I'm Angry At My Parents

Given the events that transpired yesterday with President Obama’s speech to our children, I found myself getting angry at my parents for not speaking out when I was in school.

If my parents only cried partisan politics, I wouldn’t have been required to watch President Reagan deliver a state of the union address and write about it and even understand why there is a state of the union address.

If my parents only called out my teacher as a commie socialist liberal, I wouldn’t have had to keep up on current events and listen to President Carter speak about the Camp David Peace Accords.

If my parents would have only accused the school superintendent of being some sort of Nazi sympathizer, maybe I could have skipped my History class when we watched President Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

And maybe if my parents told my teacher that they thought that President Lincoln was too divisive, maybe then I wouldn’t have had to stand up in class and recite the Gettysburg Address.

Because of my parents I had to spend valuable time listening to our Presidents and learning about this country of ours. That is time that I could have spent out on the playground or at home watching cartoons.

If it wasn’t for my parents making me go to school and learn things, I wouldn’t feel this responsibility of being an American citizen. If they only spoke out maybe I wouldn’t bear the burden of understanding how our political process works.

1 comment:

A.B. said...

And if your parents were uber right-wing creationists, you'd have missed out on the day in science where you learned about evolution too.