“It’s for the animals” — Leftist indoctrination of children

Conservatives often talk about the fact that Progressives use children as a wedge issue for everything.  Changes in immigration law?  It’s to protect those poor children whose parents illegally dragged them across the border.  Changes in health care law?  It’s so that children, right up until the childlike age of 26, can get full health care, regardless of their parents’ economic or lifestyle decisions.  Gun control?  It’s for the children, never mind that statistics indicate that children die in greater numbers when gun control increases even as cultural brakes decline.

Barack Obama surrounds self with children for gun control

Barack Obama, of course, took the “it’s for the children” approach to public policy to sickening new heights when he surrounded himself by a gaggle of youthful darlings to herald his stale and ineffectual “gun control” orders.  He then followed this unsavory photo op with heart-rending videos of children pleading for an end to guns in America.  Yes, children are our future, and yes, we want to leave them a viable world when we pass on, but Drudge was right when he noted that only demagogues surround themselves with children to justify increased tyranny.

I’ve established (to my satisfaction, at least), that Progressives misuse children in order to co-opt their parents.  But how do Progressives co-opt the children?  Easy:  “It’s for the animals.”

In the old days, animal stories and movies used to be about a kid’s relationship with his animal, whether the animal was a yearling, a yellow dog, or a black horse.  The child learned and grew because of his responsibilities for the animals and, often, because of the hard, human choices he had to make regarding the animals.  Animals weren’t better than humans, but they existed artistically to help children learn about love, responsibility, and tough decisions.

Baby Seal

Starting with the baby seal campaign in the 1970s, though, the Left realized that it can bring kids on board by making them feel that ordinary human activity is devastating for animals.  The starting point, and it really wasn’t a bad one, was to focus on the animals that were being driven, quite unnecessarily, to extinction, such as the baby seals beaten for fashion fur, the dolphins killed by careless tuna fishing methodologies, or the various African and Asian animals being minced and powdered for aphrodisiacs (and no, I do not want to hear that there’s nothing frivolous about the man who needs an aphrodisiac).  There really wasn’t a credible reason for these animals to be subject to mass slaughter.

Polar Bear with Cubs

Lately, though, the Left has been using animal education with children, not because the animals are a target of foolish, wasteful behavior, but because their deaths are a byproduct of necessary human behaviors that the Left hates.  Thus, we saw the whole spectacle of polar bears who were supposedly being driven to extinction because Mommy drives a minivan, or spotted owls being driven from their habitat because nasty humans insist on living in houses.  It’s one thing to heed the Biblical injunction that we are stewards of the earth, something with which I heartily agree.  It’s another thing altogether to teach children that, if at all possible, we should vanish from the earth entirely.  (Something that’s looking surprisingly likely, given world-wide demographic trends.)

The reality of life is that anything that living creatures do on this earth affects other living creatures.  This is true for plants (kudzu, for example), animals (the balance of wolves and deer in Yellowstone, for example), and humans.  Because humans have the greatest geographic range and the most inventive minds, we have more scope to affect our surroundings than do plants or animals.  Moreover, even when we seem to be changing for the better, we still manage to mess with nature.  When we had horses and carriages, the world was awash in filthy, germ-carrying urine and feces.  When we got cars, the urine and feces vanished from cities and towns, but we got dirtier air.  When we eat meat, we use resources to feed the animals, the animals produce waste, and we have to kill the animals to take advantage of their protein.  That all sounds yucky, right?  Except it turns out that when we seek protein alternatives (and even Progressives won’t deny that we need protein), we starve indigenous people who are dependent on these alternatives, rather than eating them just because it makes them feel very politically correct.  In the same vein, our decision to use corn for fuel, because it’s “cleaner” than fossil fuels, led to starvation and revolution in the Middle East.

Humans, like any animals, have to fight for resources — we fight with each other, and we fight with animals.  Because we’re human, we have the gifts of a greater, more flexible intellect and of a moral compass, so we are obligated to mitigate the negative effects our actions have on others.  Mitigating those effects, however, is not the same as vanishing altogether — which is pretty much what the Leftists are suggesting to our children is the best solution of them all.

