Thursday, February 02, 2006

Why mommy is a democrat

I thought I had seen it all, till I saw this one.

From http://littledemocrats.net/

Why mommy is a Democrat.... yes, that's right, a kids book to explain why the values of "fairness, tolerance, peace and concern for the well being of others" are democratic values.

So have we really sunk so low as to needing a kids book to indoctrinate our children as to political values? I mean honestly this is simply silly and I fully expected this to be a parody.
But I was surprised to discover it isn't. It's a real children's book, and the author is totally serious and . It isn't a parody. In fact the author notes:
Why Mommy is a Democrat may look like a traditional children's book, but it definitely isn't just for children. With numerous subtle and (not so subtle) satirical swipes at the Bush administration and the Republican Party, Why Mommy will appeal to Democrats of all ages!"
Three sample pages note that:

"Democrats make sure we all share our toys, just like Mommy does." -- ah yes, we must make sure we practice socialistic income redistribution....

"Democrats make sure we are all safe, just like Mommy does." -- I am not sure how the defense cuts and weak stance on terror makes us safer, but ok....

"Democrats make sure children can go to school, just like Mommy does." -- Socialized education, which I am sure is joined by socialized medicine, of course in a section likely saying "Democrats make sure I go to the doctor when I am sick just like mommy".

What is obvious is that the book instantly assumes the premise that these are of course values solely owned by the democrats, and by making these mommy's values, they phrase it in a safe, motherly nurturing way making more appealing and digestible. I note they don't really care why (or whether) Daddy is a Democrat.

I find it typical partisan hubris that there is such a smug polarity about the values here.

Frankly this is less insulting to republicans as it is to honest democrats. This is just another reason why the democrats seem to be blasting their way down a path of self destruction.

In instant irony of the book is the fact that one of the core democratic values, choice, is one that guarantees there will less democrat children to read it. Their own values reduce their target audience.

So indoctrinate those kids, as many as you have anyway.

UPDATE:

Lest I be considered a hypocrite or a republican plant, as Roadkill has determined the book's author is, I want to point out a couple things.

First, the republicans are already guilty of similar pieces of tripe with this:

Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!

Second, the book I did my blog on is endorsed by several real democrats...are those plants also?

Of note are Thom Hartman from Air America, Columbus Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman, and Sen Patrice Arent, Utah.

Please also note the authors bio on this page where he openly claims to be a democrat activist:


He also notes that a portion (at least 5%) of the proceeds are being sent to "Democratic candidates and Democratic party organizations" so apparently there may be a party connection through his intent anyway.

UPDATE 2::

For the Roadkill doubters, here is a serious write up on the book, including who the author is and why he wrote it.