The founders of our nation made a mistake. You see, they gave use the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Then they imposed death sentences and imprisonment, which made plenty of people unhappy. There are those who take these words literally. These same people would likely want to live a hedonistic lifestyle. "Let freedom ring" would become "Let chaos reign."
The thing is that everyone likes to stand upon their rights. Even I stand upon the rock and shout, "I have a right not to live beneath poverty!" What a lot of people fail to realize is that those rights need to be earned. The government's response to my shouting is, "Well, who told you to flunk out of college? Who told you to work lower-middle class jobs? Who told you to make yourself sick as a teenager, only to become disabled at 33? We didn't tell you to do that. You get back what you put in, and the pittance you surrendered is all you get."
Okay...That's not exactly how the system works, but it's a close example.
There is only so much a government can do. It can't force people to make better decisions, or hold their hand on the road of life and warn of every danger. As much as a government can pour into an educational system and attempt to teach right from wrong, it cannot make people wiser.
No...That falls to parents. There are all kinds of laws and agencies in place to protect a child from abusive parents. But it can't protect kids from lazy, ignorant individuals that sired them. While Morbid Wombat makes a good point that schools should not be teaching a slew of things to kids, parents have come to rely on the educational system to do just that. You hear it come the middle of summer across the United States, "I can't wait for school to start up again." The epitome of laziness...waiting for a school to get your kids potty trained! I have seen it. Parents would rather throw away countless dollars on diapers and wait for someone else to teach their kids how to use a bathroom than do it themselves. It's just...sad.
That's why I have two different categories for parents. (Follow along, kids. This'll be fun!)
Mother/Father - These people keep their kids fed, clothed, and housed. That's about it. They're idea of helping with homework is seeing that it gets done. Once it's complete, they let their kids out to play, and for all they know, the kids are running down to the nearest railroad tracks and playing "Chicken" with oncoming trains. When a child shows behavioral problems, these adults want to know who else can solve the problem. Does it require therapy? How about a pill? Maybe, if they do nothing, it'll go away. I have new neighbors who apparently fall into this category, because their toddler wanders the complex free, staring at the sky and screaming at the top of her lungs. She's not even saying anything, just releasing shrieks. No one comes to stop her. If I did that, someone would call the cops. (And believe me, there are days when I consider screaming at the sky an option.)
Mom/Dad - Actually cares about their children. They show love and affection. They teach various moral values that help a child get along with the rest of the world. They go the extra steps beyond food, clothing, and home. Sports, creativity, exposure to other cultures, all evenly mixed with love and caring. Despite whatever fills mom or dad's busy day, they make time for their kids. No matter the age, mom and dad are there when their offspring is in tears.
Put simply, a father would tell the kids to shut up because he's watching the game, while a dad invites the kids to watch the game with him.
And then we turn around, becoming all sensitive and contradicting. Look at the group that started out in this nation as "niggers." Eventually, they became known as "blacks." When no one was paying attention, they became "African Americans." Almost a century and a half after they were granted freedom here in the States, they are now greeting each other, "What up, nigger?" If I walked into a temple and said to a congregation member, "Wassup, kike," there would be such an uproar as to make the news as a hate crime. AND I'M JEWISH!
A President of the United States may well be able to establish various programs, allowing for more work and better education, but we cannot enforce common sense. The fact is, common sense is dead. I even found the obituary on the net:
"Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valued lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn't always fair.
"Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
"Finally, Common sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, spilled bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement.
"Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepsisters, Mai Rights and Ima Whiner.
"Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone."
With his demise, I'm afraid there's little the government can do. While I may agree or disagree with numerous aspects brought up by my friend, Morbid Wombat, it is ultimately bad when a government says, "You will pay a legal price for making poor life choices, such as taking a low-paying job or having kids before you're ready."
I probably have more to say in such rants, but unfortunately I have things to accomplish this day. I appreciate all the people...ummm...that is, the few people showing interest in my wanna-be political ramblings, but arguing moral values is tough. Trying to get laws in play to enact morals tends to backfire, as it did when Prohibition existed here in the States. (Laws that originated from the concept that "there was a clear consensus that while alcohol was a gift from God, its abuse was from the Devil"? Separation of Church and State, anyone?)
I'm going to leave it at that. I hope this was an entertaining read, as well as...educational.