Just when we think the secular assaults against the nuclear family unit can’t get any worse, we disturbingly learn that they can. Now, a host on a minor cable news network claims that we have to get over the idea that our children are ours and accept the fact that they belong “collectively” to all of us.
Melissa Harris-Perry, a host for a weekend show on scarcely watched MSNBC, was taped in a “lean forward” (euphemism for “lean more left”) promo for the network, saying that children don’t belong to their families and that they belong to the collective.
The host declared: “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.”
The context seems innocuous enough: continue to engage in insanity (doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results) by throwing more money toward education. The answer to our educational inadequacies and failings is always more funding, to some. Heaven forbid that we should consider using what resources we have more efficiently and effectively and focus on teaching content that increases academic performance, instead of all the social engineering and politically correct indoctrination that is so pervasively “taught” in our public schools.
Some don’t even think her terminology, referring to collective ownership of our kids, in the promo is controversial. The New York Times and other media and extremist organizations have leapt to her defense. What should not be lost on us is that such entities are ideological compatriots to the host and are firmly predisposed to the collectivist ideals of the left.
I’m sure the folks over at NAMBLA would rejoice over such a concept of collectivist ownership of our kids! And what about all those unborn children who are never given a chance to take their first breath? Should that not likewise be a grave concern to the collective?
In free societies, as America was originally founded to be, private property ownership is sacrosanct. The second line in our Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Lockean Creed, upon which that statement is based, equates private property with pursuit of happiness.
While children are not considered property and are not “owned,” the responsibility for rearing, teaching, and nurturing them is a private one, owned by the parents who brought them into the world. For those who lack the temporal means to support those children, there are safety nets that allow for community support of such disadvantaged children. Even that, however, does not diminish or transfer the very personal and private responsibility of rearing children to the state, or to the collective.
If all of this sounds familiar, it should. Last year, in the midst of the presidential campaign, Team Obama posted a slideshow on the campaign website, with much fanfare, about the Life of Julia. It revealed the Obama Team dream of governmental (in this context, euphemism for “the collective”) involvement at every stage of life, from birth to death, and how the government would be the nurturing parental surrogate through each stage.
Karl Marx said: “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.” Ms. Harris-Perry mirrors this sentiment: the children are not ours; they belong to the collective, and we need to abolish the notion that they are ours. Marx also said: “Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.” The MSNBC host would make Marx proud.
Who has the right to dictate how a child is to be reared? Certainly not the “collective,” and certainly not the government. It’s a private parental and familial matter. Or at least it should be. The more government encroaches into health care management, social-engineering dictates, and the redefinition of fundamental roles in society, the less control parents have over something as fundamental as the rearing of their children.
It is not just the economic aspects of socialistic and fascistic collectivism that must be resisted and repulsed; but perhaps even more significantly, the social and cultural collectivist agenda must be rejected. We have to recognize this steady encroachment for what it is and that it is clearly antithetical to a free America.
AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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