Skip to comments.Che Shirt Reflects Poorly on Culture
Posted on 04/29/2010 6:07:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
I learned long ago that shopping with teenagers requires me to patronize places I would otherwise avoid. The combination of loud, thumpy music, unreasonably priced clothing with manufactured holes in the knees and overly perky salespeople reminds me it is good to be a grown-up.
Recently, however, owing to his incessant habit of rapid growth, my 15-year-old son needed new shoes. Thus, I found myself in the chain store Journeys, where one finds all manner of casual footwear, including styles even a mother can approve.
The Journeys store at my mall is well-managed and well-staffed. The salespeople are truly some of the friendliest, most attentive and most competent I've found in a store that caters to young shoppers.
Still, I can't look these guys in the face. This is because despite their pleasant demeanor, every member of the sales team is pierced and tattooed in the extreme. They even sport "gauged" ear lobes piercings that stretch the lobe to resemble elephant ears.
So I adopt a strategy I have dubbed "Product Scrutiny." Basically, I focus all my attention on the shoes under consideration as though I have never before bought footwear.
On our recent visit to Journeys, it happened they offered a freebie a hat for which we qualified by virtue of the size of our purchase. Two pairs of shoes, two packs of socks, tell the folks what they've won.
When the salesman shows us the free hat, I say, "Hmmm, I think the only time this style works is in the Cuban military or with a Che Guevara T-shirt."
My son nods in agreement as we both conclude the hat will go directly to the Halloween closet.
But my comment isn't lost on our salesguy, who offers cheerfully, "We have Che T-shirts!"
I say, "But he was a cold, brutal killer and the chief henchman for Fidel Castro. Why put him on a T-shirt?"
To which the young man responds, "Hey, viva la revolution. I dont like to live in the past."
I can't leave it at that, so I say, "Even in the present, he remains a heinous murderer. Being dead and all, he can't exactly rehabilitate himself."
Transaction complete, my son and I walk to the mall exit, and Jimmy listens to me rant about the magnitude of idiocy and ignorance that seems to permeate an entire generation.
How have we become a culture that thinks it is cool to wear T-shirts and caps glorifying a brutal mass murderer who helped to oppress a society with the scourge of communism? How have our young people adopted a philosophy as vapid and useless as "I don't like to live in the past"?
And what happens to a culture whose youth are so uninformed and uneducated?
Unfortunately, according to a recent study by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, we're going to find out. A few weeks ago it released the results of an annual survey of college freshman and seniors, in which 14,000 incoming and outgoing college students were given a 60-question civics test.
Half of the incoming freshmen failed the test, and worse, only 54 percent of graduating seniors passed. The schools that did the worst that is, their graduating seniors actually scored worse than they did as freshmen were among the nation's most elite schools.
Another important finding, though, is that four years of college influences students' opinions on a few popular yet polarizing issues: Abortion, gay marriage, prayer in schools, the divinity of the Bible and the opportunity to succeed in America. That the influence regarding these issues is resoundingly liberal is so obvious as to be a cliche.
So there's the answer to a couple of my questions. We're a culture whose young people think Che is cool because "The Communist Manifesto" is required reading for thousands of college freshmen, but not "The Federalist Papers" or even the U.S. Constitution. They've adopted a vapid "live for today" philosophy because they don't learn the history of our government or anyone else's.
What happens to such a culture?
Only time will tell.
I would bet if you asked the typical Che-teeshirt-wearing nitwit who he was and what he did, he or she would have no clue. Better yet, ask them who Castro is. Most of them probably can’t locate their own country on a map.
