By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:52 pm Thu, Dec 29, 2011
Thanks, that’s (mostly) heartening. Be nice if the average level of interest and awareness among them were higher, but their disdain for Perry’s opinions and persona are, yeah, heartening.
Your comment is, yeah, like a comment
I think the only disquieting thing about this video is how big the gap is between “informed” and “totally uninformed”… But then, their parents have the same situation so why should we expect any difference from their kids?
As far as the nearly universal disapprobation for Perry’s words… I think it was Robert Anton Wilson who said “It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.”
Before anyone gets bent out of shape about the lack of political knowledge some of these teens have and start bemoaning the future of our country, most of us didn’t know much about politics at that age. Hell, I voted for Bush Sr. in the first election I could vote in because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Basically, this is a preemptive “Please, cut these kids some slack.” post.
Actually, I was pleasantly surprised at how informed most of the kids were. Most seemed more informed than adults. And if they weren’t informed, they were honest about it, instead of trying to pretend they know what they are talking about.
And, I think there was actually some good insight from the kids who admitted they didn’t know much about politics, but still spoke about how ridiculous the video was.
He’s a politician! No one likes politicians! They’re all like “I’m a politician” And you’re like, “Ew!” And they’re like, “I’m gonna pass a law!” and then you’re like “EW!”
I think that’s perhaps the most insightful, truthful thing said in that video!
There’s a reason so many kids are home-schooled. Yes, some parents are doing it because they can provide a better educational experience than what their children would get in local schools, but a significant number of families do it so that their children are never exposed to reality. That exposure to normal life is what has enabled the adolescents in this video to realize how silly and wrong Perry sounds, but if you showed the same ad spot to a different group of teens, they would be waxing eloquent about how Perry speaks the truth and is going to save our country from the heathens/liberals/commies/queers/whatever the most insulting term is these days.
These teens are not necessarily indicative of the future. We cannot become complacent.
Here’s another response video that’s pretty good…
Ha, that is good!
(Also brings me back to a fun night spent watching a bunch of those reaction videos with some friends.)
Latest in a series of stupid moves by Perry. He *could* have run on his somewhat successful tenure as governor. Instead he decides he’s going to try to compete with both Santorum and Bachmann for the relatively small (even in Iowa) anti-gay vote. Way to piss away $4 million in TV advertising, Rick!
Way to piss away $4 million in TV advertising, Rick!
He’s saving about that amount by using Texas taxpayer money to pay for all his campaign travel and security expenses.
You people laugh, but Obama successfully vanquished Christmas. . . I don’t hear anybody talking anymore about celebrating Christmas, everyone acts as if it’s a moot point.
Check and mate to the Muslim Communist from Kenya.
That’s a point. You know, I’d completely forgotten that we used to have that other holiday before New Year’s. Must be some of that crazy Kenyan voodoo.
Yeah, I hate it when the Valentine’s Day candy comes out right after Halloween.
uh huh. Something makes me think you don’t understand the definition of Muslim and Communist. As they say in the Princess Bride, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”
Just because “Communist” and “Muslim” (or any other religion) in their original sense are mutually exclusive (thats the english word?), that does not mean an religious person cannot believe they are. Thats the problem with fundamentalists – they value believe more than facts, and which religion it is, that is only a minor point.
(For the many people killed in the religion wars it is not important if their killers where christians or muslims or judes or even Buddhists. They are dead.)
by the way: Which Christmas did Obama vanquish? The one where the people rush into big big shops to buy love? THe one with the guy in red? Sorry, that one was Coca Cola, not a church. The grey-robed guy? Sorry, that one was some heathen figure. Like Eastern, coming from the goddess Ostera.
Where did the christmas tree come from? Wasn’t it some nordish thingy?
But of course, this are only questions of an atheist, so don’t worry if you truly believe.
So someone who was born Christian in a US state, Hawaii, is a Muslim Communist, huh?
I think the indigenous inhabitants of Hawaii might want to have a word with you about that.
Just ‘cos Barack’s daddy came from Kenya doesn’t make the son Kenyan.
In any case, Jews, Christians and Muslims are all the original Children of Abraham, there’s no ethnic difference between them, same as I can see no genetic difference between you and a flatworm.
Unless I’ve severely misunderstood Ill Lich’s history, you’re replying to a sarcastic comment.
*sigh* Yes, it was sarcasm.
I hate to have to explain a joke, but the fact that Christmas is OVER is the reason nobody is talking about celebrating Christmas (at least until next year), hence Obama “vanquished” it.
Ah, the perils of parodying a line of thought that’s so irrational and over-the-top to begin with.
The editing aspect of commenting seems to be giving me trouble, feel free to laugh at me for double posting my stupid comments.
The more important issue: when is Rick Perry going to stop Jews from their attacks on Christmas with the subversive “alternative” holiday of Hannukah? Whenever I hear “Happy Hannukah” I cringe and shout “NO! It’s MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays or Happy Hannukah or Happy Birthday!!”
And now back to today’s episode of Whoosh!
What happened to Festivus? It’s for the rest of us, you know?
I was pretty uninformed at that age, too. I was 17 for the 2004 election. I couldn’t vote, so knowing too much about it was just frustrating.
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