better informed than children from the Boomer days. Any boomer that denies that is a liar. We didn't have the openness of the government and press when we were growing up. Kids today are so underestimated that political parties assume the youth don't care, or are unaware, and won't wake up in time to react. All they will be able to do is deny access to speeches to their children.
I was always taught that if you have nothing to hide, don't hide! If your afraid of knowledge, avoid it! If your afraid of an open mind, grab the blinders off the horse, grab the ear plugs and tape your mouth shut. Is this how the old school Republicans want us to react to new information?
I hope not. I would hope that NO political party in the Free United States would expect any of it's citizens to act. The U.S. is a powerful nation but without knowledge your only as powerful as your least knowledgeable citizen (of normally established intelligence).
American's are like cats, that's right cats! We're a curious people comprised of many races from many countries and cultures. In essence, we ARE the other guys! We just pooled our history's together and created a new culture based on what? That's right, information. What we know about each other makes us greater. What happens when we're denied knowledge about each other? We get paranoid and delusional towards our fellow Americans, and everyone else for that matter. Chaos and anarchy rule when knowledge and communication finally fail. Does anyone remember the Star Chamber in Britain? Legal cases would be decided before the defendants came before the judges. They were denied the right of knowledge in their cases. We adopted an Innocent first legal system to combat that type of rule and to protect the citizenry of this country. We did it for a reason and now there are some that would take that away by denying our children the RIGHT to hear what their President has to say. How awful if he tells them that the key to their future is to stay in school and get their education, show where it could take them, and what their potential could be with knowledge. Oh, I'm sorry, that's what is trying to be avoided here. You really think he's speaking to school children to push National Health Care? I don't think they're old enough to vote yet! Right?
Some people are not going to like what I'm going to say next but so what, it's true. Only a BAD or WEAK parent would feel the need to keep their child from hearing the speech, as other Presidents have made! Why is that you say? How dare you? It's because your obviously relying on others to shape the minds of your kids the way THEY want, not the way that is right or wrong. I'm not saying that what President Obama is going to say is right for all of us, or wrong. I never said "W" should not have been allowed to speak to school kids even though some would label him an alleged Fascist. We have the RIGHT to decide and if we did our parental jobs properly we would have no fear of what may, or may not, be said, and we'd be there to help our children understand what was said. You have to give the kids some credit for the ability to understand what's going on around them, they comprehend more than people realize.
Republicans (which I was for many years) are saying, not all, that the speech should be boycotted and avoided. I ask this, what about Freedom of Information, Freedom of the Press, Free Speech! Don't these things have meaning outside of 'blood burning' speeches against what is called rampant Socialist policies? Does our Constitution have any serious meaning at all to these flag wavers? Yes, I do have a flag at my house and yes, the Constitution allows me to write this article, to burn my flag if I want, to disagree with my government, to watch and listen to whomever I choose, to travel wherever I want in my own country, to work where I want to work, and marry and have children with whomever I choose. How many other countries can say that? Not a whole hell of a lot.
I'm proud to live in a country where we are allowed to evolve without mind control or oppression, where women are finally starting to get their due equality in our society, and where a person of color can rise to the highest position of power in the nation. The old school politicians really need to see what the American people are saying, as opposed to what they want them to say, if they expect to attain power again. It's just like a baseball game, you don't win by trying to hit a home run every at bat, the singles and doubles will win the day. Some learn and some burn! I hate to say it but term limits would level the playing field in the government, it's taking away the power from the old timers that they fear the most. The minority party mantra these days is "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!", FDR said, "the only thing to fear is fear itself". You decide!