Friday, September 04, 2009

Now You're Really Pissing Me Off

OK, y'all are starting to piss me off. (No, no, no, not YOU. I'm talking to the people who aren't reading this).

How exactly is a U.S. President's speech to schoolkids encouraging them to work hard and stay in school indoctrination? What, you think there's going to be some socialist subliminal message sneaking in underneath your hearing level? Nixon addressed the schoolkids about the war and no one had a problem with it. I'd venture to say that the benefits of staying in school are less controversial than war.

And if there are problems with the national health plan, let's have some intelligent discussion about it. Let's not paraphrase and tell the public that there are "death panels" and "bonuses for doctors to encourage patients to end treatment." I have not read every word of the proposal (and I'll bet you haven't either)...but I've read enough to know what the gist is of each section and I have yet to hear any intelligent counter-proposals or arguments. I have heard lots of conservative pundits and politicians talk about stuff THAT IS NOT IN THE PROPOSAL.

All I hear is "blah blah blah he's terrible, he's a socialist, he's going to brainwash our children."

C'mon conservatives, you can do better than this. I'd like to listen to your opinions, but you're making it really difficult. I KNOW there are some intelligent conservatives out there. I also know that the liberal agenda is not perfect and I really would like to hear the other side. You have a responsibility to make your voice heard because really, some of your fellow conservatives are making you all look pretty freakin' stupid.

9 comments:

Carrie said...

It's sad/frustrating that the politics have become so partisan in this country that a fairly simple "stay in school" speech means people will pull their children out of school for a day. I don't get it either.

On the flip-side, if GWB had been giving the same speech two years ago, I'm sure we'd be hearing from the other side about how they didn't want their children listening to that buffoon.

Lunasea said...

Now, see, I think there would have been a lot of jokes and sarcasm about GWB telling kids to do well in school, but I don't think the left would have kept their kids home or accused him of trying to brainwash their children. It's like conservatives are scared of Obama and think he's going to do some sort of voodoo or subliminal brainwashing. We (liberals) just thought GWB was inept and kind of stupid.

Carrie said...

True but it would still be a lot of unnecessary comments that would be made (and I think GWB was inept and kind of stupid myself). I think it's that the basic respect for the office and the man in the office has been completely lost. To me, that is as disheartening than anything. I don't think it necessarily started with GWB although he did nothing to help it.

Our principal sent out an email to all parents who subscribe to the email service (which, hypothetically, is all the parents) about how the Obama speech would be handled at my school (will be shown as an all-school assembly but students and teachers can opt out. Holy cow. Already there has been an anti-Obama email and it was from a person WHO DOESN'T EVEN HAVE STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL ANY LONGER. Like, how does this even affect her? I have a feeling I will simply be deleting those emails without even reading them.

Beastarzmom said...

I like the irony of the parents who will keep their kid out of school so they won't hear a "stay in school - get an education" speech.
This whole uproar is absolutely bizarre and as the big O says, "silly".

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EXACTLY!

Karen R. said...

My big concern about the address to the children came from the concern that my child would NOT have understood what was being said to him and he would have viewed it as a time to run around insane like due to his autism. I can't even get him to sit down to watch a whole of one of HIS shows, how are the sweet teachers at his school going to get him to watch the President while they have other children to worry about. Also I was concerned about "age appropriateness" because I wasn't sure exactly HOW things would be worded. And thus the conservative speaks.

Lunasea said...

Hey Karen! Well, of course it makes total sense that it might be better for Xander to not have to sit through it. And what did you think about how it was worded you read/heard the address?

Karen R. said...

I think it was fairly decent actually. *gasp* Am I going to Conservative hell for that? LOL But seriously, it was a good address and I think that as long as it was screened for age appropriateness and there was time for some Q&A for the students (like in a social studies class) it was a good idea. Yep, conservative hell, here I come.

 
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