The leading liberals in America gave frightening clear evidence this week, that not only do they lack the wisdom to run the nation, but that by their own words they do not even understand the priorities of good parenting. The position of "parent" is God granted, yet they shirk with great disdain the desire to give their children the basic wisdom of life. In doing so they demonstrate clearly that they are contributing to one of our nation's greatest deficits - the discernment and critical thinking skills of the next generation.
In the New Hampshire Democratic debate this week, the veil was pulled back on more than just the Democratic party's great lie about their desire to bring the troops home in the global war on terror (none would even commit to doing it before the end of their first term) but perhaps more importantly their twisted views on family, sex, and parental responsibility were also highlighted.
Tim Russert asked the three front-runners for the Democratic nomination as to their comfort level of teaching a homosexual story of two boys consummating their lust for each other to children in the second grade. They all agreed they would support the teaching of such behavior, though they attempted to hem, haw, and confuse the issue mumbling about parents' involvement.
John Edwards: "Yes absolutely..." (He would support the teaching of the story to second graders.) "I want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that they’re faced with every single day of their lives."
Hillary Clinton: "Obviously, it is better to try to … help your children understand the many differences that are in the world. … And that goes far beyond sexual orientation. So I think that this issue of gays and lesbians and their rights will remain an important one in our country."
Barack Obama: "The fact is, my 9-year-old and my 6-year-old I think are already aware that there are same-sex couples... One of the things I want to communicate to my children is not to be afraid of people who are different. …. One of the things I think the next president has to do is stop fanning people’s fears. If we spend all our time feeding the American people fear and conflict and division, then they become fearful and conflicted and divided."
Obama in fact confirmed that his wife had already taken the opportunity to sit his six and nine year old daughters down to discuss same-sex behavior and why some radical same-sex couples believe society should redefine the God-sanctioned institution of marriage because of it.
But it was John Edwards that summarized for liberals everywhere what they actually believe: "I don’t want to make that decision on behalf of my children. I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information... even in second grade to be exposed to all those possibilities, because I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God."
Edwards gave voice to words that liberals have thought and practiced for years.
Liberals, by the strictest understanding of the definition of the word, believe in lack of restraint, defying of limits, and excess - whether it's taxes, education, or sexual practice. Truth can never be known and all focus must be given to the unknowable.
In and of itself the term "liberal" isn't necessarily a bad one. For instance in the scriptures we are instructed to be liberal with generosity for those in need, forgiveness for those who repent, and mercy for those who suffer. But Clinton, Obama, and Edwards have taken it far beyond that.
Liberals today mean it as an excuse to wipe away other important elements of behavior like self-control, purity, moderation, and even delayed gratification. It's my opinion that the lost virtue of restraint has in fact become one of our nation's most important deficits - so much so that I devoted an entire chapter to the idea in MuscleHead Revolution.
But with these ideas liberals have even excused themselves of performing the task God gave them uniquely. It IS a parent's job to teach a child how to think, the framework of what to believe, and to equip them to critique their own actions and the actions of others for even some very basic reasons - like self preservation.
Conservative parents teach disciplined behavior so that in their children's private world they do not bring harm to themselves, and in public they do not bring harassment, discomfort or harm to others. The benefit of learning to be quiet at some times and places, helps a child to enjoy the exuberance of playtime later. Teaching a child not to touch everything they see, gives them self-control and prevents them from breaking things they should not have grabbed in the first place. Saying "no" when they reach for a hot pan on the stove, may seem rather harsh, scolding, and even angry - but in the end it has saved them from immense pain!
If you want to see this at work in the real world - take ten minutes to go randomly interview any girl who works in women's retail today. The hellions that liberal moms bring into their store - and immediately lose track of the moment they begin trying things on are significantly different than the children who have been taught to stand quietly and wait until they are home to run, wrestle, hide, seek, laugh, and play.
John Edwards, though he represents the thinking of liberal mentality across the board, could not be more mistaken.
True nobody made him 'God' (and we all breathe easier for that.) But God did very much make him, and more importantly He made him a representative to his children, to teach, to instruct, to guide, and to help grow his children into fully functional and thoughtful adults who will then be able to do the same for their children in the days to come.
To not exercise the responsibility of teaching his children, or even more dangerously in Barack Obama's case of willfully teaching his children behavior and immoral justification, liberals are at best proving that they do not have the critical discernment needed to recognize the difference between right and wrong. At worst they are demonstrating negligent or intentional contempt for their children and society. And if they are that confused about something so basic as instructing their children, how will THEY be equipped when weighing the balance of good and evil in the world and nation they hope to lead?
In exposing their thinking on something so simple to us they confirmed that I would never trust them to baby-sit my own child, therefore how on earth can they be given oversight of the free world?
Not on my watch!