cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published the comic strip named Baldo in its Sunday edition. I read it and had to sit back and reflect for a few minutes. You can see it here if you missed it on Sunday.
Is this an example of a political agenda masquerading as a comic strip? Some of the readers would say "absolutely not", this was simply a way to communicate the news to younger readers. Others would say "absolutely", this was a poorly disguised attempt to begin the political influencing at an early age.
Some comic strips have, for some time, been agenda-driven. Those strips tend to be liberally-oriented with the exception of Mallard that features a conservative "news duck".
I find this very concerning. I don't think it either necessary or wise to begin the political indoctrination process at such a tender age. Having said that, I am not so naive as to believe we don't have the same process in our school systems. We do, and it has been true for several decades if not longer. Our college campuses are afloat in political indoctrination efforts. That is not even a topic for discussion any more; it is simply true. And, there is a very decided leaning to the left, which probably explains why we don't see alarming headlines about our young people being co-opted by the dastardly conservatives.
There seems no end to what some political folks will do to gain blind obedience; there seems no conscience on the part of many who willingly engage in the political indoctrination of our children from the time they can walk and talk until they leave the institutions of "higher" learning.
Our children mature too rapidly as it is today; we really don't need to add to this process by adding an unhealthy dose of political training.
The saving grace so far seems to be this: when we get into the business of life and earning our way, we see more people coming to understand their earlier political leanings do not seem to satisfy the demands they face when confronting reality.
I'll soon begin what I hope will be a series about people in our community. The title of that series will be "People Making A Difference". I'd like to be able to feature some of those who contribute so much to our community and who, for whatever the reason, seldom get their due. The success of this effort is going to require your contributions. I'd like to hear from you with your suggestions about a person or several people who should be featured from your point of view. I'll bet that we all know one or two or more such people.
Please e-mail your suggestions to me by clicking on my name at the top of this column. Include the person's name and an explanation of why you think they deserve to be featured. I hope to hear from you.
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