Web Extra: Goodnight Democracy

February 15, 2013

Remember Goodnight Moon, the children’s book about a young rabbit going to bed?

Rootstrikers, a nonpartisan network of activists seeking to get money out of politics, put together their own Goodnight-inspired eBook called Goodnight Democracy. In this video, we read it to you.

It’s like Goodnight Moon, except instead of telling the story of a rabbit saying goodnight to things in his room and outside his window, it tells the story of Americans saying goodnight to a political system that’s supposed to serve the people. And instead of making you feel warm and cozy, it’ll likely leave you feeling cheated and angry.

Narration by Rob Kuhns.

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  • davidp

    Yep…democracy turned on its head!!

  • LandShark

    This Country is so far down the rabbit hole I think it will take a revolution to restore a Democracy for and by the People!

  • Voter

    Methinks they were inspired by W. Kamau Bell’s “Goodnight, Election” from his show Totally Biased (which is at least funny, not just depressing):

    (NSFW: Language)

  • Anonymous

    I can’t find the mouse

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.grahamsmith Patty Smith

    Buy the People has come to an abrupt halt! We will return to By the People, For the People.

  • Michael Toler


  • An American CAN Grant

    Good night AmericaCARE?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bkort Barry Kort

    Corruption is but one of ten big unsolved problems in our culture. The other nine are conflict, violence, oppression, injustice, poverty, ignorance, alienation, suffering, and terrorism.

    All ten of these hellish problems have something in common. Like cancer, they tend to reseed themselves, round-robin, from one instance to the next, in a never-ending cycle of recursion.

    Systemic problems call for a systems approach to problem-solving. That’s not going to happen until we elevate our problem-solving skills to near-genius levels.

    I would like to see President Obama convene a national problem-solving congress, staffed with the best and the brightest systems thinkers our society has to offer, to systematically address, analyze, and solve the interlinked systemic problems of conflict, violence, oppression, injustice, corruption, poverty, ignorance, alienation, suffering, and terrorism.

    Nothing short of that will restore my long lost faith in the system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1539003561 Kay Collins

    Those other nine you listed cannot be addressed without a clean decent government. You can give all the best suggestions to the current government but until they lose their incentive to act on behalf of only a few and rather act on behalf of the many nothing is going to change enough to matter to most of us.

  • Melissah Watts

    The one thing is, all those dollars couldn’t buy the vote. My vote was never for sale . Democracy is still alive, it just needs a little more demoglobin in its bloodstream !

  • http://twitter.com/papermooner PAPERMOONER

    Welcome to PLUTOCRACY and KLEPTOCRACY folks and buckle up…they aren’t about to give back what was stolen, a robotic police state is upon us and only going to get worse. This is a tragic outcome the world’s most hopeful attempt at Democracy: GRADE? FFF FAIL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502061487 Vlad Jersian

    You mean “Buy the Power, Fok the People”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502061487 Vlad Jersian

    Trouble is, it’s not “one person, one vote”.. with Millions to spend, it’s “one person, many thousands of votes or more”.

  • Anonymous

    OK, so how is big corporations buying elections different from Rockefeller, Gould and Morgan buying elections 100 years ago, or large landowners and merchants buying elections 200 years ago, or Tammany Hall, or any of the other hundreds of ways economic and social power has swayed the votes of the electorate for as long as there has been democracy?

    This nation still has one adult, one vote. We don’t have to allow advertising to sway us, and not all of us do. We don’t have to let ourselves be bought. We are thinking to small if we say this nation can be bought and that overturning Citizens United is the only way to prevent that.

    Think! Talk! Listen! Vote!

  • Beth Bailey-Kingdon

    We will not go gently into THAT good night.

  • EG

    Is there any end to the countless parodies of the iconic Goodnight Moon, the most innocent and cherished of picture books? Thanks for perverting it’s sweet sensibility.