Melissa Harris-Perry of NBC's so-called news network has endured much criticism, and rightly so, for her recent public service announcement where she said that our kids do not belong to us. She derided the concept of the “private idea that kids belong to their parents” and instead advocated for a collective idea that kids belong to the community, aka. the government.
I find two things outrageous about her comments. The first is the liberal elitist mentality that somehow “the collective” could do a better job of raising children than you or me. I raise my children in a conservative, Christian household, which likely flies in the face of everything that Ms. Harris-Perry and her liberal cohorts would support. But that is my prerogative, just as it is yours, because it is our responsibility as parents to instill values in our children, to cloth them, to feed them, to discipline them, etc. That responsibility doesn't fall to the community or to the government, and that leads to my second point which is the fact that this concept of “collective” ownership of our children seems so natural to Ms. Harris-Perry. Her liberal mind didn't see anything wrong with this concept, which seems entirely foreign and absurd to yours truly. That's scary. It wasn't until after her comments were challenged by conservatives that she felt the need to justify her comments. You can read her entire blog post here, but here's a highlight:
So those of you who were alarmed by the ad can relax. I have no designs on taking your children. Please keep your kids! But I understand the fear.
We do live in a nation where slaveholders took the infants from the arms of my foremothers and sold them for their own profit. We do live in a nation where the government snatched American Indian children from their families and “re-educated” them by forbidding them to speak their language and practice their traditions.
But that is not what I was talking about, and you know it.
Unfortunately for Ms. Harris-Perry, her liberal ideology campaign didn't stop there. In a new “Lean Forward” promo, she begrudges that successful and responsible people should “earn a little more.” (Only a little? Why not a lot, if they've earned it?) But then she goes on to say that we have a right – yes, a right – “to health care, and to education, and to decent housing and to quality food at all times.” That's news to me! As Mark Finkelstein from Newsbusters points out, her promo echoes a familiar phrase: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. I wonder what Brian Williams and Matt Lauer think of their news network essentially peddling Marxist ideology in their promos.