by Joseph Parker
Any of us who are angry at President Bush for his policies on this war in Iraq should be just as angry at Oprah Winfrey…
…What? You dare to compare Oprah with President Bush’s war in Iraq?
How many of us, regardless of our views on this war, have used the argument we are waisting billions of dollars on a war we should not be fighting when that money could be going toward educating our children here in America?
I am not saying one way or another whether that is a just claim or not…I can understand that and even agree with it to a point…and I am not saying girls in South Africa should not be helped…but I am asking,
How is Oprah any different from Bush?
Let me explain with Oprah’s own words,
Oprah Winfrey is firing back at critics of her decision to build a $40 million school complex in South Africa – saying she didn’t build it in the U.S. because inner-city kids here don’t appreciate the value of a free education.
“I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn’t there,” the TV talk-show maven says in the current issue of Newsweek.
“If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don’t ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school.”
And I know for a fact that Oprah is correct in her statements…but SO WHAT!
Should we then begin the argument that we should send our tax dollars to the war in Irag because the Iraqees want it more than we do? They appreciate it more (which I know this has been part of the debate, but it appears there is evidence they do want our help…depending on which news channel you watch)?
…aah, I digress…back to the subject on hand…
Oprah just gave $40 million dollars for a South African project that could have done wonders for kids here…
SO WHAT if our kids are unappreciative…that is the fault of our social-welfare system giving them everything they ask for…WE have taught them this lie you can get anything and everything you can ask for.
BUT, if we equip the adults in their lives properly, we can change this…
WOW…imagine what $40 million dollars could do for so many kids HERE…in America!
And I agree…it is HER money and therefore HER right to choose how she gives it away…but come on…there is a point where hypocrisy can only go so far…
Again, I am not making a judgment one way or another that what Bush is doing is right or wrong, but I think this is a very interesting comparison of how we as a nation can be so angry about Bush, and then look the other way when Oprah does a similar thing.
Similar? You dare to compare the two?
Yes, I do…when Oprah’s money could go toward programs here in America that could educate children, not just in academics, but about the importance of integrity, character, critical thinking, making good choices in life…understanding an IPod will not give them what they truly desire…love, acceptance, contentment, peace, etc.
Rather, OUR kids are joining gangs, taking drugs, dropping out of school, getting pregnant at age 13, 14, 15…then yes, I think that money going overseas is just as damaging as what Bush has been doing…
…I think many more kids have died here in America (not just physically, but emotionally, socially, mentally, spiritually) these past five years than the near 4,000 soldiers we have lost in that time.
If Oprah truly cares about America and our people…where is the $40 million dollars to an effort/cause she truly believes in that can make just as much an impact on kids lives here…
…because trust me, those South African kids are no different than our kids here…they will start to get, and get, and get and they will eventually fall into the same selfish traps our kids have fallen into if they do not have the adult presence I talked about above.
So…have I riled you up enough? Tell me what you think.