We dont need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that its necessary to execute him. A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. (Che Guevara)
I know your tactics! You press people are injecting venom into your articles to damage the revolution. Youre either with us or against us. Were not going to allow all the press foolishness that Batista allowed. I can have you executed this very night. How about that! (Che Guevara)
We dont need proof. We manufacture the proof (Che Guevara)
We must never establish peaceful co-existence. We must walk the path of victory even if it costs millions of atomic victims. (Che Guevara)
We cannot develop any peasant support. But it looks like by employing planned terror we may at least neutralize most of them. Their support will come later. (Che Guevara)
Dont Shoot! Im Che, Im worth more to you alive than dead! (Che Guevara)
“And if you go carryin’ pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow.”
It votes for an Obama.
And sells itself into slavery.
The “Che Shirt” reflects the total ignorance of those who sport them in broad daylight. (A wonderful tribute to the indoctrination efforts of a whole generation of leftist teachers.)
LMAO! Thanks for that!!!!
I know what happens to such a culture, it dies. Argentina, che’s native land (and mine) was once the 5th wealthiest, today it’s 87th. America is headed at the same place.
We cannot develop any peasant support. But it looks like by employing planned terror we may at least neutralize most of them. Their support will come later. (Che Guevara)
Present federal policy.
Splendid! I _WANT_ that T-shirt!
Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chávez
“Half of the incoming freshmen failed the test, and worse, only 54 percent of graduating seniors passed.”
Yes, but they know how to sort their trash.
Someone needs to do a “Che” T-Shirt with Che’s picture as in a
Che-a-pet rendition or Chi-a-pet whatever. It would be funny at the same time spoofing on the loser!
Yuri Besmenov already told us. The demoralization is complete.
If conservatives hope to win against Marxism, they must come up a serious plan to “RE-moralize” the nation.
I would suggest that we start with closing down every socialist-funded, single payer, government K-12 school). Government schools are socialism and socialism can NOT be reformed. And... Conservatives should see that every child in the nation has access to a tuition-free PRIVATE education.
I have never heard a complaint like this from a homeschooling parent who has homeschooled from the beginning.
Laugh every time I see that one.
You said that on FRee Republic? What is wrong with that statement?
One too many "A"s in there, FRiend. :-)
Thank you, Bolivia!
There are some very old men who gather every year in Maximo Gomez park in Miami who would, despite their age, beat the sh-t out of anyone wearing a Che shirt.
Excellent articletoo bad there are not more with this theme. When the counter-culture is not challenged, it becomes engrained.
That sales guy could have subsequently re-thought his lunacyhe just hadn’t been challenged before (a culture of herd nerds). Action...action...action...
There's a special 2-for-one deal on "A"s today... <LOL!!!>
Thanks for the catch, FRiend!
A bunch of Communist sympathizers put Obama in the White House and he put Communist sympathizers in his administration and then acted "surprised" when they were exposed on the record.
People who "don't like to live in the past" are perfectly willing to forgo our Constitutional form of government for America 2.0.
It’s like when the big name rock acts try to usurp labels like “alternative”. To what? REAL rock artists who are writing and recording new albums today?
They are the mainstream.
The “counter-culture” of days old became the NEW establishment. Clinton, Kerry, and Obama ALL protested against government and now that they are charge seek to stifle all dissent.
There is no major city in the world without a "Che Cafe" or "Red Star Cafe".
So now that Obama’s been in office for over a year, has Time-Lies-Warner-DC-Mad bothered to run a “10 Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonitst Take On Obama” issue yet?
Marxism and Communism and Socialism must be cast onto the same junk heap of bad ideas as Nazism lies on.
Our Constitution needs to be preserved instead of “neglected” and told that it doesn’t mean what it used to mean as a way of limiting the power of government in our lives.
At least if they are going to wear a Gacy shirt, they could get Jimmy Carter's wife in it...
**Tuition-free** is what's wrong with the statement.
But...Please think about this for a moment. What are government schools charging parents? The fee to parents for our **price-fixed** government monopoly schools is tuition-free.
Therefore...Until conservatives can shut down and close the doors on our price-fixed government schools, they will need to match this tuition-free price. If they don't, parents will continue to send their kids to the government schools and we will never get rid of them.
