Collective Child Rearing

Friday, October 30, 2009
Posted in category Establishment Leftists

I couldn’t help but read an article in this morning’s New York Times, “Perils of the Recession Generation.” I don’t know why I continue to read this nauseating, left-collectivist trash.

Is it an overstatement to say that we’re at risk of losing a generation of children if we don’t step up to the plate to provide additional support for families under duress? We are, at the very least, at risk of helping erode children’s most basic sense of security and safety, as well as their hopes for the future. Families are keenly under pressure. We ignore them at our collective peril.

Her focus is the “poor” little children whose lives are teeming with video games, computers, fad clothes, endless trips to Toys R Us, and hobbyist consumerism. The problem is that these children don’t receive enough federal aid in the form of free lunches, free nursery school, free work-study programs, job creation for teenagers, free child care, free after-school programs, Head Start, and, of course, direct welfare.

The author, Judith Warner, doesn’t care to mention that none of this bunkum has worked since the New Deal. When do these people give up their saccharine vision of stealing from one class of people to fund the lifestyles of others who cannot provide for themselves or their family?

Newsflash: most teenagers nowadays don’t want to work jobs – they want to hang like monkeys in the mall, on the street corner, and drift with their friends. Destination Hollister, on Mom and Dad’s dime. I look at my friends’ teenage kids – they clearly avoid finding a job, but they don’t dare give up their profession of child consumer. Buy, buy, buy. You no longer need a job before you get your first car, ‘cuz the parents rationalize why their slacker kid “needs” a car – to visit the friends, get to the mall, and other pressing matters.

And for those kids who do want to work, the federal government has created a great job destruction program called the minimum wage.

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4 Responses to Collective Child Rearing

  1. cousin lucky says:

    October 30th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    This is the society we have. Young girls do not have to anything but look pretty and get pregnant. The State will then provide them with an apartment and furniture and clothing and food stamps and constant checks in the mail.

    Instead of locking these wayward females up for a crime against humanity we pay them and provide for them and their illegitimate offspring. It is a “system ” that openly encourages irresponsibility and abuse!!
    We taxpayers are the one’s that are ” Stuck On Stupid ” for allowing this spectacle to continue generation after generation!!

  2. Jeannie Queenie says:

    October 30th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I think back over the years and how we fiftie’s folks were laughed at for our peaceful and quiet ways. As if the sixties scene of doing drugs, getting the clap and in general, becoming lazy, hypocritical yahoos, helped the country in any way, shape or form. This hippie, dippy scene was the start of the pansy progressives and their quest for utopia..a utopia which would end up one day with one Hillary CLinton saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. Perhaps it took a village to satisfy her old man, but really now, Hillary…here I always thought it took parents, both a mother and a father to do that honorable job, but now all of a sudden only the collective can do the childcare thing? Thanks, but no thanks for anyone raising my kids, or brainwashing them into oblivion.
    All I can say,is that I look at all my fifties friends whose kids are grown,and what a hugh difference in how they turned out as opposed to the 60′s kids, many of whom ended up thinking their folks were nuts! In comparison, all that 60′s free drugs, free lovin, free parent’s, (state or sitters), for your kids so you can do your thing, has really come home to roost. How is that you ask…well we now have generations of kids who would never dream of flipping burgers at Mickey D’s…so beneath them, and yet, they walk around with cell phones stuck to their ears. Just like their whiny, ME, ME, ME parents who didn’t want to grow up, we see the monsters these non-parents created. Via their own idiotic non parenting they caved into every little whim their little selfish monsters desired just like dumb dumb dad and mom did. This will in time come home and haunt the absentee parents. Anyone interested in reading what we can expect in the future with these kids, I highly recommend Robert Bly’s THE SIBLING SOCIETY..a society where parents have relinquished their god given mandate to be parents and the devastating results of such selfish thinking. . I can guarantee that after reading this book, if you don’t already own a gun you will be tempted to buy one. We have met the enemy and it is us!

  3. Michael says:

    October 31st, 2009 at 10:41 am

    @cousin lucky: That’s their choice. If they freely decide to “look pretty and get pregnant” than so be it. I agree that the State should not redistribute resources in order to fund their (perhaps inappropriate) choices. Why should they be “locked up”? If the incentives evaporated I think the societal problem that you identified would similarly disappear.

    I agree with Karen. There’s certainly a cultural divide that exists between the generations (and I’m in my 20s!). It’s pervasive. I think the number one culprit here is the Department of Indoctrin-, er I mean, Education. Children have been taught to be complacent, to not be self-reliant, and to defend all that is the State. End the Department of Education!

  4. SgtBob says:

    April 2nd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Quite well written.

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