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Politics Through the Eyes of a Five Year Old - Karen's Musings
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Politics Through the Eyes of a Five Year Old

This post is otherwise entitled "The only political post I ever plan to write."  Though I have much to say about the political environment today, I just don't have the will to stir up that much controversy. 

The J-man's school was used as a polling place, but they didn't close the facility, because the polling area was relatively small in comparison to the facility.  It was great, because the kids got to see what a polling place looks like and they held a mock election in the class.  First, they voted on what snack they would have that day so that they could learn what voting was all about, and then they had a mock presidential election.  All the kids got to vote for who they wanted for president.

So we asked J who he voted for:

J:  John McCain
Me:  What made you decide to vote for John McCain?
J:  All my friends were voting for him.
Me:  And what made them decide to vote for John McCain?
J:  He's the coolest.
Me:  Oh!  Well, that's a very good reason.  Do you know who actually won the election?
J:  Who?
Me:  Barack Obama.
J:  Oh yeah!  Our whole class voted for him!
Me:  Sure, for varying degrees of "whole." 
J:  Why did he win?
Me:  Well, 52% of the registered voters who actually voted on election day voted for him.
J:  Who did Abba vote for?
Me:  Well, you'll have to ask him, but he doesn't have to tell you if he doesn't want to; we have anonymous balloting in the United States.
J:  Abba?  Did you vote?
Seth:  Yes, J, I voted.
J: Well, did you vote for John McCain?
Seth:  Er, No.
J:  Did you vote for Bark Obama?
Seth:  Yes, I did.
J:  Oh, that was a very good idea, all of my friends voted for him, and my whole class voted for him, and half of the class voted for John McCain. 
Seth (aside):  Coming soon?  Fractions!
Me:  So, who did you vote for, exactly?
J:  Well, some of us voted for John McCain and some of us voted for Bark Obama. 
Seth:  Did any of you vote for Ralph Nader?
J:  I don't know.  Is he president?
Me:  He was a presidential nominee.
J:  Well, we didn't vote for him.
Seth:  Did any of you vote for Dr. Mellow?
J:  Who's that?
Me:  He's a friend of ours who ran a write-in campaign on a single-issue platform of abolishing Daylight Savings Time.
J:  What's a platform?
Me:  It's what you say you will do if you become president.
J:  Well, you know what I will do when I become president?  I will have lots of toys.
Me:  Oh, that's an interesting platform.  And what will you do for the American people? 
J:  I will play with the toys!

So there you have it, folks!  When J becomes president (of course, he won't be qualified for another 30 years, since you have to be 35 to run for president), he will have lots of toys.  And he will play with them.    That ought to solve the world's problems.


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leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: November 9th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I needed a dose of Julian-isms today. I think the world is a much better place with him in it.

magid From: magid Date: November 9th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
How excellent!
happyduck1979 From: happyduck1979 Date: November 9th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that would make for a lovely world!
From: predigested Date: November 9th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Utterly adorable.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: November 9th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow I love his logic.

Julian Cohen for President 2042!!!!
childlight From: childlight Date: November 9th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember we had a mock election when I was in first grade. I voted for Ronald Reagan because his name reminded me of Ronald McDonald and I LOVED Mcdonalds french fries. LOL
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: November 9th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was surprised at how much interest Grace took in the election, actually, and how mature her questions were. She knew that our family were all enthusiastic Obama supporters, and wanted to know why we thought he would do a better job than Mr. McCain. Trying to explain that in terms she could understand was the hard part.

Then again, this is the child who demanded, and retained, an explanation of tectonic plate movement. She asks a lot of things we don't think she'll understand, and is usually surprised. Anyhow, she was just on her way up to bed when Obama broke the 270-electoral-vote threshold and the house erupted in happy cheers, so she got to share the moment with us, which was nice.
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: November 9th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm all for the Toy Platform!
xiphias From: xiphias Date: November 9th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was Bush's platform, too. Unfortunately, his daddy let him play with gun-toys.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: November 9th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome. If he sticks with that platform, he'll be the first president in quite some time to deliver on campaign promises.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: November 9th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
If he had voted for me, I would have given him a cookie.
cellio From: cellio Date: November 9th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least it's an honest, up-front platform. :-)
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: November 9th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will have toys, and I will play with them for you!

A fine platform - a more honest, and substantially less self-serving one than most politicians.

It kind of reminds me of a guy I knew way back in my student days who ran for student elections. His entire platform consisted of:
(i) Unlike the other groups on campus I will not lie to you about using student council funds for my own purposes.
(ii) Unlike most of the student politiicians, I will attend every meeting of the student council. I will try to stay awake through every meeting.
(ii) I will use student funds to buy an inexpensive coffe-plunger, which I have priced at $25, so I can stay awake at those meetings.
(iii) Beyond that I will not use one dollar of student funds for personal purposes.

That was it. He had no other platform and made no other promises apart from that he was going to buy a coffee-plunger and turn up to meetings and not misappropriate funds (apart from the coffee plunger). To my recollection, he nearly got in, too.

(Ironically, that particular student body was recently dissolved... after going bankrupt when something like 120 thousand dollars of student funds were misappropriated by the president. They should have kept the coffee-plunger guy around.)
lizziebennet From: lizziebennet Date: November 10th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)

That's so great. And I love you guys's comments. All of Julian's "everyone voted for ___" was making me smile, and then I just started laughing at Seth's aside "Coming soon? Fractions!"
eyelid From: eyelid Date: November 10th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
better than bush's platform.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: November 10th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Down with DST!
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: November 10th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's got Asher's and Levi's vote!

That's so cute that they had an election! I dont think Asher even knows who McCain and Obama are!
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