Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Using Children

I find this disturbing and not a little creepy.

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.

His campaign is using its resources to target kids under 12- but why? Well, this might have something to do with it-

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

Classy. Now read on-

When it comes to your family, you are Barack's most effective advocate. There are less than two weeks left in this election. If you haven't already talked to your family, now is the time.

If you've already talked to your parents and grandparents about Barack and what's at stake in this election, let us know how it went, and what advice you would offer fellow supporters who are thinking about having the talk themselves.

As for "the talk", they even offer specific tips for children to use-

Approaching your parents about who they are voting for can be intimidating if you’ve never talked about politics with them before.

Don’t worry about knowing everything about policy positions before you have this conversation

Don’t wait until the last minute -- it might take a few conversations for you to convince them, so start as early as possible;

In short, he's using children to try and influence not just their parents but their grandparents. I don't know what's worse, aiming this propaganda at children who aren't even close to voting age and who don't understand politics, or the fact that they think emotional blackmail is just fine and dandy so long as they get a vote out of it.

It's a cheap, ugly tactic.

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