In his book, Republicans and Reincarnation, my friend Cris Pace (of The Conservative New ager) writes about the problems of the modern education and describes one of the major issues, parenting…or the lack there of.
It is a much-repeated joke among teachers about parent teacher conferences that the only parents who show up are the parents we didn’t need to talk to, since the parents that show up are the ones who have kids passing. Or we get parents who have what I call, “Not my Little Angel” syndrome.
“Your child is failing”
“Not my little angel.”
“Your child cheated on his test.”
“Not my little angel.”
“Your child attempted to burn down the school and we have video of it.”
“Not my little angel.”
“Your child grabbed a girl by the hair, shoved her face to his crotch, and said ‘I might as well rape you now, and get it over with.”
“Boys will be boys.”*
- Republicans and Reincarnation, chapter 11: Educating our Children into the Idiots of Tomorrow – The Problems of Modern American Education and the Society Around it
In watching the coverage of the manhunt for the two Boston Marathon Bombers I noted that several members of the bombers’ families (and several of their friends) took this syndrome to absurd and delusional heights.
The American way isn’t a habit, or a land, or a race, or even the citizens of this particular country, it is an ideal that believes the best in humanity can always rise above the worst in humanity, that the individual left to their own devices will rise to the pinnacle of achievement and not sink to the depth of depravity.
And just in this trailer alone, we see that way, that ideal.
We see it in Jor-El’s statement
What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?
Are you going to tell me a line about how a single individual can rise above the shackles of whatever society throws on them, and achieve because of their own will and merit isn’t at the very heart of America?
Or perhaps Jonathan Kent’s:
I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.
The belief that life has a purpose. It has been seen in philosophy since Aristotle, but it has never been realized until America. And this quest to find meaning is a personal one, “you owe it to yourself,” not one laden down with obligations to family, or clan, or religion, or state, or culture, or history or whatever other un-American claptrap other nations have followed.
Or perhaps we should go to first trailer, with another line from Jor-El
You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun—In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.
Shining city on the hill anyone? The beacon of hope and light that America is supposed to be.
People are asshole’s every day of the year, but only on the first day of April are you considered a “spoil sport” for calling them on it.
I hate this day of the year.
People act like the phrase “April Fools!” gives them complete license to act like immature assholes for no apparent reason and 90% the jokes aren’t even funny!
So remember that just because it’s April Fool’s Day doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk all day. It’s neither amusing nor helpful.
If it’s something that would get you smacked, rightfully so, on any other day of the year, then it still won’t be funny on this day.
And remember that when people tell you not to play pranks on them, they aren’t “ruining” the fun.
In amongst all of this brouhaha, there are some claims that we can all agree on “common sense gun control.” And this sounds reasonable. More strenuous background checks, preventing the mentally ill from getting guns, and the like. Of course all of these measures must be implemented by the government. You know the same government that gave the very guns it’s now claiming should be banned to Mexican Drug Cartels. I’m sorry but I would give a schizophrenic a gun before I give a gun to drug cartels (with the schizophrenic you might have a 50/50 chance they won’t do anything, with the cartels you have a 100% chance that mass murder will occur).
But I do believe in common sense gun control.
So that barely qualified moderator at the VP debate opened up the can of worms that is the pointless abortion debate once again (probably on orders from Dem. higher ups to try and once again churn up this dumb “War on Women”…ignoring that it is this administration which is pumping money to the very anti-women Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, negotiating with the very same Taliban who shoots girls if they dare to try and learn, and views all women as nothing but Julia who must be taken care of because they couldn’t possibly do anything for themselves*
But this brought up two points.
The first being that you’re an idiot if you think Republicans are going to outlaw abortion?
Why are you an idiot?
I felt this made a great follow up to my post about why a constitutional amendment on abortion, birth control, of gay marriage would never happen.
In my last post I mentioned having to second guess the posting of a cartoon of Mohammed on tumblr. I have written “I’m posting this anyway, because I like living on the edge” as a joke, but I recognized the seriousness of the action.
I mentioned a certain amount of trepidation and nervousness about sending in this letter to the editor at my school paper.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t stand by what I wrote. Feeling fear is not the same as lacking conviction in your words. Fear means that you understand the potential cost of speaking your conviction.
If you are afraid and you speak your beliefs regardless of that fact is the best kind of bravery. It brings with it a sense of certainty and strength, even if you are still nervous and worried.
A coward feels their fear and lets it paralyze their actions and freeze their words in their throat. It forces them to shut their mouths when they see something is wrong, instead of speaking out against it.
I said that liberals are terrified of Islam in that previous post. It’s the truth, I stand by every statement I made.
But I must add, conservatives are terrified of it as well. I’m terrified of it, as a woman, a lesbian, a believer in freedom and free speech and the ideals of America. I feel that fear when I speak my mind, when I publish my words, but I harness that fear and don’t allow it to control me…much.
Sometimes I get a little lost and a little bit more afraid and I wish that I could withdraw my words and remain anonymous, but my friends and family fish me out and remind me that my words are worth saying and worth hearing and that they should be shared. That gives me the strength to ignore the fear.
When I said in my last post that I would die for my freedom of speech, that doesn’t mean that I want to die or that I would prefer it. I would very much like to remain alive for many years. (Definitely until 2066 at minimum, which The Conservative New Ager will understand the reason for as we were discussing it today.) However, I won’t let my love of life curtail my words, because a life of cowardice is not a life worth living.
However that doesn’t mean that I won’t carry my mace a little closer after publicly making a statement that offends or that I won’t remind myself where my family’s guns are and refresh my knowledge of them at a gun range.
Ignoring fear doesn’t mean you turn off your common sense after all.
Maybe this was a bit more philosophical than I normally get, but after the day I’ve had you’ll have to bear with me.
Read the comments on my letter to the editor to see what sort of day I’ve had, along with my phone deciding to crap out and die and my hormones acting like my body is a bouncy castle. Being a girl sucks sometimes.
While I was celebrating my 22nd birthday last night, The Blaze was interviewing Julia Rodriguez, a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
Looks like we found that Julia character that Obama is helping so very much.*
By the way, the secret service is investigating her for saying that she would kill Governor Romney if she ever saw him in person.
“Romney will destroy this country completely” she repeated angrily. Then, Rodriguez grabbed the microphone and emotionally screamed “If I see him” referring to Romney “I would like to kill him!”
Charming lady, I can see why Obama is so desperate to please her. He might just be scared for his life.
And as a last comment about women at the DNC, here’s my parting thought about Sandra Fluke and her dumb-ass speech.
Liberals want to say Conservatives think Sandra Fluck is a whore. No conservative thinks that. After all, whores earn their money.
*I’m aware that this is not the actual woman in the video. That Julia, like Obama’s girlfriend, was just an amalgamation of all the traits of the women who want to rely on the government to be their sugar daddy, but this coincidence was too delicious to pass up.
You know how I usually go into great detail when I do a movie review…with spoilers and discussion of philosophy and what not…I’m going to do that, don’t worry, The Snark Who Hunts Back and I are already planning a joint review on those terms…
…but I couldn’t go even minutes without telling everyone to see this movie. See it this weekend, drag your friends along. I won’t spoil anything for you, but let me just say that this[...]
Seriously, go see this movie.
You WON’T be disappointed.
TCNA and I will be writing a review after we see it a couple more times.