The video caption reads: "Isaac Anthony is a conservative six-year-old who knows where he stands on political issues and the upcoming Presidential election."
In the one-and-a-half-minute clip posted on the conservative blog PatriotUpdate.com
, Isaac begins a countdown, leaning on an ax, in an evidently affluent home environment, and criticizes people on welfare who are poor only because they don't want to work. He says: "[Obama] takes money from people who work hard and gives it to people who don't work at all."
Isaac, holding a plastic pistol, plays the gun rights activist, saying Obama "wants to take away guns from good guys." He plays the role of the "birther" conspiracy theorist when he looks over a map and says: "Nobody knows where he came from."
Isaac's reasons may be summarized
1. Nobody knows where he came from
2. He bows down to leaders of other countries
3. Mr and Mrs Obama are not proud of America but I am
4. He wants to take guns away from good guys
5. He lets bad guys into our country
6. He wants to keep people on welfare and food stamps so they won't vote for him
7. He doesn't want Americans to drill for oil or mine for coal
8. He thinks babies are a burden
9. He wants everyone to wait in a long line to see the doctor
10. He takes money from people who work hard and gives it to people who don't work at all
His simplifying presentation clarifies the conservative viewpoint too often in an unflattering way and it is not surprising that the video has been disliked over 7,000 times and liked only about 3,000 (70% disapproval rate).
Critics note, for instance, that when Isaac claims that Obama "doesn't want Americans to drill for oil or mine for coal," he stands beside a General Motors "Denali" pickup truck. News.com.au
points out that the truck was named after the highest peak in Alaska which is a major drilling site where Obama recently approved new fields.
How oversimplification of the argument works to the unintended result of its unflattering clarification is demonstrated when Isaac holds a plastic pistol and says "He wants to take guns away from good guys." He fires the gun at the camera. The Inquisitr
reports a YouTube user comments about the act of "endorsing gun use by firing a fake one" at the cameraman. The YouTube user points out that real "good guys" know "you don’t fire guns, even fake ones, at a person."
The Australian website News.com.au
, flags the video with criticism for "exploitative and unethical" people who believe "it is all right to use a child so young for political gain." The website counters with “10 Reasons This Video Is Really Wrong":
1. The video borders on child exploitation.
2. Not content to exploit a six year old boy, it also features a baby and a little girl.
3. This is hardly the best week to show a kid firing a gun.
4. Peanut butter and jelly? No wonder American kids are fat.
5. Also there are no plates on the table. Perhaps Americans should teach table manners before they teach kids politics.
6. The boy says Obama doesn’t want to drill for oil. This he says while standing next to a General Motors “Denali” pickup truck. The mountain called Denali is the highest peak in Alaska, a major oil drilling state where Obama has recently approved new fields.
6. The bit with the scary, vicious dog is wrong for a bunch of obvious reasons.
7. Kids always look annoying in sunglasses.
8. The flagpole near the end of the video appears to depict a Gadsden Flag, which has become a symbol of the Tea Party Movement. It features a coiled rattlesnake and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me”. Some Americans consider it offensive.
9. Action figures and politics should never mix. The kid should be off playing with the figures, not doing this kind of thing.
10. The boy’s front door is unlocked. Surely in modem day America this is dangerous.