As every parent knows, if your child makes it to adulthood without a felony conviction, it’s likely due 90% to the grace of God and the child’s own good decisions. Your contribution as a parent is 10% around the margins, where maybe you helped the good decisions along a little bit by teaching accountability early on.
So when your three-year old pushes someone off the merry-go-round, and the victim shoves him into the dirt in retaliation, you don’t yell at the victim. You pick your little sinner up, dust him off, give him a hug, and suggest (in age-appropriate words) that if he doesn’t want to go through life getting the living crap beat out of him, maybe he should respect other people’s personal space.
And when your 10-year old gets an “F” for cheating on a test, you don’t sue the school. You take away her phone and her computer and affectionately let her know that if she ever wants to see them again, she’s going to be spending some quality alone-time studying for the next test.
And here’s what you don’t do – when your son brutally traumatizes a bunch of 11 to 14 year-olds, you don’t whine about the sentence. You are down on your hands and knees begging forgiveness from the victims, for maybe having failed to meet your obligations as a parent.
But the overlords of Happy Valley – whether it’s a college campus or the state of Arizona - never teach this kind of accountability to their children because they don’t face it themselves. Their money, their connections, their fame, their manipulation of the system mean never, ever having to say they’re sorry and actually mean it, let alone pay an appropriate price for what they do.
I don’t want these people anywhere in or near the White House. Because they are the kind of people who will steal your children’s clean water for their fracking profits. They will let your children go to bed hungry and come to school hungry, so they can get another $150,000 off their taxes. And they will send your children to die in Iraq, or Iran, or wherever the next trumped-up conflict is, so they can continue to profit from war.