As you all know there has been a lot of controversy regarding President Obama's address that will be taking place shortly. I will have to admit, as the mother of a kindergartner, I wasn't overly concerned about it. In fact, I really was NEVER worried about it. I made plans to watch it or read it so that I could discuss it with Claire on an age appropriate level. So I did. I read the text today and can honestly say I am proud that our elementary will be showing this speech. I will ask Claire if she watched it, and if she didn't...she will tonight with us. We will discuss how it is VERY important to work hard in school and respect authority. This speech is NO different from ANYTHING Brian and I teach our children. I'm not sure what everyone was so upset about. Is it so bad to teach our children that they should work hard to get what they want? (Although I did chuckle a bit because it seemed to be a bit off from the "redistribution of wealth" concept!) Bottom line, WE LIVE IN AMERICA! Whether you like it or not, Barrack Obama is our president. I will teach my children to listen to him and respect him just as they would any other adult. Then we will discuss the views and values of our family. My children will come in contact with MANY outside influences whether it be television, teachers, other children or the President of the United States of America. I will do my best to guard them from the things I can, but my most important mission is to make sure that Brian and I are the MOST important influence in their lives. (Other than God obviously!) They WILL encounter people and things that will make them question their beliefs. I MUST keep those lines of communication open so when they have questions about their faith or their beliefs they will come to me or Brian and ask questions without fear of being shut down. We will share Scripture with them and help them understand our views and values that we hold most dear.
President Obama's speech talks about getting an education, making good decisions, personal responsibility and respect. How dare he. What a crazy thing to want our youth to be inspired and encouraged. How awful to encourage our children to be responsible functioning citizens in society. What a shame. (Note the sarcasm.)
Read it HERE and form your own opinion. I did. And now I will jump down from my soapbox. I wanted to share MY opinion with you before I read any other blogs.