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  • rick9911

    I agree. EXCEPT I believe the Leftists are suggesting to our children that they (our children) should not exist.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Planned Parenthood makes money off abortion, and wishes merely to make it a monopoly where they can decide the ends and methods all on their own. Why is it surprising that the Leftist alliance they are part of would treat the weak as disposable tools?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    “Fairy Tales do not tell the children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy Tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” – G. K. Chesterton

    I suspect the early environmentalists were at least somewhat sincere and pure. That is why they focused on things that would be beneficial to humanity + ecosphere. But how did they expect to continue to do good without destroying evil? Did they think evil would leave them alone and say “well, we don’t need to hijack a good organization that is doing some benefit to humanity, let’s leave them alone so we can all get along”?

     

    So one day, you wake up and find your environment friendly organization for the helping of animals, hijacked by evil bloodlusting anti humanists and terrorists. Welcome to hell, for defeating evil at least required people to be aware that it existed.

     

    PETA, for example, doesn’t house, care for, feed, or find adoptees for animals they “save”. They just kill them. And mabye eat them too. There is your “do gooder goals” in reality, merely because “somebody” refused to take the axe to evil’s head. People were just “getting along to go along”, you see. But that’s not how evil alliances work.

     

    To achieve justice in this world, has always required that the blood of tyrants be spilled as a sacrifice to the cause. Saving animals isn’t immune in this sense. You want to save animals and the earth’s ecosphere? First get rid of the members of evil alliances, permanently. Then we can talk about actually doing good on planet earth.

     

  • Beth

    “Fairy Tales do not tell the children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy Tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” – G. K. Chesterton
    And the Left has been telling children that dragons can be rehabilitated for years.  Think of children’s literature over the past 100 years.  Good read:  A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind by Michael D. O’Brien.  Includes recommended reading for all ages.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Left is the dragon. It is in their interest to get people on their side in this. Criminals aren’t just somebody police unions and SEIU union thugs coddle. They’re actually in league with each other, which is why people like Chris in New England only temporarily delays them by attacking the teacher’s unions, since they share common interests and thus regenerate each other so long as one head is alive. Mutual interests are the brick that makes good alliances.
     
    The hydra and the various world serpent myths (Japan’s Susanoo and orobos) apply. You can see it in the modern iconography of the twin serpents coming from the same origin point in the medical icon. It can also be seen in the circle, symbolizing light, hope, change, and infinity. The serpent eats its own tail and comes from itself, which is eaten by itself. Infinity. The Leftist alliance is very much like that in a sense.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Btw, for those that don’t get the reference, “dragon” is another word for “serpent”. Something the Chinese kept in definition, but got a little bit “weird” when the barbarians took over Roman culture for a thousand or so years in Europe. “Serpents” are pretty big in mythology, for some odd reason. But the dragon that St. Michael (or Christ, depending on your dogma) fought, was the serpent. Meaning Satan, that guy from the Garden of Eve, remember him?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Beth, I read some of the amazon reviews concerning that book. I wonder if a lot of what he wrote about can be found in the good examples of Japanese story telling. If one wishes to counter act the corrupt and rotting decadent culture from Hollywood, have your children invest time in old epic style stories of good vs evil in Bleach or Naruto, explicitly designed for shounen or teenagers and young pre teens.
     
    As I outgrew the old DBZ story line, the Japanese also had something even more interesting to show me: seinen stories.
     
    For a look at true human evil, and how it is excellently described vis a vis the hero of the story, look to D Senjou no Maou. The greater the evil, the brighter the light of the Hero needed to vanquish it.
     
    Utawarerumono did a great job exploring what it meant to be divine, a father, and what the responsibility of those with power were to those that lacked it. It was good in a body shivering sort of fashion.
     
    Eien no Aselia sucked me in so hard I felt like I was already dropped unto that world already. It also just wouldn’t end, and kept going on, even though a normal story would have ended at Events A and B, since the story was already done for them. But not here, it felt much like watching people live their lives, and not living a story. This one had an excellent fantasy premise and executed it with visceral attention to detail. The tactical card gameplay was such that it truly made me feel responsible for the individuals that would have been merely “redshirts” in another story.
    Fate Stay/Night is probably one of the first adult stories I read out from Japanese origins, in novel format at least. It had some very strange themes, but notably it gave a person some horrific death and near death experiences. Very creepy in nature, yet all of it made the reader care so much more for the companions at their side as a result. Unlike screamer type horror movies where “everyone dies due to their own stupidity”, the only reason why people die there is because the reader made certain choices that they probably shouldn’t have. Dying, and learning what you did wrong after the fact, was just part of the material.
     
