This week’s ranter: Please be upstanding for the general pendantry of the The Pedant-General in Ordinary
I Blame the Parents
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.”
So quoth your stern and hard-boiled Pedant-General in one of his very first posts.
There is nothing like a good dose of personal responsibility to bring out the libertarian in you, and nothing brings out personal responsibility in you more than having children. Raising children is an expensive, tiring and distracting task but, like most other good things in life, amply repays the effort invested. So far, so non-contentious.
But ask yourself: are we, as a nation, doing the best job we can to ensure that children are brought up in stable, loving homes that they may become productive, law-abiding citizens ready to take the fight for the advancement of mankind to the next generation?
* the demands of womens lib – which has put enormous pressure on women to return to work leaving their children to faceless childcare and breaking down the stability that small children so desperately need before the age of five;
* the advent of the ambulance chasers and “Human Rights” lawyers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which divorces adults from responsibility for their own actions in general and the application of “reasonableness” in particular;
* relentless political correctness Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which undermines the enlightenment values of reason as the arbiter of men and sees criminal and unpleasant behaviour as the unavoidable result of self-inflicted social deprivation;
* the welfare state Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which actively discriminates against parents sticking together to share the task of child-rearing;
* and disastrous trendy teaching methods Ã¢â‚¬â€œ don’t get me started on phonics
combined to create a generation of illiterate, semi-feral automatons who do not understand and hence resent the world around them nor have any hope of lifting themselves out of their quagmire and every chance of creating further generations of similarly hopeless cases in their turn?
My thesis is that raising children requires responsibility. The same applies in reverse: intercede between parents and their responsibility towards (and for the actions of) their children and an authoritarian state becomes almost a necessity to keep the rabble in order.