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Jul. 1st, 2010 10:38 pm
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
I feel a little apologetic that I'm breaking the seemingly interminable silence with a rant, but this is just something that I really felt that I needed to get off my chest.

Political and stuff )

That's my opinion, and I'm stickin' to it.
leujin: (Brock1 (I'd kick his ass))
Alright, so I know a couple of people have already mentioned this, but I felt like I needed to get a few peoples input on this. I know there are a few conservative people on my f-list, so your opinion is really the one that I'm after.

Can somebody please explain to me why people are up in arms about President Obama addressing school children? The arguments I see thrown around are that people fear he's going to impose his political agenda onto the easily impressionable children. Really there is nothing that he can say that is going to brainwash these children into believing what he has to say. I can honestly say that I wouldn't find it to be that big a deal if a president whom I didn't vote for and whose political ideals I don't agree with was adressing my children. I would just explain to them that they need to keep an open mind and to come to me if they have any questions about what they're hearing.

They don't have to just straight up forbid people from seeing it. Why not give them a choice? The students and the parents can choose if they want the kids to watch this televised speech. It would be the same thing as with sex ed! The students would get a waiver if the parents don't want them seeing the speech, and they can just have a study hall or something of the like durring the speech. Some schools are taking this approach, which is great. Some schools are also taking the aproach of reviewing the speech before broadcasting it, which is at least a step in the right direction.

Really I just don't understand why it's such a big screaming deal. The president addresses people durring the state of the union all the time. Besides, this is just a speech about the importance of education, and I think everybody can agree that it's a GOOD thing to get kids to stay in school.

leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
I thought of something important to say.

This came up on the radio this morning, when a woman (I can't remember who. Some wacky republican lady) was making a big issue about the fact that Obama's middle name is "Hussein." Seriously? Why is this an issue? Oh, right. Because it's not. I really don't even get this whole mud-slinging concept of campaigning for any political office. If we just focused on the issues rather than resorting to "HE was convicted of a DUI when he was in college. Do you want HIM running your country?!" this whole election process would be a lot less infuriating.

I don't care if you're a democrat or a republican or what have you, the fact of the matter is you need to NOT get caught up in the BS of it all and just look at the issues. Then make an intelegent, informed decisson. I've always said (well, as long as the internet has been a prominent feature in the world) that politicians should only be allowed to advertise for themselves on their websites. That would greatly reduce the nonsense, I'm sure.

Also: vote. It's not that hard, I promise.

July 2011



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