The Spoiled Children of America
It could be said that a good government acts as a type of “parental” unit to the people it serves. It provides for the needs of its people, and
does its best to supply the wants. A government’s military acts as a defender of its people, just as a good parent would defend their child from
The vast collection of great minds in a government allows for a greater collective intelligence than those of the scattered and unorganized citizens;
the very same way that a parent is smarter than their toddler.
But just like within smaller family units, occasionally a government can become a “bad parent”.
There are many different types of bad parents: The deadbeat, the overbearing, the parent who spoils children, the substance abuser, etc. I’m sure
you, the reader, can think of many more details to describe a bad parent. Some of you, I’m sure, are even victims or experiencers of bad parenting.
For this discussion I will be focusing on “The parent who spoils their children”.
There is a vast difference between a want and a need. For those of you who fail to see the difference, a need is something you cannot live very well
without: food, clothing, shelter, protection. A want is something that you can easily live without: a 60’’ television, a new PS3, the new smart
phone with less than an extra inch of screen space….
When you give a child everything they want, you will soon discover that the child becomes needy and more demanding. When the child does not get what
they want, they typically throw tantrums: crying non-stop, pounding fists while rolling on the floor, screaming… I’m sure you have seen these
examples plenty of times in your life.
Sometimes you have a parent who is a spoiler, and another who believes in teaching the child how to have more self-responsibility: cleaning up after
their self, saying please and thank you, giving them an allowance for their work and letting them buy what they want (this teaches how to save money
for bigger things, etc.).
Sadly a child is very smart, and will often pit one parent against another. This can sometimes cause huge rifts between the parents, and lead to big
However when comparing the relationship between the citizens of a country and their government, A.K.A. The child/parent relationship, symptoms of a
spoiled citizen are slightly different. They do not typically cry, or any other action that is seemingly innocent; but they do throw fits in other
ways. Often these “fits” are protesting for things that only benefit a small few, while having a detrimental effect on a greater whole. Another
way is demanding that displays be taken down, because they disagree with it (such as Christmas decorations).
In these types of situations one parent may say, “Let them have what they want,” while the other parent may say, “No, they do not need this –
they just want their way.” The enlightened mind may see very clearly which parent is which within our own political systems.
Now to the point of this post:
Over the past few years, specifically around Christmas time, I have seen a disturbing trend. That trend is people saying, “This Christmas decoration
offends me, so take it down!”
Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the
community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol.
A church caught at the center of a controversy regarding a school trip to see their production of “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” has
decided to cancel the show…. A parent who felt the trip was inappropriate reached out to the ASF to voice her concerns when the show’s religious
connotations, which reportedly differed from her own…
This production was completely optional, and the students didn’t have to go. The church ended the production for the children from fear of a
lawsuit. Just one person "threw a fit" and ruined it for hundreds of children.
The spoiled citizens, who are in the minority, are throwing a big enough fit that they are getting their way.
It is a complete shame to me that our governing body submits to the demands of these people, just because they want their way.
Just because someone says “Merry Christmas!” will not magically change an atheist to a Christian. Calling something a Christmas tree will not
cause you to worship Jesus.
This country was founded on freedoms – it is a sad day when you cannot even say “Merry Christmas” in schools without running the risk of being
So just because someone WANTS
something to stop, doesn't mean it NEEDS
to be stopped.
Grow up children… Grow up….
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