View Poll Results: Would you purchase a children's book with a clear partisan agenda?

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  • I don't have children but if I did, I would

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Thread: Political agendas and children - What say you?

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I just wish these decisions were as easy now that I have a kid as they were before I became a parent.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Kids should be free to grow-up and make their own choice of party. Of course parents influence this without the books, but to each their own.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I voted Other because I can think of a great reason to buy a book like this, and a great reason not to.

    I wouldn't buy such a book because I don't want to line the author's pockets.

    I would buy such a book to use a tool when teaching my sons about propaganda and how insidious it can be.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    There's no reason to start talking politics with your kids until they're old enough to really get it, and the books in question clearly are aimed at kids younger than that age.


    Incidentally, I loved the Big Butter Battle as a kid. It wasn't until much, much later that I realized that the whole thing was an allusion to the Cold War and a subtle criticism of Reagan's arms race, since he was President when the book was written. Politically, it had pretty much no affect on me, since I now think that Reagan did a good job in handling the Cold War.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Of course parents influence this without the books, but to each their own.
    It must be very confusing to have parents of opposing political persuasions.


    Hmm, I wonder if studies have been done about how closely people's political beliefs match those of their parents? I'll have to look that up later....

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I approached politics just as I did religion with my kids. No indoctrination was purposely forced, but they learned from the way we lived and the values we tried to uphold.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    I've purchased children's books with ideological agendas, such as [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Starry-Messenger-Galileo-Peter-Sis/dp/0374470278]Starry Messenger[/ame] (the story about Galileo & his banishment from the church) or [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Princess-Hippo-Fantasy/dp/0590557866]The Practical Princess[/ame] (bought as a reaction to a horrible retelling of The Princess and the Pea).

    I absolutely would not buy divisive, mean-spirited crap like the two books in the OP, though.
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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    I find this concept vaguely disgusting.
    I find it seriously disturbing.

    I'm fully aware of the ignorance people must possess to vote for someone like Obama. I didn't realize they were so ignorant they would need propaganda manuals to ensure their kids remained equally ignorant.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rufus View Post
    Never. Why steal the innocence and brainwash 4 year olds?
    Because it's easiest and most effective at that time.

    All religions start as early as possible. Liberalism is no different than any other religion.

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    Re: Political agendas and children - What say you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsunami View Post
    The election of Barack Obama is a significant event in our nation's history,
    It was?

    There was a Democrat, there was a Republican, there were other candidates who weren't going to win no how.

    That's pretty much the way of American politics since Lincoln.

    What was special about it?

    OH!

    You mean the fawning media coverage of the Messiah!

    Yeah, that was different.

    Well, not really, they do pretty much the same kind of promotional and cover-up thing for all Democrat candidates lately.

    So really, what was the special event you're talking about?

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