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Nancy Smith

Latest Disturbing Liberal Notion: Your Kids Are Owned by 'the Collective'

April 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

I just found out my children aren't mine -- and by the way, neither do yours belong to you. They are all owned by the community.

You heard right. The community. The communal 'hood. The collective.

I have it on good authority. Check out college professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry as she advises this: "We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families."Kids belong to whole communities, she insists, and once we realize this, we'll make "better investments" in government indoctrination of children.

Don't take my word, spin through this videoclip. It's not long. Our kids belong to the collective community.

Funny how I never knew.

I'm wondering if that collective might have visited our daughter weeks on end in a Miami hospital. Would it have been around to help our seven kids build science projects, cram for exams, prepare for spelling and geography bees? Would it have taught them how to ride a bicycle, how to swim, how to keep a pool clean? Would the collective have given them a lift home from dances and parties, soccer and football practice? What about when they needed a curfew reminder or a Band-Aid and a hug or refuge from something that went bump in the night?

All rhetorical questions that don't require answers.

If you're a Harris-Perry regular on MSNBC, you know that this very attractive, very Orwellian professor of political science at Tulane University is on the left side of liberal like the pope is on the holy side of Catholic.

You will also know that by "better investments" in government indoctrination of children, she is saying the reason public education has failed is because we haven't allowed the state to confiscate more of our money.

"We have never invested as much in public education as we should have," she claims.Wrong. That's just wrong, wrong. As Garrett Quinn notes at Mediaite, "We spend more on education per student than every country in the world ..."

My guess is, unless you have some great distrust of limited government and individual freedom, you probably aren't a Melissa Harris-Perry or MSNBC regular. But you ought to be aware that she and her social philosophy are out there -- and some people actually listen to her and to it, even if you don't. Which is why I'm writing this.

Harris-Perry is from the Barack Obama School of Wealth Consolidation and Control by Government. AsObama famously said in Roanoke, Va., during his re-election campaign, "If you've got a business, you didn't build it. Somebody else made that happen."

He means the community. The collective. He means Government.

Read what political scientist William Grigg writes: "Like most people of his ideological bent, Obama either cannot or will not distinguish between society -- which is created through peaceful commerce and other forms of private cooperation -- and the state -- an antisocial artifact built on conquest, coercion and confiscation of wealth."

Personally, I fall closer to the side of the philosopher Nietzsche, who said everything the state has is stolen.

Controlling the family today to take control of the government tomorrow has been tried unsuccessfully by many regimes throughout history.

Harris-Perry wants the state to have control of my kids, grandkids, great-grands. She later explained what she really meant is that we should work to build our communities so they are better for our families. But she never recanted her urge that we "break through" the "private idea" that individuals own themselves, or that she was saying all human worth is intractably linked to the community.

That, I believe, is mind-numbing humbug.

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