    I think in general, I learned many things I weren’t aware of in terms of emotions and experience, through such stories. It was like peeking through the life experiences of other people, and gaining a shred of their wisdom as a result.
     
    Planescape Torment is of course, a very American original story, same with Firefly. I would recommend those too. You can read the novel format here, although there’s no substitute for actually playing through it and interacting with the people, and making choices one way or another. http://www.wischik.com/lu/senses/pst-book.html

  • Beth

    I’m glad you checked out the book, Y-man.  It was published in ’98 when my oldest children were young. The extensive recommended reading list included is what I have been working to get into our home library.  Many, if not most, of the titles are out of print so I have been able to purchase used copies for a song.  Most of them go for very little as most people/children don’t read this kind of literature anymore.  We have found treasures!  I just finished Gene Stratton-Porter’s Laddie: A True Blue Story.  A beautifully written story from the perspective of an eight-year-old as the youngest of 12 children in a hard-working, God-fearing, proud family from Indiana.  I am a better person for having read that book–a better wife and a better mother.  Can’t say that for much that is out there today.
    Thanks for your recommendations.  I’ll keep them in mind as I slowly build our library.
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Personal improvement is a good thing. I support such endeavours. for I have found that no matter the government, regime, social philosophy, or laws about guns or violence, what really matters is what people think, how they act, and whether they are willing or not to save their own civilization, society, neighbor, loved ones, and themselves. In that order. The tools to do so and the power to fuel it helps, but the will must come first, not the way.
     
    Until one has control of one’s own emotions and despair/depression/weaknesses, it’s all too easy for evil to make puppets out of us and use our power to destroy all that which we have ever valued. Then we’ll wake up one day and like the First generation feminists, realize what has been done to our cherished world (sekai) by our own hands. Similar to how Ares or was it Hera, sent Hercules some dreams, causing him to kill his own wife in bed. Strong physically does not mean one is immune to the attack of the soul, spirit, and mind.
     
    While I don’t believe in all the Christian or Catholic sayings, I do believe that kids would be better educated when it comes to how to actually kill mass murderers, serial killers like the BTK killer, rapists, and various other thugs and bad guys that need terminating. I’m far less worried about serpent motiffs and icons than I am about the active propaganda funded by rich billionaires who seem to be in this big effin group that includes all the worst excesses of human cliques and economic slavery systems combined. The serpent can hold its mouth open, because we got to take care of those other people first. Without fangs, there’s not much a dragon can do except swallow you. Then you just cleave your way out from the inside out.
     
    Dungeons and Dragons also teaches players to power up and kill dragons, so not quite sure what the issue with that is. If anything, it promotes dice gambling, which is something else humans seem to like to do all the time. The Japanese had their own particular “chou” style even/odd gambling system for dice.
     
    Partially, those of a religious persuasion devote most of their time to studying theology and the Bible. I have devoted most of my time to studying sociopaths, psychopaths, serial killers, terrorists, and how the bad guys operate, think, and torture people. It was hard to judge whether they were evil or not, without taking a good look at their methods and becoming better at it than the perps were. My perspective thus differs somewhat in terms of what is a bad or good influence.
     
    I’m still quite surprised that many people I talk to consider lethal force only generated by weapons like the katana or weapons like the firearm. There’s a whole new world and meaning to the term “strength” than what modern society considers acceptable. Our ancestors dealt intimately with life and death on the farm, through war, and from disease. The farther we go from such roots, the weaker we become, necessitating training and compensation to bring back balance. There are “males” who can’t even protect their women from predators. Such a thing would have spelled the death of any normal civilization 300 years ago. The US not only keeps Europe in a stasis net of safety, but such power of a Golden Age keeps the rest of us safe and secure, ignorant of the true tools humanity has always wielded to fight off death. So many people have flocked to Extreme Sports to get that kick from living, even flying around mountains in “squirrel suits” which most normal people would consider insane. More insane than sky diving or bungee jumping. As our roots weaken more, frivolous entertainment becomes more important and thus we are led around our nose by simply pleasure, and he who controls the purse and the pleasure, will control the populace.
     
    Although when a war does break out, an existential one, I’m pretty most of our newly minted warrior elite will come from those “squirrel” flying groups. It takes a certain desire to exceed one’s limits to go to such lengths, even in our decadent Western society.
     
