After my last political analogy, Jonathan offered a better version. I agree; the other one was too simple. What’s wrong with this analogy?
I have my answer.
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. She considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, but her father was a staunch Republican. One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to high taxes and welfare programs.
He stopped her and asked her, “How are you doing in school?”
She answered that she had a 4.0 GPA, but it was really tough. She had to study all the time and ever had time to go out and party. She didn’t have time for a boyfriend and didn’t really have many college friends because she was spending all her time studying. On top of that, the part-time job her father insisted she keep left absolutely no time for anything else.
He asked, “How is your friend Mary?”
She replied that Mary was barely getting by. She had a 2.0 GPA, never studied, but was very popular on campus, didn’t have a job, and went to all the parties. She was always complaining about not having any money, but didn’t want to work. Why, she often didn’t show up for classes because she was hung over.
Dad then asked his daughter why she didn’t go to the Dean’s office and request that 1.0 be taken off her 4.0 and given it to her friend who only had a 2.0. That way they would both have a respectable 3.0 GPA. Then, she could also give her friend half the money she’d earned from her job so that her friend would no longer be broke.
The daughter angrily fired back, “That wouldn’t be fair. I worked really hard for my grades and money, and Mary just loafs. Why should her laziness and irresponsibility be rewarded with half of what I’ve worked for?”
The father slowly smiled and said, “Welcome to the Republican Party”.
The problem with this is simple: do those who loaf do so because they don’t want to work, or because they can’t? People who are taught to be garbage will usually grow up to be garbage. It’s environment. It’s failed parenting.
So who’s fault is failed parenting? The parent, right? But do we punish the child for the mistakes of the parent? And does someone cease to be a child with a poor upbringing just because they’re 18 or 21? No. They’re still a product of failure x 0.
No, the real blame lies with the society that allows the system to exist in the first place. The problem is not having the political nuts to discourage/disallow lifestyles that destroy children. Until that happens we’ll keep having these discussions.
The sad fact is that poor, uneducated people will continue to destroy the lives of their children, and foolish neocons will keep thinking that those children have the same tools to succeed that other children have who come from good homes. Both of these things hurt our society greatly.
In short, conservatives want damaged children to produce at the same rate as well-raised children — which is impossible. And the liberals fight to ensure that nobody talks down to the lifestyles of the poor and uneducated. They insist that the way they live is nobody’s business. So the problem perpetuates.
The answer is clear and stunningly simple: stop the uneducated and poor from hurting themselves. If children play with guns and shoot themselves it’s the parents’ fault, not the kids’. We’re the parents; the lower class is the children. Their failure is our failure because we didn’t take the guns away.
The problem is that the liberals think they should be allowed to have guns, because it’s their decision. And in case you’re confused, the “guns” in this case are having no fathers in the home, having grandparents raise your kids because you’re too busy looking for someone else to have sex with, not having books in the home, looking down on kids who act smart, etc.
Those are the guns. Those are the things that need to be shunned, ridiculed, and perhaps outright banned in homes with children in them. It’s an uncomfortable thing, to be sure, but the alternative is utter failure. If we want equality in this country we have to keep the weakest from hurting themselves even more than they already are.
They don’t know how to help themselves. They’re lost. Only a fool would let them wallow in pain, and continue to add to it via reproduction, on account of their freedom of expression. It’s sickening.