Hypocrisy! The GOP has always been the party of no, no matter what the question. Advance? No! Revert? No! Stay the same? Absolutely not! In fact, it seems that the only things that Republicans can agree on is omnipresent God, guns, and war. For all this talk they spout of the founding fathers, they don’t seem to know anything about the constitution. But I could go on forever about the GOP and the atrocities that they commit, so I’ll likely discuss that topic throughout my later posts. Instead I’ll take a little slice of what the GOP stands for, and examine that here. What I’d like to talk about now is indoctrination. It’s an ugly word. It’s an ugly thought, an ugly concept. But the sad truth is that indoctrination is a very real part of our lives, and of the political spectrum, so I think it’s best if we just address it head on. I think indoctrination is something that we’ve all faced at some point in our lives. Perhaps your parents talked to you about religion or politics. Maybe a teacher said that a certain idea or person was no good. Maybe a group you were a part of spouted opinion about one thing or another. Or perhaps you were just made to say the pledge of allegiance in school. No matter what the thought was, or who it came from, it had the potential to bury itself into the mind of a child, and that’s where the problem arises. Children are impressionable. Kids don’t have native opinions in terms of politics and religion. They’re just too young. Apologies to that infinitesimal percentage of smart, mature kids that might be reading this and have been able to form their own opinions, but the vast majority of kids just don’t understand that sort of thing. For so many kids, their dad is a super-hero and their mom is a princess. Anything that either of them says must be undeniable fact, and anyone to disagree with super-dad is a meanie. It’s been proven that many impressions formed during childhood stick, and sadly children carry on their parents legacy into society. So plugging in this depressing little formula, we can clearly see that all it takes is one person to be crazy and preach to others, to create generations of people with the same crazy opinions. I’ll use a modern day example for those unsure of what I’m talking about: Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. The Westboro Baptist Church is a small Kansas-based cult that is mainly comprised of Mr. Phelps and his family. Their platform consists of “God hates everyone, but especially fags”.
Let me just interject here that I truly hate to use that word, which is in my opinion the ugliest word in the English language, so I apologize for that. Anyway, Phelps is old, he is powerful, and he is bat-sh*t crazy. Mr. Phelps had no fewer than thirteen children (I should note that four of them have realized their father for what he is and left the cult), and then those children had children, and some of those children had children too – and almost every single one of them grew up being taught that God hates everyone, that we should protest the funerals of soldiers, that all gays are perverted monsters. And really, if a child grows up hearing this all day, what do you expect from them? They will grow up thinking that these things are truth, and teach their children the same things. So please, readers, be careful. For the sake of your children, be careful what you say in front of them. If they ask, discuss politics and religion with them in a fair and balanced fashion. Be careful when you’re voting about what is taught in schools – make sure all founding fathers are recognized, and that science is taught alongside religion. Do it for your children, so that they will grow up to be strong, independent people. We can create a smart next generation.