I agree that all one needs to do is take an active role in the interests of their child and keep an open dialogue with them over all things.
However, I'm not sure if children necessarily believe everything their parents tell them. From the moment they discover that the Easter Bunny, Tooth
Fairy, Santa Claus, and other mythological figures are not real, they are far less credulous towards what their parents tell them than a parent may
want to admit. As far as I'm concerned, however, that is a good thing, because in order for them to Question Authority they have to question mine
As far as the OP, I believe the point was that keeping our child out of school for the Presidential Address may get you labeled and put on a list.
Well, government agencies do like making their lists, and I'm sure I'm on quite a few of them myself. It certainly doesn't bother me in the least
to fear that I might be on yet one more. Although personally, I won't be keeping my child home from the Presidential Address. She's excited about it
and after explaining her reasons as to why I fully support her interest in our Country and our Political Process.
We are talking about the POTUS here. Whether he is a member of my political party or an opposing party doesn't matter. Whether I agree with all, or
most, or some, or none of his policies doesn't matter. Like it or not, he is our duly elected Commander-In-Chief. I respect the position, even if I
don't respect any man who may be in that position at any given point in time. I'll listen to what he has to say, and have no qualms with my child
listening to what he has to say, but when it comes down to it, when all is said and done, I have the right to my own opinions, just as my child has a
right to their own opinions.
If you trust that you have raised your child well, to be discerning and armed with reason, then what is there to fear in letting your child listen to
the POTUS give a speech?
And if the OP is correct, perhaps some have more to fear by not letting them watch and listen!
But in the very least, you should fear losing your child's respect if you make your child miss the speech. Even if your child could care less about
politics or what the POTUS has to say to them, they are going to resent that you embarrassed them and how you are dictating how to live their life and
what to believe or not to believe.
For people who talk about Tyranny and Dictatorship in the Federal Government, it's funny that those who protest loudest are the ones who commit acts
of Tyranny and Dictatorship in their own families and homes!