The White House continues to insist that President Obama’s planned address to the nation’s school children and an accompanying suggestion plans are simply meant to encourage students to work hard and stay in school.
Under normal circumstances, no reasonable-minded parent should possibly find a reason to object to that.  But politics are anything but normal.
Those very loud conservative parents who so vehemently oppose the notion of Obama talking to their little darlings are only interested in the “worst-case scenario,” which conspiracy theorists have wound up into a case of a president “brainwashing”  young, impressionable children into looking through liberal-colored glasses.
And their adoption of such an outlandish argument leaves two critical unanswered questions.
Most notably, what’s wrong with their kids? If hearing one speech is enough to brainwash them, something has seriously gone awry with their parenting skills when it comes to teaching their kids to think for themselves.
It’s ironic, but certainly worth mentioning, that of the people I’ve encountered on Facebook opposing Obama’s talk whom I actually knew when they were of the same age, not one of them would have been able to be brainwashed by hearing one speech.
Their parents had apparently already helped them develop working brains that could hear viewpoints and weed out what they felt wasn’t right. Their parents had taught them not to be so gullible.
So it leads me to wonder if they really intend to send a message that they, apparently unlike their parents, have managed to drop the ball somewhere along the way.
The other critical question is this: do these parents truly believe that Obama is such a compelling speaker that hearing him in school one time will turn their kids liberal to such an extent that the parents themselves won’t be able to “snap them out of it”  in the years it will take until they reach voting age?
I mean, come on, people. Let’s consider a fifth grader. The average age is about eleven. Voting age is eighteen. That means two things: first, the kid won’t even be able to vote for Obama for a second term, and second, the parents have seven years to rant and rave about how wrong Obama is and turn their kids back onto the “right” path. (Pun intended.)
Are they trying to tell us, without coming right out and saying so, that they can’t even do that?
I wonder how many of them would have genuinely objected when George H.W. Bush, in October of 1991, delivered a nationally-televised speech to students encouraging them to say no to drugs and work hard. And whether they would have dared complain when his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, in November of 1988, delivered more a more politically-pointed speech made available to students.
That was the year my schoolmates graduated high school; I don’t remember a single protest.
Nice little double standard there.
The long goodbye to real political discourse continues.