It is disappointing that the Americans insist on giving credit for the conception behind the “Your First Time” ads directed at young women voters to the Russian President none other than Vladimir Putin when the credit really should go to Sarah Hanson-Young from our very own Australian Green Party. This is from the 2010 Australian election and it is the same idea right down to putting it under the heading, “Your First Time”, the exact same name used in the American Democrat ad.
We can thus see the idea has travelled from the Green Party in Australia to the Democrats in the US, via the election ad for the former head of the KGB as President of Russia. The ad has thus shown up on three different continents, as wide apart as one could possibly travel, but based on the usual empty rhetoric of the deep left.
The deep left always targets the shallow and uninformed who are clueless about the implications of voting for such people. Since the media is itself part of the deep left it does not so much get targeted as does the targeting. But here we have a series of ads directed at the shallow and uninformed – in this case women young enough to be voting for the first time. The world is crashing around our heads, the economy is ruining their very own futures, foreign relations are in massive disrepair with a genuinely misogynist jihad on the rise. But in the US young women are being asked to vote on the narrowest imaginable series of issues that are in no way whatsoever under any likelihood to be changed irrespective of who is elected president, these being the availability of free birth control and abortion virtually on demand.
But never mind all that. What I am raising here is a matter for national pride. These are ads that have had their origin right here in Australia. We have been able to influence such giants in the world as Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. And if you would like to see the full details of the genealogy of this descent from SH-Y to BHO perhaps via VP, you can read the full article here at Quadrant Online.
Some additional notes: Daddy Dave has advised that some of the irregular readers who have been guided to this post from Powerline may not have appreciated the ironical intent of the text both here and at Quadrant Online. I can see his point. It’s too late now anyway since my 24 hours on the Powerline Picks has now ended but it was uncommonly exciting to have seen it there. And I was aware that it is possible to read the original post – although less so than at Quadrant Online which was the the next link in the chain) – as showing genuine pride in such idiocy but I didn’t really think it mattered. The bloggers at Powerline could obviously see what I was getting at but what I thought would be interesting was for the Americans to recognise that Obama’s campaign team had plagiarised the ads, merely changing the content but stealing the theme. To say that the ads had been plagiarised from Putin was interesting in a pallid sort of way but since the text was in Russian the parallel was less obvious. To see the Australian original ought to have been astonishing.
Moreover, today we had some Russian friends over to the house and they translated the text on the top line of Putin’s ad and it really is the Russian for “Your First Time”! Well then, it is extraordinary. The Russians first and then Obama second really have taken up the same theme and stolen it from Sarah Hanson-Young. And it was only here on Catallaxy in Australia that this was recognised, in a progression when I first put up the original post, then when Token spotted the parallel with SH-Y and finally when the Putin ad was spotted by Infidel Tiger. It’s why reading blogsites like this can be far more interesting than just picking up the paper or watching the news because of the way in which it is interactive. And if there are people who have read the blog and didn’t see that it was not meant to be read straight but was specifically designed to contain a full measure of ironic intent, well that’s just the way it will have to be.