Monday, January 26, 2009

Ice Cream & The Election


Who worries about "the cow" when it is all about

the "Ice Cream?  

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was

while teaching third grade this year.  

The presidential election was heating up and

 some of the children showed an interest.  

I decided we would have an election for a class president.

 We would choose our nominees.

 They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.  

To simplify the process, candidates were

 nominated by other class members.  

We discussed what kinds of characteristics

 these students should have.

We got many nominations and from those,

Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.  

The class had done a great job in their selections.

Both candidates were good kids.

I thought Jamie might have an advantage because

 he got lots of parental support.

 I had never met Olivia's parents.  

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches.  

Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about

 how to make our class a better place.

 He ended by promising to do his very best.

 Everyone applauded.  

He sat down and Olivia came to the podium.

 Her speech was concise.

She said, "If you will vote for me,

 I will give you ice cream." She sat down.  

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.

" She surely could say more. She did not have to.

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream?

 She wasn't sure.

 Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it?

 She didn't know.

 The class really didn't care.

All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.  

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth

 he offered ice cream and

 fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds.

They want ice cream.

 The other forty-eight percent of us know

 we're going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.


    The mayor of Portland insists he won't resign despite being caught in a lie about an affair with an 18-year-old man. But he will consider stepping down as soon as he can run for Governor of New Jersey
    ~Jake Novak

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