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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Suzuki & the Kids
I don't know why this commercial offends me as deeply as it does. Especially since I don't get easily offended. Something about throwing a bunch of kids together to denounce their parents makes me a little uneasy.
Okay, very uneasy. What the hell do these kids know about anything anyways? Why use them for political purposes? Where is your sense of shame?
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If I caught some old guy with Freudian facial hair sneaking around and hiding in my kids treehouse. I think you can use your imagination.
Did you hear the latest Canadian casualty may have been from a 10 year old suicide bomber? Everyone knows that's not old enough to make adult choices.
Posted by: dp | 2008-05-25 6:25:21 PM
Suzuki sure is something.
He tells kids about the little things that can be done - each a valid idea for more than just fighting climate change.
On the other hand, he tells adults that if they don't do so, he'll throw them in jail. What rot!
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-05-25 7:09:51 PM
Remember Pavlik Morozov?
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-05-25 7:33:09 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of Baldur von Schirach
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-05-25 7:39:46 PM
Hitler Jugend anyone?
Posted by: Tom | 2008-05-25 7:41:46 PM
Hitler Jugend? Nah, no Nazi references here.
How about the Suzuki Youth - taking children away from the control of their parents and 'teaching' (read: indoctrinating) them into the ways of Mother Earth.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-05-25 8:15:42 PM
well we can expect more of this crap in the near future as the leftists seem to be taking over.
This used to be a good country...........Oh Canada.......what happened??
Posted by: Rob | 2008-05-25 9:21:36 PM
Children are taught to despise their elders for "destroying" the earth. The technocrats are steering the future, right or wrong. The alumnae rule.
Posted by: dewp | 2008-05-25 9:24:47 PM
Pol Pot turned the kids against their parents - literally! The Khmer Rouge used them as informants. We all know what happened next = aka the Killing Fields.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-05-25 9:30:46 PM
The whole issue of second hand smoke had no traction until they started to use children to get around the fact that there is no proof at all that second hand smoke is harmfull. Susuki knows that the public is easy to manipulate and how well the strategy worked with the anti-smoking nazies. We are sheep - we will comply.
Posted by: peterj | 2008-05-25 11:37:31 PM
To borrow from the Simpsons:
"Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?"
Oh come on, someone had to say it!
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-05-26 12:23:04 AM
Do I smell… fear?
Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-05-26 8:15:39 AM
It has long been a tool of the left to infiltrate then subvert the children, this is nothing new, it has been happening for decades in Canada!
It is right out of the communist/fascist /Trudeau handbook.
Where do you think the mindless minions that fall for these scams, and blindly support these hapless, leaderless fascist parties and their policies come from?
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-05-26 8:43:46 AM
That should read it has been happening in the fascist/public education system for decades now.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-05-26 8:47:53 AM
In the Soviet Union, schoolchildren were urged to report their parents to authorities if they had any counter-revolutionary ideas.
Many parents mysteriously disappeared.
Suzuki's idea of indoctrinating the children and punishing adults is not far off that totalitarian construct.
Posted by: set you free | 2008-05-26 9:09:31 AM
deepblue, you are so right. Separation of state and school would help this.
set you free, although most people would not believe this is possible, Suzuki's ideas are the first step in that direction? When you consider that the government has broad and sweeping powers where the presumption of innocense does not always apply, we should alway resist any attempt by the government to control more. The only power in the country that can legally use physical force on you should be limited in it's power and it's abililty to gain more power.
Unless of course we have faith that our government is run by totally honest, benevolent, wise, and all knowing individuals.
Posted by: TM | 2008-05-26 11:14:56 AM
set you free: I initially mentioned the fact that I was from Communist Poland, where they did exactly what you say they did (in fact, my mother tells me stories about the news highlighting children who are "heroes" to the state for telling the authorities that their parents were busy in the black market, or had counter-revolutionary activities, and so on).
This is where social conservatives and I agree, and where I agree with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children."
Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2008-05-26 12:02:31 PM
My son was homeschooled during his junior high years and I believe has become a better person for missing out on three years of social indoctrination in our school systems.
Posted by: set you free | 2008-05-26 12:08:40 PM
Marxists, Luddites, Fascists, Socialists, Unions, Corporate Rent Seekers, Snake-Oil Salesmen, and violent anarchists have all found a home within the pseudo-environmental community. Almost all institutions are infected with the rot. Suzuki aspires to be the equivalent of Canada's tribal Witch-Doctor.
Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-05-26 12:15:36 PM
set you free: I admire parents who homeschool their children, and am firmly dedicated to doing the same when it's my turn to be a parent.
(And even ignoring the indoctrination, the ability of homeschooled children to outperform their "professionally trained" peers is staggering. Homeschooled kids are better than publicly and privately schooled kids at math, science, spelling, and so on. Go homeschoolers!)
Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2008-05-26 12:51:47 PM
Suzuki is a monster whose contribution to our society is scaring the shit out of small children.
I hope his proud of himself.
Posted by: John West | 2008-05-26 12:55:45 PM
I would concur with your observation that homeschooled kids outperform their peers.
My son is finishing Grade 12 with an 85% average despite being borderline asperger's.
Studies have demonstrated that at the university level, homeschooled kids outperform those that have come out of public high schools by a significant margin.
Some pressure must be exerted, a la the British court case to keep propoganda films by the Goracle and totalitarian scaremongers like Suzuki out of our schools to promote dubious political indoctrination.
Posted by: set you free | 2008-05-26 1:04:22 PM
"Do I smell… fear?"
I fear for the children when used as propaganda pawns in TV commercials.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-05-26 4:32:05 PM
Do I smell...desperation?
Throwing the children into the battle is sometimes a sign of the end game.
And you better believe we're afraid. I'd expect nothing less when we see a predator getting that close to our children. There's useful fear, and there's dangerous fear. This one's the latter.
Posted by: dp | 2008-05-26 4:45:16 PM
Interesting...kids don't trust anyone over the age of 30. Has the boomer rallying cry returned?
Posted by: ALIO | 2008-05-26 6:44:22 PM
dp: ah very good point about desperation! Suzuki has already restored to scare tactics, attempts at intimidation through prosecution and the 'denier' label. What's next: mental illness?
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-05-26 6:51:27 PM
Does David Suzuki have an agenda? Of course he has an agenda. Does he make more money scaring the hell out of us, or watching fruit flies fornicate.... He makes a good living predicting human caused environmental disasters, none of which will actually occur.
Posted by: Tom | 2008-05-26 8:06:10 PM
I tend to agree with DP, that this old guy sneaking around (they are whispering, clearly the intent is to avoid being caught) with a bunch of little kids, conveys the impression of a sexual deviant. And remember the old iceberg principle; you only see one seventh of what is really happening. As much as I dislike Suzuki, I still can't believe he would put himself in that connotation.
Posted by: edrico | 2008-05-27 7:08:39 AM
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