LETTER: Reader responds to President’s speech to school children

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

First of all, please know that my political views would truly surprise many. This letter is not about my political views, rather my view on respect, Christian values and patriotism. Reared by parents who believed in education, God, family and honor, I have a strong sense of right and wrong for all people. We were encouraged to believe in ideas, not in a particular party.

I was taught that my views may be different from my neighbor but that my neighbor is still a human being and that the country I live in is the United States of America. I have lived through several presidents, many of whom I have strongly disagreed with in areas of politics and morals. However, I have always held respect for the man in office simply in that he was the President of the United States.

My profession affords me the opportunity to teach literary elements such as irony, exaggeration, symbolism and hyperbole. I invite you to read and look for the literary elements in the following tribute to all extremists who believe that the president’s speech to children had a hidden, possibly terrorist, definitely racist agenda:

I viewed in its entirety as well as printed a hard copy of this fearful speech. Therefore, I conclude how evil this man is to state that he comes from a single-parent family that has taught him some hard lessons. Incredibly fearful was his statement that he gets it when acknowledging that life is not always easy. How evil to explain that he has pushed for government responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals and turning schools around. How incredibly satanic for him to state that every child has something he or she is good at and that possibly he or she could become a good writer, inventor, senator or Supreme Court justice.

Ridiculous for the president to state that all students need the knowledge and problem solving skills learned in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop technologies and protect the environment. The president may have set a terrorist cell in motion telling students not to be afraid an ask questions, to get help if needed, not to give up even if they are struggling, or fail at the first attempt.

Yes, one must be twisted to remind children that 20 years ago other students sat where they are and went on to invent Google, Twitter and Facebook. How dare he mention that 250 years ago young people went on to wage a revolution and build the United States of America and, and that 75 years ago young people fought and won a world war and then fought for civil rights?

Perhaps the most evil thing the president said was “I want to ask you what you will contribute?” Oh my, challenging a young person to think about the future. Finally, telling the children of America that “America isn’t about people who quit when things get tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best” is downright horrifying and must have come from the devil himself. I say to all readers, Gold bless America and God bless those in our country who are strong enough, brave enough and wise enough to never give up, no matter how many obstacles nor how much ignorance comes your way.

Trudy Bates