The Democrat party strategy for the closing week of this election seems to be: Claim your opponent is an extreme wingnut outside the mainstream of the country. I believe this will also be the strategy used against elected Republicans and their supporters after the election in the battle of ideas for which direction the country should take. As a public service, I have created this handy checklist you can use to determine whether or not you are an extremist.
Something I hear and read repeatedly on talk radio, cable news, the blogosphere and twitter is this idea that specific people are not qualified to hold an office for which they are running and are therefore not worthy of our support. Moreover, efforts should be made to criticize and discourage anyone who might support those people. It turns out the actual requirements for being a congressman are really quite limited. So limited in fact, that nearly everyone qualifies. To run for congress you must:
(1) be at least twenty-five years old; (2) have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years; and (3) be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state they represent.
The use of cartoons by the Federal Government to impart information with political messages to young people has a long, rich tradition in our country. When my parents were kids, the Federal Government created this film called Duck and Cover in 1951. Ostensibly, the purpose of the film was to help children learn how to survive a nuclear attack. An obvious secondary effect of the film was to convince young people to view communists with suspicion and fear.
Today of course, Communists are no longer to be feared, rather they are in fact, now the good guys… right?
The government is now making use of cartoons to spread a very different type of message. Basically, the message is that humans are evil and are destroying the planet. Our Federal Government has partnered with the “Story of Stuff” people to create a kid friendly wrapping around this poisonous message. Observe this video that describes how those little juice boxes your kids like will ultimately be the end of the planet as it is literally buried in juice boxes.