Maybe it’s because there’s two feet of snow outside and I’m all manner of cranky. But if I have to read one more insipid Facebook post about “what kind of a role model is Donald Trump for my children?!” I’m going to scream.
Earth to hand-wringing parents: you are supposed to be the role model for your children.
Not a celebrity or a sports star. Not a President or a First Lady.
We didn’t elect a Role Model-in-Chief; we elected a President.
Here on the desk in front of me, I have my pocket Constitution. And for the life of me I cannot find the clause in Article II saying that the job of the President is to serve as your child’s role model.
I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised. Many Americans want to outsource practically everything to the Federal Government. They want government to feed them, house them, provide them with healthcare, educate them, hell, even get them a cell phone.
Is it really surprising that there are parents out there who want to outsource the rearing of their children to the President?
If you want your child to be strong, secure, honest, trustworthy, diligent and honorable, that’s your responsibility.
Honestly, why do so many parents look outside of their home for a role model for their kids?
It makes absolutely no sense to me.
Let me share a little anecdote. Some of you may have heard this before, but give me a little latitude to repeat it.
Back in the late sixties after my Mom remarried, we moved to Oklahoma for a few years while my Step-Dad went to school at OU. One evening we went to the home of a friend of my Dad’s for dinner. His friend had small kids about the same age as my brother and me.
While my brother and I were playing with them, we became very taken by a few of their toys.
So we took them.
When my Mom found out, not only did she make us return the toys and apologize for stealing, but she also had us pick out our favorite toys and give them to those kids as well.
I never stole again.
What my Mom didn’t do was wring her hands in distress wondering if the President could help us learn not to steal.
She knew innately that it was her job to teach us how to act. Not only did she show us that it’s wrong to steal, but she also gave us a lesson in what it feels like to have something special taken from us.
This nonsensical sniveling and moaning about what having Trump as a President teaches your children is insane.
The President will be president for at most eight years. But you will be their parents for life.
Are these parents really so powerless they’re incapable of showing by example how they want their children to behave? Do they not have any say in what “message” their children learn from things?
Of course the irony of all this hand-wringing and kvetching over Donald Trump is this.
Many of those same parents didn’t care one bit what kind of “message” their children would get from having a power-hungry, greedy, dishonest crook like Hillary Clinton assume the presidency.
By her own actions, Hillary Clinton reinforces the notion that you can do or say anything so long as you get away with it.
Is that an acceptable “message” for these powerless parents?
And what kind of role model are those parents who have spent the last two weeks whining and complaining like spoiled children over Hillary losing?
They’re so focused on Donald Trump’s influence on their children, they are completely blind to the effect their own pouting and complaining might be having.
What kind of message are they sending their kids?
That if you don’t get what you want, you have license to behave like an insufferable baby and kick up a fuss for weeks on end?
Yeah. That’s a great message.
No wonder public schools now feel the need to teach “conflict resolution.”
Kids clearly aren’t learning it at home.
My parents took great pains to make sure the greatest influence on my brother and me was found in our home. They gave us the foundation necessary to think for ourselves, to come to our conclusions, face our own conflicts, deal with our own disappointments, and grow up accepting responsibility for our own actions.
It never mattered who was in the White House.
And it really never should.
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