Friday, September 18, 2009

P is for Politics

I don't write about politics. I don't want to be judged for or categorized by my political views. It never really ends well and I choose not to go there outside of my home. Until now. I can't quite get over something and don't think I can be quiet about it any longer. If you don't agree with me then stop reading. Free speech and all that.

Recently I stood in my kitchen and cried over the division in America. That's pathetic. It was when our private Catholic school called on a Sunday afternoon to let us know that we could "opt out" of our children arriving at school on time and viewing the Presidential address on education. Are you kidding me? Did anyone call my parents at home when it was time for Ronald Reagan to make a speech that would bore us out of our Jr High minds? No. It was never considered. Ever. Did we shield the recently adolescent population from George W. Bush's ridiculous grammar and ignorance on global events? Nope. They saw the whole thing on network television and replayed over and over on YouTube. Even typing this fires me up so much that I am willing to get right in the face of any right wing racist jack ass started all the hoopla. IT IS WRONG.

Will I declare myself a fully liberal Democrat who thinks Obama is the messiah? Absolutely not. You won't ever see a bumper sticker on my car promoting the change that he promises. I think believing that one man can fix an entire nation's problems is just as ignorant as thinking that if you play the lottery every week you'll eventually win. Not my thing. The odds are simply against us. Change will happen when everyone decides to take responsibility for themselves and their children. All of their children. All of the time. THAT would be a positive change. And raising a generation of gracious, well educated children would go a long way towards encouraging change in this country. And THAT is my problem.

Our kids, MY KIDS, are being brought up in a world where respect is a rare commodity. The man that WE THE PEOPLE elected to run our country deserves respect. Whether or not your Great, Great Granddaddy would roll over in his grave (yeah, I said it. I grew up in the South. I get it) to see a black man addressing the nation is irrelevant. He IS the President. He deserves our respect and support. And our children deserve to learn that an adult in a position of authority should not be disrespected. Never. Ever. Not their bus driver, their crazy aunt, the President. It doesn't matter. The person in charge is there for that moment for a reason and they are biologically required to respect and obey. The idea that they can "opt out" of that requirement is ludicrious to me. Even when their parents didn't vote for him.

I am not, nor will I ever, say that you have to agree with every single thing that comes from any leader's mouth. I certainly don't. What I can't tolerate is that there's an entire generation of Americans who are being led to believe that the democratic system is irrelevant and respect is directly linked to personal beliefs. We're not going to survive like that people. It just won't work.

Stepping off my soapbox now. Have a nice weekend


Dabalack Family said...

I never thought about it that way, but totally agree!! I do not always agree with people of authority, but always give them the respect they deserve. Our society has lost sight of that. Love Ya!! Enjoy your weekend and I will e-mail you the kids schedules!!

shortmama said...

I am conservative but still had no problem letting my daughter watch the speech. Our school actually taped it and they saw it a couple days later and they did send permission slips home prior to showing it. While I dont think it is what you said I will state it a conservative I am tired of every time I disagree with something the President does that I am considered being racist, because really that is ridiculous. Maybe for some that is an issue, but just like no one else would want to be lumped into a group of ignorant fools...neither do I. If I disagree with something someone does it has nothing to do with race, religion, or anything else...its has to do with a difference of opinion.

JennyMac said...

Amen...there is still a form of respect necessary even when you don't agree with people's perspectives. Absent from today's society it seems. Shame!

WhisperingWriter said...

Yup, at my son's school you could opt out of letting your kid watch the speech. I thought that was a bit strange.

JennyMac said...

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