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Yay or Nay? Using Your Kids to Make a Political Statement?

You've got your campaign lawn sign firmly in place, and you're looking for the next logical place to advertise your political intentions. How about right across the chubby chest of the closest baby? But is blazoning your beliefs on your kid, kosher campaigning?

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Bookish Bookish 9 years
Something funny or mild, sure. I personally wouldn't dress my kid in any messages that were offensive or rude. But that's just out of a general sense of protecting my kid- I wouldn't want other people judging him negatively for something I'd done to him that he had no part in. Same reason I don't give my kid a mohawk.
ChiTownEm ChiTownEm 9 years
This is such a ridiculous question. I know that I personally would have WAY rather been put in a funny political t-shirt than some of the awful, ridiculous baby outfits my mom put me in...I was a kid in the 80's...not a good decade for fashion!!!
remedios remedios 9 years
Those who see this as a problem, lighten up! It's just for fun. Babies are dressed the way their parents want them too anyway. I can't see how this is harmful. Just like baby clothes with rock bands and team slogans. (I've seen Ramones, Kiss, AC/DC type baby clothes) I bought my friend one that said "Mmm....boobies." It was just for fun and reflected the parents' sense of humor. No different than a political shirt would reflect the parents' personality, and shorts logos reflect the parents' interest in sports.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Nope, sorry, I was indoctrinated by very conservative parents from a young age to think Carter was literally the devil and Reagan was god. I think it really screwed with my decision making process. The no-questions-allowed authoritarian manner in which my parents view politics isn't, in my view, a healthy way to learn about democracy and the power of public service.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Sure, I think it's cute. It's cute because it's ridiculous. Obviously an infant doesn't know the difference between a Dem or Rep, ha. It's humor & a slight political statement as well. It would only become a problem if the parent forced views and opinions on the child, but that goes without saying.
katulinek katulinek 9 years
they use kids just for ad because they are cute, and they make politicians look more like human beeings
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
Baby for Change in 08 Evolve (with a bottle turning into a sippy cup underneath it) My mama for obama
philleif philleif 9 years
mikestyle: Ker-mitt Romney's message on climate change: It Ain't Easy Being Green.
Mike Mike 9 years
Mike Mike 9 years
"Elmo we won't go"
Mike Mike 9 years
"Give mashed peas a chance"
Jillness Jillness 9 years
If it is a funny neutral political message, I think that is ok. However, I think if someone is using a child for a serious political message, you are really just exploiting them. You are pretty much forcing your child to support something they don't understand. I think the extremist group that uses children to hold hateful signs at military funerals is especially disgusting.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
no i dont think i would. kid's are fun. and light hearted. not... bogged down with politics. they don't have to worry about that, they are supposed to be fun and cute.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 9 years
Phillelf-Haha! I l like Live Free or Diapers, best. Kids for poliical statement. Sure, if they're funny ones. It's no different than using your kids to make religious statements, which is pretty much done without shame. By this logic, it should be OK.
Camillabean Camillabean 9 years
Thats just tacky.
philleif philleif 9 years
"A Chicken Little in every pot."
Arthur Arthur 9 years
Mike Mike 9 years
"Sippy cups and Tyler too"
Mike Mike 9 years
"Kiss more babies."
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
Their baby's not billboards
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
The only political shirt I'd dress my kid in is something not very serious. "Vote Truthiness!"
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
It's fine if they're babies and it's done with a healthy dose of humor. Once the kid is talking and has their own personality I don't think it's as OK.
Neekoh Neekoh 9 years
Imagine how much your kid would potentially hate you if they saw a picture of themselves in a onesie that doesn't reflect their grown-up views. That's horrible! Let them decide when they learn what they believe!
toosugar toosugar 9 years
And the argument that they don't have their own political ideas is dumb, because they also don't have their own ideas on religion, nutrition, etc, but everyone's ok with them being baptized and fed :)
toosugar toosugar 9 years
It's a good thing. Or I guess we are all supposed to raise a new generation of apathetic people.
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