What About the Children?
A little while ago, Pres. Obama’s speech to the nation’s school children wrapped up. I watched the whole thing. He didn’t address his audience as “comrade.” There was no hammer-and-sickle symbol in the background. He didn’t invite little girls and boys to kneel at his feet, kiss his shoes, and pledge life-long allegiance. Instead, he gave simple but strong advice: Don’t assume that you’re going to grow up and be a basketball player or a rapper, because the vast majority of you won’t. Success looks like a lot of fun from the outside, but actually requires a lot of un-fun work. Successful people like J.K. Rowling and Michael Jordan experienced a lot of failure in their lives, but perservered. Work hard to master subjects that don’t, at first, appeal to you. Pretty good stuff.
Still, the possibility that our children could be unduly influenced worries me. However, I’m not worried about Obama doing the influencing. Rather, the people who frighten me – and I choose my words carefully here – are the fuckbrained morons who kept their kids out of school today to avoid the speech. How spectacularly stupid do you feel right now, Mr. and Ms. “Take Back Our Country”? Is there a chance that your breathtaking ignorance will be handed down to your kids via nature or nurture? If only the reach of Child Protective Services could be extended a little further…