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manufactured controversy

Well, it's obvious why this speech that President Obama will deliver to America's schoolchildren tomorrow would be objectionable to God-fearing, right-leaning, white suburbanites. I mean, why would we want to teach our children that working hard, taking responsibility for one's education and life, not making excuses, and rising above difficult circumstances are worthy aims?

Sigh. At least the kids in my neighborhood schools, almost all of whom are African-American and poor, will get to hear it. I doubt there was a single parent who objected.


Blogger Ray said...

Seriously, the way people are reacting to this is baffling. I'm glad you live in an area where students will get to hear it.

Monday, September 07, 2009 2:18:00 PM

Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

That's assuming that the underfunded public schools in your neighborhood have TVs in every classroom.

Only a few years ago, I know that some south Georgia schools were still using the "COW" (Computer on Wheels) and the "TOW" Television on Wheels because there still wasn't enough money to put a TV and Computer in every classroom.

That said, it must be somewhat of a joy to now live in a city that doesn't have to deal with weekly secessionist rallies. Teabaggers wouldn't fit in too well in downtown ATL. Steer clear of Cobb County though.

Monday, September 07, 2009 3:07:00 PM

Blogger Carole Turner said...

I posted the entire thing on my blog. I'm am saddened and very concerned for the FEAR ran Far right. I considered myself a hard core Conservative for 20 years, but now I am embarrassed of how EVERYTHING Obama says or does is considered a controversy, Socialist, communist LEFT wing conspiracy.

I am very glad he is giving this speech tomorrow to kids. Kids like Antonie, who came to Baton Rouge due to Katrina, His mother stayed behind in New Orleans. He thought he was staying a couple nights with a family friend, but has been here ever since, sleeping on the same couch. They never found his mother.He will hear a president that looks like him, had a rough upbringing similar to his, and who over came all that. He will hear the most powerful world leader talk about the benefits of working hard and rising above your circumstances. Antonie is only one of the MANY boys I know, and girls who don't have the luxury of Suburbia, two parents and a minivan. They live in hard places, where EVERYTHING tells them they will only be a street thug, a pregnant welfare mom or in jail. THANK GOD they will hear a different story tomorrow.

No, Obama is not God, or Jesus or the savior of anything or anyone, he's the President and his story is just as valid as the white business man.

I'm so sick of Christians hating Obama and anything he says or does.

Jesus would not.

Monday, September 07, 2009 3:36:00 PM

Blogger Ron Rollins said...

The problem is, in the past, too many presidents, of all parties, races, background, etc., have used situations like this to present a political platform.

Having lived in Eastern Europe for a few years, I know people who had the same thing happen to them during the Soviet era.

Any political idealology, by any type of goverment, forced on children (particularly without parental permission) is wrong.

Now, if Obama actually does it correctly and talks about the importance of good education, staying in school, and being a good citizen, I don't have an issue with that.

But the first time he mentions health care, taxes, the economy or any other political issue, then he proves he's no better than the rest.

Carole was right. He's not a savior. He's a politician, first and foremost. And I'll bet he can't pull it off. More power to him if he does. But I'll be he doesn't.

And that's nothing to do with his color or his political affilition. It's becasue he's a politician.

Monday, September 07, 2009 7:54:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Aaron, I know. And it's just depressing. But I have a feeling that our Congressman will find a way for those kids to see the speech, even if they all have to sit in the gym in shifts.

Ron, did you read the speech? It's just about as a-political as it gets.

Carole, you put it all very well. I have guys in my classes who are the first in their families to go to college. They are the lucky ones; somebody believed in them and pushed them even when there weren't role models around. I'm glad for Antoine.

I'm trying to come up with a nice way to distinguish the rational conservatives (who, I believe, are still the majority of Republicans, but whose voices aren't being heard) and the bunch that has gone off the deep end with their fear-mongering and hate. There's a big difference. I think this country needs two effective parties that appeal to a broad range of voters in order for our democracy to work. Disagreeing over policies is fine - and healthy - but acting on the basis of nonsense, innuendo, and outright lies is not. If the Republicans let the crazies take over, they're committing political suicide, because they're going to alienate even solid conservatives who don't see a reason to act irrationally when they lose an election. Not to mention moderate voters.

Monday, September 07, 2009 8:13:00 PM


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