Monday, March 28, 2005

Who's Kids Are They?

It never ceases to amaze me that we look to the same institutions that have repeatedly managed to screw up anything they touch to be responsible for raising and educating our children. Here in Minnesota, as well as in the rest of America, we see the government passing more and more laws controlling how our children are educated and even how they are socialized in their pre-kindergarten years.

Correct me if I am wrong, but our parents and grandparents somehow managed to raise their children without the help of a plethora of expensive taxpayer, (that's all of us folks), funded government programs. But now it seems as the current generation of parents are no longer considered capable of raising their own children. Worse yet, many of these parents are in the forefront demanding taxpayer funded government programs to help them do the job they should be doing themselves.

The basics of child rearing have very little to do with your financial situation. It does not cost a parent a singe darned dime to read to their young child or to help them to learn the basic ABCs. It costs nothing to play a game of catch, attend church together, or even just talk. So how is it that we have come to the point where we are passing expensive taxpayer funded government programs to help prepare our own children for kindergarten?

I believe that part of the problem is the growing number of children having children. These young parents obviously are not prepared to raise children if they are not able to do something as simple as avoiding getting pregnant. Rather than demanding that the families of these child-parents take responsibilities for their own blood, we instead choose to turn to the government to help. Frankly folks, it is not the job of the government to tend to and raise our offspring.

Another portion of the problem is the busy, materialistic parents who look at their children much the same as they do their cars and houses: status symbols and tax deductions. Rather then take time away from their headlong rush to material gain to spend with their kids, these parents are all too eager to dump the responsibility on the rest of the community (that would be the rest of us folks).

Our children are a gift from God. They are not objects needed to achieve social status nor are they objects to be mishandled by child-parents. Most of all they are OUR children and not the governments. It is OUR responsibility to raise our children, to prepare them for school and life, to teach them right from wrong as we believe it should be. They are OUR future. Do you really want OUR future being taught by government hacks and teacher's unions?


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