Archives for: August 2011, 19
A noted piece of fiction has a politician narrowly avoiding assassination. The politician is the bad guy, a clear and present danger to democracy. But he is popular, in a Joe McCarthy sort of way, and seems destined to become President. Oh my.
And an attempt on his life should cement his position.
Except, in his panic, he picks up a little kid and holds him in front of himself as a shield against danger.
Okay. So much for what had been a promising demagogic career.
But that's only fiction.
In the real world, no public figure, no politician, no broadcaster, no pundit, nobody with the slightest interest in public life would attack a little kid.
A video has been making the rounds. A bunch of kids take turns making brief statements supporting some mainstream ideas. Like public education, Social Security, Medicare, roads, bridges, world peace. That sort of thing. Beauty pageant answer type stuff.
And what would you do if you were queen of world, Miss Missouri?
Well, I'd want to have world peace, and help the elderly, and little kids. Also maps. I'd like for there to be lots of maps.
Okay, that last part came from the Miss Teen Pageant a few years ago, and it has nothing to do with kids. But here it is anyway:
The kids' video has been sent everywhere by moveon.org as part of a larger campaign for something called Contract for the American Dream.
It's gotten support from a lot of organizations because it's feelgood and generic and mostly noncontroversial. Just a group of kids taking turns saying they want some really good things to happen for the good of the country and the world. Peace and jobs and education and stuff. No mention of maps.
And those little kids are really, really cute. You can see the video here.
As might be expected, not all children react well. Spocked, I suppose, when they should have been spanked.
"These kids are a bunch of dorks."
"...those little bastards are making me so angry..."
It's a sad thing, but bullying does take place in schools and playgrounds. Kids can be cruel. Except the name-calling reaction was on television. That seems surprising until you realize it was a discussion group composed of FOXNews adults. Oh, well. That explains it. Adults on Fox, television personalities, got together to call the cute little kids dorks and bastards.
So... one little girl made another video, her very own. This one was about bullying.
Now then, Fox people. Go to your mommies and get your mouths washed out with something distasteful.