Million Muppet March at the Mall: ‘Sesame Street’ and PBS demand tax money

PBS received $445 million dollars of the $3.8 trillion dollar deficit in outlays during 2012 and because there has been discussion over cutting that aspect of the budget, this has progressives up in arms, since it is their belief that by taking away that $445 million dollars it would mean the end of PBS. Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, have responded to such a suggestion by separately coming up with the idea for a Million Muppet March on the mall in Washington D.C., just three days before the election to protest the cuts.

This exhibition of progressive ideology is exactly the kind of thing that has ruined America, and you know you’re in trouble when it is not possible to attack the $3.8 trillion dollars applied to the 2012 deficit by dealing with the easy stuff like Public Broadcasting. Rather than have PBS commercialize like everyone else to allow the marketplace to determine winners and losers, progressives insist with the same vigor that they advocate for public education that somehow, some way Sesame Street has a right to be on television, and that the programming done on PBS is of such importance that it be beyond competitive refute.

I personally like PBS. I occasionally watch documentaries and I do listen to the various radio stations since many of them play classical music, which is about the only kind of music I listen to on a regular basis. But the danger is that PBS has become, as it has always been intended, a mouth piece for progressive politics that directly feeds an expanding government. Taking for instance the issue of Sesame Street, which has been relatively creative in how they attempt to teach children, they have made themselves cultural mainstays among America’s youth, is not necessarily good when studied contextually against the back drop of results.

I don’t believe it is good for children to be exposed to the kind of fairness, and socialism that is displayed on Sesame Street even though the intentions are innocent. Big Bird is a social mediator in the lives of the Sesame Street neighborhood in a similar way that social parasites who push school levies and more regulation pry into the lives of their friends and neighbors in reality, and for many of these cellulite infested panicky parents of the future, they received their first impressions that such behavior was okay from Sesame Street where their busy parents plopped them down in front of the TV to watch instead of doing the parenting themselves. Oscar the Grouch is certainly a representative of the poor and downtrodden—after all he lives in a garbage can. Is it not the intention of Oscar to give young people an altruistic view of the poor so they will grow up and accept socialism as the primary driver of fairness in the economies they will contribute to? Is it not true that Bert and Ernie is a homosexual couple living together in complete neurosis and emotional dysfunction? How many young people before the age of 5 have set in their minds that they might want to be homosexual like Bert and Ernie when they grow up, instead of finding a wife or husband of the opposite sex to marry, and have children? Sesame Street is only 43 years old, so it is hardly a staple of American values, tradition and an advocate of self-reliance. It was a concept born out of the hippie era of the 1960’s and reflects many of the values of those gray-haired flower children who were bra burning scallywags in their youth.

All that is fine for First Amendment free speech, and if mothers wish their kids to see that kind of soft core progressivism, it’s certainly an option for them. The question is, if parents had an alternative, or if Sesame Street had to compete with other programs to gain hold of their share of the PBS operating budget coming from the $445 million dollars–would Sesame Street have survived for 43 years? Most likely not, because the product they are producing would have been crushed by competition, because the message they advocate would have been rejected by the public. But because PBS received tax payer money, just like the post office, just like teachers and their public sector unions, just like the deodorant saturated BMV workers, none of them care about market value because they are living in an entitled world where the money just drops out of the sky by mother government, and the content they produce reflects this anti-capitalist trend advocating socialism openly.

Isn’t there a connection between how screwed up and uneducated the youth of today are with the rise and popularity of Sesame Street? Have parents allowed Sesame Street and public education to do the job of parenting, because it was available, and surrendered their authority to the chaos of serving a career that led to splits in the family since the two spouses put their time and effort into values outside of the home? Hasn’t this left young people vulnerable to more government employees in the form of school teachers away from the home, and public employees on their televisions, because that’s what PBS workers are—they are public employees getting a check from the government.

Sesame Street has toys and a whole marketing wing designed to appeal to children, and if the money they generate is not enough to support their product, there is something wrong. I would happily see Sesame Street move from PBS over to Nickelodeon or The Learning Channel if for no other reason but to teach the filmmakers of Sesame Street that it is capitalism that rules in America, not socialism. The tax payers should not be forced to give a public television station propaganda money to work against traditional American values, and for PBS the temptation will always be to advocate for more and larger government, promoting young people to take part in government programs displaying the values established by progressive politics—because that’s where their money comes from.

Like all socialist and communist supporters, progressives when they want something protest in the same collective, squeaky wheel manner that labor unions employ to show democratic consensus. This is what Michael Bellavia, and Chris Mecham, age 46, a university student in Idaho, are doing. Consider the plight of Chris Mecham, a 46-year-old student—what the heck is he studying at 46 years old? When is that bird going to hatch and move on into the big scary world beyond Sesame Street and become productive? Unfortunately, there are a lot of grown adults like Chris Mecham who are not comfortable in the world of capitalism, since all their lives they were taught socialism was good, and they arrive at adulthood only to become professional students—afraid of the world around them. And when they can be students no longer, they cling to the teaching profession because it’s the next best thing to being able to live in the socialist imagery created by Sesame Street where everyone is singing, and playing well together in a world of bright colors and pixy dust. What they forget to notice is that the entire world is made up of puppets, just like the politicians who advocate socialism in the real world. This is what is behind the march on the mall by the advocates of PBS funding. This is also why the public money should be removed, so that the people desiring to advocate progressive policies using tax payer dollars should be eliminated from doing so. The kind of programming the money is spent on may be a drop in the bucket from a financial aspect, but the social damage done is far greater when plotted against the direction society has taken since Sesame Street first aired over 43 years ago. As innocent as it might appear, it would seem that Sesame Street planted too many seeds of socialism in the young fertile minds of children that stays with them well into adulthood only to be rejected when that same mind reaches their middle years and upon the first signs of gray in their hair begin the long process of becoming more conservative as maturity has finally instructed them with experience, the error of their progressive thinking—and the billions of dollars of potential economic damage they have instigated by supporting indirectly socialism which weakens American society through PBS funding.

Rich Hoffman

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