Hey, remember public service pitches? I do. We don’t see or hear them much any more, possibly because air time has become so expensive, whether on radio or television. At one time they seemed endless.
The one – actually, it was a family of them – that lingers most vividly in my memory is “The family that prays together stays together. / Go to the church of your choice.” If you’re not virulently hostile to religion, it seems a decent sentiment…but wait: “the church of your choice?” What if that’s an Islamic mosque, or a Satanic temple? Ought such choices to be encouraged?
Others of more recent vintage involve exhortations to enlist in the military, because the skills you can acquire will land you a good job afterward. Now, I have no beef with the military – my father was a Navy man, and I worked in military engineering for three decades – but the claim about enhanced employability runs afoul of the ugly statistics about unemployed veterans. That may have changed for the better in recent years, but there are still a great many firms that tend to shy away from hiring veterans. All that talk about post-traumatic stress disorder and how it can strike without warning has made them skittish.
How about the ones that urged young folks not to drop out of school? Back when the schools were actually in the business of educating their
inmates students, that might have been a decent suggestion. Today? Well, let’s just say that the “education” provided by the “twelve year sentence” tends to be more in the direction of victimism, racialist propaganda, indiscipline, hatred of America, and exculpations for thuggery: “coursework” I’d rather not have my progeny subjected to.
Still every now and then I stumble over a PSP that really does tell us something in the public interest – which really means “in your interest to take seriously.” Here’s the one I found this morning:
Yes, it’s a “tweet.” But Mr. Kelly is saying something people should hear. The Kung Flu Panic has told America’s 88,000 governments that if they can scare us sufficiently, they can strip us of our rights down to the last iota. And so I exhort my Gentle Readers to pass it around as widely as possible. As a public service, don’t y’know.