James Dobson: The Musical
I found this song over on the WFMU blog. It’s a top ten hit from 1948, starring Arthur Godfrey. Here’s part of what they write about it:
The subject matter (and, yes, I realized the 1948 version of what’s acceptable differs from the 2009 version) is bad enough. The song extols the virtue of beating the living hell out of your daughter when she disobeys you. Family values, I guess. What pushes it over the edge into unmitigated nightmarish sadism is the glee and jauntiness the beating engenders. Right off the bat, Arthur Godfrey chuckles disturbingly as the scene is painted with a girl lying on the floor trying to fend off blows. That and the HILARIOUS slapstick suggesting that Arthur Godfrey is not screwing around here. There will be welts and bruises.
So here it is. “Enjoy” it!
This is the world that the fundies of today pine for. This is the world they want to take us back to. This song illustrates what they consider to be proper and moral parenting.
If you think I’m joking, may I remind you of how James Dobson treats his dogs and his children.