As government continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the government exercises more control upon the populace both on the national and state level. A level of control more evident in schools around the nation as they shut out parental influence and claim ownership of the students.
Government schools are promoting the myth that parents no longer have exclusive rights concerning the education of their children. When parents fight back against schools which expose their children to inappropriate sexually explicit material, the parents are surprised to discover the school often believes they have more control over the children than the parents. Courts often side with the schools, stating, as one court did, “parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.” That should make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, if you are a parent. If you are a good parent, it should burn you up.
On the other hand, look at the flip side. Government schools are just laying claim to their “deserved” parental authority. Take note of how many children today are supported by government. Since government pays for their pre-natal care, birth, medical insurance, food, etc., why wouldn’t government be considered their mother? Government, through it’s many and varied give-away welfare programs, is the parent of millions of children in this country. It is only natural that government, through its educational arm would assert its parental authority.
Mother government began conceiving children back in the days of FDR and has remained fertile to the present. We are well into over 70 years of a government dependent mentality. People think the government is supposed to handle their retirement through Social Security, additional retirement benefits through Medicaid, provide their daily bread through food stamp programs, supply insurance through Medicare, and now Obamacare, provide housing through government subsidies, and that’s just naming some of the more well known programs.
The parental government has become a mainstream part of society. Even some law abiding, tax soaked citizens who work and play by the rules, will try to siphon into government programs to “get back” all they have paid in; after all it’s their money. This type of thinking, at least in part, is derived from the parental government philosophy. However, the government does not owe social services to we the people. Two generations have had an umbilical connection for so long, they cannot begin to live and think independently. Remember, all of these programs are provided by our taxes, and when more money is needed, new taxes are created by innovative politicians. However, the teat has dried up. Adding more taxes is like putting extra udders on a milk cow’s bag; you may be able to get the milk faster, but the amount of milk in the bag does not increase.
So don’t be surprised when government institutions try to usurp parental authority. Mother government has been playing parent for so long, it is natural for her to lay claim to that in which she has invested.
Joseph Harris has been a college professor and pastor since 1987 and his writings have appeared on WorldNetdaily, Sword of the Lord, Intellectual Conservative, Conservative Daily News, and Land of the Free. [email protected]