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Friday, August 22, 2014
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The party of misinformation

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No wonder today’s national Republican Party doesn’t like Sesame Street enough to keep funding it. The show and the party’s goals are diametrically opposed. 

Let’s start with the theme song, which begins “come and play” — the first indication that it breeds just the kind of hippie/bum/welfare queens who make up the 47 percent of the nation content with sucking on society’s teet.

Who cares if they’re toddlers? Members of the Republican Party want to do away with laws that keep tots out of the workplace so they can pull up their bootstraps along with their pull-ups and get on with it. 

Maine and Wisconsin just loosened their child labor laws and Newt Gingrich suggests that children would develop a better work ethic by laboring as janitors in their schools rather than wasting time learning words that begin with the letter B.

Because ‘B’ stands for ‘book’ and it’s elitists like the kids who grow up watching Sesame Street and then go on to college who are now more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. Those rancid halls of higher education also are  increasingly made up of women and people of color, who are also more likely to vote for Democratic candidates on the national stage. 

It’s shows like Sesame Street or News Hour with Jim Lehrer that help produce an educated nation of critical thinkers who might think twice before voting against their interests. 

One — ah ha ha ha. That’s the percentage of Americans who would benefit from Romney’s economic policy. And when the masses learn to add huge increases in military spending and to subtract tax cuts for the rich from programs they depend on, that’s when the bats come out.    

Sesame Street began airing in 1969 as an educational experiment in children’s television. It aims to teach very young children about numbers and letters in an honest, multi-cultural way and bring old-fashioned neighborliness to the grit and grouchiness of urban streets, like the fictional New York one on which the show is based. Those goals used to be so bi-partisan that Big Bird dined with Barbara Bush. 

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