MSNBC VIDEO: We Have to Break Through The Idea ‘That Kids Belong to Their Parents’
By Bill Chandler
“Slowly and surely our government is taking over the role of parent while we sit silently on the sidelines and take the hit.”
Last year Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor (of course) came up with the absurd idea that kids actually belong to ‘the collective’ rather than to their parents. Only one year ago this seemed like the absurdest of concepts, yet look at what we have today. This excerpt from the poem “Obamapool Reflections” says it all:
. . . Common core is what to teach,
Hamas will tell them what to preach.
IRS is who they’ll pay,
Obamacare? I’ll just delay.
Al will help us with the heat,
Michelle will tell them what to eat.
My Dad will dictate what to hear,
And I will tell them what to fear. . .
While we stand there aghast, the United States government it rapidly taking over the role of parent by dictating how we raise our children, what they eat, how they learn, how they are disciplined, and what they are taught. As repulsive as this is to most parents, our elected officials are pushing us in that direction with very little resistance. According to Harris-Perry, a political science professor at Tulane University:
“We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families.”
Harris-Perry goes on to explain that kids belong to whole communities, and once we realize this we’ll make “better investments” in government indoctrination of children.
“Like most people of his ideological bent, Obama either cannot or will not distinguish between society — which is created through peaceful commerce and other forms of private cooperation — and the state — an anti-social artifact built on conquest, coercion, and confiscation of wealth,” writes William Grigg.
“Government produces nothing; it is an exercise in pure consumption and, usually, the destruction of capital.” As Nietzsche stated, “everything the State has is stolen.”
Harris-Perry urges us to “break through” the “private idea” that individuals own themselves. Like Karl Marx, she believes the individual is a “communal being” and all human worth is intractably linked to the community, the collective, and the state is the ultimate manifestation of the collective will. Now it appears that:
“Harris-Perry thinks that, after they’re born, children fundamentally belong to the state.”
Narrating a new MSNBC “Lean Forward” spot, the Tulane professor laments that we in America “haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.” “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,” Harris-Perry argued.
“Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments.”
By “investments,” of course, Harris-Perry means things like spending “as much in public education as we should have.”
Of course, if as Harris-Perry holds,”the cost to raise a child is $10,000 a year up to $20,000 a year,” and if children should be viewed as collectively “owned” by “society,” then taken to its logical extension, a woman’s choices about having a child should be informed by the economic considerations of the “community,” would it not? But of course, that logic would take someone to justify, for example, the “one-child” policy in Communist China.
What’s more, the notion of collective responsibility for children was a philosophy that undergirded the Cultural Revolution in Communist China under Chairman Mao. I bring that up because, as you may recall, another Harris-Perry “Lean Forward” spot contains a reference to a “great leap forward,” which calls to mind the disastrous agricultural reform plan which starved millions of Chinese to death in the 1950s.