The Future Has Arrived: Barack Obama Targets Kids

I saw the future and it was as dark as I was afraid it would be. And with a single click you can see it too.

After I wrote about the danger that Sen. Obama’s association with people like Bill Ayers poses to the U.S. education and drew parallels between children singing praise to Sen. Obama and kids who grew up in police states, the reaction from the readers was somewhat mixed. Most people shared my concerns, but some doubted that an Obama-led government would bring politics into elementary and middle schools. Well, today my predictions have been confirmed by the most reliable source: Sen. Obama himself.

If you go to Sen. Obama’s official site and click on People you’d see — among others — a recently added category called Kids. Yes, that’s Kids as in “your kids” or “your sister’s or brother’s kids”. Those kids. Sen. Obama and his staff have apparently realized that they’ve been ignoring this important segment of our society. And with their usual determination and perseverance they went after it.
The opening statement sets the stage: “In the words of Senator Barack Obama, the “Obama for America Campaign is a different type of campaign”. For the first time in campaign history, children ages 12 and under, have a place to go and actually vote—through their voice. What a great way to be introduced to politics and to express your support for Senator Obama.” On this one, I have to agree with Sen. Obama–this is certainly a very different kind of campaign.

The site features content for kids themselves, for adults who want to leverage others’ kids to get more votes for Sen. Obama and for parents who want to leverage their kids to promote their support of Sen. Obama
 
Every set of instructions is worth reading. Kids have “10 Ways Kids for Obama can get involved” at their disposal. These steps include suggestions such as

  • Draw a picture of Senator Barack Obama or “an expression of Democracy”. For example, the Senator sitting in the White House or working on Capitol. Hill. You can send your drawing to the Obama for America Campaign Headquarters in Chicago and it will be posted for the Senator to see.
  • Implement T-Shirt Thursday. Get friends to wear an official Obama for America T-Shirt to school.
  • Take an adult (voting age) to the polls on Election Day and encourage them to vote for you, by voting for Senator Obama.
  • Post an official Obama for America Campaign sticker/logo on your school bag.

The site offers many handy instructions for young Sen. Obama supporters, helping them to form the pragmatic attitude they would absolutely need in the Obama led nation. The quote is worth reading in full (for the full text the site refers to this article):

The one thing most grandparents have in common is that they have the most wonderful grandchildren in the world – so clever, so handsome, so pretty, ever so precious. Even if you are still unsure of your path in life, and even if your parents and friends occasionally wonder about you, your grandma and grandpa love you and have faith in you.
That is your weapon! “Precious” needs to get on the phone and say, “Grandpa, Grandma, I am asking you to vote for Barack Obama. This is really important to me. It’s about my future. It’s about the world I will be living in. It’s about the world I want for my future children. (They will love that one!) Please! Do it for me!”
 
Put some urgency in your voice. Sound very disappointed in them if they give you excuses. Come back again, even harder. “This is about my future – my ability to get a good job, to live a healthy life, to have the same (or even more) opportunities than you had to succeed. I have never felt more strongly about anything. I am begging you to vote for Barack Obama. I need you to do this for me!”
This is just a sample script. You know what it takes to get to them.

People who would like to utilize many kids for Sen. Obama’s promotion can find a handy “Kids for Obama Starter Kit”. The kit opens with a scientific claim: “Studies have shown that kids can affect their parents and their siblings’ opinions and even change the opinions of older family members . . . including those of voting age”. Having set the tone, the kit offers simple guidelines for setting up a “Kids for Obama” event, covering such as aspects as invitations, broad advertising and planning. Its pragmatic advice is hard to misinterpret: “Ask kids to draw a picture of Barack Obama or what America means to them. These pictures could be used on campaign buttons and/or bumper stickers. It’s a great way to get kids involved!” A video shows a successful adult-led event and happy children who share their perspectives: “I want to vote for Barack Obama because he is cool!”

A report from a successful event says: “Yesterday, nearly 100 kids gathered in Pullen Park in Raleigh with their family and friends to show their support for Barack Obama. Children painted t-shirts, colored portraits of Barack, shot hoops for prizes and made American flags that they paraded around the park holding while cheering “Obama.”

Finally, young U.S. citizens can fully participate in political process. How young? You’ll be the judge. The site features letters from young supporters to Sen. Obama, such as this:

Dear Senator Obama,

I want you to be presadint because you are great for the economy.  You have a great forin policy.  We do not need a third term.

