Unless you live in a cave on Mars with your eyes closed and fingers inserted in your ears at all times, you've heard about this whole flap regarding Obama's speech to schoolchildren. It looks like a lot of people are having their kids pulled out of class that day because they're afraid that they're going to be indoctrinated.
You can read his speech here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/
Seriously - read it. Don't just take my word for what it says. Read it.
And then if you have something negative to say about it, go ahead. Otherwise, admit that pulling kids out of the classroom is an absolutely insane response to this.
On a friend's Facebook page, a debate started where a conservative said that liberals would have acted the same way if a conservative President was giving the address. Well, I'm always accused of being a liberal, but I don't care who's giving that particular speech - I'm in favor of it. (Well, maybe I'd care if "The Nanny" gave it. Her voice is annoying.)
The thing is, I can't remember a time where liberals have done something so drastic that's on any kind of equivalent level. Did they protest Bush? Sure - but they protested specific issues regarding his presidency. I just can't see him making the same kind of speech to schoolchildren and liberals getting all crazy about it. Sure, there's always a couple here and there, but I can't imagine it being such a brouhaha like this has become.
Personally, I think that the speech is pretty good, and it acknowledges the one thing that nobody wants to talk about lately. Obama brings up the fact that parents and teachers are only one component in a student's education. The bottom line is that the student has to take responsibility for his or her education. Shoot, isn't self-responsibility pretty much a go-to conservative talking point?
This whole thing is depressing. I check out conservative blogs sometimes, and they're so full of the most irrational kinds of fear. There are plenty of legitimate things to critique about Obama, but they've gone so overboard with all this rhetoric about him being a "socialist" (without ever explaining what that means and why it's bad) and simultaneously a communist and a Nazi. I suppose that Fox News is mostly to blame for stirring up this kind of bile, but I can't just blame them. I have to blame people who are gullible enough to believe all their lies and propaganda in the first place.