Hypocrisy in Action

If it’s ok to destroy schools for gifted kids in order to promote “diversity and inclusion,” drag children (the operative word being CHILDREN) to “climate protests,” teach kids that boys can menstruate, and force fifth-graders into a unisex bathroom, then it’s definitely ok to get kids to “build a wall” for Halloween.

But if any of these actions are not ok, then the rest stink, too. I think they all stink to high heaven and every adult involved in any of them is a disgusting, ridiculous piece of refuse.

It’s not just wrong to use children to promote the ideology you dislike. It’s wrong to use children to promote any ideology, irrespective of whether it flatters your confirmation bias.

17 thoughts on “Hypocrisy in Action”

  1. My parents also felt it was wrong to force children to a church, so they didn’t.

    Things we did do together, and all agreed on anyway, included a march against Union Oil, when it spilled oil on the local beach, and some candlelight marches / vigils against the war in Viet Nam. We boycotted grapes and iceberg lettuce, and I manned a UFW table outside the grocery store to leaflet people about this; I and some friends also walked precincts for a local political candidate by ourselves.

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    1. If this is a hint that I’m making Klara go to church, it’s completely off. I’d love to go on my own and just listen to the service in peace instead of being stuck in the art room on childcare duty most of the time. But she starts screaming any time I suggest she go to the park or the playground instead.

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      1. Well, you see? But my parents would have felt it inappropriate to introduce her to church. And I’m glad not to have been raised Christian, or in another of these monotheistic religions / religions of the book, although I’m not as anti-religion as they by a long shot. But for them, and me, introducing kids to civic institutions, civic action, was important.

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        1. The equation between political opinion and religious belief is very telling, I have to say. 🙂

          There is no equivalence, though. Politics is about the rules of engagement between people. Religion is about one’s narrative of the meaning of life and death. Opinions are just opinions. You can change them a million times a day with zero consequences. Changing your understanding of life and death, on the other hand is complicated and painful.

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          1. What do you think is behind the saying that you shouldn’t discuss politics or religion at dinner, or if you want to stay friends with the person you’re talking to, etc.?

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              1. But why are two mentioned together if there is no equivalence? I understand that religion has a supernatural element that politics lacks, but I think it still largely is about the rules of engagement between people, except the reasons for how to behave come from God. Both politics and religion are about being part of something greater and more permanent than the self (see terror management theory).

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              2. If a person has the same kind of feeling when looking at a picture of Trump (or Bernie) as an Orthodox Christian has when looking at a holy icon or a Muslim has when hearing the muezzin, I think we can all agree that that person is unwell. If you don’t like Bernie, you can vote for somebody else. But imagine telling a Jew he can find a more satisfactory Moses or a Catholic to go Google up a better Virgin Mary.

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      1. I’d tend to say not to a pro-life OR pro-choice rally, there’s too much material on whether children should exist or not (or that can be interpreted that way) . . . unless they’re babes-in-arms and don’t understand the language, but even then, people tend to get quite upset at these rallies, etc., so it’s not a very safe environment. Something safer, when they’re already teenagers, they can decide about themselves.

        I never “got dragged” to something I didn’t believe in, or go to anything where there was a lot of anger/violence in the air, or where there was danger.

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        1. Kids believe what they got to believe for parents to like them. In teenage years, they believe what they got to believe to separate from parents and forge their own identity. If that process is successful, they’ll finally figure out what they actually believe but they won’t be kids any more.

          I don’t think there’s such a thing as a political opinion in a child.

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          1. I can’t remember not having political opinions and I have a long memory. Mine did not fit with the family’s, so they stuck out.

            I am the opposite of you, though, I find politics, political stances, hard to figure out, but understandings of life and death lie easy for me.

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            1. This difference is about what can be changed ten times before breakfast because it has no transcendence. Politics doesn’t have a transcendent aspect and it’s not supposed to, unless we are talking about some extremely totalitarian regime. Politics is about practical, daily stuff. Which is important but once you reduce a human life to just simple day-to-day physiology, the transcendent aspect is gone, and that’s very unsatisfying to many people, whether they can verbalize it or not.

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              1. I think of politics as including values and how you want to live, what the self is, how one relates to others and to the inanimate world; much religion is really ideological. But all of these realms, I am not sure why they should be off limits to kids. They also can’t always: in my first grade, for instance, we were dealing with school integration, and heck yes, it was political (and involved religion — all these church people involved).

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              2. I honestly think it’s bizarre to look to something done trivial and silly as politics to explain what the self is or what your values are.

                There is a whole lifetime to be exposed to the silliness of politics. But there’s only one short time in life when you can be free of all this crap and enjoy a happy world of imagination and childhood play.

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  2. I just wonder how you can give your child an ideology free upbringing. At what point is teaching your kids your values promoting an ideology? All I know is if you don’t teach your kids your values, others will happily step into that vacuum.

    My cousin took her toddler with her to vote in 2016, pre-voting selfie and all.

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    1. It’s either a very patient toddler or a very empty voting place. Mine wouldn’t stay for more than 3 minutes in such a boring place. Also, who’d be looking after her while I fill in the interminable ballot?

      I don’t see anything related to values in the political process. It’s a bunch of liars manipulating a bunch of simpletons. I teach Klara values all the time: it’s wrong to hurt others, it’s wrong to hurt pets, it’s wrong to steal. But none of these important ideas would be reinforced by dragging her into the world of Trumps, Kamalas, and the rest of the pathetic bunch.

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