Hope you make it to the White house!
Your very yung suportar,
Ava A.
Age 8

But don’t think 8 years is the limit. You can love Sen. Obama even if you’re 3 and you still can be used for propaganda. A proud parent shares the story (along with a picture):

“My kids love Obama! My son is 3…he spells OBAMA and yells for President!”

Older generation also contributes its astute observations of political maturity of their grandchildren:

My six year old grand daughter picked up a newspaper section that had pictures of Hillary and McCain in it.
She looked at each page, turning it twice, and then looked again.
She breathed a deep sigh and tossed the newspaper down. She looked at me and said, “Grandma, that paper is no good!”
When I asked her why, she replied, “Because they left out Obama!”
Such a politically conscious observation from a six year old girl could only have been inspired by a man who reaches the hearts of everyone who come into contact with him, wether it be his voice, his pictures, or the spirit of love and positive hopeful energy he evokes in people of all ages! GRANDCHILDREN FOR OBAMA!

Now let’s wrap up the tour and put this into perspective. Is this all so bad? Is it bad at all? Shouldn’t kids be involved? Aren’t they entitled to their opinions? Is it wrong to reach out to them to open their eyes, so that they could change opinions of their parents? There are two way to answer these questions. One is simple ethics. Make no mistake: this is not about reaching out to the supporters. Sen. Obama openly goes after the kids of people who don’t plan to vote for him. He and his staff see the minds of children as a backdoor to get to the voting parents and grandparents. So, yes, it is bad. It is wrong. It is despicable. And there’s no excuse for this.
 
There’s another way to answer the question. What does our government think about this? Are they ok with targeting children with propaganda? As it turns out, they are not. When it comes to commercial advertisement, government bodies such as FDC and FDA have been going after marketers who target children age 12 and under. Yes, it’s exactly the same age group that Sen. Obama targets so explicitly. Just last year FDC along with its European counterpart pushed Masterfoods to stop marketing of its products (e.g. Snickers, Milky Way and Twix) to kids. Apparently, from the government’s perspective, kids age 12 and under are not mature enough to figure out whether Snickers are good or bad for their health, and thus can be misled by advertising. But of course, figuring out where a presidential candidate stands on taxes, abortion, education and national security is much easier. So why would the government have any problem with that?
 
I don’t know whether our government has a problem with that, but I sure do. Neither voting fraud nor accepting donations from untraceable foreign donors is as low as using kids to get to their parents. And the obsession that’s been sweeping the nation has gone too far if most adults in America don’t see it this way. But then again, these days adults in America proudly form groups called “Babies for Obama” where they exchange photos of infants wearing shirts covered with Obama propaganda.
 
The future is here. But with our votes and by sharing this information with others we can still prevent it from becoming a long-lasting dark reality, where kids are made into “very yung suportars” by pragmatic adults.

P.S. Sen. Obama’s site has a long history of silently removing materials that American public finds too disturbing (such as openly antisemetic musings of Sen. Obama’s supporters). Just in case the same sad fate awaits its “Kids” section, the snapshots of the site have been captured.

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30 responses

  1. “He and his stuff see the minds of children as a backdoor to get to the voting parents and grandparents. So, yes, it is bad. It is wrong. It is despicable. And there’s no excuse for this.”

    Laying it on a little thick are we not doc?

    I doubt very much that Obama is trying to reach the parent through there kids, if anything he is nuturing a future voters.

