Thursday, April 23, 2009

From Womb to Worry

I was out looking for a few baby items the other day...these onesies at Baby Gap made me want to spit up...









"Green for Life" "Warm is not Cool" "Green is the new Black" "Zero Emissions" "Back by Popular Demand (Peace)" "Got Wind"

This stuff is EVERYWHERE. I can buy a "green" designer handbag, "green" lipstick, a "green" cocktail dress....when does it end? I find it so entertaining that the same mass-marketing commercialism/capitalistic materialism that my liberal professors at the "U" made me rally against to get "A's" is being used to pitch all this liberal nonsense to suburban women like me. I guess people must be buying it.

I'd love to see some baby conservative wear...onesies that say "Freedom Isn't Free", "Loving Liberty", "Taxes Stink"....but I think it's harder for conservatism to be boiled down to little phrases. Liberalism is much easier to describe and sell-that's why they have so many slogan shirts and songs and catch-phrases for protest signs. It's a much simpler concept-- albeit one that only works in the confines of a classroom. Life should be fair, take from those who have, give to those who don't. Conservative thought requires just a bit more time and energy to think through. Why DON'T we just take from those who have? Why CAN'T government be the answer to our problems? Why can't we guarantee equal outcomes?

It's bad enough that my 4-year-olds are scared that the "Earth is going to go away" by Moose A. Moose and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy on Noggin (an Earth Day video yesterday featured shiny happy colorful cartoons cleaning up the planet with beaches and mountains and forests-- only to go to shades of gray and black-- this is what will happen if you don't do your part-- the Earth will actually turn black and go away).

Now they have the babies in on the act. I'll tell you what- the Catholic Church has nothing on these leftie environmentalists in doling out guilt. They could teach the Church a thing or two.

I heard about this survey on Rush yesterday- from Live Science:

A survey of 500 U.S. children aged 6 to 11 found that one-third fear Earth won't exist when they grow up. And 56 percent believe the planet will not be as good a place to live.

(The truth: Earth may indeed become less hospitable in the next few decades as the climate warms and seas rise, but barring a surprise cosmic catastrophe —with odds that are astronomically long — the planet will be around for a few billion years. Feel free to share that with your kids.)

The study was conducted by Opinion Research for Habitat Heroes, an environmental charity, and a report on it by Treehugger.com has been widely cited. It should be noted that the findings suggest the questions had an environmental bent that might have influenced the answers in a manner that is not representative of kids in general. That said, other results from the survey:

50 percent of the kids said hurricanes and tornadoes are the natural disasters that scare them most.


28 percent said they fear extinction of animals, such as polar bears and penguins.

The overall worries were most profound among black and Hispanic children.

Girls worry more than boys, and urban kids worry more than those in suburbia.

Looks like the inner-city schools are doing their job-worrying kids about the state of the planet. Maybe the schools should worry kids more about graduating from High School.

I think I'll stick to the puppies, sailboats and race cars for my baby clothes- but rest assured I'll see one of the "green" slogans on a new Aidan or Austin very soon.

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