Five Ways Toy Story 3 Is Not Like The Obama Administration

Here are five ways Toy Story 3 is not like the Obama Administration:

1. Toy Story 3 is Great

Toy Story 3 is absolutely wonderful.  It is well thought out, grounded in true and timeless values and shows a depth of understanding and respect for individual human nature, worth and imagination.  In all of this, it is completely different from the Obama Administration, which is a mess, poorly conceived, unmoored because of its reliance on academic theory over unchanging morality and wholly lacking in respect for the free individual.  Thus if we have to choose whether to give our money to the Obamacrats or go see Toy Story 3 a second time, there is no question we should return to the theater.

Why These People Are Smiling.

2. Toy Story 3 is Unifying

Maybe there’s someone so far to the left or, for all I know, the right, that they will find something to object to in Toy Story 3, but for the life of me, I can’t think what it would be.  The story is so good-natured, so full of life, so well-plotted and ultimately so touching that there seems to be something there for everyone.  As opposed to the Obama Administration which, despite its promises to unite us on  common ground, has governed from the far left, polarizing the capital and the country.  An administration that can’t shape legislation conservative enough to entice Olympia Snowe to break ranks is way, way out there.

3. Toy Story 3 Includes American First Principles

Toy Story 3 centers around an apparently lovable and benign leader who is really a corrupt bully  – so okay, it’s like the Obama Administration there.  But in the movie, even the Barbie doll understands that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.  That doesn’t mean if you win an election you can do anything you want.  It means you have to follow the rules set down by the nation’s founders and traditions.  Backroom deals to pass incomprehensible regulations hidden away in unread legislation do not live up to that test.  When you’ve lost Barbie, you’ve lost the nation.

4. Toy Story 3 Understands the Nature of Evil

Although the villains in Toy Story 3 have back stories that have affected their personalities, these are not the “root cause” of their wrongdoing.  Ultimately, they make choices to be as they are and to do what they do.  Just as the faithful Woody makes painful choices in order to follow his lights, just as the heroic Buzz Lightyear chooses to behave as a space ranger even when he realizes his powers are illusory, so the movie’s evil-doers choose whether or not they will continue to do evil.  The Obama Administration clearly believes that Islamists will stop committing acts of savage violence if only we treat them right.  Toy Story 3 understands that good people do not have ultimate power over whether others choose evil or not.

5. Toy Story 3 Creates Wealth and Jobs

By creating a brilliant story that didn’t exist before, the good people at Pixar have created jobs that weren’t there before and money that wasn’t there before, raising the economic tide for everyone by giving people what they want in exchange for payment and paying people for doing the work they need.  The Obama Administration hasn’t created a single new job or dollar.  To be fair, no government can create wealth or jobs.  But if the Obama Administration understood that, they’d stay out of the way instead of making things worse by plunging us into generational debt.

Inescapable Conclusion:  Toy Story 3 yes, Obama Administration – not so much.

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  • David

    FABULOUS Review/Comparison!

    I will be Woody’s local grassroots campaign staffer in my neighborhood. But only if the thoughts/words/deeds from Woody come from the writers, and not Tom Hanks…

  • ElAnne in PA

    Now there’s a presidential ticket I could get behind!

  • http://www.thecrankyhousewife.com Cranky 1

    Technically, it was Barbie that paraphrased Thomas Jefferson… could she at least be VP?

  • Jordan

    Hey Andrew,

    I really love your blog!

    Do you know if there’s an Australian equivalent of you? (I’m in Sydney.)
    I think because the industry is much (MUCH!) smaller, there’s less space for non-hard-lefties.

  • http://www.lcweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=16&Itemid=94 Margaret Evans

    LOL. Just seeing this! Wish I’d seen it the other day, when we were discussing TS3 on my Facebook page. Here’s a comment I made to support my claim that TS3 has “political implications.” (My friends had scoffed at the idea!)

    “Okay, bear with me as I over-analyze. The daycare center is a collective society that at first seems like utopia. All fun, all day long. Everybody gets played with every day, nobody grows old and useless, nobody has to mourn or say goodbye because there’s always a new shipment of kids… and everyone is taken care of. But as it turns out, the “benevolent leader” is actually a power-crazed despot and the “utopia” is a spirit-killing prison. REAL freedom, real humanity (yes, these toys are “human”) is discovered only through family life (represented by Andy’s home… and later, Bonnie’s.) Here things aren’t perfect. Children grow older. Toys are put away. (To every thing, there is a season.) Most of all, people (and toys) form deep, lasting attachments. They risk loving… which, inevitably, means they will suffer loss. But without love – and loss – there can be no real joy. Love, joy, and real human thriving find their locus in family life, not the collective society. (I think it’s clever, too, that the “nanny state” is represented by a daycare center!)”

    And don’t even get me STARTED on the Christian themes in TS3!

  • http://www.lcweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=16&Itemid=94 Margaret Evans

    Okay, bear with me as I over-analyze. The daycare center is a collective society that at first seems like utopia. All fun, all day long. Everybody gets played with every day, nobody grows old and useless, nobody has to mourn or say goodbye because there’s always a new shipment of kids… and everyone is taken care of. But as it turns out, the “benevolent leader” is actually a power-crazed despot and the “utopia” is a spirit-killing prison. REAL freedom, real humanity (yes, these toys are “human”) is discovered only through family life (represented by Andy’s home… and later, Bonnie’s.) Here things aren’t perfect. Children grow older. Toys are put away. (To every thing, there is a season.) Most of all, people (and toys) form deep, lasting attachments. They risk loving… which, inevitably, means they will suffer loss. But without love – and loss – there can be no real joy. Love, joy, and real human thriving find their locus in family life, not the collective society. (I think it’s clever, too, that the “nanny state” is represented by a daycare center!)

    And don’t even get me STARTED on the Christian themes in TS3!

  • http://www.lcweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=16&Itemid=94 Margaret Evans

    Try this theory. The daycare center is a collective society that at first seems like utopia. All fun, all day long. Everybody gets played with every day, nobody grows old and useless, nobody has to mourn or say goodbye because there’s always a new shipment of kids… and everyone is taken care of. But as it turns out, the “benevolent leader” is actually a power-crazed despot and the “utopia” is a spirit-killing prison. REAL freedom, real humanity (yes, these toys are “human”) is discovered only through family life (represented by Andy’s home… and later, Bonnie’s.) Here things aren’t perfect. Children grow older. Toys are put away. (To every thing, there is a season.) Most of all, people (and toys) form deep, lasting attachments. They risk loving… which, inevitably, means they will suffer loss. But without love – and loss – there can be no real joy. Love, joy, and real human thriving find their locus in family life, not the collective society. (I think it’s clever, too, that the “nanny state” is represented by a daycare center!)

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