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Making Sure Your Holidays are Miserable

If your spunky little niece comes home from college for the holiday and sits down at the table to lecture the family on the benefits of Obamacare and gun control, cut her a little slack. She’s just obeying orders from her president and a billionaire businessman who wants to run her life.

Seriously, have these people ever heard of keeping politics and religion away from the dinner table at the holidays? Why are they trying to convince young people that a great way to sell their message is to annoy the hell out of everyone who just wants to celebrate Thanksgiving?

On second thought, I hope many of them will do it. Go on little lemmings and annoy your family members during this holiday season. Be a representative of overly obnoxious government intrusion into all aspects of our personal lives! It will do wonders for your cause.

13 Responses to “Making Sure Your Holidays are Miserable”

  1. Miguel says:

    I bet that will go well on tables where the turkey was harvested via shotgun….

  2. Andy B. says:

    I don’t see this approach as working at all for them, because popular mythology aside, I don’t see what people are acculturated to, changing all that much by being away at college. Maybe people’s opinions of other people can be changed by being exposed to them in a new setting (e.g., I developed a number of negative attitudes I hadn’t had before, thanks to the diversity I experienced when I was first away from home, in the Army; and a few more later, in college) but even a snotty little niece who has been somewhat acculturated to guns is probably not going to be completely changed because of being exposed to simplistic propaganda at college. She may not be a shooter herself, but if her dad and brothers have been, she at least understands that it doesn’t make them into slathering boogeymen. More importantly perhaps, gun control is not going to be elevated to a hot button issue for her, if it wasn’t before. And what people sorta-kinda think is completely unimportant, as compared to what motivates them.

    • Merle says:

      Personally, I think you are going to be disappointed. Our beloved higher educators are very good at brainwashing the young & inexperienced kids.

      Merle

      • Andy B. says:

        I won’t debate that because I’m sure we’d both descend to citing personal anecdotes that would be true to our life experiences. But, I would caution everyone to be careful not to get caught up in an anti-intellectual meme that is part of a calculated propaganda campaign. The boundary between being sincerely concerned and being someone’s useful idiot is often narrow.

        The Nazi party’s populist rhetoric featured anti-intellectualism as a common motif, including Adolf Hitler’s political polemic, Mein Kampf. Perhaps its most extreme political form was during the 1970s in Cambodia under the rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, when people were killed for being academics or even for merely wearing eyeglasses (as it suggested literacy) in the Killing Fields.

        • HSR47 says:

          I think I understand where you’re going, and the point you’re trying to make, but….

          After leftists took over higher education they largely changed the focus from “how to think” to “what to think.”

          Furthermore, for many students, college these days isn’t about any sort of truly intellectual pursuit: it’s about going to a lot of cool parties, getting drunk and/or high on a regular basis, and eventually getting a piece of paper that will say that you’re qualified for jobs that largely don’t exist anymore. Oh, and they’ll have the privileged of paying tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars to do this.

          It’s important to distinguish between opposing education itself (anti-intellectualism), and opposing what our educational system has been morphed into by leftists pushing an agenda.

  3. Miseri N. Company says:

    I have less patience than I used to. If some dumb kid started spouting off at my table (if I had a kid) I would a) charge them for the meal, and b) escort them out of the house.

    There are some forms of rudeness up with which one should not put.

    • Mat says:

      This, I have to deal with enough hippy garbage out and about as it is. Not going to happen at the dinner table

  4. Bram says:

    Just laugh in her face and explain how her massive new premiums are subsidizing my healthcare. If my daughter comes home with that attitude, she’ll be dropped from my health insurance.

  5. dustydog says:

    The anti-gunny end-game isn’t to have a kid convince anyone at Thanksgiving. It is to make sure that the family fights, and stupid peoples’ feelings get hurt. The goal is to keeping the base full of hate and righteousness.

  6. Andy B. says:

    “The goal is to keeping the base full of hate and righteousness.”

    Now that is perceptive! I like it!

    My caveat would be, not to get sucked into the “team sport” aspects of it. It is not just the “anti-gunnies'” end game. It is the end game of both (all?) statist oligarchies that are competing for a monopoly on power over us.

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