This Is Who You Are Raising, America…
There’s a video that is getting passed around today. I don’t know if it’s reached “viral” status yet, but it’s certainly making the rounds. Take a look:
Maddening, isn’t it? Little fucks. I hope every one of these kids somehow ends up in a locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky. See how funny they think they are then. However, something struck me as I was watching this. There is something more troubling than just the actions on the video, and it represents a much larger problem. Simply stated, these kids are not afraid. And that reflects directly on the parents that are raising them, and the culture that coddles them.
When I was a kid, I had a tendency to be mischievous. I was sarcastic (shocking) and I was defiant. I smoked my first cigarette at fourteen (although didn’t inhale till sixteen), lied to my parents constantly, and generally was up to no good a lot of the time. Yet I NEVER would have done something like this. Not because I was a good kid with some hyper-sensitive moral compass, but because my father would have beaten the shit out of me. Then my mother wold have come home, and went directly to the closet for a hanger. Then they would have taken turns. One would yell while the other swung. Every privilege I had earned to that point would be stripped for a prolonged period of time, and every possession I cherished would have been destroyed in front of me. And I would have deserved every single goddamn second of it.
These kids, however, obviously have no fear of any real consequence (They filmed it for Christs sake), which surely is the result of a lifetime of being pampered and snuggled, regardless of behavior. This is the result of parents that make excuses for bad behavior, rather than correct it. This is the result of parents that are too busy blaming others for their asshole kids (teachers, coaches, other parents) to ever take the time to realize that the most accurate person to blame is really as close as the nearest mirror.
This is who our kids became when “timeouts” replaced spankings.
This is who our kids became when Prozac replaced punishment.
This is who our kids became when “self-esteem” became more important than accountability.
This is who our kids became when Ritalin replaced respect.
The dirty looks my parents gave me that said “Knock it off asshole” when I was a kid are now reserved for the parent who has the audacity to give a kid a smack on the ass when they are misbehaving in public.
The kids on that video don’t know punishment. They don’t know real consequence and they don’t know deprivation. What they know is that this episode, just like all others, will be swept under the rug and never mentioned again as long as they offer a half-assed apology. Any real anger their parents have will be a result of the embarrassment their children caused at the country club, rather than the pain and humiliation their children inflicted on an elderly woman.
So the next time you excuse bad behavior because “boys will be boys”, or fail to follow through on the punishment you have now threatened a thousand times, take a good look at this video. This is who you are raising, America…