September 8, 2009.
Obama to brainwash students?
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Warning: President Obama wants to brainwash students across the nation into getting the most out of their education, he said in a speech
Actually, encouraging students to get the most out of their education is probably an issue that conservatives and liberals alike can agree on.
Even so, many conservatives are shaking in their boots - worried that President Obama has a sneaky plan to brainwash American students with his liberal agenda.
Before the speech was delivered, it was available on the Internet for parents to preview - for those parents who were particularly concerned.
If the speech is available for preview, do we really think this is about a hidden agenda?
It probably isn't, but why don't we take a look at the speech, for those who aren't convinced.
He begins the speech talking about his memories of his education, and the responsibilities of students across the nation to do well in school.
He also said how important education is for finding your strengths and talents.
Obama said there are no excuses for not doing well in school or getting your homework done - no matter what a student's circumstances are.
He provided examples of students across the country who have succeeded in their education despite moving from foster home to foster home, or even having brain cancer.
Then, he acknowledged that school isn't always easy, students might not always like every subject and to become really good at something takes practice.
Obama ends the speech by saying he is doing everything he can to get students the tools to they need for a good education, but at the same time, students need to do their part and fulfill their responsibilities as a student.
If you ask me, this doesn't sound like a hidden political agenda - just a genuine concern for the nation's children to get the education they deserve.
Ted Rudow III,MA
September 21, 2009
My Dentist and his family are from Hawaii and went to school with President Obama! It sad me that Scott Abramson,who is member of American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill. For too long, policies that support Israeli militarism and occupation have gone unchallenged. Political voices raising even minor disagreements with prevailing policies are silenced or subject to campaigns of intimidation.
I know that this equality, this oneness of the races, this love between the brethren, this better world, cannot be found only through the path of legislation and politics. It certainly cannot be found through the path of violence and killing, and the destruction of our young people. It cannot be found when the brothers are pitted one against another in useless. I know that to become a reality is to love, the supernatural Love of God! Love the person, even if you don't like his point of view!
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…."Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Ted Rudow III,MA
Class of 1996