Last week, conservatives were outraged by an MSNBC promo featuring Melissa Harris-Perry, where she derided the “private idea that kids belong to their parents.” Instead, she promoted a collective ownership of children where children should belong to whole communities.
In case you missed the outrage last week, you can read by post on it right here.
To her credit, Harris-Perry hasn't backed down from her critics. But in her attempts to explain her disturbing concept of collective ownership, she only seems to be making matters worse. Over the weekend, on her show on the so-called news network MSNBC, Harris-Perry tried to frame the debate as follows:
“This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple hundred years.”
A right to “impinge on individual freedoms” for the “common good”? Thank goodness we do not live in a democracy, where the majority will in the name of “common good” cannot be imposed on us, forsaking our individual rights. That's what is so special about this country and our Constitution, though there seem to be fewer and fewer people in this country (and particularly in Washington) who are willing to fight for our Constitution and our rights. There are a growing number of Melissa Harris-Perry's in this country who don't give a second thought to impinging on your individual rights for the sake of the collective. That's scary.