Ignorant Teen's Anti-Obama Tweets Should Embarrass Her Parents More Than Her

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Kristen NeelKristen Neel is moving to Australia. The 18-year-old American from Georgia was so disappointed with President Obama's reelection that she sent an embarrassing and downright illogical tweet railing against him. In it, she said:"I'm moving to Australia because their president is a Christian and actually supports what he says."

Cue the cringing Kristen, dear. Not only is the PRIME MINISTER of Australia not male, SHE'S also an atheist. So yeah. That happened. But let's not be so quick to vilify poor 18-year-old Neel. She probably comes by her incredible ignorance and laughable idiocy honestly. I would bet a lot of money that her mother and father are just as "conservative" as she is.

Brainwashed kids tend to be stupid. It's not their fault. They were just not taught to question and were taught that the world is black and white. Hence, they assume all countries have presidents and all presidents are male. Oh the dumb. It hurts.

But I digress. This is a fear for all politically involved parents. I am totally on the opposite side politically, as is my whole family and I remember as a child seeing the left VERY clearly as the "good guys" and the right VERY clearly as the "bad guys." But you know, life is not a Star Wars movie. Everything has shades of gray and sure, sometimes people on the left do idiotic things and sometimes people on the right do. If you don't teach your kids to learn and study and ask questions themselves, then you are raising idiotic sheep who can't form a coherent argument.

I wonder what Neel's reasons for being a republican are. I wonder If you don't raise your child to question, you have to be careful raising them with politics.

Candidates are really only as good as the people who vote for them. If a majority of people are like Neel elect our president, one has to assume that president will be like her and her ilk. It's not a good thing. It affects us all.

We parents have to be careful just how much we push our politics. I want my kids to share my values -- to believe a woman's body is her own, to believe in gay marriage and civil rights -- but I also want them to think for themselves and to seek out information and to think before they speak. This might mean they disagree with us, but you know, that's healthy. That means they are smart and they are thinking for themselves.

If I were Neel's parents, I would be so humiliated. Not only did she say something so incredibly off-base and stupid, she also did it publicly. Whatever they did in parenting, let's not do that.

Do you discuss politics with your kid?

 

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worki... workingmama86

She has freedom of speech... What she said may have been ignorant, but that's her feelings, which she is entitled to. And what's wrong with being a conservative? And why bring her parents into this? She's 18, old enough to vote, and has a mind of her own. How do you know her parents "brainwashed" her? 

SashN... SashNicole

Mama, the issue isn't freedom of speech, she can say what she wants. The issue is that she knows nothing of what she speaks, and was probably taught so by her family.

zandh... zandhmom2

SashNicole, don't most kids learn from their parents? Kids usually follow their parents way of thoughts since that is what they are most exposed to.  If a parent is liberal and teaches their children that same thought process would you say that they know nothing and are just repeating what they were taught too?

mleil... mleilanim

I have to start paying attention more to the authors on here.

Sasha Brown-Worsham.....crap blogger....

worms... wormspoop

@ mleilanim- hahahaha, I agree with you 100%    


 

cmjaz cmjaz

That's exactly what i thought too zand. Is it the australia reference that shasha thinks is the ignorant part? Or is she ignorant because she's consevative? I'm guessing its the latter. But you know this blogger would probably be singing the parents' praises if the 18 year old was a liberal instead.

kimijay kimijay

She's ignorant because Australia's PRIME MINISTER is FEMALE and ATHIEST lol. I am Australian. Thought it was hilarious and ignorant.

SashN... SashNicole

Thank you kimi. The point she is making is that she's ignorant by thinking every country has a male Christian president. Not for being conservative. You can be a republican conservative who is informed too. (At least I hope so)

SashN... SashNicole

Zand, yes your parents teach you. And we wouldn't have issue with this girl and her teachings if she was taught facts and not assumptions/opinions

Csfh Vwrbi

She still has the right to her own opinion until you liberals do aways with all our rights. Your party of tolerance is made up of the most intolerant people on the planet. You can just smell the hate for people who have different points of view.

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