Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2009, President Obama is scheduled to address the school-children of America encouraging them to stay in school and get a good education. A debate has arisen based on distrust of politicians in general and President Obama in particular. (More - click on title) The President of the United States, the chosen leader of our country, a man revered around the world is not trusted to deliver a message on the value of education to our school children? How can this even be a point worthy of debate? Despite our political beliefs, every American should stop and LISTEN to every word he says. Then make up your own minds.
This is a clear symptom of the paranoia sweeping the country in recent years. It is a virus spread by a segment of the population that has been brain-washed to "Trust No Politician on the opposite side of US and OUR beliefs" In the minds of some, NO politician at all can be trusted.
What is really scary is that people are not stopping to listen and think for themselves, they are buying into whatever ideology they settle on based on half-truths and blatant lies spread by misinformed and self-serving despots. Some refuse to LISTEN to the other side for themselves and determine if what they have been told is the truth.
Sorry, this is not what MY America is about. In my America, everyone is free to speak his truth without interruption. Our leaders are even more closely listened to because they have been chosen by us and a body of learned, respected people. It is no wonder that public service is a rarely chosen path for young people. Who wants to put themselves through this?
If a speaker says something that parents disagree with, this is their opportunity to discuss their beliefs with their children and debate the statements he makes. This is what the democratic family does when it wants to foster well-educated children. I remember my step-father's opinion of Harry Truman. He stated his points in no uncertain terms and with a lot of salt and pepper to boot. My mother softened his words when she disagreed, but their political debates taught me about the democratic process better than putting a blindfold on me and a gag on President Truman.
This post was inspired by Connie's View Family News, Clues & Reviews.