Did you hear that the first Presidential debate was last night? I know, it was pretty top secret. A part of me didn’t want to watch because my tolerance for bull ish is minimal. Dang near non-existent. Husband insisted we watch so I chose to do so with his support and that of social media. Everyone’s ears, or rather tweets and statuses, surely perked up around minute 30 when moderator Jim Lehrer, a PBS employee, asked each candidate to share specifics about their plans for reducing the deficit. Former Governor Mitt Romney responded, “I’m sorry Jim. I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m gonna stop other things. I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too.” Gosh, in a Presidential debate focused on our economy and getting folks back to work, I’m not sure it makes sense to prematurely pink-slip the moderator as well as the entire Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Yep, that includes the cast of our nation’s beloved children’s show Sesame Street. Especially when that subsidy to which Romney referenced comprises a whopping .01% of the federal budget. That should be a full
drop sprinkle mist in the bucket to create a ripple in improving our economy.
Few things still unite our increasingly divisive society. We witnessed one last week with Replacement-ref-mageddon. Sesame Street is another. We ALL grew up watching Sesame Street, learning number order with Count Dracula – ah, ah, ah -, how not to behave from the Grouch, the power of questioning from Big Bird and the deliciousness of cookies from Cookie Monster. Its characters, muppet and human, come in an array of colors and sizes teaching us all tolerance without preaching. And if one person began singing “sunny days” right now, the rest of us would chime in “sweepin’ the clouds away” as the first theme song we all learned encouraged us to ask for directions to Sesame Street. It is a part of our united culture. It’s a unifying show that is inherently good, innocent and educational. The mere mention of abolishing it is criminal. Ugh. *checks PBS television schedule* Gotta get in all my Dr. Gates documentaries and news, not infotainment, from Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill while I can.
This rant was brought to you by the letter Rrrr and the number 5 trillion.
Who’s your favorite Sesame Street character?