Politics can be so confusing. What does it mean to be a Democrat? A Republican? A Libertarian? What does the Tea Party believe? What did the American Founders believe?
This is a topic we've been discussing lately at our house. I've been reading aloud the Uncle Eric Series of books to the kids this year, and we're almost done with the fourth book, Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused?. We're learning so much and the readings have sparked some excellent conversations about politics and government. All the confusing political terms that are thrown around in the media make much more sense now. I've even discovered that the political label I used to attach to myself isn't a true reflection of what I believe.
To delve more into the topic of government, another resource I'll be sharing with my kids are these three videos from Bill Whittle explaining what the Tea Party believes. While the videos specifically address the beliefs of Tea Party supporters, they do an excellent job of explaining some of the differences between liberal and conservative thought in general, especially as it relates to economic liberty. I think they'll make an excellent supplement to our Uncle Eric reading.
The first video is about small government and free enterprise; the second explains the problem with elitism; and the third is about wealth creation. The videos are each less than 10 minutes long, and they're paced very well. (If you're reading this post via email or in a reader, you may have to click through to watch the videos.)
Jaden has been interested in politics even before we started reading the Uncle Eric series, so he's also looking forward to seeing the documentary I Want Your Money. Hopefully we'll be able to see it soon while it's still in the theaters.
There are lots of resources out there to teach you children painless lessons on government.