Smurf politics


Where does Rep. Marty Seifert come up with his quotes?

“”They had Denny Green time management,” he once said of the DFL budget talks.

“It’s like saying you’re pro-ag and then being anti-chicken,” he also uttered when talking about DFLers saying they’re “pro-job” and then taxing businesses.

We have a new entrant in the Seifert book of quotations today, courtesy of MPR reporter Tim Pugmire’s story on the GOP field of candidates in upcoming legislative elections.

“We are extremely proud that we will not be a Smurf village as we move into the election process where we just have one female walking around, but we are moving into the 21st century as a party and stretching out our reach as a party to as many people as possible,” said Seifert.

It’s remarkable political oratory that can send a writer to Google to enter the words Smurf trivia.

I had no clue while driving to work today that I’d be considering the socio-political themes of the Smurfs. Who knew, for example, that Smurf Village is merely a front for a Socialist society?

Papa Smurf represents Karl Marx. He is not so much the leader of the Smurfs as an equal revered by the others for his age and wisdom. He has a beard, as did Marx, and thus could conceivably be a caricature as well. And lastly, he wears red, which is the traditional colour of socialism. Brainy Smurf could represent Trotsky. He is the only one in the village who comes close to matching Papa’s intellect – he is a thinker. With his round spectacles, he could also be a caricature of Trotsky. He is often isolated, ridiculed or even ejected from the commune of the village for his ideas. And of course, Trotsky was banished from the USSR.

But what’s that got to do with the women?

In an ideal, sexist, patriarchal state, women are not a part of the community. They do not occupy the ‘public sphere’ of work and the outside world, and they certainly do not work. Smurfette’s main occupation seems to be standing around looking pretty, ie ‘being the woman’, although when it comes to problem solving, the producers have not, thankfully, made her a brainless bimbo. She is quite a bit sharper than the rest of the Smurfs, except of course, for Papa.

According to this particular treatise, however, in Smurf Village, heterosexuality is the norm. Tinky Winky take note.

  • Tyler Suter

    Oh my goodness…I have not laughed like that is some time. This is really something else; truly a nugget of pure gold. It certaintly appears that Mr. Seifert writes his own speeches because nobody would recite this stuff from the pen of someone else. He must be taking notes on Berlusconi; the successful use of wacky antics at least. I bet plenty of those bistanders shown in the picture were nodding, even as the smurfusion (confusion) set in.

    And is the Tinky Winky just a reference to the gross application of an absolute as it applies to a similair situation? I grappled with treatise.

  • Paul

    I have a couple of friends who are young, idealistic and very very left. They are going to LOVE this, Bob. :grins:

  • c

    ..but who is Gargymelle (spelling), then…..? I would only guess an anti-socialist? Any thoughts on that one, Bob?

    Looking at that picture of Seifert, it kinda looks like he’s full of alotta hot air and he sprung a leak and it’s all coming outta his mouth.

  • chris m

    c- they cover gargomel as the very definition of capitalist society. Since he wants only to devour the smurfs in both a literal sense, and by his desire to turn them into gold, he is capitalism gone very, very wrong.

    I actually really liked the section that Smurfette turned from brunette to blonde when she became a ‘real’ smurf because blondes are more desirable, and therefore better in a utopian, patriarchial society.

    You know, I hate to say it, but Schmidt’s points are thouroughly well reasoned. And I hope that MORE politicians start using smurf references. No- just 70’s and 80’s cartoon references in general!

    “You know, the last thing we need is a Snarf infestation on New Thundara.”

    “It’s time to tell those leftists in Washington that we don’t need any more Planeteers to make Captian Planet appear!”

    “It’s time to trim the defense budget! If great heroes like Hong Kong Phooey can change in a closet, why can’t we???”

    “I promise that my campaign will be as clear and clean as the Silverhawks armor in space!”

  • c

    /It’s time to trim the defense budget! If great heroes like Hong Kong Phooey can change in a closet, why can’t we???”/

    CHRIS M-

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!….OR BOY!!!! i totally support your changing in the closet and i say take it a step further and try coming out.

  • Three Apples Tall

    I love the Smurfs.