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They Lied Us Into The War On Happy Birthday

posted at 1:40 pm on August 26, 2010 by

You can’t make this stuff up.

I posted earlier about a school which banned the singing of Happy Birthday out of fear of, well, it’s a little hard to articulate the irrational.

But that’s not the real story, according to Peter Daou, who uses the following diagram to explain how the extreme right wing moves the national discussion on almost any topic to the right:

What does this have to do with the Happy Birthday story?  According to Daou, the real story is that the extreme right wing is using the Happy Birthday story to, well, it’s a little hard to articulate the irrational:

So when we see seemingly inane local controversies brewing, we should keep in mind that these can quickly become national conflagrations if the right determines it’s a way to manipulate the public discourse.

In that regard, the “war on Christmas” has been raging for years and now it seems the war on Happy Birthday has begun….

Yes, the right is manipulating the national discourse by pointing to the absurdity of an elementary school banning the singing of Happy Birthday.

I see.

Can “they lied us into the War on Happy Birthday” be far behind?

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I’m dealing with brand new law students. These are people who have graduated high school and college. And for whom the concept of an encyclopedia is foreign. They just do not know how to use paper sources. Things that should be taught in primary school. But instead we have non-educators more concerned with “feelings” than education.

rbj on August 26, 2010 at 2:16 PM

But they can color the hell out of Diaramas

lm10001 on August 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

The birthday cake is a lie.

Abby Adams on August 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The birthday cake is a lie.

Abby Adams on August 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM

But believe me, they are still alive.

Dark-Star on August 26, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Dunno where you got that Overton Window diagram, but it’s LAME. The window doesn’t move from left-to-right. It moves from the top (maximum government control) to the bottom (maximum freedom). The Mackinac center never intended to make it a left-wing versus right-wing issue, and this whole business just makes Peter Daou look like a douchebag.

gryphon202 on August 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Peter Daou has apparently never been to school, read a newspaper, or watched TV news in his ENTIRE life.

That’s a neat trick.

Far lefties are always claiming to be oppressed while trying to oppress others, its their nature. Childish passive-aggressive games, oppositional-defiant disorder, call it what you will.

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