Color me Conservative
It’s a Christmas miracle! Just in time for that All-American holiday Christmas, appears the perfect gift- just right for your right-wing child.
Forget Flutterbye Fairies, Furby Boom or Big Hugs Elmo.
This years “gotta have” present for the young tea party tyke in training is.- the Ted Cruz to the Future Coloring Book.”
Concerned that the liberal media will turn your child into a Obama supporter? Fear not! For hours of truth filled fun, this educational book promises to indoctrinate the kiddies in truth justice and the American way…at least the tea party way.
The publisher, Really Big Coloring Books, promises it is a “non partisan, fact-driven view of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, details his quotes, his ideas and what he believes will help America grow.”
This non-partisan book states that Cruz supports the second amendment unlike socialist President Obama who has a consistent disregard for constitutional right. If Obama had his way he’d probably outlaw the Nerf-N-Stroke Rapidstrike Blaster Junior wants for Christmas!
This truth filled book also states that “millions of citizens believe Obama Care is worse than any war.” But not to worry, make sure your child receives The Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center for Xmas. It has everything Doc Mc Stuffins needs to do a checkup ( and best part is you don’t need Obama Care)
Just be sure to color within the line kids.
Coloring in Camelot
Crayola and politicians were meant for each other.
For years, coloring books featuring historical characters and events were popular and I scribbled in my share of them as a child. Who wouldn’t love coloring in pictures of the US Capital, Thomas Edison and John Paul Jones leading the American navy to victories. Why I could spend hours coloring in the first Atomic bomb on Hiroshima, alone!
So it was no surprise that 1962 along with a toy nurses kit and a 6 room split level doll house I received a “JFK Coloring Book” for Chanukah. It didn’t matter that the book illustrated by Mort Drucker of MAD magazine fame was a tongue in cheek satire of the Kennedy’s meant more for the cocktail party set than the milk and cookies set.
American’s of all ages were swept up in Camelot Mania and this 7-year-old was no exception.
Stylish and brimming with confidence, President Kennedy had the fresh air of progress, his energy as effervescent as a bottle of Pepsi and a star struck nation was enthralled, eager to bask in his glow.
I took great care in coloring in JFK’s shock of chestnut hair selecting a raw sienna crayon, while carefully choosing carnation pink to fill in Jackies pill-box hat.
After all, it was JFK who would lead the US into the future and the fabulous promise of the 1960s. With a ring a ding ding Americans were ready to stare in to the future that Kennedy beckoned us to.
Color me ready for blast off!
Whereas Tea Party Ted Cruz’s book had not a whiff of irony, the JFK book was satire pure and simple.
Well bred fashion queen First Lady Jackie Kennedy had appointed fashion designer Oleg Cassini as her exclusive couturier in 1961 dubbing him her “secretary of style.” The “Jackie Look” was recognized as being the single biggest fashion influence in history.
Political nepotism became a well-worn joke prompted by Robert Kennedy’s appointment as Attorney General.
The Presidents Rocking chair which he used to ease his painful bad back, set off a nationwide trend towards rocking chairs.
More than a few eyebrows were raised when kid brother Ted Kennedy entered the race for US Senate in 1962. Comedians joked that once upon a time politicians promised a chicken in every pot, but the slogan from the White House was “a Kennedy in every office.”
John F Kennedy Jr was a mere toddler, but hopes for the continuation of Camelot were already in place assuring his place in 1996.
The Dream Kennedy Supreme Court
The Cold War heated up between the Soviets and the US particularly in October 1962 with the Cuban Missile Crises. Note Nikita Khrushchev has Fidel Castro in his pocket.
A collection of influential Democrats, Lyndon Johnson, former President Harry Truman, Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adlai Stevenson.
The president shock of unruly hair was a constant source of jokes for comedians and commentators alike. The figure on the right is Labor Leader Jimmy Hoffa whose connections with organized crime caused attorney General Robert Kennedy to pursue him ruthlessly,carrying on a so called “Get Hoffa” squad of prosecutors and investigators. Sending Hoffa to the moon would apparently solve their problem.
Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Press Secretary Pierre Salinger
Everything concerning Caroline Kennedy was news and the nationwide interest in her was often beyond control.
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