Much time has been spent (rightly, in my opinion) mocking the new children’s book, Why Mommy is a Democrat, about a single mom squirrel teaching her little baby squirrels liberal orthodoxy. Sample: “Democrats make sure children can go to school, just like Mommy does.” (Reason‘s Nick Gillespie has a particularly funny attack on this.) In December 2002, I myself wrote about another stab at indoctrinating children via Russell is a Republican, the story of a conservative cat trying to deal with his liberal puppy friend, Benny: “Benny is usually looking for a handout. He has a tendency to whine and to moan and to sigh. Often he is anxious that he won’t be cared for. He is a Democrat. Russell loves him anyway.”
Not that anyone probably particularly cares where I come down on this, but I’m for indoctrination of children before indoctrination of animals, wild or domestic. Animals, after all, never grow up to be yawn-inspiring partisan hacks.
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