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February 8, 2012

Justice Sotomayor Rules For Goldilocks On Sesame Street

Topics: Political News and commentaries

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor adjudicated a dispute between Goldilocks and Baby Bear on Sesame Street -- and she let Goldilocks completely off the hook. Her ruling speaks volumes about how liberal-progressive's think, and much about what they think about personal responsibility and repercussions from one's actions.

"Does the justice think it was right for Goldilocks to come into my house -- uninvited, mind you -- sit in my chair and break it?" Baby Bear asked Sotomayor, who replied, "I'm not sure" and said she needed to hear from Goldilocks.

Goldilocks led with an apology -- hardly a strong defense strategy -- before saying she "didn't mean to break it" and adding that she "was tired and it was the only chair that fit just right."

But the argument stuck with Sotomayor, who told Baby Bear that "it was an accident" that Goldilocks broke the chair. "And accidents do happen," she noted. When Baby Bear noted that his chair was still broken, Sotomayor told Goldilocks to help him glue it back together. (Hat tip - Joel Gehrke)

Sure, this is Sesame Street, not a court of law ... but what is it saying to kids? Clearly, Goldilocks was trespassing (breaking the law), and caused property damage. So Baby Bear should have, at the very least, received just compensation and punitive damages. In real life, criminals can't, when caught, can't expect to simply "clue things back together" and go on their merry way. Kids need to know that they are responsible for their actions and that there is a price to be paid for irresponsibility and breaking the law.

Seems to me, this is the same kind of liberal progressive thought that prevails in our public schools, where kids pay no penalty for failing to work and study hard, and are repeatedly rewarded for lack of individual responsibility.

Posted by Hyscience at February 8, 2012 4:23 PM

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