“Dad straps 4 kids to car hood and drives away, police say” reads one headline.
“Drunken grandparents use SUV to tow girl in toy car, deputies say” proclaims another.
With a recent segment of the Dr. Phil Show in which he interviewed a 12 year old girl who was invited to a sleep over party only to be beaten up by the 12 year old girls that invited her, which is why they invited her in the first place, I have just one simple and succinct question . . . What the heck is the matter with parents in America?!?
While political leaders fight over nonsensical dribble, and school districts suspend students for wishing someone a Merry Christmas during the Holiday Season, it appears that America is rotting from the inside out.
Along with the student loan crisis (which has lowered the standard of education by granting access to anyone despite an absence of aptitude), it appears that the entitlement mindset in which being a parent is viewed as a right as opposed to being a privilege has permeated yet another former stronghold of American society.
The above statement may anger some. Fair enough. But tell me that this isn’t a reasonable assessment given headlines such as the ones cited at the beginning of this post that scream BAD PARENTING!
I mean come on, do you honestly think that Grandma and Grandpa were kindly old folks who after baking cookies and whittling with their grandchildren suddenly woke up and said “hey, today seems like a good day to tow our granddaughter behind the SUV on the Interstate!” Give me a break! Never mind the let’s use the kids as hood ornaments parents.
I still stand by the observation made by Keanu Reeve’s character in the movie Parenthood when he said, “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming A**H%#$ be a father.”
Maybe it’s time that we make it mandatory for people to take a course and pass a written exam before being granted a license to become parents. In fact I feel so strongly about this that I would even support a student loan program!