Frightening Lessons on Parenting From the New Hampshire Debate

Kevin McCullough | "MuscleHead Revolution," WMCA 570-AM New York | Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Frightening Lessons on Parenting From the New Hampshire Debate

October 1, 2007

The leading liberals in America gave frighteningly clear evidence this past week that not only do they lack the wisdom to run the nation but that—by their own words—they do not even understand the priorities of good parenting. The position of “parent” is God granted, yet today’s “tolerant” parents shirk their responsibilities to instill into their children the basic wisdom of life. In doing so they demonstrate that they are contributing to one of our nation’s greatest deficits—the discernment and critical thinking skills of the next generation.

In the New Hampshire Democratic debate this past week, the veil was pulled back not only on the Democratic Party’s great lie about their desire to bring the troops home in the global war on terror (none would even commit to doing it before the end of their first term) but, perhaps more importantly, on their twisted views on family, sex and parental responsibility.

Tim Russert asked the three front-runners for the Democratic nomination about their comfort level in teaching second-graders a story about two homosexual boys consummating their lust for each other. They all agreed they would support the teaching of such behavior, though they attempted to hem, haw and confuse the issue, mumbling about parents’ involvement.

John Edwards: “Yes absolutely...” (He would support the teaching of the story to second graders). “I want my children to understand everything about the difficulties that gay and lesbian couples are faced with every day, the discrimination that they’re faced with every single day of their lives.”

Hillary Clinton: “Obviously, it is better to try to … help your children understand the many differences that are in the world.… And that goes far beyond sexual orientation. So I think that this issue of gays and lesbians and their rights will remain an important one in our country.”

Barack Obama: “The fact is, my nine-year-old and my six-year-old I think are already aware that there are same-sex couples... One of the things I want to communicate to my children is not to be afraid of people who are different. …. One of the things I think the next president has to do is stop fanning people’s fears. If we spend all our time feeding the American people’s fear and conflict and division, then they become fearful and conflicted and divided.”

Obama, in fact, confirmed that his wife had already taken the opportunity to sit their six- and nine-year-old daughters down to discuss same-sex behavior and why, because of it, some believe society should redefine the (God-sanctioned) institution of marriage.

But it was John Edwards that best summarized what liberals actually believe: “I don’t want to make that decision on behalf of my children. I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information ... even in second grade to be exposed to all those possibilities, because I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God.”

Edwards gave voice to words that liberals have thought and practiced for years.

Liberals, by the strictest understanding of the word, believe in a lack of restraint, defying of limits and excess—whether it’s taxes, education, or sexual practice. Beyond that, truth, in any absolute sense, can never be known.

In and of itself the term “liberal” isn’t necessarily a bad one. For instance, in the scriptures we are instructed to be liberal with generosity to those in need, with forgiveness for those who repent, and with mercy for those who suffer. But Clinton, Obama and Edwards have taken it far beyond this meaning.

Liberals today understand it as an excuse to wipe away other important elements of behavior like self-control, purity, moderation and even delayed gratification. It’s my opinion that the lost virtue of restraint has become one of our nation’s most important deficits—so much so that I devoted an entire chapter to the idea in MuscleHead Revolution.

But with these ideas liberals have excused themselves of performing a parent’s God-given task. It is a parent’s job to teach a child how to think, the framework of what to believe and to equip them to critique their own actions and the actions of others for even some very basic reasons like self preservation.

Conservative parents teach disciplined behavior so that in their children’s private world they do not bring harm to themselves, and in public they do not bring harassment, discomfort or harm to others. The benefit of learning to be quiet at certain times and places helps a child to enjoy the exuberance of playtime later. Teaching a child not to touch everything they see, gives them self-control and prevents them from breaking things they should not have grabbed in the first place. Saying “no” when they reach for a hot pan on the stove may seem rather harsh and even angry, but in the end it saves them from immense pain!

If you want to see this at work in the real world take 10 minutes to go randomly interview any girl who works in women’s retail today. The hellions that liberal moms bring into the department store—girls they immediately lose track of the moment they begin trying things on—are significantly different than the children who have been taught to stand quietly and wait until they are home to run, wrestle, hide, seek, laugh and play.

John Edwards, representing the liberal mentality, could not be more mistaken.

True, nobody made him “God” (and we all breathe easier for that). But God did make him and place him as representative to his children: to teach, to instruct, to guide and to help grow his children into fully functional and thoughtful adults who will then be able to do the same for their children in the generations to come.

To not exercise the responsibility of teaching their children or, in the case of Barack Obama, justifying immoral behavior for his children, liberals are at best proving that they do not have the discernment needed to recognize the difference between right and wrong. At worst they are demonstrating negligence or intentional contempt for their children and society. And if they are that confused about something so basic as instructing their children, how will they be equipped when weighing the balance of good and evil in the world and nation they hope to lead?

In exposing their thinking on something so simple they confirmed why I would never trust them to baby-sit my own child. Therefore, how on earth ought they be given oversight of the leading nation in the free world?

Not on my watch!

Kevin McCullough is the host of “The MuscleHead Revolution” radio program, heard daily in New York City on WMCA 570 at 2pm ET. He’s the author of “MuscleHead Revolution: Overturning Liberalism with Commonsense Thinking” and regular blogger at Contact Kevin at [email protected]