One of my ultra-leftist, progressive friends (I have a few) and I actually agreed on something the other day.
Part of the reason our societal and cultural norms are so out of whack is because American parents don’t know the first thing about parenting.
The Occupy movement was driven by a group of self-important, entitled group of young people who have never understood what the word “no,” means.
Leftist ideology is driven out of this adolescent notion of self-worth above and beyond what is reasonable. If I don’t have something, it’s because the right people didn’t give it to me.
Or the system is broken.
The New Yorker did an outstanding piece on the spoiled generation of kids American parents are raising. In it, no political connections are made, simply cultural ones.
I, on the other hand, couldn’t help but see clear and demoralizing congruities between what are kids are being taught and how our political system has devolved.
Let me use a poignant example. The author did a study of cultural parenting differences. She observed a number of family units in different cultures and found that American children are by far the least self-sufficient. Furthermore, what she noticed was it was based on conditioning starting at an extremely young age.
An eight-year-old girl sat down at the dining table. Finding that no silverware had been laid out for her, she demanded, “How am I supposed to eat?” Although the girl clearly knew where the silverware was kept, her father got up to get it for her.
How can you read that and not think about Occupy Wallstreet? This is exactly the kind of inane conversations being had on the left. We have raised a generation of people, now grown and unfortunately running our country, who don’t know what it means to teach others to be self-sufficient.
Think of our government as the father, unable to handle the incessant pestering of its own petulant child, handing a fork to his daughter (the people), rather than reminding his child that she knows where the forks are and she has two legs that work.
We have a government who would rather be our friend than our father. A parent who would rather hand us a playstation than teach us how to amuse ourselves. A parent who would rather hand us a job working for pop, than helping us cultivate the skills we need to be self-sufficient. They’re spoiling us.
Elizabeth Kolbert, the article’s author sums up the issue perfectly.
With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-Revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world.
We can say the same about citizens of this country. At no time in United States history have more Americans relied on government to survive. More food stamp users than at any time in history. More people living in poverty.
More people on government assistance, as government spending on health care makes up more than 7% of GDP, up from .25% at the turn of the 20th century. As a country we spend more than 17% of GDP, which means nearly 50% of all payments to the health care system are by the government.
Nearly one third of government spending is now on health care through entitlements.
We’ve raised a generation of people more interested in taking than making. Until that changes, don’t expect our government to author any sort of overarching fiscal reforms.
There’s simply too many people (voters) with their hands out.