Children are so impressionable. It doesn’t take much appeal to get them on board for a project. Last year, I had my fill of fundraisings. Some I didn’t mind; however, when they started coming home begging me to give them a dollar to wear a hat for Diabetes or Cancer or some other fundraiser, I hit the limit of my endurance. I was sick of my little guys’ hearts being manipulated for money.
Let me give another example. If my husband and I were divorced (which we aren’t), and I asked my children to ask their dad for the child-support payment, I would be taken to task by the government’s Child Services. I would be chasitised for manipulating my children to achieve an ends.
Which is what I think some of those school fund-raisers do–or rather that is how they go about soliciting funds–by preying on the tractable hearts and minds of my children.
Children are so responsive to cries for help. They do not see the “man behind the curtain” as in The Wizard of Oz. They do not doubt that the person asking them for help has ulterior motives. They are like little birds in the nest, happily opening their mouths to swallow the food their mother bird, or others that the mother bird trusts, drops down their gullets.
Based on this reasoning, I do not want my little guys listening to Tuesdays speech, beamed into my children’s classrooms, without parental guidance. How many of those children will think the president is directly talking to their classroom or their school. Imagine! The president needs their help! “Gee, Mom, President Obama says I can help him. He wants me on his side. Wow-I need 3 ways to help him. My teacher helped me come up with a plan.”
My malleable, trusting sons will come home telling me we need to help the President of the United States implement his socialist agend. Then Iwill be the bad guy because I do not believe in his plans.
My high school students are different. We have discussed politics, our beliefs, and history. I am a firm believer that you need at leat 3 reasons to believe what you believe. You just cannot believe because your mama or daddy does. Understanding why you stand for something is critically important.
Faithful did his sophomore paper on the difference between capitalism and socialism. Most of the students in his class seemed to think that socialism was the way to go. “Everybody should get equal pay,” they said. “After all, not everyone gets the same opportunities.” My son responded, “Well, do you want the garbage man doing brain surgery on you? ”
Marx’s ideological theory, “From everyone according to his ability to everyone according to his need” is the foundation of exploitation and reducation of freedom. There is no American Dream in socialism.
Our forefathers fought to keep the government out of our life, our religion, our dreams, and out of how we raise our children. A president attempting to beguile each child in America, trying to get little children to promote his agenda, doeson’t seem like the government that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison established.
When President Obama goes into each classroom, bypassing our own community checkpoints like our school boards, bypassing parents–it sure seems like government is getting pretty personal, pretty intimate with our day-to-day life.
Even more insidious is that he knows those children will go home all pumped up, like they do for those fundraisers, begging their parents to support a president whose plans they cannot even begin to understand. They just want to help. When their parents do not jump on the bandwagon with them, guess who ends up being the bad guy? The government driving a wedge between parents and children sure doesn’t sound like my America.
On Tuesday, my two youngest sons will be having ice cream with me and their dad while President Obama speaks. We’re going to be reading the Preamble and Article 2 of the Constitution. We might even talk about what President James Madison, the 4th president of the United States, thought when he wrote the Federalist Paper 45.
In Matthew 22:21, Jesus says to “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” So far, in American, my children do not belong to our government. They belong to their parents. Let us keep it that way!