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Children See, Children Do

Here’s a powerful public service spot, apparently out of Australia. It’s aimed at parents, but it should really be watched by everyone.

On a semi-related note, here’s a video that got Bill O’Reilly up-in-arms (not exactly a difficult task):

Leaving aside the fact that this is actually a thinly-disguised pitch for a music group‘s new album, I’m not sure how I feel about this. While I agree with some of the ideas espoused in the little girl’s tirade (which was quite clearly written by somebody else — is this not obvious to everyone?), I don’t agree with all of them. But I don’t think it’s meant to be taken seriously. I think it’s meant to get people riled up, to stir the pot. And it worked:

Bill, Bill, Bill. Don’t take the bait.

Can’t we all just get along?

[Public service spot via Dumb Little Man, ranting eight-year-old via Metafilter]

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  1. The first video is great – the second video turns my stomach for two reasons:

    1. They use a child.
    2. They condemn being a Christian and a Republican.

    As a Christian and a Republican, I get very tired of being generalized into a small group of right-wing fanatics. I also get very tired of people acting like if you are a Christian and/or a Republican that you are an idiot. Just because I believe in God and hang my political flag on the conservative side of the fence does not mean I am not an intellegent, educated adult who makes good decisions and valuable contributions to our society.

    Why can’t we all get along – good question. Those that ask for tolerance need to display some themselves.

  2. Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head. As I say, I agree with some of the sentiments that the girl says, but mostly she’s just engaging in broad, smear tactics, the same sorts of things that the Left complains about too often. Ah, it’s nice to be an Independent, taking no sides. 🙂