First Lady exploits Tucson tragedy to target McDonald’s Happy Meals, tolerance.
First lady Michelle Obama took the opportunity to send an open letter to parents in the aftermath of the Tucson, AZ shooting “targeting” how we deal with one another and tolerance. Huh? Let us rephrase that, Michelle Obama exploits the Arizona massacre. As stated by the Gateway Pundit, Jared Loughner, a deranged mental case, who was booted out of his college for his bizarre behavior, goes on a shooting spree in an attempt to assassinate US Rep. Gabby Giffords (AZ-D) after years of fixating on her a Michelle Obama want to teach children about tolerance? Didn’t her own husband, President Barack Obama, state at the Tucson Memorial/Pep Rally that the shootings had nothing to do with the political discourse in the country? Yes, he did.
In the days and weeks ahead, as we struggle with these issues ourselves, many of us will find that our children are struggling with them as well. The questions my daughters have asked are the same ones that many of your children will have – and they don’t lend themselves to easy answers. But they will provide an opportunity for us as parents to teach some valuable lessons – about the character of our country, about the values we hold dear, and about finding hope at a time when it seems far away.
We can teach our children that here in America, we embrace each other, and support each other, in times of crisis. And we can help them do that in their own small way – whether it’s by sending a letter, or saying a prayer, or just keeping the victims and their families in their thoughts.
We can teach them the value of tolerance – the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us. We can teach them to give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly those with whom they disagree.
What on earth does what happened in Tucson, AZ have to do with tolerance? Maybe you would like to tell children that there are some mentally disturbed people in this country and there is sometimes no explanation why they do, what they do. That some people need to be committed for their bizarre behavior is all others around them feel threatened. Gee, why didn’t the first lady also take the opportunity to tell children to stop going to McDonald’s and getting Happy Meals while she was at it?