Monday, September 7, 2009
A letter to the President
Dear President Obama,
There are many reasons I could write to you today, for there are a great many concerns I have regarding your policies and plans for our country. I could discuss the many promises you made, especially during your campaign for the presidency~ promises that you promptly broke. I could bring up the monumental debt you and Congress are dragging us into with your stimulus and spending bills. You are mortgaging our children and grandchildren's futures, mortgaging our country's future. The majority of Americans have said an emphatic "NO!" to your health care "reform", and many of us have written and called our representatives and senators saying that we do not want a "public option". But still you press on, not heeding what those you work for are telling you. I know this may come as a complete surprise to you, Mr. President, but you work for us, and it bothers me greatly how both you and Congress seem to think you know better than us what we want and need, not listening to a word we say.
I could discuss any of these points at great length with you, but I am exceedingly alarmed at what I found on the Department of Education website this past week. Not only will you be delivering a speech to our children, which I almost could have tolerated it if it stayed on track and did not become political, but these page long guidelines for what to have them do and think about regarding the speech is simply too much. I am really glad to see that the White House removed the idea of having children write letters to themselves, asking what "they could do to help" you, but what is left is not all that much better, to tell you the truth. I think this time would be much better spent on literacy and math, and think it's rather ridiculous to expect those as young as pre-Kindergarten to spend a day breaking down a Presidential speech and analyzing its meaning.
I firmly believe this is politicizing the classrooms and it is not acceptable. I am drawing my line in the sand. To you and all of government, I say, stay away from my kids!
A concerned American mother