Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Changed my mind

I had said that I was not going to write a blog about my anger over the small-minded mentality of some Americans who did not want their children to hear the President's message today. I changed my mind.

Here is the transcript of the speech:

I don't think a President asking young people to listen to their teachers and encouraging them not to drop out of school is a socialist agenda. I don't think promoting math and science to young children so that they may be the ones who discover the cure for cancer is a socialist agenda.

What I am most concerned about is an anarchist agenda. In Mississippi history, people named Lamar, Davis, Hinds and Clinton are immortalized as they challenged "The War of Northern Aggression" and the Reconstruction period, when African-Americans had political power in this state. When Obama won the election, children were told that they could not talk about the results of the election in Mississippi classrooms and now this. If I had to respect the 43 previous Presidents of the United States, then I would expect people to do the same with this one.

Now I know that narrow-minded behavior is not confined to Mississippi, but we, collectively, sure don't do anything to contradict it. After what happened to Van Jones over the weekend though, it is dangerous for me even to complain about it and express my frustration over it, but you know what, so be it.

If Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Mike Savage don't have to apologize, then I won't. If Fox News is allowed to have a broadcasting license, then I have the same right to call them cry babies or whatever else I want to. However, I will try my best to rise above the fray and this controversy will move off the radar screen within days now that the speech has been given.

I am just sad that the feelings expressed by my father a couple of weekends ago seem to be justified and the bitter pills I have endured all my life are continued to be forced down my throat.

Christians are taught that oppression comes in many earthly forms but it all comes from one source. Therefore, I cannot go wholeheartedly after people who choose to be vessels of discord, I have to renounce the one who is to blame. Nevertheless, when Jesus dealt with Peter before the crucifixion, He did tell him, "Get thee behind me, Satan!"

I'll end this rant with this: This is the United States of America. Barack Obama is our President. Get over it. Respect the position and the man given the opportunity to serve. Or else those that can't can take the advice that they so readily give to others that oppose their viewpoints: Leave!