As the rights of parents have been eroded and replaced with an "it takes a village" mentality, the lines of responsibility have become blurred. We no longer seem to have a clear vision of who is responsible for caring for our young. Are the parents responsible for the care and nurturing of their children, or is that the job of various "professionals" such as daycare providers, doctors and educators? Who should ensure that our children are properly fed and get adequate exercise? What about health care? Should that be left up to uneducated parents, or should those decisions be made by the State?
Clearly, the burden of responsibility is shifting. The brown bag lunch packed by mom is a thing of the past, replaced with breakfast and lunch (and sometimes even dinner) eaten on a plastic tray with carefully managed portions designed for optimum health (at least, according to the current nutritional fads), provided by an illustrious "Nanny State" that doesn't believe parents can be trusted to adequately feed their own children. If you don't want to have to tighten your belt to pay for your children's medical expenses, that's O.K., the omnipresent State will take care of it for you!
We have given the State the controlling share of our households, our property and our children and then we get our knickers in a twist when the State demands authority. We want to have our cake and eat it too! We want our children educated in State schools, nourished by federally mandated hot lunch programs and kept healthy a publicly funded medical system and then we stomp our feet in anger when the State has the audacity to require something of us that we don't like. "How dare they tell us we can't pray in school" or "What do you mean I can't order a Happy Meal for Johnny?". Of course they have the right to require anything they want. They own us. We have willingly auctioned our lives for the price of security. They promised to take care of us, feed us, cloth us and meet our every need. In exchange, we offered them our children, our land and our very lives. They are the master and we are the servants. What did we expect?
If you don't believe me, just read this story. The State does own our children, and if we cross them, they will exercise their authority. The masters must keep the slaves in their rightful place . There are many more of us than there are of them - they can't let us get out of line or we may take back our own lives, and where will that leave them?
Choose you this day who you will serve.