Ok...I have to go to my Mom's. I can't sit here anymore. There's nothing I can do at this point except get a stress-rash on my face. I have been keeping myself busy by cleaning up from Mason's party last night, talking to ~Jen~ on the phone, and reading all the electoral college projection pages on-line.
The pages look good -they all have Bush in the lead...even if it is by a hair. I haven't really turned on the news...after hearing about the typical corruption starting in Philly (votes on booths before voting started and a man (union I'm sure) at the polls with a gun) I had to turn it off.
Here's my dilemma for tomorrow:
This is a non-partisan problem and has nothing to do with the election (as far as I'm concerned).
Justice's school (which is K-6 grades) has a 'Wear Purple for Peace' day tomorrow. They sent home literature to the parent's saying that we should teach of children all forms of non-violent coping skills and be sure to have role models that are pacificts (examples given: Martin Luther King & Gandhi). So what's wrong with this you ask? We are at war. As we speak men and women are in harm's way. This is a grade school -not Berkeley circa 1969. Take Iraq out of the equation if you must --we have had war declared on our country...therefore peace is not an option right now. I feel like this is 1) poorly thought out as I think it belittles the sacrifices our troops are making -or- 2) a political move using children that are way too young to understand matters of war and peace (and the tangible relationship between the two).
I am thinking of dressing Justice in either his fatigues or an Army shirt with a yellow ribbon. If his teacher asks he can say that our Army men are working to bring about peace right now. (I wouldn't put him in purple anyway...what shoes would he wear?)
Am I going overboard? Why can't General Schwartzcoff or George Washington be role models? Do they get to use my five-year-old as a political pawn while I sit quietly by. I thought of going to talk to the principle about it (they say assume fifty people wanted to speak up for every one that actually does). I feel really strongly about this --but I am trying to decipher if it is a justified feeling... Am I blowing this out of proportion or is this inappropriate in a time of war?