First let me say to my best friend….the word is spelled p-r-i-n-c-i-p-l-e. And thanks for kindly pointing it out. I was writing in the wee hours of the morning, Sheesh. 🙂
The democrats are right! I can hear the ambulance sirens now coming for the hopefully not dead bodies of several of my blogger friends, and my friends who ordinarily take me on about what I write. I learn much from them. They always make me think. And sometimes, though rarely, they are right. 🙂 So I thought for tonight’s little blog about the upcoming Presidential address to captive school children I would take a look at what democrats have rightfully said about past presidential speeches to school children.
IN 1991 Then President HW Bush spoke to one school. There were no lesson plans produced for that speech. The Department of Education didn’t initially suggest that children write letters the themselves about how they could help the President. This speech was also clearly in violation of my principle that children in school are always a captive audience. Also, the President can never separate what he does from his office. So every speech he makes must of neccessity be part of the party line. It must be political. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) said “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students.” The Democrat was Right. (Distinct sound of more of John’s acquaintances hitting the ground). There were House Committees that wanted a complete explanation from the Department of Education to explain how its funds were used for the speech. This committee was right. The democrats were right.
Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Familieshsaid that it was “outrageous for the White House to start using precious dollars for campaigns” at a time when “we are struggling for every silly dime we can get” to educate American Children. The Democrat was right!
So, the dems are right on this one. An American President should not be involved in making speechs to American schools. In America we hold our schools apart from the church. I believe we should hold them apart from the state as well. Lets remember that there has never been a president elected by 100% of the American people. Let’s hope there never will be one elected that way. If it every happens we are truly and well cooked. We have to remember also that in America we hold our children to be protected from the ravages of politics. Yes, even something so seemingly innocuous as the POTUS saying work hard, study, graduate and the come work for the state. Just kidding.
So as we have seen in this post presidents have made speeches before to school kids. They were rightfully opposed. I was against Presidential speeches to captive school kids when the Bushes spoke, when Ronald Reagan spoke to school kids and I oppose it as President Obama is about to make the same mistake.
Here is something great for home schoolers or anyone else who decides to take their kids with them next Tuesday. Get a picnic basket. Fill the basket with loads of goodies. Get good ham, good bread, chocolate, iced tea to put in the basket. Then go somewhere beautiful and have a reading of the United States Consitution. Then spend the rest of the day enjoying your most precious gifts; your children.