What happened to New York City? It used to be a city of tough cookies, but now it’s full of intellectually and spiritually numb drones cheering on officials who continuously find new ways to enslave them. New Yorkers can not be trusted with guns. New Yorkers can not be trusted with carbonated beverages. New Yorkers can not be trusted with e-cigarettes. And now, they can not be trusted to raise their own children, according to Democratic state senator Ruben Diaz.
Fox 5 New York reported:
New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. introduced a bill that would require parents of elementary school children to attend a minimum of four parent support classes. If parents don’t go, 6th graders won’t move onto 7th grade.
The bill states one of the courses would be related to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children.
Employers would be required to provide one day a year of paid leave so working parents can attend classes.
What’s worse, when asked by a reporter what they thought about the mandate, there were New Yorkers who actually gave the idea two thumbs up.
“No, I don’t mind. I don’t mind. I don’t mind having to take the class because I think it’s a good thing.”
“You need a license to fish, but anyone could be a parent and there’s some really bad parents out there.”
“I think every good parent would admit that there’s always something more that they could learn. So, people who are truly offended by it are probably the ones who need it the most need it the most.”
Nobody denies that there is “always something more” to learn. The question is whether or not you should be mandated by the government to “learn” what nameless faceless bureaucrats want you to learn about raising your own kid.
Barry Goldwater was a smart man. He was also the type of guy New Yorkers have made fun of for decades, which is why they now beg politicians for psychological shackles without even realizing it.
Let us revisit for a moment ‘The Conscious of a Conservative” to see how we ended up in a day and age where citizens would cheer the state’s imposition of parenting classes.
Consider the consequences to the recipient of welfarism. For one thing, he mortgages himself to the federal government. In return for benefits — which, in the majority of cases, he pays for — he concedes to the government the ultimate in political power — the power to grant or withhold from him the necessities of life as the government sees fit. Even more important, however, is the effect on him — the elimination of any feeling of responsibility for his own welfare and that of his family and neighbors. A man may not immediately, or ever, comprehend the harm thus done to his character. Indeed, this is one of the great evils of Welfarism — that it transforms the individual from a dignified, industrious, self-reliant spiritual being into a dependent animal creature without his knowing it.
[We] can shatter the collectivists’ designs on individual freedom if we will impress upon the men who conduct our affairs this one truth: that the material and spiritual sides of man are intertwined; that it is impossible for the State to assume responsibility for one without intruding on the essential nature of the other; that if we take from a man the personal responsibility for caring for his material needs, we take from him also the will and the opportunity to be free.
While Mr. Goldwater was talking primarily about the enormity of the welfare state at the time, the underlying point — that collectivism erodes man’s spirit — is relevant to New York’s politics.
With every new law that takes away a fraction of individual liberty, citizens say to the critic: “What’s the big deal? Why are you overreacting?” They laugh and continue on their way. Over time, the State accumulates more and more power, and people born into the bureaucracy never even realize that there was once a time when they could perform activities “A-Z” without having to go through a maze of red tape. Like Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born into a North Korean prison camp, they can lack the ability to understand what’s really going on because they’ve never experienced anything else.
Obviously, New Yorkers do not experience anything like the North Korean gulags, but on some levels the kind of despotism they regularly put up with is worse — they’ve been made to crave it. American despotism is like the drug that makes people feel good as it destroys their ambition, hopes and dreams. As their lives crumble around them they simply demand more. They delude themselves into thinking that it isn’t their own behavior or the actions of the dealer who is to blame for the ills that befall them, but some other boogeyman. Often times the person trying to help them break the addiction is labeled the bad guy.
So who are the drug dealers? Ask yourself: Is MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry one of them?
“We have never invested in public education as much 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 that 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. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments,” (Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC promotional video).
That was a promo for her show. That wasn’t some off-the-cuff remark during a live taping. That was what she sat down and wrote to convey to the world who she is and what she represents. And when guys like me said it was sort-kinda-Communist to the ears, we were accused of seeing an agenda that wasn’t there. Well, it’s hard to say an agenda isn’t there when like-minded politicians start seriously floating about mandatory parenting classes.
The Borg is here…and you will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
Check out Lee Doran’s take as well if you get a chance.