Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I am ashamed, embarrassed, disgusted, furious, angry, enraged....

I am ashamed, embarrassed, disgusted, disgraced, furious, outraged and so much more with what has been going on in our country these last couple of weeks. I cannot believe that America has sunk so low. Shame on the politicians and shame on my fellow citizens. Shame on all of you - the media, too! Shame, shame, shame!!! (Can you tell that all that's been going on has hit a raw nerve!!??)

I cannot believe that having the President speak to school children to urge them on to do a good job has become such a political brouhaha. Our children need all the encouragement they can get. When I was a kid, it always seemed to be a dream of all of us that we could grow up to be President of the United States. My god, who would want that job now?

While listening to a local radio station this morning, a woman by the name of Catherine called into the show. She said that having kids listen to President Obama's speech was the equivalent of indoctrinating children into Hitler youth. She said that the documents (workbooks, lesson plants, etc.) to compliment the speech that had been prepared by the U.S. Dept. of Education were filled with Nazi-style propaganda. One of the show's hosts asked her if she had seen the materials and she said no, but that she knew what was in them! Excuse me? Excuse me!!?? You've got to be kidding, woman. Shame on you!

Then there was the man interviewed on the radio news this morning. He said that he didn't want his child listening to the speech because the President's urging to do well in school to keep our country strong would be too much pressure on the kid. Hello!!!?? Are you for real, Mister? Your kid's going to have to face a lot of pressure situations in his/her lifetime, so he/she might as well start preparing for the real thing now. Shame on you!

Where did all this ridiculousness come from? I blame the media for a lot of this. There is so much rancor among newsmen/women. Just look at the long running feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly. Such nastiness. No one has any respect for anyone else. Shame on all of you!

What can be done about this? It's all left me feeling pretty helpless, but I'm thinking about things that we can do. I'm not going to give up on my country. Any suggestions???????? Let's get going before it's too late.