Tuesday, September 01, 2009

President To Speak To Your Kids On September 8

PRESIDENT OBAMA is going to speak to all the nation's school kids on September 8. What do you think about that?

I think the President is a politician, and this President seems to think he is pretty special and awe inspiring. So, of course, if the President asks the nation's youth to study hard, then I'm sure they will. But, because the President is a politician I'm afraid this is truly intended to be another one of his political events. I may be wrong. I think this is a very bad idea because it seems like something from one of the other counties in the world which has little use for individual liberty. Then again, a President who thinks redistributing wealth is good seems not to have high regard for individual liberty to begin with. Maybe the recent election is some measure of how far this country now falls short of holding liberty in high regard?

If you click through on the link above you can find another link to "resources" to help teachers figure out what they should teach their students about the President's address to them. Here is one of the suggestions for talking with students before his speech:
"Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?"
Let me take a stab at answering. It is important to listen to those in government because they are the men and women who use force in our daily lives. Government uses force in our lives properly when it functions basically as the "protective state," which means it uses force to enforce private property rights and voluntary contracts, and it means government uses power and force to protect us from attack by people living in other countries of the world. It is important to listen to those in government because it seems these days that most of the people in government do not understand this. Instead, most of the people in government today support public policies that use force in ways that are predatory on activities of all of those outside of government who every day try to do the best for themselves and their family by being productive. Therefore, it is important to listen to those in government because if we don't pay close enough attention (and remember the old adage "watch what they do, not what they say"), then those in government will become ever more successful predators and the prosperity we enjoy today will be foolishly lost to ourselves and the very kids the President will speak to next week.

How many kids do you think will offer this answer? I think not very many because it seems to me our schools are no longer very good at teaching a curriculum for a prosperous republic.


Anonymous said...


Read the above artical... Presidents always talk to schools. This is a non issue.

Larry Eubanks said...

Why are you anonymous?

I know Presidents go to schools, especially in campaign season. Part of my point, eh? The speech has a political purpose, especially since the President intends to inspire all the children of the nation. Touching really, eh?