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I recall thinking that the reason the Soviet Union was so evil was that, instead of people choosing their profession like in America, the government decided that for you. (I think this was actually how my dad explained that country to me.)
When I was a kid, I'd heard the words governor and government, which must have pretty much run together for me at one time. By the time I had it correctly figured out that the governor was a single elected official (for any given U.S. state, that is, thought I probably didn't understand that much at the time), I puzzled still over who the government was, thinking that that too must be one particular elected official. I clearly remember thinking, "I know who the governor is, but who is the government?", as if each were one particular person.
At daycare when I was 6, the teachers would leave crackers out on a picnic table in a big bowl for our snack. Seagulls would always fly down, chase us away from the bowl and eat all the crackers. I used to always hear my parents talking about Saddam Hussein. He seemed like a "bad guy" and I thought the seagulls were his army, almost like the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys. I thought that he'd sent them to our daycare steal our snack.
I thought Richard Nixon was God because he could interrupt any TV show, even on public television (this was during Watergate when I was 7 or 8; tricky dick was on TV a lot then)
I used to believe that the leader of a country could get whatever he wanted for free because of patriotism and the fact that he was the leader.
When i was little, my dad always watched the news. I kept hearing things about a black hole in China. And for about a year i thought a black hole had hit China and it had been wiped of the map
When I was a kid, I used to believe the government (all) were always good people who wanted to do good and improve life for everyone.
... then I learned about dictators and false promises from democratic leaders.
Anytime you had a question (any question at all) you just called the president.
One time during the presidential race between George Bush and Al Gore, my friend's parents asked her, "who do you think will win the election?" She said, "I vote for George Washington! I vote for George Washington!" (she was five at the time)
I used to believe that heads of state had diferent kinds of heads on their shoulders
when I was small I used to believe that the name of the president of a country applied to every other country in the world.For instance I would think of a thing like: America's Bill Clinton,France's bill Clinton,Italy's Bill Clinton.
I used to think the liberal democrats were giant crabs that would wander round town and turn everybody into slaves/clones that did nothing but walk all day.
Trust me to have a politician as a dad.
For some strange reason, I always get Al Gore and Ross Perot mixed up! I seriously dont know why!
i thought president Bush was an actuall bush.
When I was young, president Bush was president. For some reason, I thought Abraham Lincoln was the president that came right before bush, instead of Clinton. I recall bragging that I was alive when Abraham Lincoln was around. No one believed be, though.
I thought that James E. Carter, Jr. and Jimmy Carter were different people...until my mom pointed out that they were the same.
I live in Illinois, and I was 8 years old and in 3rd grade in 1998, when we had a gubernatorial election. We had a little mock election at school, and the night before, my dad sat me down to talk about the candidates for governor. Although our family is Democratic, my dad advised me not to "vote" for Glenn Poshard just because he was a Democrat, since he was in favor of legalizing assault weapons.
However, I didn't hear the "a" in "assault," so I thought he said "salt weapons." I literally spent the next four-or-so years of my life wondering what on earth a "salt weapon" was—I envisioned a machine gun that spewed out salt shakers, and somehow the salt was caustic enough to kill people.
I used to believe that politicians were honest; I was so naive...
For ages I used to believe that Tony Blair was the government because evertime I heard Tony Blair, I heard government and everytime I heard government I'd hear Tony Blair
I used to believe the way they counted up votes was by counting the signs people used to put on their yards