I understand Big Bird’s feathers were a bit ruffled on account of Mitt Romney’s Presidential debate reference last week – too bad – don’t be sad – just get glad you are so damn important in 2012. It is not just about you Bird but all those U.S. jobs that your kind generates that Romney and company want to eliminate because, well I guess, we taxpayers just can’t afford it anymore …what?
Look I get it … the extremist right wing can not tolerate a neighborhood like Sesame Street any longer. It is quite understandable because after all we have two obviously gay guys, Bert and Ernie living together – come on, those single twin beds are not REALLY fooling anyone, we have that homeless begging pest Oscar Grouch, unhealthy eating fat Cookie Monster, a Hispanic neighbor lady, African American men and then the damn Big Bird [who the hell knows what gender that thing is] plus a sundry of other very non-standard not REAL American types.
It makes perfect sense to me that the GOP wants to cut PBS funding and along with it that intelligentsia, bookish NPR. Because we, the American people, can no longer support the obvious left wing brain washing that these venues are producing with all that tax payer money – STOP the madness now – kill the f***king bird!
Of course we also have to stop funding Head Start, Planned Parenthood, Pell Grants, Public Libraries, U.S. Post Office, Public Transportation and so many more of those supportive programs who are determined to help educate, make healthy and keep mainstreamed most citizens in our society because before you know it everyone will want a part of the American dream. It is just that simple – if you do not have a trust fund for private school nor a car to get you to and from book stores and money for concierge physicians – then why the hell do you think you are entitled to those things anyway? Get real America – the GOP says get off your ass now – get two or three minimum wage jobs and save damn you – then you too can be REALLY successful and finally be REAL Americans.
Now Tereza, what you are saying – that is cute rhetoric you write here but its just hyperbole – that is not REALLY what GOP wants for our great nation. Oh no – isn’t it I ask you? Maybe not cognitively but oh baby this scenario I describe is what will be the result if these extremist Republicans rule the day – I personally cannot explain because it is just too crazy an idea that anyone of any political party would want to diminish our nation to such an extent – why, why, why is the perplexing and truly unanswerable thoughts in my head concerning their plan. The answer must be fear – fear of an educated electorate and I suppose a real philosophy that only private ventures – money making corporations are the way for REAL American success. Conservatives seem to have an irrational ,visceral hatred of all public sector venues … be it the arts, science or education – it seems antithetical to me that one can rally round our U.S.A. flag and yet be so against attempts to inform the whole American society via public broadcasting – that being the REAL inclusive America.
Now I truly believe the intelligent members of current GOP, like their more normal and logical precursors - as the type my very Liberal parents had as friends and admired and as some of my best friends who are Republican can be described as being – these folks are not anti PBS/NPR, etc.. What I do believe is present day GOP is catering – throwing so called “red meat” topics and ideas out to their lesser members – the unwashed who see things like intellectualism to be a threat and somehow anti-American. Shameful – would the great Republican U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt had allowed right wing evangelical extremists to stop his national park efforts – certainly not. Would hero General U.S. President Eisenhower allowed his fellow Republicans to force him to war monger against the Communist post WWII threat – no way – in fact he lectured against the military complex having too much power in our country. So why then are the leaders in today’s Republican party allowing themselves to be the so called Tea Party bitches – defunding things like Big Bird for G-d’s sake? Why indeed we must ask – the first most blatant answer is they want the masses [who are so often real asses] to elect them and the smart ones are quite willing to stoop to the ignorant, hateful, narrow minded level to do just that – get that base to the polls with promises of ending all perceived progressive, minority helping, liberal idea based government sponsored programs – even if these very folks are the ones who would most benefit from those exact plans. Listen – I sure as hell do not need free access for my children … blessed to be able to afford private educations, etc. but I and my wise husband are not stupid enough to think our opportunity to give our children an elite education will insulate us or them from a diminished populace. My babies are Au pair privileged – an educated woman who like myself and their Father guides them and exposes them to literature, the arts and more. I want all American children to have similar advantages – maybe not a well paid Au pair or governess or private school educations but still the very best public tax payer funding can offer. This desire is not totally nor singularly altruistic and certainly not bleeding heart Liberal on my and my husband’s part – while yes we both feel it is the moral thing to do, it is also because our privileged children must and will live in a nation with others less so and we want those others to be well educated and productive as well – for our desire is that we and our children benefit from the greater good and to do that we do not mind – no we actually want to contribute to that goal via our tax dollars, as well as charitable contributions. No American citizen should have to depend on the largess of those of us able to be charitable – as wonderful and as beneficial as organization funded through charitable contribution are, the real fair and really equal set up must be a taxed based across the board community structure that our wise Founders envisioned in this grand scheme. Public education was a founding American principal and of course modernity means that must be expanded to more complete venues involving health care, higher education, arts, et al.. When did the GOP decide to break away from the lifting all boats theory that this great nation was based on for so long – are we not our brothers and sisters keepers any longer? Ask yourself – what good it does any of us to not have PBS, Sesame Street and such – those things that some among us have as their only free available entertainment and educational viewing opportunities. I am sad – heart broken that Big Bird is on the chopping block – yes even though I allow no one under three, except our Labrador, to ever watch TV.
Admittedly, I am a devoted lifelong Democrat – so surely I would only want you to vote for Democrat candidates no matter the issues but this is a do or die election because I REALLY believe not only is the big yellow bird’s life on the line if Romney and other like minded Republicans win in November 2012 but all our very existences. So PLEASE be a REALLY good neighbor & friend – sing it out loud like Telly & Ben Stiller did on Sesame Street – elect Obama for a 2nd term and help him help us by voting straight Democrat this year – ALL the birds will be tweeting a lot happier if you do – even our Republican kind I assure you!!!
P.S. In my 2013 memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! there will be a REAL explanation of how both PBS and NPR helped shape me – gave me hope & comfort during some very difficult times – so you see these things REALLY do matter!!!