I need to say something about this. Last Sunday, State Representative Sarah Lampe wrote a very good opinion piece for the Springfield News Leader. She upset the Ozarkers. Here is what upset them.
"I recently asked a group of fourth grade students what they would vote for if children could vote. Their answers were so simple and yet so profound. They said they want to be the smartest they can be when they leave school. They want time to play, time to read and food and medicine for those who are hungry or sick. Children want things to be fair. They want to be safe. They want everyone to get what they need. And they want us to protect the Earth. If children could vote, these are the things they would vote for.
I heard in the remarks of these fourth-graders many truths about fairness and safety and responsibility. The old expression, "Out of the mouths of babes" comes to mind. Children tell the truth, and the truth is sometimes hard to hear."
Lampe was trying to say that children know more than adults. That is not Ozarkily Correct. Especially the kids Lampe spoke with. They never said a thing about banning sex on TV, banning same-sex marriages, banning rap music, banning Democrats from holding office or anything else that Ozarkers gripe about.
Well, I hate to tell the Ozarkers but I WAS SMARTER THAN MOST ADULTS IN THE OZARKS (AND THE REST OF THE WORLD) WHEN I WAS FIVE! I STILL AM!