When I interact on social media sites like twitter or tumblr, I see people of my generation and the generations that will follow me into becoming the leaders of this country.
Often I am inspired by genuinely intellectual young people who are intelligent, well-spoken, and share a love of freedom with myself and an understanding of the fact that the style of governance our founding fathers gave us is the key to that freedom, not this false “equality” that liberals want to sell us.
But very often I am brought face to face with an element of our future generation of leaders that depresses me. These are the people who have bought into the idea of “equality of outcome”, “wealth redistribution”, “anything goes moral relativity”, and the idea that everything bad that happens to them and every bad decision that they make, is a product of society “oppressing” them. They want the government to even things out, make sure they succeed, and hand them everything on a shiny silver platter.
Why not? They grew up believing that they were entitled to everything. A generation of teacher’s and parents, guided by Dr. Spock and other liberal “experts” on child-rearing, were led to believe that they needed to nurture a child’s self-esteem, never make them feel like a failure, and create a framework that would teach children to feel entitled to a trophy, just like the other team even when that team won and they lost. Or an A on a project, because they gave it the old college try, even if they turned in subpar work.
They’ve been taught that “fairness” means getting the same grade as everyone else, when they put in half the work.
They’ve been taught that everyone should get what they want and not have to really work for it, because that’s what their teachers and their parents led them to believe.
So when you tell them that they have to follow to law, that the government (and the “1%”) are not responsible for their well being, that anyone and everyone is not entitled to be an American citizen just by virtue of being able to sneak across the border, that the constitution is actually something we need to follow, and that they don’t deserve a special handout because they are female, male, gay, straight, black, white, brown, or purple…this tends to upset them.
They whine and scream, kick their legs and throw a temper tantrum like a 5 year old, because they were never taught to act like anything else. “It’s not fair!” they screech! “The 1% is keeping us down!” they yell. “I just want to have what everyone else has” they whine, like small children whose parents bought them the knock off brand, instead of a real Transformer toy.
Why do you think it’s so common to hear a teenager bitching about the fact that their parents got them an iPhone 4 for Christmas, when they really wanted an iPhone 5. When I was their age I had a flip phone that still actually had an antenna you had to use to get clear phone calls and my parents only made that concession because of school shootings and the bomb threat that was called in at my junior high one day.
So what is my point.
Okay, 0kay, I’m getting there.
Maybe we should have spend a little more time reading our kids “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “The Little Engine that Could” rather than spending our time on reading them “ Mom and Mum are Getting Married” and “ One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads“.
Those other books teach you and your children absolutely nothing. Liberals will skewer me for saying this, but the issues of tolerance and acceptance will sort themselves out eventually, perhaps even faster if you don’t pressure society quite so much.
Those two classic children’s book aren’t just cleverly worded stories, they are lessons. Not just lessons for the children, but also for the parents and teachers reading them.
The lesson that you have to learn to say no to your children.
That they have to learn to succeed on their own at some point, you and their teachers can’t be there to hold them up the entire time.
The lesson that you don’t always get handed everything you want, because it’s not healthy.
And the lesson that you can succeed at anything and get anything they want if they try hard enough, not if they whine long enough.
A steady mantra of “I think I can, I think I can” should get them a lot further in the world than a chant of “We are the 99%!” but somewhere along the line these children lost that, if they ever had it in the first place.
I can only hope and pray that what Winston Churchill said was true “If you aren’t a liberal by the time you are 20, you have no heart. If you aren’t a conservative by the time you are 40, you have no brain.” and that, maybe, these people do have brains that haven’t been rotted away by a steady stream of “you are a special snowflake and you can be anything you want, because someone will give you everything you want” that the liberal eduction system, and foolish parents, were taught to feed them.
All we can do is try to undo the damage that has been done.
I look at all the bright, intelligent conservatives I see around me and it gives me hope.
I see adults, like my friends Elizabeth and Jessica and Mary and Shane, raising their children to be independent and intelligent and looking to no one for assistance in succeeding, and I feel some hope for the future.
Thomas Paine once said “these are the times that try men’s souls” and I think that those words are just as fitting today as they were when they were first written.
The times may try us, but if we come out of these times stronger than when we went in and find a way to reach out and raise a generation of of independent, freedom loving, leaders out of this mire we have found ourselves in, we may yet be successful in saving our country and the dream of our founding fathers for the country they were creating.