I remember being taught as a little girl to love the Lord God and serve Him only. I remember standing with my fellow classmates each morning, hand over my heart, saying with respect for each word, “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” I remember being taught in school to honor and respect the office of the President, a position that has been gilded by such noble men as George Washington, James Madison and Abraham Lincoln. I remember walking to the polling place each election year and somehow knowing even as a child the significance of casting a vote. I remember having the privilege in second grade of signing a “Declaration of Independence” in honor of our nation’s two hundredth birthday and sending it from the west coast to the east in a covered wagon. But what I don’t remember is a political agenda of a President and an indoctrination coming from Washington D.C. to affect my mind as a young child.
School was a place of learning and ideas; it was a place where teachers inspired this learning and where friendships lasted. School was about the recess games and spelling all the states’ names correctly. The teachers cared about the child’s academic progress and growth with the objective: to teach him to grow in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man.
How then, if this is what school was, do we find ourselves pledging not to the flag, but to an ideology carried on the authority of the President. No time in the history of the United States has a President infiltrated the halls of learning in such a manner. Is it historic? Perhaps. Is it right? I think not.
First ladies have visited schools for the cause of education. Campaigning politicians have visited the classrooms of their precincts to meet and greet teachers and parents. However, to have the standing President become the cheer leader of an ideological cause which demands a pledge of service from children who have no voice in the political spectrum is insidious. Obama however demonstrates his genius through this agenda to take this captive audience of young impressionable children and infiltrate their impressionable minds. His marketing techniques for his “Change” and “Hope” campaign are brilliant yet beyond the pale. “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed” and thus Obama enters the classroom.
Some may argue that the children of America are getting the pleasure of having the President of the United States speak in their classrooms and perhaps this would be true if there was not a blatant agenda presupposing the visit. This is a campaign for the hearts and minds of our children, a segment of society that should be left out of the political fray and allowed to be nurtured by their parents; schooled in reading, writing and arithmetic and not used as pawns in this Administrations’ plans for its future.
When Barack Obama took office, he swore to the American people these words: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States.” This is the same oath which every President has solemnly promised to the people he has served. Yet this forty-fourth president has forgotten that though he sits in the most powerful seat in the world, he came to this position by only 53% of the people’s votes, yet when he took this oath of office it was as President to 100% of America. Barrack Obama is our public servant who works for the United States of America in the capacity of chief executive. His paycheck is signed by the American people and as our employee; he should be listening to those for whom he works instead of indoctrinating America’s children.
This Tuesday, “We the Parents” must take a strong stand for our children. We must send a message to our government that they work for us, that the liberal agenda does not belong in the classroom and that the President needs to stay in the Oval office and do the work of a President. If our government uses sanctions to put pressure on others countries that are out of line, then we, the parents should sanction our government by keeping our children home on Tuesday and therefore send a message that affects the pocket book of each district that refuses to listen to its clientele. The government, in its many forms, works for us and when that government is not working well for us, we fire it. The Administration dismisses the voice of the people, as “astroturf” and “Right Wing Domestic Terrorists” and as such, we must continue to turn up the our democratic heat, live out loud our First Amendment rights and protect the future of America, our children.