posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 11:04 AM
It has to be a right.
As long as parenthood is a right, it carries individual responsibility. If it is made a privilege, then it becomes something that can be bought, much
like the privilege of driving can be bought with a fee (the driving test is so simple that eventually anyone can pass, and there are an unlimited
number of tries allowed). Anyone who has ever tried to raise children will tell you that it requires much more than money; it requires time and
compassion and good judgement. Some of the most messed-up people I have ever known were born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
Some of the best had to struggle financially growing up.
If parenting becomes a privilege, it is longer a requirement to complete the process. One can choose to discontinue a privilege. If parenting is a
privilege, a parent can choose to simply turn over their children to the government at any time. Does anyone think raising children with the knowledge
that their home can be taken away on a whim of the parents is a good thing for the children?
This question comes up every so often. It's usually either a child themselves masquerading as an adult, or an adult with a troubled, loveless past.
Either way, it makes no sense. I raised two children, most of their lives in extreme poverty. They had to work for what they got, and both have
thanked me for raising them that way. My daughter graduated college with an AS in psychology, Suma Cum Laude, at age 19; she now works in management,
is happily married, and is completely self-sufficient. My son chose to go into the trades as a CNC machinist; he is financially stable and just
received a promotion to Lead Machinist at age 22. He's also considering going back to college to become a mechanical engineer.
Under any government regulation system, I would have been deemed an unfit parent. I was financially strapped, had some illnesses during that time, and
tended to argue with the school board far too often. But the results are in. I raised them well.
There will always be those who perform less well, but considering the vast majority of parents do a massively better job of parenting than the
government already, I believe any attempt to restrict parental rights is a heinous assault on all children, worthy of a place in the history books
next to the most infamous serial killers, terrorists, and war criminals the world has ever known.