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Huckabee's Cartoon History of America

I caught a glimpse of something silly on Hardball a few minutes ago and decided to see if I could make any sense of it. I only caught the very tail end of a cartoon…a bizarre cartoon. It was almost like one of those Japanese anime renderings of our tabloid fodder.

It took some digging, mainly because the clip in question is marked on Youtube as:

This video is unlisted. Only those with the link can see it.

I’ve never seen that before. An unlisted video..only available to those with the secret link?

What is Mr. Huckabee up to?


I’m glad I stuck with my hunt, though, because I am still laughing at the absurdity.

A Cartoon’ish History of America would be a better description of Huckabee’s latest project. Mike Huckabee has co-founded a company that produces cartoons to teach ‘history’ to kids. Not only were the ‘Learn Our History: Time Travel Academy’ videos (only $15 each!!) “developed under the direction of leading historians and educators”, they are Satisfaction Guaranteed (with Risk Free trial) come with FREE Gifts!!.

I’ll let the Huckster describe ’em himself:

Welcome to Learn Our History, where kids discover history through entertaining animated videos!  I co-founded this company to give children a fun, fresh way to learn about America’s rich past and most influential people.

Many of our schools and teachers today haven’t found ways to make history for kids fun.  Instead, they’re teaching with political bias that distorts facts for the sake of political correctness.  As a result, our national pride and patriotism are in jeopardy.

That’s what makes Learn Our History different. Your kids will love to learn American history as they watch our nation’s stories come to life right before their eyes!  All the while, they’ll build a strong sense of national pride and appreciation for America.

Yup, you got it…fundy, wet dream, fantasized history of the GOD BLESSED U. S. OF A.–in cartoon form so as to indoctrinate ’em young.

Here is the only footage I can find thus far:

It is indeed funny…but also weirdly creepy. Sort of like that Davey and Goliath show from when I was a kid. I’d watch…and get all the Jesus’y messages…but, man was it creepy.

And, no, this is not a joke.

I think with the creepy look…the whackadoodle ‘history’…and the pretty overt racism (did you SEEEEE that skeery black guy??!!! Oh Noes!!!)…this could well be one of many nails in the coffin so far as Huck’s Presidential aspirations go.

It’s just plain creepy.

And wrong.

So wrong.


Another clip of cartoon’ish history brought to you by our friend Huck:

And HERE is the list of videos and their release dates.

I can’t wait.


I’m a Chick’s Comics fan.

I love loony shit like this.


  1. Shaun Appleby

    That’s beyond creepy.  Why is there so little room for critical thinking in the modern Republican party?  It’s shaping up to be a regular clone army.

  2. Kysen

    it would make for a great snark-filled diary series.

    I can’t help but believe that this latest foray into lunacy may well be a step too far for Huckabee.

    How can someone who puts out such hokey horse pucky be taken even remotely seriously?

    The vids really do remind me of Chick’s Comics…so earnest…so heartfelt…so absofuckinglutely insane.

  3. sricki

    they put the one with the fakey-fake Southern accent in fucking OVERALLS. Why didn’t they just go ahead and stick a piece of hay in his mouth and show him grinning with an gummy grill?

    This is like a less sophisticated Conservipedia.

    Bring on the propaganda!!!

  4. The drive for Historical Fundamentalism is a troubling one. Especially when you combine it with a push to reduce education funding, as well as limit choice for textbooks and the attacks on teachers’ unions.

    There is a driving force behind it. One that doesn’t want competition–which is why it is so well funded. They don’t mind mining the underclasses for the occasional genius to add to the ranks, but true entrepreneurs and real competition in the markets is a danger to the status quo. Couple that with a nod to religious Fundamentalism that brooks no competition at the collection plate, and you have a natural alliance to help one another. Books will be bought and sold to push message–and often bought up in droves by PACs and others to create the illusion of great worth–there will be churches and leaders who will push this illusion. Dumbing down message is important, and keeping a compliant and ideologically and intellectually stunted audience is necessary. Too smart, and they don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Too able to think critically, and they will recognize holes in logic. It is a movement that likes to give the illusion of deep scholarship to those it is bent on bending to their will. It is pandering and emotional and looks to short circuit real scholarship–and is more than willing to waste dollars and cite poor studies and even poorer research to back up claims by those who are paid to put tripe into the pipe.  

    But, as one of my teachers would say, that is naught but Maya. Illusion. It is based on knowingly and deliberately bending truth for ideology. Ideological conditioning through selective reading of history is as bad as selective reading of religious texts to create the illusion God being on your side.

    Be that if you want to blow up buildings with Americans and others, or if you want to justify why you want to beat the snot out of someone who is gay.

    We are seeing a marked rise in Fundamentalism, and the narrowing of viewpoint to serve ideology, as opposed to broadening understanding. It is the exact opposite of scholarship and education. It is indoctrination and it is very much a troubling trend, because it seeks not to enlighten or educate, but to keep those very things from occurring, because that would mean a loss of revenue, and possible competition–real competition–which there is a large section of the business community fears.

    Fears because it is easier to throw money at ideogouges than it is to innovate. Fears because it is easier to invest in companies and take a share of their profit, than actually innovate yourself. Producing something of worth is far more difficult, actually producing real commodities and real products, as opposed to variations on already existing technologies and slapping a new coat of paint on costs far more, and there is a segment that fears that there will be a new entrepreneur class that will not be shackled to investment alone as a business strategy, as opposed to simply shipping products off to be produced elsewhere and taking your cut.

    That it is linked to a necessitating strategy to dumb down the population, and keeping folks off balance and distracted, both with idiocy like Jersey Shore or the TEA Party, and rallies to protest teacher salaries, is perhaps a greater threat to the nation and its ideals than any suicide bomber…

  5. Kysen

    I hope he makes his special announcement at the beginning so I don’t have to watch the whole damn thing.

    If he does run…I hope Democratic animators are at the ready to create/produce parody cartoons mocking Huckabee.

    Hell, I hope such cartoons are mad whether or not he runs.

  6. Rashaverak


    “You know, folks often talk about immigration. I always say that to become an American citizen, immigrants ought to have to learn American history. [applause] But maybe we should also have a voting standard that says to vote, as a native born American, you should have to learn American history. [applause] You realize how many of our high school graduates because of the decay of the educational system, couldn’t pass a citizenship test.”

  7. Rashaverak

    Time stamp 0:20.

    East Prussia is shown in green.  Poland and part of France is shown red.

    Well before the time that Germany invaded France (May 1940), Poland had been partitioned by Germany and the USSR, and the Polish Corridor had been annexed into the Reich.  

    And East Prussia had been part of the Reich even before the invasion of Poland in September 1939.

  8. The alternative would have to be horrific.

    Sure, seems like a nice and bright guy, but this sort of whole-hog religious blinderism is the reason I could not trust him to be President. This whole series is straight out of Archie Christian Comics.

    Sorry. Nice guy and all that, but I require a little more broad-mindedness.  

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