November 6, 2010

Apple Trees, Honey Bees and Snow White Turtle Doves

CAGW - The TV AD - "Chinese Professor" 
posted by fab4bear on YouTube

On election night this week, I turned on the television to watch a major network's coverage and was immediately sucker-punched by a loaded Citizens Against Government Waste ad that came on (see video above). Goodness ... select groups of the wealthy and their lapdogs don't even try to disguise their propaganda of control and fear anymore, do they? At least when creative marketers used to sell sugar water (see videos from the 1970's below) to the world, they would throw in a mini-rainbow coalition singing along to a heartwarming ditty to "connect" with the masses on a "deeper" level. 

Nowadays, ordinary citizens of the United States are easily hoodwinked to hate just about everyone and are encouraged to become the obedient fools our corporate kings and queens so very much want us to be. We're blinded and can't see the truth, even if it's right there in black and white in front of us.

Coca-Cola 70's Christmas Hilltop Commercial 
posted by cocacola86artgallery on YouTube

Excerpt from an October 14, 2010 New York Times article titled Boehner's Path to Power Began in Small-Town Ohio by Jennifer Steinhauer and Carl Hulse:

The culture wars that would later define the Republican Party were also far from the minds of the boys of Reading. "There just weren't as many issues then," said Jerry Vanden Eyden, Mr. Boehner's closest childhood friend. "You didn't know anything about gays, you didn't know anything about abortion, you didn't know anything about a lot of the social issues they got today," he said. "We didn't hear about it, didn't worry about it, didn't talk about it, didn't think about it."

It was work, and taxes, that politicized Mr. Boehner.

"Growing up, we were probably Kennedy Catholics because we were a strong devout Catholic family," said Bob Boehner, the congressman's older brother, who like all his siblings eventually switched party allegiance. "But the first time you get a real job and get your paycheck, you look down and you wonder, where's the rest of your money, and they explain to you that that's the tax you have to pay to the government, you start thinking more and more about becoming a Republican."

70's "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Commercial 
posted by michend2003 on YouTube

Excerpt from an October 30, 2010 New York Times Op-Ed article titled It's Morning in India by Thomas L. Friedman:

India and America are both democracies, a top Indian official explained to me, but emotionally they are now ships passing in the night. Because today the poorest Indian maid believes that if she can just save a few dollars to get her kid English lessons, that kid will have a better life than she does. So she is an optimist. "But the guy in Kansas," he added, "who today is enjoying a better life than the maid, is worried that he can't pass it on to his kids. So he's a pessimist."

Yes, when America lapses into a bad mood, everyone notices. After asking for an explanation of the Tea Party's politics, Gupta remarked: We have moved away from a politics of grievance to a politics of aspiration. Where is the American dream? Where is the optimism?"

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