Bringing kids into political campaigns is perfectly fine. When I was nine, I campaigned door-to-door for my Dad, who was running for reelection as a county supervisor in California. Looking back, it was an exciting, fun and educational experience. For the six-year-old boy in this video, he probably feels the same. America would do well to engage all its youth in politics, whether it be conservative or liberal.
The problem in this video is not the kid; it’s the parents. He is being coached, which is not a problem, but the information fed to him is exaggerations and lies. If these parents are going to use their kid for a political message, then they need to get their facts straight and not embarrass the kid or pollute his mind with garbage.
The video reads like a distorted, politically charged David Letterman list. The parents write a script that claims Obama is letting “bad guys” into the country. What is this referring to? Illegal immigrants crossing the border? That number has plummeted from the Bush years. Perhaps the reference is to terrorists. Who are the terrorists and where are they? If Obama can be blaimed for letting bad guys into the country, then the same can be said for Clinton and Bush under whose administrations domestic terrorist attacks happened and killed people.
There is also the claim that Obama wants to take guns away from the “good guys.” About the only factual basis for this statement is assault weapons. That does not include all guns. Besides, it isn’t the good guys that anyone, including Obama, is worried about having a weapon like that. It is the bad guys. This is a distortion stemming from the false logic that if Obama wants one type of gun banned, then he wants them all.
Then there is the ludicrous statement that Obama hates America. Hate is defined as an extreme aversion for or extreme hostility towards. I challenge anyone to come up with a quote or action by Obama that suggests his presidency or any presidency is about that. This is nothing short of an outright lie by the parents.
Finally, there is the old birther argument. The parents have misinformed their child and used him for one of the most fallacious arguments in American politics. There is not one shred of evidence to suggest that Obama’s mother was in Kenya at the time of his birth. I don’t even know of any evidence that she even visited there.
These parents are the idiots. Hopefully, the kid can grow up and be a critically thinking adult who embraces his conservative political beliefs on merit, not some knee-jerk responses shaded by political blinders, as his parents appear to enjoy.