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The Mommy State – By John Reed

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?

1 Comment

  1. Edgar Herrington on September 23, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    John Reed’s “Mommy State” seems to follow the republican party platform instead of being independent thought of an educated man.
    Civilization ends with no regulation. Remember George W. Bush? First thing he did after going into office was cut regulations on financial institutions. That became a key factor leading to the Wall Street Bailout and the Great Recession that nearly led to the end of American civilization. In fact, there is a track record of trouble given little regulation with the best example of it being a main cause of the Great Depression.
    Gun law is a Constitutional law covered by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as the top supreme law. Any other laws are under that. Chicago’s ban on concealed carry gun law was overturned. And, the killings continue. It seems to make little difference either way. Still, guns are everywhere. I want to hear from someone who has ideas to reduce the social conflict that leads to these killings be they from gun, knife, or whatever. Political parties blaming the other in an attempt to gain votes does nothing to stop all of the mass murder killings that are happening nearly every day country-wide now.
    Illinois became the last state in the nation to adopt concealed carry in July 2013, eight months after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional.
    With that, Chicago lost its status — or its stigma, depending on your perspective — of having the strictest gun possession laws in the United States. In comparably sized big cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the city administers the concealed-carry permitting process. In Illinois, the Illinois State Police processes applications, so it can be argued that Chicago has less autonomy in restricting concealed carry within its borders than do other cities.

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