Monday, January 09, 2006

BEDTIME READING

In my day it was all Meg and Mog and Allan Ahlberg. Times have clearly changed.

A while back I noticed this book being advertised on a number of right-wing sites: "Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!" No doubt a masterpiece of fiction,
This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they open a lemonade stand to earn money for a swing set. But when liberals start demanding that Tommy and Lou pay half their money in taxes, take down their picture of Jesus, and serve broccoli with every glass of lemonade, the young brothers experience the downside to living in Liberaland.
I thought nothing of it until I saw the following book in the BlogAds of several left-leaning sites: "Why Mommy is a Democrat". The book's website states:
"Why Mommy is a Democrat" brings to life the core values of the Democratic party in ways that young children will easily understand and thoroughly enjoy. Using plain and non-judgmental language, along with warm and whimsical illustrations, this colorful 28-page paperback depicts the Democratic principles of fairness, tolerance, peace, and concern for the well-being of others. It's a great way for parents to gently communicate their commitment to these principles and explain their support for the party.

"Why Mommy is a Democrat" may look like a traditional children's book, but it definitely isn't just for children. With numerous subtle (and not-so-subtle) satirical swipes at the Bush administration and the Republican party, "Why Mommy" will appeal to Democrats of all ages!
Now I know that researchers say most of us inherit our political views from our parents, but isn't this taking things a little too far?

(You can check out the characters hiding under the bed here and view some of the nice things Democrats stand for here)

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