During his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, Barack Obama proclaimed, "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."
So it's a good thing that Big Bird stands at 8 feet, 2 inches tall, because the latest Obama campaign ad — running on cable television — features a narrator intoning, "Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street. Mitt Romney: Taking on our enemies no matter where they nest…"
Perhaps in 2050, when President Honey Boo Boo has surrendered the United States to an alien invasion force that has finally decided that Earthly civilization had run its course, historians will look back on this artifact of early 21st century campaigning and wonder why our political affairs weren't more consumed with questions of economic policy or foreign affairs. But to this, National Review's Mark Steyn has a rejoinder. According to Steyn, the Obama defense of Big Bird and America's alleged softness in the face of aggression are all connected, man…
Unlike Mitt, I loathe Sesame Street. It bears primary responsibility for what the Canadian blogger Binky calls the de-monsterization of childhood — the idea that there are no evil monsters out there at the edges of the map, just shaggy creatures who look a little funny and can sometimes be a bit grouchy about it because people prejudge them until they learn to celebrate diversity and help Cranky the Friendly Monster go recycling. That is not unrelated to the infantilization of our society. Marinate three generations of Americans in that pabulum and it's no surprise you wind up with unprotected diplomats dragged to their deaths from their "safe house" in Benghazi.
I'm actually impressed. Considering the fact that Sesame Street songs played on repeat were used at Guantanamo Bay to coerce inmates into cooperating with interrogators, I'm pretty sure this is the first time the National Review has taken a stand against torture.
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