    One of the weirder ideas I have from reading about the Ourobos is whether it accurately describes the first created from God, the angels.
    The living being had no need of eyes because there was nothing outside of him to be seen; nor of ears because there was nothing to be heard; and there was no surrounding atmosphere to be breathed; nor would there have been any use of organs by the help of which he might receive his food or get rid of what he had already digested, since there was nothing which went from him or came into him: for there was nothing beside him. Of design he created thus; his own waste providing his own food, and all that he did or suffered taking place in and by himself. For the Creator conceived that a being which was self-sufficient would be far more excellent than one which lacked anything; and, as he had no need to take anything or defend himself against any one, the Creator did not think it necessary to bestow upon him hands: nor had he any need of feet, nor of the whole apparatus of walking; but the movement suited to his spherical form which was designed by him, being of all the seven that which is most appropriate to mind and intelligence; and he was made to move in the same manner and on the same spot, within his own limits revolving in a circle. All the other six motions were taken away from him, and he was made not to partake of their deviations. And as this circular movement required no feet, the universe was created without legs and without feet.-Plato
     
    For some curious reason, just like pyramids, this concept of the infinite progressing serpent creature is found in a lot of cultures. And they often times have the same icon or description of what is going on. Why do they depict a serpent though? Why not the sun, which is also circular and cyclical? A wheel? The eye? Why use a serpent that many knows to have fangs and are poisonous, biting its own tail, swallowing and digesting itself in an infinite cycle? Isn’t that a curious definition of immortality. And technically, aren’t those environmentalist cults progressing towards just such an ideal utopia. An existence where we feed upon ourselves, do not consume anything else besides ourselves? A perfect, absolutely pure existence where we are the ones we have been waiting for. Where we only need ourselves to exist, nothing else. There is nothing outside of us, nowhere we need to go, nothing we need to do, that is not us. Is that supposed to be somebody’s idea of a perfect collective Utopian society?
     
    Now contrast this to the conception, often times found in Japanese story telling, of separated powers. Where the masculine and the feminine combine together to form the pen ultimate power of infinity. Chinese ancient philosophy developed the Taoist beliefs of ying and yang, non resistance and resistance. The masculine is flawed in some parts, yet contains parts of the feminine, whereas the same is true vice a versa. But it is only when combined together that one can wield that which results from the combination of creation and destruction: the universal harmony. This is a somewhat different concept where each part of the whole is flawed, yet somehow when added up together it doesn’t equal ZERO but ends up being a positive creation. Something was created from nothing. These concepts manifested in human civilization would naturally be marriage vs a welfare state. Marriage, by combining two flawed halves of a whole, creates something from nothing, including life and wealth. Whereas the welfare state often consumes itself, to produce itself. It chews a chunk of the public body and feeds it to itself, the public body. This is expected to continue for eternity. And if human welfare was divine and like unto God or even Satan, that may be true.
     
    Anyways, I like the Japanese format since they often times directly challenge the view with what is the masculine and what is the feminine, and what the strong and weak parts of both are. The Japanese is a good example of how they can ban guns and swords, yet LOVE GUNS AND SWORDS, the latter because it is part of their culture, but the former because they just like foreign stuff that reminds them of strong cowboys. They even had a tv show where they made cute girls and their personalities and body type were drawn from military assault rifles, carbines, sub machine guns. The kinder gartners were sub machine guns, growing up in school, learning, and becoming upstanding citizens (guns) in the future.
     
    I mean… can you imagine what kind of message that sent? Yet nobody sought to suppress it, although some may have had “political” issues with it. But in gun loving America, why don’t we show our children such things? Are we afraid… of something?
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Intro here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhX49RYYNFY
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfFWGspcVa0
     
    Found a clip(s) of the show. People got to see it to believe it. And from what I can tell, the gun data is accurate. Maybe because the Japanese don’t have intentions of killing their own nation with propaganda. Whereas our propaganda is 99% run by mad dog anti-patriots. Maybe that makes a bigger difference than most would think.
     
    Still, it’s kind of embarassing if some foreigner comes over, speaks and writes English better than our kids, and also knows more about guns to boot. 
     
    Sneak this in for your kids, and it’ll be like the secret weapon to counter act the gun hate. Hard to hate cute girls, you know. And since it comes from Japan, not Republicans, it’s harder for the Left to detect and put up their propaganda hate mongering as a counter.

  • Ron19

    Ymarsakar:  “While I don’t believe in all the Christian or Catholic sayings”
     
    That’s all right.   I don’t believe in all that Japanese stuff.
     
    Even though, I still find time to study WWI and WWII from both sides.