(I have no idea why, but I was wide awake at 5:30 this morning, and for some reason had this rant on my mind. I thought writing it down might help me get back to sleep; it didn’t, but I present it here, nevertheless, with only light editing.)
One of the things that drove me a little nuts during a large chunk of the Bush administration was the seemingly-constant refrain from the right that vocally disagreeing with the president during a time of war was inappropriate to the point of bordering on treason. Now, of course, there is a different person in the White House, but we’re still at war, and yet many of those same people are complaining as if their lives depend on it. To them, I have two things to say:
1. It doesn’t feel like treason, does it? It feels like you’re exercising a very important constitutional right, doesn’t it? Yeah. I thought so.
2. Keep it up. I don’t agree with you, and oftentimes think you’re plain-ass crazy, but we were right about the dissent thing. It is important, it is your right, and it is your duty.
And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I have just one thing to add:
All this squawking about the President’s planned address to students? It’s just, well, childish. This is a pep talk, not a policy speech; the President of the United States is merely taking time out of his busy schedule to tell kids that education has value and that staying in school is important. This is, as far as I know, pretty much the same message most parents try to send, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. Hearing it from as many people as possible, including the President — the holder of an office they should respect, even when they (or you) don’t like the person in it — can’t hurt. It might, in fact, help.