We all know how some right-wingers love indoctrination to solidify “the base.” They’ve got colleges for it (Liberty, Bob Jones), they’ve got secret handshakes, but the latest tool I’ve found made me laugh — the Conservative Book Club! Yes, if you’re a conservative and you just want to read more about the points of view you already hold, this is the place for you! (If you join now, you actually get Ann Coulter’s new book for free! Now there’s some good beach reading!)
Sure, there are plenty of other specialty book clubs around — ones for foodies, and people who are “crafty,” but this one is on the insidious side. One of my favorites is the Guide to the Constitution, by Ed Meese. That’s right, the same Ed Meese who was deeply involved in the Reagan administration’s attempts to cover up the Iran-Contra Affair. Now there’s an authority we can rely on for legal interpretation of the Constitution.
But what’s even scarier is the “Kids’ Corner.” Yes, that’s right — those conservatives don’t want to waste any time creating little GOP loyalists, so right-wing parents can read bedtime stories to their youngsters like, “Hey, Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!”, “America: A Patriotic Primer,” by the vice-president’s wife, Lynne Cheney, and “365 Manners Kids Should Know” (I guess the implication that is those heathen children of us liberals don’t know how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’)
Brainwashing can’t begin too early for the some on the right. Heaven help those little kids who are getting doses of Ann Coulter at bedtime.