So, I saw on the news last night, the following video of a group of kids singing an Obama song, under the direction of Kathy Sawada, a music teacher (just a note – this video was not done through any official school organization or anything like that. I included her occupation just for background):
Holy crap, that’s freaky!
Now, here’s what the website, Sing for Change, says on it’s main page (Note: I can’t get on it anymore – it looks as if it was taken down, because it’s now just redirecting me to the domain-hosting site):
Sing for Change chronicles a recent Sunday afternoon, when 22 children, ages 5-12, gathered to sing original songs in the belief that their singing would lift up our communities for the coming election. Light, hope, courage and love shine through these non-voting children who believe that their very best contribution to the Obama campaign is to sing.
And on it’s About page:
Sing for Change was a confluence of hard work, good will, and shared vision. Inspired by ideas raised at a grassroots Obama fundraiser, a music teacher, Kathy Sawada, and the children composed and rehearsed the songs in less than two weeks. Several musicians heard of the effort and volunteered to accompany the children. Parents and older siblings designed and provided the T-Shirts and the banner. There’s a first for everything, but rarely do so many firsts come together at once: for the children and their parents, this is their first performance, first video, first banner, and first involvement with grassroots work on a presidential campaign.
As Sunday approached, a neighbor volunteered a home. Production wizards got wind of the project and offered their help in recording it. The likes of Jeff Zucker, Holly Schiffer, Peter Rosenfeld, Darin Moran, Jean Martin, Andy Blumenthal, and Nick Phoenix rearranged schedules to participate. Holly Schiffer was able to get three High Definition cameras (Panasonic HVX250’s), and an AVID editing facility. When Jeff Zucker went to pick up the camera package, Ted Schilowitz happened to be there and offered a RED camera set up on a SteadiCam.
What we accomplished in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon embodies the nature of the Obama campaign: its grassroots inspiration, its inclusiveness, its community building. People pitched in quickly for a cause that resonated with them. There were not many conditions: “Think this is a good idea? Want to help? Great. Sunday at 12:00.” At the heart of the project were 22 children and their music. The willingness of all involved to come together for them was a testament to our hope, unity, courage, joy and belief in the future represented by these children.
That’s right, that would be THE Jeff Zucker, the President and CEO of NBC (let’s see if NBC and MSNBC are going to be able to maintain that appearance of being “balanced” now – not like I ever thought they were).
This is just sick. These kids, especially the young ones, couldn’t have formed logical opinions on who they’d support in this election. I’d say the same thing if they were singing for McCain (although, it’s interesting, there’s quite a few videos of children singing for Obama on YouTube, but none that I could find for McCain). Heck – I’d say this was crazy if they were singing about Abraham Lincoln – 5-year-olds don’t know if they’d have agreed with Lincoln on his interpretation. What if the kid wants to be a states’rights secessionist – he has that RIGHT (although, in my opinion, that person would have a skewed interpretation of the Constitution).
The point is, no SANE parent would have a kid as young as most of them participating, and applauding.
It’s brainwashing. It would be brainwashing if this was for McCain. It would be brainwashing if this was done for Lincoln even – and most Americans LOVE Lincoln.
The point is, the parents who participated in these need to have their heads examined. I feel sorry for the kids who didn’t know any better. “OOH! OBAMA WILL BRING CHANGE! Let’s sing a song about him!” No – these kids were persuaded to do this by their parents (maybe with the exception of those 10-12).
Even my liberal roommates and thec onservative/semi-apathetic one agreed with me on this – it’s creepy.
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