Looking at the editorial cartoons drawn by children from kindergarten to high school reveals an ideology that's mostly liberal.
Jake Zingler, a fourth-grader in Albuquerque, N.M., won second place in the contest for his cartoon of three pigs — labeled ‘‘rich,'' ‘‘GOP Congress'' and ‘‘big business'' — eating at a trough. A sign over the trough reads, ‘‘Bush Tax Cut.''
Keenan Fernandez, a sixth-grader from Albany, N.Y., has a man standing in front of George W. Bush. The man says, ‘‘I think, therefore I am.'' In the next panel, President Bush evaporates. The point seems to be that Bush doesn't think, therefore he isn't.
Natasha Bax, a Los Angeles fifth-grader, has drawn two restroom doors. One has a male symbol and is labeled (Attorney General) ‘‘John Ashcroft's Office.'' The other has a female symbol and is labeled ‘‘Out of Order.''
It doesn't get any better in junior high. Breanne Sullivan, a seventh-grader from Wilmington, Del., has drawn figures representing President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. They stand on a ‘‘yellow brick road.'' The cartoon is titled, ‘‘The Wizard of Oz Party'' and is subtitled, ‘‘1 doesn't have a brain. 1 doesn't have a heart.''
Amelia Quist of Watertown, Wis., depicts President Bush violating church-state separation by destroying the Constitution. Several entries take the Democrats' view that Bush stole the election, and that Republicans are polluters and don't care about the poor. Will Hubbard, a 12th-grader in North Palm Beach, Fla., has drawn a cartoon featuring a chess board. The king is topped with a dollar sign and the queen with a cross. The rooks are the GOP elephant symbol, the bishops are Cheney and Ashcroft, and the pawn is President Bush. Hubbard won first place in the ‘‘senior level'' competition.
Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, praises the work: ‘‘The kids are not only aware of what's going on in the country and the world, they also have the intelligence to comment on issues in a cogent and often funny way,'' he states on the back of the publication.
It is good that children are thinking about their world, but they mostly are young people made in the liberal image. This imposition of liberalism is being accomplished with the tax dollars of many people who do not share a liberal point of view. No wonder liberals oppose freedom of school choice for parents.