9/7/09 UPDATE: Here is a link to the Speech.
In light of the response to President Obama’s upcoming speech to schoolchildren about doing well in school. Schools here have been getting very angry calls from parents demanding that the speech not be shown, using words like Hitler and Nazi and brainwashed. I wondered if our media had given as much coverage to pundits and fringe groups before past presidential speeches what may have happened.
I do not want my children to watch President Kennedy’s speech about going to the Moon. He is a Democrat and therefore a Socialist, Marxist and I do not want my children exposed to his ideas.
I don’t want my kids to be brainwashed by that â€œanything for the richâ€ President Bush and why he thinks we should go to war in Iraq. He might make my son or daughter want to join the military, so I don’t want my child to watch the president’s speech and participate in the discussion afterwards.
I will take my child out of school for the day if you allow his teacher to show FDR’s â€œThe only thing we have to fear … is fear itself .â€ speech. Roosevelt is a closet Communist, and I don’t want my child exposed to this propaganda.
I don’t want my kid to be forced into watching the Gettysburg Address because it’s just an attempt by Republicans to brainwash my child into believing that he should be a Republican and a greedy mega-capitalist!
I do not want my child exposed to watching that war-mongering President Reagan giving his â€œTear Down This Wallâ€ speech at the Berlin Wall.
Actually this whole uproar might lead to a messy discussion about the open discussion of ideas. Well I can hope!
Add your ideas to the above in comments if you are so inclined.
Learning is messy!