Illinois Review is excited to introduce our newest contributor - Irene F. Starkehaus.
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
"We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we always have had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't had a very collective notion of 'these are our children' so part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to the whole communities. Once it's everybody's responsibility and not just the household's then we start making better investments."
~Melissa Harris Perry of MSNBC
Who owns your children? Does the community own your children or do you?
Certainly, civil and social conservatives will see the words of Mellissa Harris hyphen Perry as an aggressive attack on parental rights by the mainstream media and certainly, we recognize that America has rarely encountered such an awkwardly truthful and forthcoming attempt by anyone on the Left to marginalize the family. Funny, isn't it? Regularly, conservatives have to parse, translate and interpret the hidden meanings within the Left's double-speak statist jargon in order to get to the truth of a progressivist's intent when she proposes new and revolutionary ways of looking at the traditional institutions which have made our nation strong and successful.
I saw this MSNBC statement by Harris hyphen Perry over the weekend and there were a lot of things about it that struck me as unfortunate…not the least of which is that I simply can't stand how liberals work their sleight of hand to get their marching orders communicated. Such a statement by a member of the MSM is so radically fundamentalist in its resonance that it must by definition lend itself to a manifesto styled marketing strategy. What. Do they think this is still 1950? That we haven't experienced audacity before?