Posted by: bkivey | 29 October 2012

The Creepiest Political Ad

Because I don’t have TV, I’ve been spared the majority of political ads this election year. I am aware when an ad makes the news, and in the last week a couple of ads, both from the Democratic campaign,  have raised controversy.

The first ad features actress Lena Dunham comparing voting to losing one’s virginity. She talks about how voting for the first time should be for a ‘special’ man, and for her, that man is Barrack Obama. Russian president Vladimir Putin’s campaign ran a similar ad (turn on CC for English). Aside from a woman comparing voting to sex, the ad raises a couple of concerns:

  • Ms. Dunham is 26. She’s been eligible to vote in the last two elections, one of which had her man running. Why couldn’t she be bothered to vote in the ’04 and ’08 elections, especially when she claims that it’s ‘super uncool’ not to vote?
  • I don’t know when this ad airs, but I’d think that it airs at least a few time during TV prime time. You know, when children are watching. Do the Democrats really think it’s appropriate to have a women discussing sex when grade school children are likely to be watching? Of course they do! As the next example shows.

The second ad [UPDATE: This ad has been pulled] is far more controversial, and downright creepy. The black & white ad features a racially diverse group of grade school children singing this song:

Imagine an America
Where strip mines are fun and free
Where gays can be fixed
And sick people just die
And oil fills the sea

We don’t have to pay for freeways!
Our schools are good enough
Give us endless wars
On foreign shores
And lots of Chinese stuff

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you

We haven’t killed all the polar bears
But it’s not for lack of trying
Big Bird is sacked
The Earth is cracked
And the atmosphere is frying

Congress went home early
They did their best we know
You can’t cut spending
With elections pending
Unless it’s welfare dough

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you

Find a park that is still open
And take a breath of poison air
They foreclosed your place
To build a weapon in space
But you can write off your au pair

It’s a little awkward to tell you
But you left us holding the bag
When we look around
The place is all dumbed down
And the long term’s kind of a drag

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And yeah, we’re blaming you

You did your best
You failed the test

Mom and Dad
We’re blaming you!

Let me be clear. The Democratic campaign has children singing a song highly critical of the people responsible for their care, and espousing the party line. This ad should be highly offensive to any adult, doubly so for a parent, and send chills of fear down the spine of anyone whose ever lived under a totalitarian regime.  WTF was the Obama campaign thinking?

Evidently, they weren’t. As I’ve said on a number of occasions, Progressives don’t think, they feel. Decades of liberal-influenced education have produced generations of people that think it’s OK to use children as political operatives against their parents. Anyone whose lived under a repressive regime knows that when a government wants to force it’s will on a population, it starts by indoctrinating the children. It cant’ happen here? This video shows that it’s happening here right now.

This ad is of a piece with the Progressive view of children.  Progressive don’t see people, they see groups they can manipulate for political gain. It’s no accident that when a liberal talks about ‘the children’, they never mention the parents. ‘The children’ in the liberal mind are never a part of a family, not cared for by anyone except the State, and form a monolithic bloc with which to beat others over the head.

As I’ve noted before, Progressives identify with children because they themselves are children. Their worldview is a childish one: the equating of cultural institutions and adults with parents to be rebelled against, the intense concern with how things affect them, the inability to think through consequences and look to the long-term interests of the group, the unwillingness to entertain opposing points of view or the possibility that their views might not comport with reality, and the elevation of feelings over thinking.  All of these characteristics are unattractive in biological adults, and downright dangerous in people in power.

The same people who think an ad featuring children singing a political song designed to scare people is an effective campaign tactic are the same people who want to run your life. This ad alone should be the best reason not to vote for the Democratic candidate this year.

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