If the opportunity came for your children to meet an important figure in American history -- say, the president of the United States -- would you deny your child that experience?
It seems that several parents are doing just that.
The president plans to speak to the nation's children next week, via the internet and C-SPAN, on "the importance of education and staying in school."
Republican critics, including Texan Gov. Rick Perry, see the address to students as more political.
"I think it’s disturbing when you get this message, that you will have your kids, in a forum where the president of the United States is, obviously he’s got a message there," he said. He added, however, that he was "certainly not going to advise anybody not to send their kids to school that day."
Other conservatives commentators have suggested, however, that Obama is planning to indoctrinate your children in this planned address.
The hype is astonishing -- other presidents have, in the past, also addressed students directly about the importance of education. What's more, the "lesson plan" for Obama's speech is available for parents to view, and the speech he will give will be available to watch the day before the event is to occur, should parents still not be convinced.
It is the hysteria over events like this that have me convinced that there is no decency left in much of the conservative movement. Whatever decency is left, it is rare, but needs to blossom.