  2. On Children and politics – although some may find this disturbing (personally – I have a problem with children being “indoctrinated” politically regardless of the party), those that we, as parents, trust with our children have a tendency to “campaign” for a particular political point of view rather than teach civics. Therein lies the problem, civics, a course that was once found in every public school has been abandoned for “social studies” (which combines history, geography and yes, politics). Teachers routinely offer their own political point of view to students, and this political point of view is from the left. From a personal perspective, in 2000 I decided a career change was in order, I decided that teaching would give back to the community; as a way to make extra money and hours towards my certification, I decided to substitute. My focus was on middle school age children. In one instance, I had a long-term assignment, a science course, the teacher was out for an extended period of time, when I walked into the classroom, and the students were concerned with the outcome of the election. Their teacher was in Florida, insuring that votes were counted, because, if George Bush was elected, the students would have to be in school seven days a week. I was floored – they further opined that Bush was bad for America, and when I asked why, they had no answer, “just because”. This was not an isolated incident; this was part and parcel of the “education” regardless of grade and or class. Ask your children if there is political discussion in their classrooms and you will find they are being taught all about ‘good Democrats and bad Republicans’. If a teacher is independent minded and leans conservative, they are forced to join a union, the Teachers unions push a Progressive agenda, and dues are routinely used to fund candidates and lobby for laws that affect our children. Should one want to opt out of a teachers union, it can be done, but one must pay a “fee” not to join and then face “repercussions from fellow teachers”. How does this happen? The “teachers” are themselves indoctrinated, if not before then at the university level. Is it all teachers, no, but it is a majority and it boggles the mind. I decided, after a year spent in the program, witnessing a lack of discipline, lack of textbooks, consistent political messages, and a mandate to join a union, and school systems where a 60% graduation rate was acceptable, that I could not be a part of this system. Unless and until the education system is given an overhaul and unions are not “mandatory” for professionals who hold advanced degrees, then this will continue to happen. Parents can take an active roll in ensuring that their children receive a solid education – though alternate school choices, (private and parochial schools are worth the expense and sacrifice) where civics, and the way the government works, as well as political parties are discussed equally. If that is simply not an option, then a parent should discuss civics, outlining that there are choices in political parties, and pointing out that it is important to research a candidate and party and choose the party which has ideas that are most like ones own. Children should be taught, by their parents, that there are several points of view, that when they are of age, they will have the privilege of voting. The candidate they choose should have policies and values that align with their own, and that anyone, especially a teacher, cannot offer a political point of view as a “fact”. How to solve the problem? Unless and until the education system in our country is no longer run by a progressive union and teachers are given a choice, via their paychecks, to reward those who strive for excellence in education and to mandate that personal political points of view belonging to an educator do not belong in the classroom. As to Obama for Kids: Parents who are approached by a child who is not of an age to vote, should just sit them down and explain to them that there are two sides to the story and that at 8 or 12, or 16, they are not old enough to participate in the process, but the should be learning about the process. Parents who encourage the brainwashing of their children, are themselves lost. I would hazard to guess it is the exception not the rule – From Hitler to Jim Jones, those who follow blindly will reap the consequences.

  3. Mike:
    > I doubt very much that Obama is trying to reach the parent through there kids, if anything he is nuturing a future voters.

    I agree that he’s trying to nurture future voters, though it makes you wonder why he would want do that if none of these kids will be ever able to vote for him (they won’t reach the voting age even by 2012).

    As for the core issue on whether he’s trying to reach the parents through their kids, I’ll let the site to speak for itself. Here’s a couple of quotes:

    Take an adult (voting age) to the polls on Election Day and encourage them to vote for you, by voting for Senator Obama.

    Studies have shown that kids can affect their parents and their siblings’ opinions and even change the opinions of older family members . . . including those of voting age

    …your grandma and grandpa love you and have faith in you.
    That is your weapon! “Precious” needs to get on the phone and say, “Grandpa, Grandma, I am asking you to vote for Barack Obama. This is really important to me. It’s about my future. It’s about the world I will be living in. It’s about the world I want for my future children. (They will love that one!) Please! Do it for me!”

    It’s tough to get more explicit than that.

  4. [...] Dr. Slogan, with whose comments I completely agree: Is this all so bad? Is it bad at all? Shouldn’t kids be [...]

  5. [...] “(…) That is your weapon! “Precious” needs to get on the phone and say, “Grandpa, Grandma, I am asking you to vote for Barack Obama. This is really important to me. It’s about my future. It’s about the world I will be living in. It’s about the world I want for my future children. (They will love that one!) Please! Do it for me!” Barack Obama in “Kids for Obama” ___________________________________________________________ [...]

  6. martha in san diego | Reply

    God, what an absolute mess Obama is psychologically speaking to go after kids. This is so sad to see. Kids are vulnerable and impressionable and should be off-limits by any campaigns. Parents are the only sources that kids should be exposed to when looking at election campaigns. What’s next – telling all our kids they need to turn their parents in for not supporting the Messiah? Or, maybe we’ll be hearing about kids turning in parents who don’t read the Koran and follow Sharia law? It’s not too far afield when you consider Obama’s closest allies. Thankfully, my kids are centered. Please get your kids squared away before it’s too late!

  7. Typical White Person | Reply

    Unbelievable. Is there anything this man won’t do? Is there going to be a place that we can escape if this nut job becomes President? I certainly don’t want my grandchild raised in this environment. Geez, just connect the dots. This sounds like the kind of crap that he and Ayers worked on.

  8. [...] targets immature minds, and incites them to manipulate their elders into voting for the Obama.  Dr. Slogan’s Prescriptions has the [...]

