March 30, 2009
Britney Spears blew into Washington last week. The pop tart is reviving her career, such as it is, after a series of personal and professional train wrecks.
There is no point describing her act. You probably know that it is the usual mix of sex and hype. This time she has a circus motif.
What surprises me is the large number of young girls and early teens who show-up. They are too young to drive, so usually a parent drops them off. Why would a parent allow their daughter to attend a concert whose central message is that they should be having sex because it is so much fun?
Are they crazy? Would they allow their child to attend a seminar on how to rob banks or take drugs? How bad has parenting become? Too many of us want our children to like us and so we do whatever they want, rather than lead them in the way they should go. I never cared if my children liked me. I cared if they respected me. Like and love come and go, respect lasts. Parents who take their kids to see Britney Spears do not respect themselves, much less their children.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.