“It’s for the children”.
Just say those four words to any number of people nowadays, and you’ll elicit an involuntary shudder from them. That’s because more and more, “the children” are used as an all-purpose bludgeon by one particular group to get their way (*cough*… Liberals!!… *cough*). And generally we find out later that these arguments have either nothing to do with kids, or has actually made them less safe, not more.
So much so that I barely batted an eye when I read the following on CNN:
A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after birth control pill available to people of any age without a prescription.
The order overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to require a prescription for girls under 17.
The FDA said it couldn’t comment because it is an ongoing legal mater.
And a minute or two later, it finally occurred to me what I’d just read: “…of ANY age”.
What the what?
Kids…, who can’t drive a car until they’re at least 15, watch an R-rated movie until they’re 17, buy cigarettes until they turn 18, or drink alcohol until they’re 21, for Pete’s sake, ….can now, at ANY age, obtain this hormone cocktail (while their own hormones are doing the Fire Dance without any help ) sans any sort of parental notice or consent??
And the Left says that Conservatives are the extremists?
So I have a suggestion: since these Statists/Progressives/Leftists are so gung-ho on the nationalization and micro-management of everything from gun bans to healthcare to protect “the children”, maybe they could do me a favor and define for me what a “child” actually is.
I’m genuinely curious, since on one hand they say that a kid can consent to sex as young as sixteen in states like Connecticut or Maine, and then Obamacare comes along and says your twenty-six-year-old son or daughter is ALSO a “kid”, and as such they can stay on your healthcare insurance.
Does this make even a lick of sense to anyone, or am I just being dense today?
Growing up in today’s society is more confusing than ever, as youths are bombarded with siren songs of sexual gratification, fears of Global Climate Armageddon, and everything in between. A further blurring of the lines (thanks to our aforementioned Idiot Judge) between who/what constitutes an adult or a child does nothing to arrest that confusion.
Moreover, it foolishly empowers kids (not even just teenagers, mind you) in an area where they need more constraints, not fewer.
Of course, if the same folks who think that a child can make up their own mind about when, if, and with whom they’re ready to have sex ALSO believe that same child isn’t ready to pay for their own healthcare for another decade (or more), I guess I’m not altogether surprised.
Perhaps next time the Left starts pushing an agenda as being “For The Children”, they’d do us a favor and first tell us who exactly they’re talking about. ‘Cause right now it appears they have redefined the term to mean whatever it is they WISH it to mean at the time.