  9. [...] how to get your parents or grandparents to vote “O”.  Here is an excerpt (see here for more on this): The one thing most grandparents have in common is that they have the most wonderful [...]

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  11. Im just getting tired of see those blasted OBAMA stickers everywhere i mean this man could end up as a emprer or tyrant and these pathetic fools are falling for it HOOK,LINE and SINKER

  12. Well, my granddaughter has nightmares about Obama. She wakes up screaming and saying, “Obamama is after me!” She says Obama is a bad man. She wants me to vote for “Senator John McCain.”

  13. SOUND FAMILIAR?
    NAZI GERMANY, HITLER YOUTH?

  14. Jim is right. We are repeating history because we were too stupid to learn from it. Stupid is as stupid does. After nearly half a billion deaths from Marx last century, there is absolutely no excuse for the Western world to even consider this stuff today. NONE. It’s nothing short of moronic. I can’t believe this is even happening again in my lifetime.

  15. Hugh:
    > We are repeating history because we were too stupid to learn from it.

    Someone smart once said that if there is one thing history can teach us it that it cannot teach us anything. Just like you I’ve thought that our country was sort of immune to mass craziness. It’s mindboggling to see what’s happening from coast to coast.

  16. passionate4integrity | Reply

    It sounds eerily like brainwashing to me.

    Children should be taught honesty, truth and fairness.

    The right to make a decision of their own; not live their life based on the ambitions and ideals of another (especially of those that live in the past and are unable to move forward with their thinking).

    Guided by loving nurturing hands open to new ideas, their ideas; not the ideas of someone else.

    Leaders are to lead… but with our opinions and thoughts in mind. You can be a leader with one purpose or you can be a leader who is multipurposed. You can be a leader who inspires or a leader who instigates.

    A leader should be committed to what is good for all, not all that should be good for one.

  17. [...] Ugh. Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need | Kids for Obama Starter Kit Quoted from Dr Slogan, via LFG: [...]

  18. Wait until you see the liberal agenda for sex education for our babies….including masturbation info in kindergarten. They are already teaching children to get undressed and sexually touch each other in other countries where it is already legal. You can google it.

    marianne

    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/

  19. I have an old saying from many years ago;
    “It makes no sense to talk about rearranging
    coat hangers when the house is burning down.”
    Taxes, medical plan, views on abortions, one sided
    media, savings, etc., etc. They’re all coat hangers.
    Non of those coat hanger mean anything if we
    don’t have a country to hang them on. Your minds
    peripheral vision should be able to see the chess
    moves taking place around the world. For
    example; Why would Russia contract Venezuela
    to build 100,00 Ak-103 assault rifles?
    Why are China and Russia in the process of updating
    their atomic weapons. Why are Syria and Iran goating
    us in keeping the major number of US troops in the
    Mid-east by saying their going to attack Israel and
    eliminate the Jews? I can go on and on with that one.
    Vote to save our house!!!

  20. http://drslogan.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/the-future-has-arrived-barack-obama-targets-kids/

    Obama is one dangrous man!
    He has plans already underway to shut down conservative radio and TV stations. I’m not playing around here. Also, check out the web site above.

  21. http://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com

    Obama has been using Saul Olinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” throughout his campaign in conjunction with his apparent belief in “The Secret.”

    Have you noticed how he’s always conducted himself as if he IS president rather than running for president? That’s straight out of “The Secret.”

    If Obama wins the election we may well be enjoying the last days of freedom of speech and freedom to browse out here on the internet. Remember how so much adverse news involving Obama was scrubbed from the internet? Imagine a new “scrubbed America.”

  22. [...] How about close relationships with people involved in international terror? Or laser sharp focus on indoctrinating children? Or a laundry list of every modern-day tyrant openly expressing support? Or persistent suppression [...]

  23. Obama uses a conversational hypnotic technique known as “Ericksonian”. It is a bonafide subliminal “hack” form of mass hypnosis, used by Hitler.
    Look it up – http://www.pennypresslv.com/Obama's_Use_of_Hidden_Hypnosis_techniques_in_His_Speeches.pdf

  24. I learned the voice technique when I was trained for a debate team in school. The voice modulation helps convince people you are right.

  25. barack obama election materials…

    I must have somehow missed it! Guess I should do some other research before coming to a conclusion….

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  27. Hitler, Youth camps, Eugenics and the Halocaust come to mind. FEMA Camps….Socialism….yeah, it’s all there.

  28. Ah and many years later it is done through a icarly episode.

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