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Nat's homework tonight consisted of writing a letter to someone who has shown moral courage. She asked for suggestions and I gave her a few, including Kobe Bryant, which was a joke. She didn't laugh.

She didn't use any of my suggestions and instead did a little reading and went with her own idea. Below, her letter to George Bush, without commentary, which I am sure will be supplied by all the wrong people.

Dear President Bush,

My name is Natalie XXXX and I am a thirteen year old girl writing to you, admiring your bravery.

I donít normally read the newspaper but while searching for current events, I noticed an article which said something about you and Prime Minister Tony Blair standing up for what you believe in. I highly appreciate people that stand up for themselves so I decided to read it. I found myself respecting your moral courage as well as Mr. Blairís.

It takes courage to stand alone and many know that, and sadly many donít as well. You prove your courage in a risky way. Both you and Mr. Blair stand together to free the Iraqi people and wont rest until the job is done no matter how many people turn you down or think wrong or differently of the idea. This can cost you the next election but as a good president, that doesnít stop you. That is why I think it shouldnít. People should learn how to value the fact that it isnít the easiest thing to stand up for what you believe in, especially if thousands or millions of people are disagreeing. Once again I highly respect and appreciate your courage. If all people in America would have the same type of character as you, Mr. President, America would be even more welcoming than it is now.

Thanks again to you and Mr. Blair.

Thankfully and respectfully,

Natalie XXX


I love it!

Very well written! Great letter.

Great Letter. Natalie for President ;-)

OMG,I got teary.Way to go Miss N.

Oh, that was lovely. Natalie is obviously a very bright and thoughtful young lady.

I'm teary-eyed and proud like she was mine. Great job, Michele. Great job, Natalie! Thank you for sharing it.

you gotta love when kids write stuff like that...


But she could have picked her Mom!

Outstanding letter!

You're doing a wonderful job raising your little girl. Keep up the good work!

Sigh. I am so glad you decided to post this. Wonderful. Maybe a few "adults" will pick up on this. Well done!

Thanks Nat!

Great job Nat!! Wise beyond your years! Michele, you should be very proud.

That's it. I'm going to have to stage an intervention, aren't I? ;-p

Wow. Great letter.

Looks like you've got a comment spammer. Ugh.

Great letter.
She should run for Senator, it would be a big improvement.

Presidential Ticket in 2040: Gnat and Nat!

God, whatta freakin Troll.

And the little skank is too nutless to even leave a real email address...

Troll? It's a legitimate point that people really ought to think about. "Standing up for what you believe" is often touted as invariably an admirable thing. As I clearly illustrated with my example, it is not.

Of course, given that you're too thick to figure out that that really is my e-mail address, I shouldn't expect much from you. Had you tried to send an e-mail, you would have found that out.

I hardly think the average newpaper you read these days present an resonable forum for doing any sort of critical thinking; as they frequently fail to present a balanced and object reporting of the facts; this is something I believe you need to have to do any sort of critical thinking. calling the little girl a "sprog" (I'm not sure I understand what that is anyway )doesnt help your argument. It simple weakens your arguement.

I personally don't believe Bin Laden stands up for what believes in; Unless, of course, you believe that he believes pure irrational hatred of
the West. Of course thats not exercising a lot of critical thinking. Just my right to an opinion, duly exercised.

from Hyperdictionary.com:

Pronunciation: spr‚g

WordNet Dictionary

Definition: [n] (British) a child
[n] (British) a new military recruit

See Also: child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, recruit, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

Quite an insult to call her a kid, eh? My goodness, I'm a barbarian.

The sprog admitted in the letter that she does not read papers. Reading papers (preferably more than one) is an important way to develop critical reasoning skills. Sure, they're far from perfect. They've given Bush a free pass on almost every outrage he has perpetrated against the Constitution of the USA, but it's a good start.

Osama is most assuredly standing up for what he believes. He is spending his personal fortune. His acts make him an exile from his homeland. His life is in constant danger. He cannot stop and walk away. That all sounds pretty committed to me. That you cannot understand why he might have a beef with the USA means you haven't been thinking about it. I don't support his actions but he is smart and crafty. Look what happened last time the USA forgot that.