Review of the President’s Speech to Schoolchildren
After reading the President’s speech to Schoolchildren, and reading what some have written about it, and following the controversy that has led up to the speech, I will now say that the speech is overall a positive speech but inappropriate, and reveals more about the President than he intended. It is a nice speech, but I am through being nice.
First, the positive: the President does give many positive, helpful words of advice to the children about not giving up, studying hard, fulfilling their obligation toward their own education, etc. Indeed, he sounds very fatherly, kind and wise in the words he gives to the children. The speech may very well inspire and motivate hundreds, even thousands of children to really do better. This may in fact be a life-changing experience for many of the children who hear it. So in that sense, it will be a good and positive thing. For a listing of many of the good things the President said go to Desiring God and John Piper here:
Or just read the entire speech here:
But while brother Piper speaks very positively about Obama, the speech and how we as Christians should show more respect to the President and how ashamed he, Piper, is of his own state’s governor for the things he said against the speech, I believe that brother Piper is missing the bigger points here. Sure the speech is a nice, positive speech and the children will be blessed. But I would no more want my children to listen to this President in this kind of situation than I would want them to listen to any Socialist. Socialism is evil and those who deliberately promote Socialism are evil. Stay away from my children, thank you very much.
Piper just plain doesn’t understand what this President is all about.
Dr. Al Mohler has also written about this speech and makes some mistakes too. Mohler writes: “Much of the controversy is reckless, baseless, and plainly irrational. Some have called the speech an effort to recruit America’s children into socialism.” Well, no doubt there have been some rude comments, but I do not consider it irrational to think that the speech as it was originally intended was an attempt to influence children to support Obama who is a socialist/marxist.
There you go Bryan, calling the President names again. Look, all you have to do is study what socialism and marxism are all about and compare them with what the President has said and done through the years and who he hangs out with and you will understand that this President is a socialist/marxist. Most of the Demoncrat Party is now socialist and a good many Republicrats are too. President George W Bush, though an honorable man, included much of socialism in his agenda. Why have we become a socialist nation now? Because of the education system, a government monopoly. What system was the President going to use to talk to the children? The government run education system. If you don’t believe that the Demoncrat party runs the large majority of the public schools in this country then you haven’t been watching what the NEA stands for and who they vote for. The largest Teacher’s Union in the country is about 95% demoncrat. If you don’t think the public education system is filled with liberals with a pagan worldview you have been asleep. Schools are used to promote the gay agenda, the Islamic agenda, the Greenpeace agenda, the PETA agenda and every other liberal cause. Are there some good schools and teachers? Sure, but they are vastly outnumbered.
ONE of my objections to the President speaking nationally to the schoolchildren is because I know and understand the schools are already a tool of the demoncrat party and therefore this speech would fall right into that agenda.
Mohler continues: “Others have argued that any presidential speech piped into classrooms is illegitimate. But a presidential speech to students is hardly unprecedented.” Certainly two Republican Presidents, George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan gave broadcast speeches to school children across the country. And, though I do not remember those events, having researched them, I have found that they too had very positive messages with much in common with Obama’s. However, at the time, the Demoncrats seriously condemned the Republican Presidents for politicizing the schools, spreading Republican ideology, etc.
Dr. Mohler continues with much praise for the President’s speech but then he says: “This message should be welcomed by America’s parents, both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. So why the controversy?”
“Well, things are rarely so clear-cut as they seem. When President Obama wonders who he should blame for this controversy, he should look directly to his own administration. Put plainly, his own Department of Education released suggested lesson plans that appeared to be more about the cult of Obama than about the President’s message. The lesson plans (changed after the controversy erupted) suggested: “Teachers can extend learning by having students write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.”