Once government schooling is completely shut down, parents should be expected to take on the cost of educating their own children with charity paying for the poor.
And...please think about one more thing:
Harvard has an endowment of 35 BILLION! If Harvard wanted, it could fund its operations on its endowment alone without ever charging students a penny in tuition. Americans are very very generous, and are very committed to education. Isn't Harvard's endowment, and the endowments ( in the BILLIONS) of universities and colleges across this nation, proof of that?
Personally, I believe it is possible for K-12 education foundations to eventually be so well endowed that no parent in the U.S. would ever again need to pay a penny in K-12 tuition. In fact, if government hadn't distorted the market by opening government owned and run, socialist-funded, single payer, schools in the mid-1800s to early 1900s, perhaps today we would have PRIVATE K-12 educational foundations that were so well endowed that our nation's children would be attending well-endowed tuition-free **private** schools today.
When government dispenses free stuff, the people receiving it develop a sense of entitlement.
If privately endowed education foundations were dispensing private vouchers for private schools the lesson learned would be gratitude, and it would be an object lesson in learning to be generous themselves to those who come after them.
I **know** that there are many Catholics alive today, who attended tuition-free Catholic parochial schools, who are very **grateful** that generous parishioners and volunteers made their private Catholic education possible. My husband, his and my cousins, and our parents are among those who attended tuition-free parochial schools.
Also...Were you aware that **today** every Catholic child in Wichita Kansas, has access to a tuition-free Catholic education.
Finally,...Is it possible to shut down government schooling and provide all the nation's children with a private conservative education? Yes, I believe it is.
Private education foundations would award grants to individual teachers who would open small one-room schools ( homeschools) in their own homes or small rented spaces. The foundations would certify the teacher, approve the curriculum, test the students, and run community-wide sports, theater, science, arts, and music programs. By avoiding the Prussian-model, prison-like school, many of the expenses of building and maintaining a large infrastructure is avoided, and we know from the homeschoolers that it is possible to have an excellent education at the kitchen table.
They'll learn one way or another. They can learn by studying history.
Or, they can have the lesson tanned into their hides. There are some who can't believe the sign that says, "wet paint."
Unfortunately, we'll all have to pay the price of their education.
"What are government schools charging parents? The fee to parents for our **price-fixed** government monopoly schools is tuition-free."
Most conservatives are not stupid enough to neglect the fact that they RIGHT NOW must pay school tax -- whether or not they have children in school.
I am elderly and retired; why is my property taxed to support public schools?
I repeat: TANSTAAFL!!!
You know it’s funny. To think that there was a time in America when the very words-”communist, fascist, nazi, etc...” were scary words. People had been taught that these were evil! Not anymore, I guess!
I don’t know if this is all over the USA or all over the world. However, there was a time when in UT, even on the jr. high level, they were teaching about the “Constitution”, Declaration of Independence” and the “Bill of Rights”. This was still being taught 20 yrs. ago when my own two girls were in junior high/high school.
They were even being taught in junior high about what communism was all about, and what was WRONG with it! We saw disturbing films about schoolchildren turning their parents and teachers and others in on the sly. This was something I never thought could happen here, but it has! Now maybe in many places, it still being taught and considered a bad thing. I sure hope so.
I told my teen-age nephew why I didn’t want Obama to win and he asked why. I said “Well, he’s a socialist that’s why!”. Then this boy asked “Why not, what’s wrong with that?”. I was so shocked, I didn’t know what to say! I thought most young people still were being taught that leftism (communism, socialism, whatnot) was awful; I guess not anymore! I don’t know where this boy got that from, but I’m starting to wonder!
I’ve noticed that many left-leaning gov. leaders are soooo anxious about labels and names. They get in a huff if anyone even suggests that they or the Pres. are called “Socialist, or Marxist”! They act all defensive or hurt that anyone would think that way, let alone call someone that! (Steny Hoyer, recently)
Yes indeed! And the USA SF’s who were also “around” at the time, or so I”ve heard.
