Heard in the bathroom, yesterday

Only Daughter: Someday if I’m rich I’m going to give most of my money away because I would feel really badly about having so much when some people have so little.

Me: (thinking many things, including “does that mean you’ll pay me back for the thousands of dollars I’ll have spent on gymnastics classes and college?“) Wow. That’s really generous of you. Some people would say that that makes you a “Socialist,” and the Republicans won’t like you for it.

Only Daughter: What’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?

Me: (thinking that I should be really careful to give a balanced answer, and not only because this might be a conversation I want to blog about later, but because I want her to think for herself not just spout whatever dogma she hears from me) Well, Democrats think that the world is a better place if we all take care of each other, so we should all have as many of the same chances as we can, and even though we should all work hard and do our best, sometimes we need a little extra help; Republicans believe that we should all “pull ourselves up by our own boot straps,” and that even when things are tough things will work out better if we are each responsible for ourselves.

Only Daughter: So how many Republicans are there? Like 5?

(I wish.)

(Good girl.)

3 Responses to “Heard in the bathroom, yesterday”

  1. 1 Sam
    April 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    That’s not that balanced – you basically said Democrats like to help each other while Republicans are selfish. Of course she’ll prefer the one. I might have said “Democrats believe the government should make sure things are fair – they balance the scales by taking from people who have earned a lot and giving it to people who don’t have such a good situation. Republicans think that if you get a reward for something, you should be entitled to that full reward, since everyone has a similar opportunity to achieve it.”

    Damn that was tough. You either have to present both sides from their opponents’ point of view or from their own, cause a subjective definition is really tough for an 11 year old to understand.

    • April 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

      The Republican viewpoint would be more palatable to me if everyone actually WERE given an equal opportunity at that success and its reward. Is it not selfish to believe that the child of a single-parent living in downtown Cleveland is being given the same opportunity as one of Bill and Melinda Gates’ children and to demand that we all act accordingly? I guess maybe that’s not a good example, since the Gates’ give so much back to society. How about we talk about Mitt Romney’s children instead.

  2. April 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Brilliant Child. Children always seem to see through the b.s.

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