Wednesday, May 01, 2013

My Kids Are Not The Community’s Kids

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I know you’ll be shocked to learn about political disagreement on the internet and cable news. I know, the sky is blue and all that.

A kerfuffle erupted earlier this month when MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said in a promotional spot that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”

On its head the statement seems innocuous. We’ve been inundated with the “it takes a village” stuff for two decades now, after all. The idea of our kids being helped along by many people isn’t that bad.

But it never stops there. In addition to her “Village” material Hillary Clinton also said that “we have to start thinking and believing that there isn’t really any such thing as someone else’s child . . . For that reason, we cannot permit discussions of children and families to be subverted by political or ideological debate.”

There’s the idea among the Leftist elite that they know what’s best for us and will implement laws to do so, whether it’s making it illegal to sell drinks larger than 16 ounces or the government inspecting school lunches brought from home to check if they meet USDA guidelines.

There’s a famous story of former Texas Republican senator Phil Gramm telling a woman of Clinton’s ilk, “My educational policies are based on the fact that I care more about my children than you do.” She says, “No, you don’t.” Gramm replies, “Okay: What are their names?”

Jim Geraghty of National Review Online is blunt in his assessment of this worldview: “(F)or a couple of months, you thought that “Gangnam Style” was cool and exciting. You buy houses you can’t afford, study majors that leave you unemployable, believe politicians’ promises, buy lottery tickets and ignore the astronomical odds of winning, obsess about the lives of celebrities that have absolutely no impact on your lives, and believe that the appropriate response to your team winning the championship is to riot. I’m not sure I would trust you to water my plants, much less take a role in the raising of my children.”

My kids are a gift from God, not The Community.

This is the same community of loose morals and political correctness that is going to force me to have “The Talk” about five years sooner than I want to talk to my kids about intercourse and internet monsters.

This is the same community that thinks smoking in movies is the eternal sin because it leads to children puffing, but will get huffy if you suggest that the violence, sex, drugs and foul language are just as influential.

Getting Biblical, The Community was easily persuaded to release a criminal named Barrabas instead of the Christ.

Our church has a parent/child dedication twice a year, during which parents hold up their kids to God and promise to raise them in a spiritual household, and the church vows to pray and help the parents so that the children have a godly upbringing.

The dedication prayer does not say, “We pledge to do what God wants, unless of course The Community thinks it’s weird religious stuff, in that case we’ll give in and go along with what they say.”

Harris-Perry later defended herself with more of the same, writing, “I have no intention of apologizing for saying that our children, all of our children, are part of more than our households, they are part of our communities and deserve to have the care, attention, resources, respect and opportunities of those communities.”

If this means she’s going to pay for my diapers, happy meals and private school tuition, then I’ll have a sit-down to discuss terms. If it means you’re going to try to change my kids because of what you think of my social views as a Jesus follower in the culture wars, then no thanks.

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