Fear and hatred of “the other” has reached ridiculous levels. The President of the United States is going to speak to school children, and white “conservative” ignorant people are keeping their kids home from school, or bombarding their school administrations with fictitious objections to stop “the socialist indoctrination” from happening.
Did they protest President George H.W. Bush when he spoke to kids and asked them to “help the President”? No.
Did they protest when President Ronald Reagan spoke to children, and gave his misguided “trickle-down economics” theory in answer to a question? No.
More and more, as the untruths are piled on top of each other like corpses in front of outnumbered and scared invaders beating a slow and forced retreat, I am unnerved by the inability of rational people, conservatives, liberals and progressives alike, to stem the tide. This latest objection against the President speaking to schoolchildren and encouraging them to do well in school is merely another straw (although the camel’s back is noticeably strained). On top of the birthers, the deathers, the death panels, “Obamacare”, the bailout of the banks (which was President Bush, but what are facts?), the negotiations with terrorists (I mean the diplomacy with Iran), the failure of the war in Afghanistan (that President Bush began and forgot), the stimulus package which is saving the deregulated orgy that was wall street, and the reform of the for-profit health insurance industry into an actual health-care industry, the white people who wanted John McCain to be president are proving to be sore losers.
They’re showing up to public discussion with arms, misunderstanding both the first and second amendments to the Constitution. They’re arguing the primacy of the tenth amendment, or the Reserve Clause, and stating the federal government doesn’t have the power to legislate to the states. They’re abusing the very rights they “cherish” because they lost to a black man, who’s aiming to keep the promises he made when he was campaigning.
I’ve said before I hate stupid people. But that hate is beginning to eat me up. So I’m working on understanding that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are simply expressing a different point of view based on insecurity and challenges to white male domination of this country that they are unable to fathom. I’m working on being more like Senator Franken who is able to address people who disagree without displaying the frustration at their idiocy and unfounded accusations that I’m simply unable to do at this point.
Keeping your kids home so that they won’t hear the President say go to school and do your work so you can grow up and be big and strong and successful is stoopid. And I don’t hate the parents for being stoopid.
I just feel sorry for their children.