Thanks for all of your opinions! I really like this discussion thing. I think I'll do it again. Any suggestions?
So, I thought, since all of you had so kindly shared, that I would let you in on my opinion of the matter. The reason that I posted this at all was because the other night on the news there was a big controversy over it being shown in an elementary school here in Utah. Some of the parents were just furious. I found the video on You Tube to see what all of the fuss was about. As I started watching it I couldn't help but wonder.
Yes, let's smile more. Please go volunteer some more. Find people out there to help. Okay, let's take better care of the planet. Please make friends with your neighbors. Great. Awesome.
And then we get to the end. "I pledge to be a servant to President Barak Obama."
Now, don't get me wrong. I am all for respecting the President of the United States. He has a daunting job. He needs all the support and goodwill that he can get. I am on the side of uniting this country. "A house divided [could] not stand" one hundred and fifty years ago and it cannot stand today.
However, the glorious thing about this country lies in its different opinions. "All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression." This was true over two hundred years ago, when it was first spoken by Thomas Jefferson and remains so today. One of the greatest attributes of our country is our freedom of speech.
Now, had the video announced that they pledged to stand as one nation united or pledged to respect the President I would have no qualms whatsoever. The term "servant," however, struck a chord in me. By definition a servant is one who expresses submission, recognizance, or debt to another. A subordinate. Not one whose opinion is valued, let alone asked.
As for it being shown in elementary schools, I agree with most of my commenter's. It needs to be shown to an older age group. One who does not mistake star power for final authority. One old enough to ask thoughtful questions and understand the connotations involved.
So there you have it. If you have any further thoughts I'd love to hear them!