In no way did I suggest that government schools were expense-free or tax-free. Therefore....It is impossible for me to defend a strawman argument of your creation.
When a parent shows up their socialist-funded, single payer, Prussian-model, prison-like, government school the tuition charged for admittance is tuition-free. Yes, it STINKS! What the government is doing is running a price-fixed cartel that puts private schools at a great disadvantage. If a private industry were to attempt this the CEOs would soon be in prison. But...Down on the “Animal Farm” government school bureaucrats live in the farmer's house. Private industry CEO are sentenced to prison.
If conservatives are going to have any hope of shutting down the government school system, then when the parent shows up at the conservative school, the price charged will need to be tuition-free, because that is the price charged to the parent.
As for tuition-free private schools, we have an important historical model: The Catholic Schools. Millions of Catholics are still alive who enjoyed ( and are very grateful for) a **tuition-free** PRIVATE education. And...If you will Google the words “ Wichita, Kansas, Catholic schools”, you will see we have a MODERN example of tuition-free schools TODAY!
I personally believe that if government had not put its great big hairy foot smack dab in the middle of the education market in the mid-1800s to early 1900s, that today we would have had tuition-free private K-12 schooling for all of our nation's children.
Americans are very very generous and committed to education. Proof is that we have colleges and universities today with endowments in the BILLIONS upon BILLIONS! If government had stayed out of K-12 education, we would have seen similar charitable funding of private K-12 schooling.
We also see ( from our experience with tuition-free Catholic schools) that education that is received through charity engenders a spirit of **gratitude** and a willingness to be charitable to others as well. Government on the other hand breeds feelings of entitlement.
As for”TANSTAAFL!!”, if it is meant to be an insult, sorry its sting in lost on me, since I haven't the foggiest notion as to what it means.
By the way...do you profit directly or indirectly from the government schools? Is this why you are attacking my post? ( Just wondering.) If you are a government school defender, I do NOT NOT NOT post for your benefit. I post for the benefit of conservatives with open minds. Thank you for another opportunity to do that.
You, on the other hand, have presented no even one point to refute anything that I have posted.
T-shirt of Che wearing t-shirt of Che.
"When a parent shows up their socialist-funded, single payer, Prussian-model, prison-like, government school the tuition charged for admittance is tuition-free".
When I arrived at a public school with my kids, I had already paid their tuition (plus that of free-loaders) through my taxes. Their schooling was pre-paid (by me), not "tuition free".
If you are talking about the 'freeloaders' riding free on my taxes, then we are in agreement...
What does your (redundant) "the tuition charged for admittance is tuition-free" mean?
When I arrived at a public school with my kids, I had already paid their tuition (plus that of free-loaders) through my taxes. Their schooling was pre-paid (by me), not “tuition free”.
If that is the case,( government school tuition is “pre-paid”) why are people with no children paying anything at all for government schools?
Why are people who have paid **more** than what it costs to educate 2.2 children ( the average birth rate of the typical American woman) why are they forced by the government to pay for government schools year after year until they die?
The point is that government schools are SOCIALISM! The government forces the neighbors to pay, and when the parent shows up at the government school he is NOT handed a bill!
Every day that a child attends a government school he learns to be comfortable with socialism . He learns that the government can take money from his neighbor to pay for a service his parents want for tuition-free! If the government can do that with schooling, why not a thousand other socialist wants and needs? ( Is a “duh” necessary?)
( I am beginning to think that you are NOT a conservative. You are instead a defender of our socialist-funded system of government schools. )
There. You have been 'educated'... '-)
FWIW, while I was composing my previous comment, my fifth-grade granddaughter's (public school) teacher called to advise us that she (granddaughter) had scored 100% on math and 98% on reading on her TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests -- which, of course, earned her a "Commended" rating in both categories.