How? Why? What? I am so flustered I can't even speak. I can barely type because I am seething with anger or maybe I am just laughing too hard at some of the moronic and ridiculous posts about this.
Some of you have become completely unhinged and have lost what little grasp you have upon reality. Apparently your critical reasoning and logical analysis skills are being overtaxed by other issues.
Before we go any farther let's take a moment to define what the issue here is.
Excuse me while I roll my eyes and sigh deeply. I find this to be ridiculous on multiple levels. Let's start with the parenting angle. Kids, er, parents, your children are indoctrinated with all sorts of nifty messages every day.
(CNN) -- The White House found itself on the defensive Friday over what would ordinarily be considered the most uncontroversial of events: a back-to-school speech to the nation's children.The White House said the address, set for Tuesday, and accompanying suggested lesson plans are simply meant to encourage students to study hard and stay in school.
Many conservative parents aren't buying it. They're convinced the president is going to use the opportunity to press a partisan political agenda on impressionable young minds."Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. "I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."
Every time they recite the pledge of allegiance or engage in any number of lessons in school they are indoctrinated with a point of view about the world and our place in it. That is reality. You might not like it and that is ok.
Your job as a parent is to monitor these things and to help your children understand them. That is where you take the time to explain why capitalism/socialism/communism is the best way to live. That is where you teach them what ideology they should follow and what they should avoid.
Obama's speech is a perfect teaching moment. Don't be a dolt. Take advantage of this. Opportunity is kicking you in the ass and smacking you on the forehead.
In a perfect world you wouldn't have to worry about this. In a perfect world school teachers would take a neutral position and simply provide the facts, but that is not how it goes. I remember teachers who railed on about how bad the Vietnam war was and others who took the opposite position.
Is it confusing? Sure, it can be. But be a parent and teach your children. Take a moment to sit down, explain and discuss.
Ok, I am off to lecture more people about why I think political partisanship is killing our country. Stay tuned for another episode of "Have Soapbox, will travel."