Country Living Series

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ice cream, anyone?

This is a story that circulated the internet around the time of the elections in November 2008, supposedly from a teacher in the Nashville area. While I can't verify its accuracy, it nonetheless is a superb illustration of policitics.


The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members.

We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia's mother.

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best.

Everyone applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, "If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream." She sat down.

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream." She surely could say more. She did not have to.

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn't sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn't know. The class really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth, he offered ice cream…and fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.

The other forty-eight percent of us know we're going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.


  1. I hope you don't mind but I swiped your story and sent it on to my friend who lives outside of Philly. I am sure they'll love it.

  2. Forty-eight percent of us including myself firmly believe in the message this letter is conveying.
    The rest of us are too busy or excited, filled with expectations of receiving more ice cream.

  3. The 52% get nothing for themselves when the 48% only produce enough for themselves,or stop producing period.

    See Ya

  4. You are the worst writer ever. This article is so superficial and childish. Are you trying to say that Americans who voted for Obama don't contribute to the weath and prosperity of this country? Really. You need to learn to do some basic research, and stop pulling false arguments out of your whatever....