The President of the United States is set to give a speech that will be broadcast in schools but is not mandatory. The message is supposed to be about staying in school and achieving goals in life. Sounds positive and rather innocuous, don't you think?
"Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. "I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."
Ugh! Really? Again, I ask, where is this fear coming from? Why weren't these people scared when a president was violating the Geneva Convention, opening secret prisons, or illegally wiretapping U.S. citizens? I found that much more worrisome than simply a person with different political ideals making a speech about staying in school. But I still would not object to Bush giving a speech in schools.
But what is telling is the reminder this person throws out about their citizenship. Did you catch it? "I am an American. They are Americans" What the hell does that even mean? That the current president is not an American? That I'm not an American because I don't buy into their frantic paranoia about everything Obama?
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible contender for the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination, said Sunday that Obama's speech would disrupt an already-hectic first day of school for many students.
"I think there's concerns about the disruption," he said on CNN's "State of the Union," calling the scheduling of the speech a "little ham-fisted" by the White House.
Disruption? Do these people have a clue about what goes on in schools? The only disruption will be caused by the kids who see their parents getting upset over nothing and decide that they need to be, too.
"There [are] also concerns about is this going to be done in an appropriate manner. I trust and hope that the White House will have a content that is not political and they're not using the public school infrastructure for that purpose."
What could the president possibly say, within reason (if the right can find it's way back to reason), that would be damaging to kids at school? Do parents fear that a single speech will turn their kids into socialists? Into homosexuals? Into....*gasp*...liberals?
My disgust and exasperation with people like this is not borne out of mere disagreement with Obama. This is a point not many, even reasonable people on the right, seem to understand. Their constant use of "the messiah" is indicative of the reasons why they think I defend Obama against silly accusations. In fact, I am not so much making a defense of Obama because I blindly follow him. I am making a defense of Obama because I follow the truth. When Obama has a legitimate screw up, I'll be the first to say he screwed up. If it is a difference in ideology, then that is fine. I will defend my views on the topic irrespective of Obama and we can chalk up disagreements as a matter of opinion. But when it is baseless attacks and outright lies meant to strike irrational fear into people, then I find myself defending Obama only incidentally as a result of protecting the truth. And these truths are not matter of opinions. They are facts which are true no matter of anyone's opinions. Obama is an American, Obama is not trying to destroy this country, there will be no government death panels, and Glenn Beck may or may not have raped and murdered a girl in 1990.