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How To Win An Election - Ice Cream

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  1. Bucko43

    Bucko43 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2008
    Lakeside, California
    Anybody want some candy too?

    The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third
    grade in 2000. 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 would 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 land slide.

    Every time Barack Obama opens his mouth he offers ice cream, and fifty
    percent of America reacts like nine-year-olds. They want ice cream. The
    other fifty percent know they're going to have to feed the cow.
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