So many people who hate him have no grounds- admittedly. They say its not his policies, it’s not anything he’s done, they just hate him and don’t trust him. Well, why is it then? I can’t help but wonder if it has to do with the color of his skin. I thought we’d come a little farther than this as a country. But apparently not.
The fact that people would rather listen to the negative drivel pumping out of the mouths of Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh than hear a positive speech given by our nation’s President- it makes me very sad. People don’t mind that their chidren sit watching commercial after commerical for fast food, Barbie, and make-up and programs that glorify models, actors, pro sports stars and gyrating, barely-dressed “musicians” but they absolutely don’t want their kids to watch a historical moment in politics where their President encourages them to work hard and stay in school.
The media hype in this country and the resulting hysteria over absolutely nothing shows me that the reporting (and the reaction) is beyong partisan. It is negative, fear-based, petty, unfounded, baseless, illogical, counterproductive, hate-driven and utterly unintelligent propaganda.
People had no problem with Kennedy saying “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” In fact they loved it and rallied behind it. Lest we forget we are in a time of war, a time of recession, a time when great change is needed. And when someone strong enough to make those changes steps up and aims to get things done, people want to step in his way, for no other reason than they didn’t want him to win, and now don’t want him to succeed. That attitude is childish, selfish, prideful, and shortsighted. How can they not see that hurting his efforts would hurt themselves?
Get over yourself, your party, and your attachments to what you wanted. Stop stamping your foot and accept it- you don’t like him, you didn’t vote for him, but now he might actually do something good. You voted, you showed that you care about your country enough to show up and participate in the process that defines our great democracy. Now let’s get it together and show that we care enough about our country to get it out of the crapper, no matter what it takes or who is doing it. Giving more support, being more informed and thinking more for ourselves are the best things a person can do right now if we care about our country.
Regarding the speech- by all means, do your best to monitor what your kids see. Keep in mind that there are a lot of things your kids are going to see and hear over the course of growing up that you wish they didn’t or don’t agree with. Maybe make it a habit of having discussions with them about everything so they always know how you feel. For parents to be afraid that this speech is trying to indoctrinate their children is ludicrous. You, as a parent, have the ability and the responsibility to teach your children as you see fit. If a think few minutes of someone else talking to them is going to counteract all you’ve taught them, you’re going to have a really hard time if they have friends, see movies, watch tv, listen to the radio or go to public schools.
Here’s the speech:
Read it and decide for yourself what you think and if you would let your kids watch this speech. If he goes off course from the prepared remarks, starts goose-stepping and his tongue rolls out of his mouth like Gene Simmons, and he starts ranting on live TV about wanting all the kids to take up arms and form his personal militia wearing little brown shirts, then we’ll have another talk.
P.S. Can you think of any reason that Hitler and Obama would have been friends? No. Hitler would have wanted to kill Obama. So actually that is something that Hitler had in common with that backwoods Pastor saying he wants Obama to die. (Hmmm, Christian indeed.) In that regard, people who hate Obama would have something in common with Hitler. Chew on that.