Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A little scary

I have gmail. When I read an email, google helpfully (or not) pulls up "related" websites and links them on the right side of my screen. I found this link when reading an innocuous, completely non-political email from Jackson (although, maybe my computer somehow knew about his comment on this post and made the connection. AI, man, AI.) This book scares me. Check out the sample pages. I had to laugh out loud. To be so convinced that a political party (ANY political party) has all the answers to the world's problems is just beyond me, but to write a children's book based on that belief? For once, I have to agree with Rush Limbaugh's assessment. Also, to me, this is just another example of how screwed up our political system is. We talk about middle ground, and about how much could be accomplished if we come together, but as long as we are SO polarized based on the NAME of our political party (because, after all, this book isn't really about values, it's about a particular party), no middle ground will really be achieved. And that is sad.

TO CLARIFY: if the book were titled "Why Mommy is a Republican", I would be just as freaked out by it. Truly.


Adam said...

And if none of that scares you, the picture surely will.

Rishi said...

Wow. I'm speechless.

angela said...

I had a very interesting e-mail conversation with the author. It appears that he didn't write it to influence adults to become democrats, or to influence children to become democrats, or even to influence children to become democrats when they are adults (he said that a child when grown up wouldn't believe the elephant almost trampling the baby squirrels represents a republican, like children when grown up don't believe stepmother's are evil- to which I say: He clearly doesn't have a step-mother). At that point in the conversation, it occurred to me that the only option left was that he wrote the book to stir controversy. So I let him have the last word.