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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today's Politic Part 2

Our kids would have been exposed to the hidden messages in some of their favorite movies or shows and might think 'wow, I can't support this because Family Guy made fun of it.' But, hopefully, with family discussions during their impressionable years, they will know enough to be able to sort through the facts to reach their own conclusions. Wouldn't it be great if Hollywood help send the message out to children to go research and find out for themselves what they truly believe in?  Sad to say, some adults don't even do that.
They, too, succumb to well paid messages.Voting is an extra ordinary privilege and shouldn't be taken for granted.  Each vote does count and it is our children we are handing over the governing to, all too soon. Include your children in appropriate political discussions.  Encourage them to ask questions and assist them with research on issues that are of interest to them. There are plenty of websites and books out there speaking from a mutual standpoint so they can be educated and learn to vote for their own reasons on a subject. If they go left, that's great.
If they go right, that's great, too. Just as long as they're leaning one way or another for their own reasons based on solid information. It is Hollywood's right to speak out, just as it is anyone's.  That's what makes this country so great, free speech. It is a good thing when anyone speaks out and takes initiative regarding issues they feel need changed or tweaked. But please, let it be parents who teach our children how to become an informed American Citizen.  Let the influence begin in the family home.

Let parents teach their children the true honor of living in this country. The right to our own opinion! When the children grow up, hopefully they will be in the habit of being surrounded by influences but still thinking for themselves. If, as parents, we do our job well, the children may actually end up disagreeing with us on social issues. If that is the case, and your children form that opinion based on experiences and research, than you have done well by them.  After all, you can teach facts and figures but you can't teach an opinion...

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