That being said, I will restate what I have said before, he is still our president and there is some amount of respect that should be given to those who hold that office. Until Mr. Obama goes against the “voice of the people” I will offer my support (not to be confused with agreement) to my nation and its government.
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” (Articles of Faith #12)
As long as our President is listening to his nation and following the will of its citizens, he is breaking no law. If I don’t like his agenda or goals, it isn’t my job to shout empty words of disgust to the world. Instead, it is my job to help gather the voice of the people together to support ideas that would improve our government.
I have been keenly interested in the controversy surrounding the upcoming Presidential Address to the nation’s children at school. I have heard angry parents claiming to pull their children from school that day. I have heard parents state their children are not allowed to listen to “this man” and assuming he has nothing of value to say.
Admittedly, I was nervous when I heard about the speech. I talked with some very important people in my life and began to form an opinion. Here are some basic points of interest that helped me arrive at my decision.
- Obama isn’t the first President to address school children.
- He is too smart to play any “pied piper” role over the air.
- If a couple kids actually listen and are inspired to do better in school, that could change generations… and that is a good thing.
- I not only have the opportunity to “opt out” I can see the broadcast on C-Span and read the transcript.
- What a wonderful lesson for my children to listen, discuss and learn. I believe that by discussing the speech with my children, it would have a much stronger impact on them than yanking them out of school simply because I do not like the current Presidential Politics.
I wish people could step back a little and look at the bigger picture. It is possible to listen to someone you don’t agree with – even gleen bits of truth and inspiration – and still hold your own opinions.
So, long story short, my kiddos will be watching the Presidential Broadcast.