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Rise of the KinderProps

Exploiting children for political ends is not something done by only one political party, but it’s something I abhor. Today’s example comes from the esteemed White House, which is not even trying to be subtle about it.

When President Obama engages in his latest bit of political theater today, he will be surrounded by KinderProps. Apparently there are adults in this world who have no problem allowing their own chi…

  1. KC Mulville

    They should also be there when Obama discusses his killer-drone strategy.

    And the crawl underneath the screen today should read: “The President has already spent $40,000 from each of these children’s future.”

    I mean, as long as it’s for the children.

  2. raycon and lindacon

    It worked for Hitler.

  3. N.M. Wiedemer

    But Molly, wouldn’t it be great if we all put aside our cold, jaded, facts and logic and took up a child-like, emotion-based ignorance?… I mean innocence! The government has has spent the last hundred years trying to turn us into their obedient, malleable, perpetual-juveniles and now they rely on children to make their legal briefs, the circle is complete.

  4. raycon and lindacon

    Jesus said, “Come unto Me as little children.”  He asked for the uncomplicated acceptance by us as though we are children.

    The small “g” gods of government impudently mimic that profound statement.  What fools they are, and what fools we are if we do their bidding.

  5. Jordan Wiegand

    It reveals a weakness in the President’s argument for gun control if he has to rely on the reasoning of children.

    It would be hilarious to see some letters from children written to Obama about budgeting.  Although the reasoning there would be flawless: “I ran out of allowance so I stopped buying my friends candy, and then I didn’t have any friends and I was sad.  I think they just wanted the candy.”

    I recall a statement by Krauthammer.  Once he said something along the lines of “if you want to nationalize something in Europe, you get up one day and say “were doing to nationalize this,” if you want to nationalize something in the United States you say “Think of the children!”

  6. Mollie Hemingway
    Jordan Wiegand: It reveals a weakness in the President’s argument for gun control if he has to rely on the reasoning of children.

    It would be hilarious to see some letters from children written to Obama about budgeting.  Although the reasoning there would be flawless: “I ran out of allowance so I stopped buying my friends candy, and then I didn’t have any friends and I was sad.  I think they just wanted the candy.”

    Actually, if these are such wunderkinds that we’re going to take their advice on something like gun policy, I’m sure they have thoughts on what to do about the Obamacare disaster, our out-of-control federal spending crisis, and the rampant unemployment!

    I mean, let’s not waste this valuable resource of five-year-old policy geniuses. What else might they teach us?

  7. Fricosis Guy

    Hiding behind kids does not always work out so well. 

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    Disappointing movie… excellent book.

  8. Randy Weivoda

    I wonder if this strategy is the least bit effective?  Is anybody going to reverse themselves and support gun control because that’s what some third-graders want?  I know I’d be very embarrassed if I had voted for this guy. 

  9. raycon and lindacon
    Randy Weivoda: I wonder if this strategy is the least bit effective?  Is anybody going to reverse themselves and support gun control because that’s what some third-graders want?  I know I’d be very embarrassed if I had voted for this guy.  · 15 minutes ago

    Every druggie knows that mainlining gives the greatest high and the greatest danger.  Mainlining kiddie emotion has the same effect on prog-lefties.

  10. Here I Stand!

    I cannot make a rational, coherent argument in favor of my policies.

    So I will steal from National Lampoon and put a gun to a child’s head and demand you stop gun violence. You voted for me. I won.

     

    Here I Stand … There you go again.

  11. Mollie Hemingway

    So the NRA put out an ad pointing out that Obama’s children are protected at school by armed security. Obama responded by calling it “repugnant and cowardly.”

    So how in the h-e-double-hockey sticks is Obama going to surround himself with children now?

    If it’s repugnant and cowardly to note the fact that Obama’s children are protected by armed security at their school, how do you use children in your own political theater?

    I mean, I guess the way that you do it is by having the media get your back every step of the way, but still, it dilutes the “narrative,” as they say.

  12. Here I Stand!

    Arm the children!

  13. Mama Toad

    I love bringing my children to pro-life rallies/prayer vigils/marches, so maybe I am as guilty as the president?

  14. Here I Stand!
    Mama Toad: I love bringing my children to pro-life rallies/prayer vigils/marches, so maybe I am as guilty as the president? · 27 minutes ago

    Catechesis, yes.  You give light to your children’s path.

    Indoctrination, no.  Child abuse.

  15. Nerina Bellinger

    Apples and oranges, Mama Toad.

    President Obama’s theatrics represent all that is wrong with politics in our country.  Unfortunately, too many in our nation fall for this.  I can hear my in-laws already, “how can you possibly oppose gun-control?  No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer.  No one needs a machine gun!  Are you okay with more dead kindergarteners?  How would you feel if it had been your kindergartener dead?” 

  16. Fastflyer

    He is not a serious man. He has never been able to negotiate serious facts, so he has to use emotional appeals. He demonizes the opposition and trots out sob stories to argue his positions. He is a lightweight. I’m not saying he isn’t effective. 

  17. BlueAnt

    Naturally, the NYT thinks this kind of showmanship is totally fine:

    We usually cringe when politicians drag ordinary people onstage for their events. But the four children who appeared with their parents and President Obama in the White House today at his announcement on gun control proposals drove home the nature of the crisis facing the country.

    You see, it’s OK to exploit the children, because he’s doing it… for the children!

    They’re not so hot on logistics either:

    our children have been living in a free-fire zone for sociopaths

    I believe the official term they’re looking for is “gun free zone”.

    Incidentally, those four children on stage with President Obama were probably the safest children in the country for those few minutes.  Not because the stage was declared a Gun Free Zone, but precisely because they were surrounded by attentive people with guns.

  18. Indaba

    Children and animals will be used for political props. Candidates who are pro choice will have capaign posters made with them surrounded by chikdren. People impose their own assumptions onto the candidate. It is theatre abd Obama does it very well. republicans need to learn politics by impression as a picture does say a 1,000 words.

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