Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Little Novembrists?

I have no problem with politicians kissing babies. I also have no problem with politicians dragging their own kids up on stage in order to get votes. But I do have a problem with parents exploiting children to promote their chosen candidate.

This video of pre-pubescent "useful idiots" singing the praises of Obama is downright creepy. Here's the explanation from You Tube.
Sing for Change was a confluence of hard work, good will, and shared vision. Inspired by ideas raised at a grassroots Obama fundraiser, a music teacher, Kathy Sawada, and the children composed and rehearsed the songs in less than two weeks. Several musicians heard of the effort and volunteered to accompany the children. Parents and older siblings designed and provided the T-Shirts and the banner. There's a first for everything, but rarely do so many firsts come together at once: for the children and their parents, this is their first performance, first video, first banner, and first involvement with grassroots work on a presidential campaign.
Grassroots? Seriously? You use a Stedi Cam to shoot the video and you claim this is grassroots? How dumb do you think we are?

The lyrics sound like something from a 1950's upstate New York Commie Camp Jamboree.
Now's the moment, lift each voice to sing
Sing with all your heart!
For our children, for our families,
Nations all joined as one.
Sing for joy and sing abundant peace,
Courage, justice, hope!
Sing together, hold each precious hand,
Lifting each other up;
Sing for vision, sing for unity,
Lifting our hearts to Sing!
Personally, I would want my kids put their hands on their hearts and say, "One Nation, under God" rather than hold hands and sing, "Nations all joined as one." Call me crazy.

1 comment:

Don Lewis said...

Yep. Completely grass-roots. Put together by a neighborhood of simple families like:

Jeff Zucker President and CEO NBC Universal. Post-producer and choreographer Holly Schiffer. Motion picture camera operator, steady cam specialist Peter Rosenfeld. Darrin Moran, another motion picture industry professional who just accomplished filming Land of the Lost, and Andy Blumenthal, Hollywood film editor."

Homemade always means love!