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From Schoolhouse Rock to "The Story of Stuff"

Last night my wife and I were talking about the preamble of the Constitution and all of a sudden we started singing the Schoolhouse Rock song “We the People.”  We recited a few more songs from the series and continued to laugh as we both sang out of tune.  For a brief moment we were whisked back to time when life was so much simpler.  I decided to jump on YouTube and looked up most of the old Schoolhouse Rock cartoons.  I was pulled back into a time when children were taught the value and uniqueness of our Constitution with a cartoon and catchy song.  What’s funny are those catchy little cartoons are still a part of me today.  I can still remember most of them.  It was then I recalled an episode from the Glenn Beck show that talked about a 20 minute animated video that is making the rounds through elementary schools.  I watched it on YouTube and my jaw dropped.  It is an outright attack on capitalism and actually states in the video that the government has an obligation to take care of us.  Are you kidding me?  How can we in a mere 30 years could we go from the below video to “The Story of Stuff?”

The answer is not that surprising.  The video was created and sponsored by an organization called the Tides Foundation.  This foundation promotes progressive causes and part of its mission includes promoting economic justice.  Now whenever you hear flag words like social justice, economic justice, and environmental justice you might want to take some time and conduct a bit of research into what these organizations stand for.  You will more than likely discover that most these organizations are tied to activists and progressives with ideological agendas.  Check out the two and half minute introduction clip from “The Story of Stuff” and judge for yourself.

Now I want you to compare both animated videos and tell me which you think is better for our children. Which promotes our free market system, our free society, and liberty?  Which appears to promote an ideological agenda?  For me the answer is crystal clear.  So how have we reached this point in America?  Maybe it’s because we’re all just too busy to take the time to do the research.  Or perhaps we don’t understand what we’re up against.  Maybe we just underestimated how embedded in the fabric of our society these powerful forces of fundamental change really are.  It’s important that we find the root cause of how we got to this point.  If we don’t we cannot hope to correct the course of our nation.

I challenge each of you to write to your school board or your local state senator and ask why this ideological material is allowed in our school systems or any elementary school system.

If we sit quietly and ignore the problem hoping it will go away, we have already lost.


Filed under: capitalism, Elementary School, Glenn Beck, Progressives, School House Rock, Story of Stuff, Tides Foundation

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  • Mike December 1, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    You republicans always blame everything on "big government" but fail to mention how much good social security has done for countless famlies. Obama has done a lot for us and is saving our children from the "neoconservative agenda" of every man for himself and instead wants us to work togewther and depend on one another.

  • John Carey December 1, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    I'm a conservative first and as a conservative I do not believe big government is the answer. If being part of a collective sacrifices my liberties then you can keep the collective. Social security is a program that is being abused by a number of people and that is one of many reasons why it is going broke. Social security is not only unconstitutional but its also a massive ponzi scheme. Next to global warming it is one of the biggest frauds being sold to the American people.

  • Neal December 4, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    How much social security has done for us? Mike, perhaps you should consider what that money invested in a non-government plan could have done for these individuals. Social security is nothing more than a forced bad investment that creates dependency…just because someone gets money in the end doesn't mean you can ignore the fact that it was taken from those individuals in the first place. Maybe we should have our whole income taken every month by the government for our normal fees – a car investment tax, housing tax, food tax, etc and then the government will just give us these things at set intervals. We wouldn't ever have to pay for anything! Sounds like a wonderful plan …right?