Ok, so, politics. I usually don't get involved in political discussions because I don't believe I have anything of substance to add to these conversations, unless you count me muttering obscenities under my breath a substantive addition to polite political discourse. Then I'm totally into it. Mostly, I try to steer away from politics because I have extremely different political views than most of my immediate and extended family. It's an especially touchy subject now that Mitt Romney is involved because of the whole Mormon thing. But there is one aspect of this election that I just find so dumbfounding that I can remain silent no longer. That is the war on Sesame Street.
Now, I know there are people out there who have approached this subject with much more aplomb than I ever could. I'm just not that well-spoken and most times I can't express myself with ease and confidence. This is mainly because I am lazy and don't want to do the research to back up my opinions. As this is the case, please excuse my following clumsy attempt to discuss this important topic.
My problem is this: Why would anyone think that Sesame Street has some kind of underlying liberal agenda to turn our nation's children into Socialists or Communists or any other -ist you can think of. Really? No, wait... think about it... I find it flabbergasting that people on any side of the political spectrum could honestly say that Sesame Street has any agenda other than providing education and entertainment to kids, and even adults, everywhere.
The impetus for my expressing my opinion regarding this inanity was a clip showed on the Daily Show last week (or the week before that-- I watch it on DVR and never really know when its aired). Basically, it was a clip of Grover talking to a little girl about whether she would share her food with someone who didn't have food. You know what she said? She said that if someone didn't have food, she would give them food. You heard me: she would GIVE THEM FOOD if they didn't have any.
My problem with this is simple: Neither Grover nor this adorable little girl said anything about how the government should take care of people without food. So, how, exactly is this pushing a liberal agenda? Isn't part of what conservatives believe is that the government shouldn't be taking care of people? Don't they believe that non-governmental groups (churches, charities, etc) should be the ones taking care of the the less-fortunate among us? More to the point: isn't this exactly what Jesus would do? If Jesus happened upon someone down on their luck, wouldn't he advise that we should share what we have with those who have less than us? Last I checked, Republicans and conservatives in general believe they are the only party down with G-O-D. So, what's the problem?
Yes, I'm sure there could be some examples of Sesame Street "shoving a liberal agenda down our throats," but I just don't see it. Aside from teaching kids how to count, read, eat a healthy diet, and try to act normally while talking to a giant yellow bird, Sesame Street also teaches kids how to be kind, how to be accepting of others who are different than we are, that we should try to get along with people without resorting to violence. To me, these are neither liberal or conservative values, but American values, ones which people all along the political spectrum would be wise to adopt for themselves.