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BURRISS: Ronald McDonald gets new look

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The McDonald’s Corporation recently updated their signature clown, Ronald, with cargo pants, a new vest, a new blazer and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. Fortunately they didn’t change the over-sized red shoes.

And almost as soon as the new wardrobe was announced, the nay-sayers and no-fun fanatics hit the web with cries of outrage. Not over the new duds, but over the supposedly insidious brainwashing the clown was unleashing on unsuspecting parents and vulnerable children.

Apparently there are some folks, I would guess a dozen or so in the entire world, who think that every time someone sees the clown they immediately run out to the nearest fast food restaurant, gulp down three or four super-sized sandwiches, a couple of large-size fries and a big-gulp gallon size chocolate ‘shake.

Now call me naïve, but I think most people are smart enough to ignore the clown, and most other ads. And as for the kids, well, that’s what parents are for: to tell their kids “no.”

So maybe the problem isn’t all of the bad stuff that is supposedly going on around us. Maybe the bigger problem is those people who think everyone but them is susceptible to alleged brainwashing that goes on. Talk about negativity!

For example, listen to talk radio some time, and you’ll hear an endless stream of comments about how everyone else is being duped. Or read the Internet blogs, and you’ll see comment after comment promoting the idea that everyone but the writer is out of touch, and is apparently the only smart person on earth who sees the supposed problem.

What these people are doing is trying to convince us there are problems where there aren’t any. But fortunately people are smart enough to know when they are being hoodwinked, and when people are trying to convince them that their lives are miserable.

I don’t know about them, but I’m having too good of a time to think there are all of these bad people in the world. And even if there were, I, and you, are smart enough to fight them off.

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