Ma, I'm an Ideologue!
August 8, 2002
A scenario, for your consideration:
A 13-year-old girl is employed by a left-wing publication
to espouse her views of topical and sociopolitical interest.
Her articles are well written and coherent but definitely
follow the leftist, liberal slant of the publication. She
has strong opinions and a flair for selective research. It
is unknown if she has help in the writing process from an
adult, and while suspected, it is not provable even if there
The titles of her articles might include:
"Abortion - why I can't wait to kill an unborn child"
"Rug-munching, the choice I've made"
"Dubya is a liar"
"God is dead"
"Home schooling is for dummies"
Other articles touch on a variety of topics, from taxation
to Constitutional interpretation, from morals to the Middle
A few people might nod and say "kid's got a point" or "from
the mouths of babes." The reaction might also be measured
negatively in Richter units. Most of us, the rational ones,
would probably cancel our subscriptions to a rag so disreputable
as to accept propaganda from the pre-pubescent. As well, our
thoughts would go to the child and the family in which such
tough concepts have been introduced as matters of fact and
moral certitude. I would be disgusted, as I would never sell
out my child's moral development to any ideology.
To a child, truth is only what they learn it is, as told
to them by one in authority. The words and open thoughts of
a parent have an undeniable effect on the child. Presenting
them with only one acceptable way of looking at most, if not
all things, is a supreme disservice bordering on emotional
and psychological abuse. Touching a hot iron or an adult's
genitalia is inappropriate and to be avoided - it can be called
unsafe as a fundamental matter of fact and logic. A belief
in God or a political leaning is not necessarily a developmental
or life constant.
But I digress from my point - a 13-year-old child
simply does not possess the life experience, intellectual
skills, or moral development to foment a lasting and valid
opinion about any topic (save perhaps what Pokemon is the
best) much less to advise an adult as to what is true or not.
Obviously it is only through indoctrination that such a scenario
can be a reality, to wit.
WorldNetDaily.com, an unrepentent, right-wing conservative,
Christian-moral-majoritarian distorter or truth, justice and
the American way employs 13-year-old home-schooled Kyle Williams
to offer his analysis of topics as alien to his age-group
as those in the presented scenario. His column is dubbed "Veritas,"
Latin for truth, and presumably it is written for the further
edification of adults. Har-dee-har-har. Further yuks can be
Kyle believes he knows enough truth about the world to indict
liberalism as the cause of the world's ills. He thinks Gore
is disingenuous and a sore loser. He thinks there is no wall
of separation between church and state, and he believes he
has a firm enough grasp of tax law and Constitutional law
to declare the estate tax a foul. Where would a child get
Where indeed. I've seen him speak - that's right, he's public
speaker as well - and he reads from the pages on the podium
as if he's never laid eyes on the words before. Most recently,
he has taken it upon himself to debunk the nature argument
of homosexuality. Since when do kids, even the most precocious
of them, take an interest in this kind of topic?
What can we deduce from this real-life scenario? The right
wing would have us believe that while one child is capable
of talking sagely about these subjects, everyone else's children,
including their own, must be stranded in a sea of ignorance,
whether it is about budding sexuality and the safe exercise
thereof, or the true history of the United States of America
and the basis of our freedoms. There are indoctrinating their
own children to spread the word. This is a despicable low
in their culture war - another goose step, another salvo in
their war against other Americans.
Some readers of WND think Kyle's just the tops. I wonder
how they'd feel if Kyle one day wrote an equally scathing
article on the blatant dishonesty of the current administration.
Shame on WND - for exploiting a child. Shame on the parents
of Kyle Williams - for warping and sealing a mind of great
potential. You are all, in a word, pimps.
As for you Kyle, go enjoy your youth. Unless of course you
like being the right wing's little marionette.