Saturday, September 5, 2009

A TEA Party Rally and a Correction to a Previous Statement

I must correct something I said in my most recent post regarding Obama's proposed speech to our school-age children. In that post, I stated this: "Never in the history of our country has the President of the United States specifically addressed our school children through our public school system. Never. Ever. Has it happened. Until now." That was wrong. George H.W. Bush addressed school age children back in 1991 and Ronald Reagan did it in 1988. But here's the difference: neither HW Bush nor Reagan had the Department of Education compile a list of "activities" to accompany those speeches. Activities that included such gems as "how can I help the president?". I don't think that's the best civics lesson to be giving our children. I believe that the president is a public servant (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong on that). I think he's supposed to serve and help us, not the other way around. I further believe that our children should be taught to support our country - not the person who holds the office of president of our country. The fact that Obama and the Department of Education outlined and distributed these "activities" lists makes his speech an actual lesson plan and I firmly, vehemently and most vocally object to our federal government dictating lesson plans to our children, particularly in this manner. I will say again, I misspoke in my last post (oh who am I kidding? I was downright WRONG!) and I am embarrassed to have to admit that. I detest inaccuracy in "reporting" - any reporting. I hope not to do that again. However, I stand by my protest of this speech. I think it's inappropriate. Period. And truth be told, I think the speech Reagan gave was inappropriate, too. It contained political opinions and views that had no business being touted in a public school classroom. I'm less offended by HW Bush's speech because it was an actual challenge and/or plea to children to stay in school. That's not to say I'm not at all offended by the speech. I am. Again, I don't think politicians have any business in the "teaching" arena. That's more the role of parents and the role of our local and state education offices.
Now that I've stated my mea culpa, let me move on. (Please! I so hate having to admit to a mistake! lol). I attended a TEA Party Rally in Dallas yesterday. Here are a few images from the rally:









The rally itself was fairly interesting. I've never gone to one before. I think there was some unnecessary far-right rhetoric spouted off here and there, but for the most part, I agreed with what was being said. I am against big government, period. I don't think the government should be so involved in our lives - certainly not to the extent most democrats seem to want it to be. I don't believe in bailouts, handouts, free money, affirmative action and/or press 1 for English. I do believe in personal responsibility, earning your way through life, paying your dues, teaching your children core values, communities helping citizens through local organizations...you know, the things that people do for themselves and each other without government programs dictating and paying the way. I don't agree with everything that was said at the rally...I think the treatment of gays by the right is appalling and downright stupid. But then again, I'm of the school of thought that you're born gay and not that you choose to be gay. I'm also not real big on the death penalty, although I have a big hole in my logic with that one because I do indeed think pedophiles and child murderers should be put down like rabid dogs. At any rate, my personal laundry list of beliefs aside, I'm glad I attended the rally and I'm glad I let myself be counted among the growing list of people across America who are fighting against this massive growth of our federal government. It's something I feel strongly about. How about you? How do you feel? And why?

15 comments:

  1. I don't know but if you lose one more pound I'm coming to stomp some sense into your butt! Not that you have much butt to stomp! And yes, I knew that Daddy George and our Beloved Mr. Reagan had done this, but as you said in your Mea Culpa, not to this extent. Mr Kennedy (the President) asked us to ask WHAT WE COULD DO FOR OUR COUNTRY! I don't recall him asking what we could do for him...I suppose since the voters had just elected him, he was pretty sure they'd done all they could do for him...anyway, great post...quit losing weight...anything else? Oh, if you want to see what your uncle has been up to, you'll have to visit my blog...
    Aunt Sandi

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  2. I believe in smaller government too. But that's not what is happening these days, with the government sector of the economy being the ONLY one that is growing. It seems that we have now have a shadow government, with socialistic philosophies being put into laws. This country is changing for the WORSE with a gradual elimination of freedoms. If I hear a government official utter something again about "social justice" or some such progressive nonsense, I think I will scream! Sure wish we could attend a tea party express rally, but one is not coming near us.

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  3. You are a svelte doll good for you now fix me ..I CANNOT EAT WHOLE FOOD CANCER , SO i DRINK ALL DAY AND AM A ROUND RUBBER BALL..NEED STRENGTH AND WEIGHT LOSS..

    i'M SICK TO DEATH OF HIS GOD LIKE THIS AND THAT PURE AND SIMPLE WORST MISTAKE EVER IN THIS COUNTRY

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  4. it's heating up big time in our County lots of people keeping their kids home hahah

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  5. I think my kids are living during historical times.

    You looked GOOD at the ralley!

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  6. Good for you, going to the rally! It scares me to see how things are going these days. More people need to get involved and voice their opposition.

    You are looking so great!

    I have an award for you over at my blog:)

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  7. Hi Girlfriend! Where are you? I miss ya. Why aren't you blogging?

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  8. Hey, Lady!! You've been SPLASHED!! Visit my blog :D

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  9. Just wanted to show support from deep south Texas. I am a Christian, conservative, educated, self-supporting, Hispanic single mother of 2 teen kids. I work fulltime as a Safety Coordinator, and I co-own an online boutique with my sister Jessica. I gave Jessica this link too. My kids and I attend our local Tea Party. I do not agree with big government and many things that are going on with the current administration. The liberal leftist can not say that I am being "racist" because as a Hispanic, I am a minority. Also, I do not agree with immigration reform that wants to give amnesty to illegal immigrants; it is rewarding people for breaking the law. I also think that many people are abusing government assistance programs. People need to get off their sofas and get a job. I work 2 jobs to support my family. I PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY and our LIBERTY.

    Sincerely
    Yoli Kalkofen

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  10. Hey There Ms. Kari...

    Been checkin' in on you and just want to be sure that all is well!

    I wanna see what kind of Fall goodness is going on in your house... :)

    Cassie

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  11. Hey lady,
    hope you are well!!! Been busy - still losing weigh and creating!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Sandy

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  12. bring it on!!! Loved reading this--I never attended a political rally, either...maybe new experience on my horizon! C

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  13. Great post....I so agree with you....I pray this guy is only one term !!!

    I was so happy to see today that the Olympics will not be in Chicago...maybe now he will concentrate on the USA...

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

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