Saturday, December 03, 2005

Loaded Question from CNN Opinion Poll

“Should the government restrict the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors?”

The knee jerk reaction would be, “Save our Children, Big Brother, Save our Children”. The problem with asking Big Brother to take the place of guardian of our children brings into focus one of the problems of our great society. It is not government’s responsibility to raise our children; that being explicitly reserved for the parent of each individual child.
One of the keys to understanding the problem is that somewhere along the way the shift has been from the individual to the collective.

Hillary Clinton added her two cents with her book, “It takes a Village”, advocating that the family values simply are not enough. The book hit the best seller’s list and you can waste your hard earned money on it if you so desire; so much for the critic’s circle. She’s correct in that it takes quite a few members of the Village to totally corrupt a young child; I think she used the word “raise”. It takes the entire public school system to re-educate the child so that he/she
forgets God and religious training along with all the other family values taught in the home. I don’t think that’s an endorsement to go out and purchase that particular book and it certainly isn’t a stamp of approval on how the public school system has perverted their mission from educating the “Three R’s” into the monster of immorality shared by every deviant notion ever considered in the Village. What is it they call it, oh yes, diversity indoctrination; “It’s okay to be different”.

I love to listen to “Fiddler on the Roof”, a perfect example of how family values are corrupted by the Village. There is a scene where the family is preparing for the beginning of the Sabbath; I wonder how many families across our country would consider preparing for the Sabbath to be odd or outdated, just a thought. The prayer becomes a song as they consider the important aspects of each member of the family.

“May the Lord protect and defend you.
May He always shield you from shame.
May you come to be in Israel a shining face.
May you be like Ruth and like Ester.
May you be deserving of praise.
Strengthen them o Lord and keep them from the stranger’s way.
May God bless you and grant you long life.
May the Lord fulfill our Sabbath prayer for you.
May God make you good mothers and wives.
May He send you good husbands who will care for you…”
I was reminded of a question posed to the Rabbi, asking, “Rabbi, is there a blessing for the Czar?” The Rabbi responds that there is a blessing for everything as he requests a blessing from the Lord, “May the Lord bless and keep the Czar…” a significant pause while he puts the words together properly, “…as far away from us as possible.” That covers my sentiments for government in general. May it serve its purpose, in as limited a way as possible, to safe guard our borders from those who would destroy our way of life; that way of life being individuals seeking to live a life of their own choices and decisions.

The proper answer to the CNN question, a resounding No! Parents fulfill your responsibilities and protect your children from “the stranger’s way”. The proper way to regulate the sale of violent and prurient material in the market place is simple, don’t buy it.

By the way, in case you wanted the results of the CNN Poll; 79% voted For government intervention on the sale of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors. My question has to do with minors having all that time to play video games; aren’t they supposed to be loading shovels of coal into buckets down in those mines?
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