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    madcitysailor, Va1kyrie

    This is one of my pet views.  I call it the mindless cheerleader culture.

    I think two of the ideas pounded into people in American high schools have a lot to do with how inflexible they can be politically later on in life:

    (1)  Gimme a G.  G!  Gimme me an O.  O! Gimme a P.  P!  What does it spell?  GOP!  Louder.  GOP!  Can’t hear you…

    Cheerleaders are a feature of every high school football game in America.  What do they stand for?  They promote vacuous support for the local side based on slick routines, plastic smiles and whose voices can drown out the other side regardless of the merits of athleticism, effort, intelligent play and sportsmanship.   Cheerleaders reinforce to every kid in America that it’s desirable to prance around the sidelines cheering loudly if you’re not athletic enough or smart enough to play the main game.  Rethug behavior mimics this.

    (My apologies to any former cheerleaders out there.)

    (2)  We're the best, chuck out the rest.

    Kids are encouraged to believe that their high school is way better than every other high school in the league, even through some opponents are just across town and a lot of cousins are rival students.  Think of a pep rally.  It puts me in mind of mass fascist and communist rallies of the 1950s.  Everyone is required to attend.  There is tremendous pressure to act like you care.

    Mindless cheering for the home team occupies every Friday night and Saturday afternoon in every small town in America.  Most overseas visitors simply cannot believe the crowds that attend hometown high school games.  Think football in Texas, wrestling in New Jersey, ice hockey in Massachusetts.  This in turn fosters an us vs. them mentality, even among people who have a lot in common.  It leads to enthusiasm for 'othering' anyone slightly outside.  I've got mine; sucks to be you.  Sound familiar?

    I haven't put this as elegantly as I wanted, but I'll work on my little theory and make it more articulate in future.

    "He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help." ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by harchickgirl1 on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 12:35:09 AM PDT

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