I just read a stunning quote.
It was so shocking, I had to read it several times to be sure I wasn't seeing things. It's a quote from Democratic Party presidential candidate John Edwards, uttered at the most recent debate, televised on MSNBC.
In response to a question of whether he would be comfortable having a fairy tale read to his second-grader that ends with two men kissing and living happily ever after, Edwards had this to say: "I don't want to make that decision on behalf of my children. I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information, even in (chuckling), what did you say, second grade? Well, second grade might be a little tough, but even in second grade, to be exposed to all those possibilities. Because I don't want to impose my view — nobody made me God — I don't get to decide on behalf of my family and my children. … I don't get to impose on them what it is that I believe is right."
In all my 53 years on this planet, I have never read a scarier or more idiotic, mindless, pandering quote than this — certainly not from a serious candidate for president of the United States.
Let's pull it apart: "I don't want to make that decision on behalf of my children. I want my children to be able to make that decision on behalf of themselves, and I want them to be exposed to all the information…"
Here's a guy running for president of the United States. He wants to make all kinds of decisions that will impact your life, the lives of your children, your neighbors and people around the world, but he doesn't want to make decisions about the moral education of his own children? Do you believe this? Would nothing offend him?
If his child's teacher read stories about bestiality to the class, would that bother him, or would he reserve moral judgment? Would he let his child decide what was right in his own eyes?
I think it should be obvious from this quote that John Edwards is not only disqualified from being president of the United States, he should be disqualified from serving on a local school board.
The man is nuts! He's certifiable. He wants the children to decide. Has he never read "Lord of the Flies"?
You know he doesn't mean it when he says he wants second-graders exposed to all the information. But he says it anyway. Because he doesn't want to offend a constituency, he feels he needs to win the nomination. He would rather his children be morally molested in the classroom than take a stand against politically correct state indoctrination of his own children.
This man makes me sick. He's not only disqualified from serving on the school board, his children should be taken away from him. He's disqualified from parenthood.
But that's not the end of it. Let's continue our analysis of this psychobabble from the trial lawyer.
"Because I don't want to impose my view — nobody made me God — I don't get to decide on behalf of my family and my children. … I don't get to impose on them what it is that I believe is right."
If parents don't get to shape the values of their children, who does? Evidently, John Edwards believes it is the role of the state.
It's kind of funny that he says nobody made him God because God actually charges parents with the responsibility of rearing their children. In other words, God wants parents to play God with their kids. He didn't leave it to professionals. He didn't leave it to schools. He didn't leave it to kings. He didn't even leave it to the priests. He left child rearing to parents and only to parents.
I've been listening to Edwards make moral pronouncements about what he will do as president. He'll impose on us national health care. He'll impose on us same-sex marriage. He'll impose on us draconian energy measures to fight "global warming."
He has no problem playing God with our economy, with our most basic freedoms, with our Constitution, with our way of life.
But please, don't ask him to make decisions about appropriate reading material for his 7-year-old.
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