The Mommy State
As a teacher for many years, I had ample opportunity to witness the parenting instinct up close. Every parent has it but it manifests itself in many different ways. There are the clingy moms who don’t want their child to ever grow up. Those are the ones who walk their child to the classroom door every day, kissing them goodbye years after it’s no longer appropriate to do so.
There are parents who don’t want to grow up themselves, and live their lost youth vicariously through their kids. Cheerleader moms and youth league coach dads often fit this category. Helicopter moms plan every minute of their child’s day.
All of these efforts work against the truth that time doesn’t stand still. Children grow up, and no matter how we treat them while they’re young, they eventually become adults — for better or worse.
The same is true with societies. Liberal governance assumes society needs to be protected and guided by the government. While admirable in intent, there are often unintended consequences.
For example, Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, supposedly to protect us from ourselves. Yet despite decades of Democrats ruling the city, more people have died from gunfire during that time than all our soldiers who were killed in the Korean War.
Another example is California. Despite some of the strictest pollution laws in the country, most of the top ten most polluted cities in the county lie in that state.
In contrast, the Republicans’ view is that societies can better take care of themselves without as much government oversight. It’s a lot more chaotic, sort of like teenagers working out their relationships. Such societies will produce the likes of an Elon Musk as well as a Donald Trump: both extreme individuals, doing their own thing.
In a free market businesses evolve, thrive, or fail. In a less-regulated society, people grow, adapt, succeed, or fail: on their own, not because of government mandate. When the Left tries to protect those without the intelligence, drive, or ambition to do well in life, they also reward laziness, sloth, and criminality.
Just ask the good folks of Chicago: how’s that working out for you?
The Mommy State