I changed my mind. This is no longer my slice of the American Dream pie. It is now just a place for me to bitch.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Mommy, can we learn about the political philosophy of one of the major U.S. parties?..Pleeease.

A political book for 4 year-olds...And with squirrels, how fun.

Commie Propaganda?

Indoctrinate young children with simple opinions to complex problems that they can not possibly understand. Teach them that in political debate it is good vs evil.

Attend the factory. Obey. Trust authority. Vote or die. Defend the motherland. Taxation makes civilization. We are here to help. War on Drugs. War on Poverty. War on Terror. If you don't vote you have no right to complain.

Reminds me of this time a few years ago when I was reading the paper. A bunch of teachers and parents were protesting outside the captial about teachers' pay, or benefits, or hours, or some stupid thing (It was on a weekday so I am assuming they used one of their many sick days). But anyway. There is this picture of like a 5 year-old holding a protest sign with his fist in the air and he has this look on his face like his little sister just turned off his nintendo while he was playing...But a lot angrier. The point is this kid was pissed...About current legislation that would affect state teachers' pay/benefits. I'm not sure if I agreed or disagreed with what he was protesting because, quite frankly, I didn't understand exactly what this new law would do. So either this 5 year old was way ahead of the curve on his reading level, and was keeping a close eye on local politics. Or he has some asshole parents who were so rabidly caught up in this political bullshit that they filled his little mind with a bunch of stuff he could not possibly understand, and, without knowing why, he is so angry at some people he has never even met that he looks like one of the children of the corn.

That, and this book, to paraphrase Fiona Apple, are bullshit.

Pick up the book here.


Blogger The married girl said...

Why is there a homeless man in the background of every picture and a man wearing those fake glasses and a purple rubber nose?

2:25 PM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

I think the man with the nose is some sort of caricature of the "economic royalists" that they used to pillory in the 20s. I guess giving him a tophat and a bag with a dollar sign on it is too outdated, by why the fake nose I wonder? Maybe he is based on Renniasance era astronomer Tycho Brahe, who lost his nose in sword fight, and had two fake noses made, a silver one for everyday wear and a gold one for special occasions. Fuckin' Democrats, Fuckin commies nothing ever changes.

2:59 PM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

Actually I think it is a cigar and not a fake nose. Oh yeah, isn't it appropriate that this vile little book compares the state, in the person of the Democrats, to one's parents. Back in the days of divine right monarchy, the king as sovereign was seen as the father of the people. To paraphrase the Marxists, it is no accident that they use the same terminology.

3:04 PM

Blogger BlaineC said...

They're commies, Dude?

3:06 PM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

They were threatening redistribution, are we splitting hairs here?

3:21 PM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

tuition $160,000? That must be one good school.

3:47 PM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

See I never figured squirrels for Commies. Praire dogs they have a fucking socialist paradise.

Also, is anyone else wondering why an elephant is strolling through a park. Or that the guy in the picture is wearing a long trench coat in what is obviously a warm spring day.

8:02 PM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

Ah yes, I remember the first time my mother threatened me with 10-15 years in prison if I didn't share my toys.

8:23 PM

Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

Um Mike, I assume your question about the elephant is a joke. Obviously the elephant represents the Republicans. I think it is funny that the author sees some difference between the two parties. We don't have two parties, we have two factions of the same party differing only in nuance.

8:55 PM

Blogger The Cybrarian said...

Communist is right -- those are, literally, European Red Squirrels! No squirrel in North America looks like that!

12:42 PM


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