It continually amazes me how much heat (and how little light) is generated in the political debates today.

            President Obama is scheduled to speak to public school kids tomorrow.  Some people are objecting that the President of the United States is speaking to their children without them knowing what he’s going to say.  I’m sure you’ve heard the news, but here’s just one report about all that heat.

            Well, I just read the full text of the speech (at least its current draft) and I think I found the two sentences that people will be able to object to.  About two-thirds of the way through the speech, President Obama will say, “Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn.”

            I suppose there are some people out there who genuinely think our schools do not need to be safe environments for our children.  I’ll even bet that there are some people who will claim that this is code for needing to protect students who are perceived as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  Given that “gay” and “fag” are the two most comment epithets hurled around school grounds these days, they might even be right.  Even if it is code, I agree with the President.  Our schools should be safe learning environments for all our children.

            The rest of the speech is great.  It encourages kids to live up to their responsibilities to do their homework and pay attention and be engaged in their own education.  Yes, the President should address our school children.  He is the President of the United States, after all.

            Oh, are you wondering what the other sentence is that some people might object to?  It’s his closing sentence:  “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”  I bet there will be someone from the left who will object to President Obama including mention of God in the public schools – even though this has become the traditional way the President of the United States ends speeches.

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