I usually steer clear of discussing politics. I find much of today’s partisan politics divisive and disturbing. The current polarization in politics has created a situation where people think of themselves as Republicans and Democrats, not Americans. However, I feel compelled to say something about President Obama’s speech. Though I doubt it will change one opinion, I felt the need to say it anyway.
How in the world can the president of the United States of America addressing the youth of our nation on the importance of education and setting goals be considered controversial? I don’t care if he is Republican or Democrat! If this were President Bush making the same speech, the people that are saying this is so wrong would be praising President Bush for his dedication to America’s youth. The extreme statements and radical outrage that this has brought on reeks of racism and I am embarrassed for our country.
My father was a true moderate and he raised me to look at both sides of an issue. Like my father, I voted for and supported President Nixon, President Ford, President Reagan, President Bush and President Clinton. My wonderful father taught me to respect the office of president and the man who holds that office no matter what political party he belongs to and even if you disagree with his viewpoints. This is good advice that more people should follow today.
Unfortunately, in today’s society, education often is not a priority. In Beeville ISD we are fighting a high dropout rate that earned our district an unsatisfactory rating from TEA. To have our president, the leader of the free world, take time to address the youth of this great country on the importance of education is a wonderful thing and the timing could not be better. As a teacher, I will take all the help I can get in motivating our students from Republicans and Democrats. I did not vote for President George W. Bush and disagreed with him on many issues; however, I would never accuse him of acting in bad faith and I have always been sure that he did what he thought was best for our great country even when I strongly disagreed with his views. It would be nice if more people tempered their partisan politics with good old-fashioned common sense. For the record, President Obama is not the leader of the Democratic Party! He is in fact the leader of the United States of America, elected by a majority of the citizens.