09 April 2013

home-rule

By now most informed Americans have had some sort of encounter with the hubbub surrounding MSNBC host (we cannot rightly use the word journalist without inflicting damage on the concept) Melissa Harris-Perry's comments regarding the autonomy of the family in the raising of children.

Her comments: "We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility.  We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children.  So part of it is 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 whole communities.  Once it's everybody's responsibility, and not just the household's, then we start making better investments."

The first observation which ought to be made regarding this comment is that it appears in a produced spot for MSNBC.  That is to say, these are not comments which Ms Harris-Perry was offering during a less-planned, ad-lib of a panel discussion or live opinion.  This reflects, quite deeply, the perspective of those on the left, especially those responsible for producing this piece.  Although the amount of public spotlighting that is given to such thinking tends to come and go, we have seen this type of thinking developing for many years.  We could easily point to the whole It Takes a Village lunacy, but even then the American culture had not been corrupted enough for it to be seriously considered.  Today, however, there is much more of an opportunity for this leftism to gain greater control over children and family.

Secondly, it must be pointed out that everything that Ms Harris-Perry says is accepted by the statists, with one major caveat - namely, it is the responsibility of the community to raise children only when the community reflects those ideals and perspective endorsed by the leftist agenda.  This assertion of collectively raising children by removing the self-governing right of the family only works in one direction, for its roots come from a people who verbally tout tolerance while simultaneously doing everything to distort, condemn and destroy all things conservative or Christian.

What is more, the goal of this perspective is control, but notice how it is placed within the context of money as well.  Ms Harris-Perry begins her produced spot with the fact that we are not investing enough in public education.  This, of course, is because America does not care enough - guilt for neither supporting nor praising the miserable failures of leftist policies.  The Department of Education began operating in 1980, following its establishment through the Carter administration, which should tell us all we need to know about its chances for success.  Since then, the millions and millions of dollars that have been funneled through it - removing control over education from the States in the process - has been concurrent with the massive failure of our educational system.  And the assertion of Ms Harris-Perry is simply, We aren't investing enough for it to be successful.

When you are caught in a lie, you are left with two choices: admit guilt or press the lie and hope that you can work your way through.  It seems that this is the same for liberal policy, and here is an example of the latter strategy at work, even when the truth is painfully obvious.

Finally, I find it quite ironic that the progressive-left is here looking for a community to surround children so that they may thrive in a structured, supportive, learning environment.  The irony comes from the fact that the traditional American home, built upon a culture of Judeo-Christian values, provided such a structure (under which our nation thrived), but was attacked and rejected by the very people who now advocate its replacement.

We might ask why this is the case, but the answer is quite simple.  There are two fundamental reasons for the rejection of one community-model for another: the first is morality; the second is control.  The one piece of American culture that has been attacked by progressives more than any other is the issue of a singular ethic which would govern our society.  Our nation has been forced into a collective ignorance of the hows and whys of our establishment, and just what our Founders had in mind - especially their faith and character.  Getting through this is the first step in achieving the control that the progressives so desperately crave.

There can be none of this type of thinking, and the American patriots (who are again being wakened in our nation) will guard their families more fiercely than any other thing.  Over the past number of years the American people have become too silent in matters of faith and freedom, and now we must face the consequences of our inaction.  The progressive left is currently seeking to eliminate the Second Amendment, and this sinister look to the American family cannot go unnoticed.  A quick glance around the American landscape will show that the right to bear arms will be defended by the People ... One can only imagine what sort of uproar will occur when the rights of the family are dismantled as well.  Yes, some will quietly concede and recess into the shadows, leaving their children as wards of the state and reducing parents all-the-more to fertility animals (once all of the undesirable qualities of genetics have been dealt with).

But those who are committed to Christian values might have other things to say about all of this, and will stand on the line that governments are not allowed to cross.  These lines were drawn by the Creator, reasserted in our Constitution, and reinforced by the families which stand on the other side.

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