The Lamentations of Lowry – Chapter 17: Wussification

July 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm 2 comments

One of my son’s favorite movies is The Incredibles. He fancies himself a speedster like Dash and loves to demonstrate how his little legs can move.

One of the themes in the film is how everyone loses when people are not allowed to be their best selves. It is a philosophical sibling in some ways to Atlas Shrugged.

The trend towards a toothless and bland populace may be traced back to the early 1980’s, with toys and films that affected an entire generation. From commentator Eric Snider

In the 1980s, the Care Bears were a major contributor to the wussification of America. Children who once roamed the streets barefoot, playing with broken glass and poking dogs with sticks, were now taught to share their feelings and to care about people. Fun cartoons like G.I. Joe reminded kids how satisfying it is to kill others; lame cartoons like The Care Bears said, “Let’s all sit around and talk about our hopes and dreams!” And what were the consequences? Everyone born since about 1975 thinks they’re “special” and “important” and “unique,” when in fact most of them are “ordinary” and “useless.” Thanks a heap, Care Bears.

Care Bears

The Care Bears Movie is a disturbing glimpse into an Orwellian future where caring reigns supreme and good old-fashioned misanthropy is forbidden. The Care Bears — emotionless, ambisexual drones who frolic nakedly in the clouds and giggle in a most unsettling fashion — rule Earth with an iron, furry fist, spying on citizens in a search for the slightest hint of uncaring. Each Care Bear is named according to its personality: Friend Bear, Cheer Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Pansy Bear, Wuss Bear, Big Fat Crybaby Bear, etc. There’s also the gloomy Grumpy Bear, who is clearly a genetic defect and must be looked upon with pity and loathing by the others of his species.

Much deep reflection is prompted by this pop culture cancer. It does make one wonder- What kind of bear would one be?

I hope none at all. Maybe the hunter who shoots the bear and makes a rug.


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  • 1. Marcus  |  July 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Sorry to be off topic, but I just have to rant about Palin, so here it is: Wow. So that’s it? That’s the big deal that was so horrible she had to resign her office? So, basically, she’s quitting because of the paperwork? Isn’t a governor resigning because of ethics complaints (which 36 governors have currently pending against them) like moving out of your house because you have a roach? An Alaskan sockeye salmon has more fight in her. After the secrecy and confusion and general weirdness of the past 5 days (see for the hilarious interview with Palin’s spokesperson, who is totally confused and even more outrageously and hilariously stupid than Palin herself—Anderson Cooper’s expressions at 4:40 are priceless) I was hoping for something a little more exciting than paperwork (like, you know, a tryst with Gov. Sanford at a Republican Governors’ conference, maybe? Did I say Appalachian Trail? I meant McKinley). But to leave because she spends “most of my day, and my staff, most of their day and the department of law, a lot of their day on the frivolity” is pretty surprising. Does she think the President has it any easier? Ask Bill Clinton how easy it is to govern when you have ethics investigations against you. Of course it’s always easier if you’ve paid your taxes, properly paid for your children’s travel expenses, not used your political power to get your ex-brother-in-law fired, and not stolen Neiman Marcus clothes from your contributors, but that’s like saying it’s easier if you don’t mess around with fat girls in the Oval Office. Hindsight is 20-20, right?  Nothing to quit over, though. Neither, by the way, is a joke from a late-night monologue that would be forgotten the next morning if you didn’t bring it up every 20 minutes for 3 weeks. I’m also very confused about her reference to the “department of law there in the White House.” Um, I know that’s what you call it in Alaska, but the White House is federal, and here in the lower 48 we like to call it “the Department of Justice,” as anyone who has ever run for national office knows. They have high school in Alaska, right? My favorite part is her shocking comparison of herself to (1) Murkowski, who left the Legislature when her father, then-governor Frank Murkowski, appointed her to the U.S. Senate seat he gave up to become governor; (2) Gov. Huntsman, who left for the China ambassadorship; and (3) Gov. Napolitano, who left to join the Obama cabinet as head of Homeland Security. Wow!!! She says she’s held to a different standard because nobody called those people quitters when they left office. Um, yeah, crazy lady, that’s because those people all left their jobs for OTHER JOBS (besides full-time twittering), and more important jobs at that. I mean, how about that Barack Obama? He resigned his Senate seat after he was elected President? What a quitter!!!

  • 2. lowdogg  |  July 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

    And the Care Bears are to blame for ALL of this.

    Thanks for the comment Marcus. I share your feelings about soon-to-be ex-governor Palin. I want her to go away, unless she plans to raise money for Mitt.

    It would be one thing if she had some kind of clear reason for doing this outside of “doing what’s best for Alaska.” I’m not so negative about her person, but I don’t think she is or will be qualified for higher office that what she has attained.


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