Monday, December 18, 2006

Comic Book PSA: Hey, Kids! Bullets!

Patriotic, yet remarkably inappropriately-placed PSA urging children to purchase savings stamps to raise money for the war effort. This PSA propaganda was unfortunately published in Picture Stories From The Bible#1 (1943). Onward, Christian soldiers!

"Think of all the guns, planes and ships we could buy with that!"

That's right, children. If you bought a savings stamp during WWII you were helping to kill people. You were unaware of it, but you were being used. That's okay though, because you were children. So don't feel bad, just blame your parents for not protecting you.

I think something similar happened to me while I was in grade school, when all the kids in school were asked to participate in a project with the Lebanon Agricultural Department in cooperation with the US government. For a contribution of a dollar each child was supposed to get a sample of Lebanese agricultural products (cotton, etc) and an informational packet. Needless to say, but I'm saying it anyways, we never received squat for our buck. I wondered even then what happened to all those monies that were collected (presumably from kids from all over the state if not the nation), where it ultimately ended up and what it actually funded. The other possibility is that my dollar didn't go to fund a war in Lebanon but instead assisted the school principal in buying a swimming pool for his residence.

Remember, kids: Actions have consequences, don't trust anyone over 30 and all evil needs to succeed is for good people to do nothing.


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