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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.
I thought that the world belonged to the president and could do anything he wanted. I always wanted to become the president so I could have the whole world to myself
I used to believe there was a Russian Leader named Garbage Trough and an Arabian named Are A Fat
I was born in the late fifties and went to grade school in the early to mid sixties-
JFK was asassinated in 1963- Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy asassinated in 1968.
I used to believe that all US Presidents died by asassination.
I used to believe that heads of state had diferent kinds of heads on their shoulders
as a small child in the early seventies, i was desperately aware of shortages and the need to understand our resources: gasoline, climate change, CFC's, water (we lived in southern florida), solar cells, recycling, all these things blended together for me. When I heard that Nixon and Brezhnev were getting together for S.A.L.T. talks, I was astonished: i couldn't imagine that scarcity exteded to salt as well. I asked my father on the way to school that morning why salt was so inexpensive , seeing how it's so scarce. He fixed me with an odd little look, and then said that there was plenty of salt to go around. Well, why are they making such a big fuss and having salt talks then?" I asked, exasperated as only a small child can be. I give my father major parent-points for not laughing in my face there and then. Instead, he explained that it stood for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.
In 1995 (I was 8) President Clinton and the Republicans in Congress were fighting over the budget, and I heard on the news that if they couldn't agree on one, the federal government would shut down. I thought that meant the government would cease to exist, the country would descend into anarachy, and we would have to move to Britain or somewhere. Then the government really did shut down, but it only meant a few offices were closed.
When I was 4/5 (U.S. kindergarten age), I believed that "the government" (which I often heard my parents discussing) was the title of a man who looked like George Washington.
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.
i use to believe that democrats liked plastic bags from the grocery store and pepsi and republicans liked paper bags and coca-cola.
I used to think Obama's name was short for Baraccobama.
When the politicians were talking about issues which begins with the word "pro-" as in pro-war, pro-immigration, pro-abortion, etc. I thought they were professional on war, immigration, gun-control, etc.
I used to believe the word "democrat" was a "bad" word since "crat" sounded like "crap" and we weren't allowed to say "crap".
On the TV news I was used to them showing a photo of a person's face in the corner of the screen with the name of that person underneath. So one day they showed Ayatollah Khomeini, with "IRAN" underneath, and I thought Iran was his name.
When I was a kid I found out Hitler was an artist. I could not believe he was an artist. Artists are colourful creative people and they dont look like that.
I belived that Priminister was the female version and you were called President if you were a man! Know that proves I was a child of the 80's
I seriously believed for some time that Watergate was about a huge (and apparently long-lasting!) flood caused by the president who had screwed up and left a big Gate open and lots of Water came through it, which explained why people were mad at him. I was convinced that this had all been on the news. My guess now is that I had been seeing TV reports about major flooding on the East Coast in 1972 from Hurricane Agnes, at about the same time as the Watergate burglary, so when they started talking about Watergate, I just combined the news stories in my mind...
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)
My 18 year old brother thought the former vice president was named Al Gorbachov.
I used to believe that there weren't any private quarters in the White House. That is, that the president and his family actually lived in the big ballrooms and such.