Skip to comments.Parenting Chicken Hawks?
Posted on 04/11/2013 4:08:26 PM PDT by Starman417
The conservasphere has been having a field day with this one. In case you haven't seen it yet, MSNBC has a new "Lean Forward" ad campaign featuring on-air personality Melissa Harris-Perry weighing in on public education, and how it relates to children and their families:
We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because weve always had a private notion of children, your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We havent had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once its everybodys responsibility and not just the households we start making better investments.Where to begin with the creepiness of this? Or that some executive at MSNBC thought a clip like this would bolster the network's credibility as a serious news organization? As my regular readers know I don't write about topics where someone else smarter than me has already weighed in, so I'll give you the best analysis I've caught so far. The guys over at Trifecta - Scott Ott, Steven Green & Bill Whittle give this bit of intellectual effluent the ridicule it so thoroughly deserves. The video is well worth taking nine minutes to watch.
For those of you who didn't watch the video, the most damning argument against her view is the reality of educational spending in the United States. The problem is not that money isn't being spent, it's that it's being spent on the kind of people who, well, probably spent too much time taking classes learning the kind of worthless grievance mongering that Harris-Perry teaches.
So when the controversy broke, Harris-Perry did what any sensible leftist would do when caught saying something dumb - she doubled down on stupid:
"So those of you who were alarmed by the ad can relax. I have no designs on taking your children. Please keep your kids! But I understand the fear. We do live in a nation where slaveholders took the infants from the arms of my foremothers and sold them for their own profit. We do live in a nation where the government snatched American Indian children from their families and re-educated them by forbidding them to speak their language and practice their traditions. But that is not what I was talking about, and you know it."Translation: "I have very strong views on this subject, and when you present me with facts that contradict my beliefs it hurts my feelings."
So where does the title of my post come in? A while back I wrote about the hypocrisy of the left on environmental issues by using the "Chicken Hawk" term:
One term that the left liked to use in criticism of anyone who disagreed with Kerry, and more specifically, also supported the war in Iraq was a "Chicken Hawk." The term was a play on the "Hawks vs. Doves" argument in terms of one's view of warfare, and was referring to the pro-war Hawks being too chicken to enlist. When you get down to it, it probably wasn't the best term for what was trying to be conveyed, since chicken hawks are birds of prey, not to mention the name of one of the coolest Warner Brothers characters drawn in the Bugs Bunny cartoons. The intended meaning was directed toward anyone of fighting age or with children of fighting age who were not serving in Iraq. The basic message was that the leftists were justified in opposing the war because they were trying to bring the troops back home beside them. If you supported the war and weren't volunteering to enlist and personally throw yourself on an IED or have your sons do so you had no moral standing to support the war.I use the Chicken Hawk term for anyone out there who is spouting this "It takes a village" vomit about raising a child. It takes a parent, preferably two.
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