Would somebody please think of the children…

the childrens crusade

We’ve come a long way in this country, since the days of the belief that children should be seen and not heard.

These days we have a Children’s Minister, a Children’s Referendum and a Children’s Ombudsman.

Anything that purports to be about safeguarding or elevating the interests of children is now a political homerun.

No politician was foolhardy enough to even attempt to voice dissent to the recent Children’s Referendum which resulted in a rare and clamorous cross-party consensus. Because if you’re not pro-Children, you must, by definition, be anti-Children.

But isn’t there an argument to be made that the state is concerning itself far too much in what must be the primary responsibility of parents.

The state has used isolated instances of child abuse and neglect to undermine inviolable familial bonds and blur the lines between the public and private spheres.

The left-wing liberal brigade can’t seem to make up its mind on whether children are vulnerable victims to be cosseted and sheltered from a harsh and predatory world or independent individuals with the inalienable right to determine their own futures.

Both narratives are used, heedless of their contradictory nature, to serve their agenda and justify state subversion of the family unit.

And this is a dangerous imperative. In some circumstances it allows parents and guardians to abdicate their responsibilities to the state and then point the finger when things go wrong.

A young Irish teenager died tragically when she mistakenly ordered a dish from a Chinese buffet that contained nuts. Her mother blames the state since its laws prevented a pharmacist from dispensing an Epi-pen over the counter that could have saved her daughter’s life. But surely the mother, knowing her daughter had a severe allergy, should have carried an Epi-pen at all times as a precaution, taking responsibility for her welfare.

And children that grow up in a culture that expects the state to tell them what to eat, drink and think, a state that is the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong, will never learn to take responsibility for their own destinies.

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4 Responses to Would somebody please think of the children…

  1. mudpilewood says:

    Your words are ones I hear all around me continuously. I believe the problem is that we are losing all democratic rights. Common sense would have dictated that the Chemist should have gone and checked (with Epi pen) and helped but as you say the laws stated… And we all know the law has no allowance for grey areas.
    The balance has gone the other way from having no rights the children now have so many that the parents are no longer allowed to parent. There is an equilibrium which we must find.
    We are also raising a group who expect they are entitled to so uch without ever having put in the work to gain the entitlement. It is a worrying condition making thoughts of the future uncomfortable.

    • rjmackin says:

      Good point on the culture of entitlement. There is this sense now that it’s my right to have the state provide everything for me rather than taking responsibility for getting it for yourself…

      • mudpilewood says:

        Thank you it is nice to know I am not alone in the way I think. Hope we don’t meet in a pub or your ears will be sore as we tear the country apart and make logical corrections.

      • rjmackin says:

        I’m sure we’re not alone, it’s just most people are afraid to say what they really think for fear of being torn apart by the liberal tyrants!

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