Thursday, May 29, 2014

Parenting And The California Mass Murder

Lost in all the media frenzy about the California mass stabbing/ shooting is an important message about parenting. Kids today grow up believing that they are God’s gift to planet Earth and that they can do nothing wrong. All over America, parents are spoiling their children and telling them that the world is their oyster.

I don’t want to single out Elliott Rodger’s parents in particular — millions of parents are raising their children in the exact same way that the Rodgers raised Elliott — but there is no question that parenting style contributed to this massacre.

Elliott Rodger is a worst-case scenario of what modern parenting can lead to. His parents coddled him, giving him money and a BMW and sending him off to a beautiful college on the beach. Instead of helping him, these gifts just made him weaker and less equipped for the real world. He complained about how the world wasn’t “fair” and how he was “forced to suffer”. Eventually he decided to take out his anger through violence.

Yes, Elliott also suffered from serious mental illness. But the “treatment” that he received for his psychological problems just re-enforced his self-regard. He spent years talking to therapists about his problems, even seeing multiple therapists at a time. In the end, all of the “experts” were powerless to stop him.

The ultimate responsibility for the deaths of six innocent people lies with Elliott himself. But his parents also deserve a lot of the blame. Maybe what Elliot needed was more discipline and less pampering.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Fallout From Chipotle

Brandishing semi-automatic weapons in busy restaurants is not a good way to promote the Second Amendment. Apparently a few fringe activists in Texas don’t quite understand this, and now their story is all over the news making gun owners look ridiculous.

People need to realize that these kinds of crazy stunts damage the cause of gun rights. The liberal media inevitably use these stories to make gun supporters look silly.

The Second Amendment is about having the ability to protect yourself and your family. It isn’t about taking part in acts of political theater that alienate 98% of Americans. I’m pretty sure that I am not the only gun owner who believes that.

And yet the gun rights movement lets itself be defined by people who think it is a good idea to bring military grade weapons into family restaurants, and then post pictures of it online for everyone to see. Why?

Pro-gun politicians and the NRA need to speak out against these inflammatory tactics more often, before they do more damage to the cause. If they don’t, there’s no telling how much the Second Amendment will suffer.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Talk To Your Kids About Heroin

All around America, one of the biggest threats that law enforcement is facing is the spread of heroin. The number of deadly heroin overdoses has been rising every year. Last week, a first grader in here in PA accidentally brought his grandmother’s heroin to school.

Now the men and women of law enforcement in Bucks County are fighting back. It’s great to see them taking the initiative to stop this problem before it gets any worse.

But parents also have a responsibility to stop this epidemic. If you have teenagers like I do, you need to sit them down and talk to them about this problem. You need to make it clear that heroin is deadly, and that they need to tell you if their friends are doing it.

Even if you think that your kids are perfect and they always say no to drugs, you never know what might be happening at school. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Study Says Divorce is “Contagious”

So apparently researchers have figured out that divorce spreads from person to person like a disease!

If you are friends with someone who is divorced, you are 75% more likely to get divorced than someone who isn’t.

If you have a friend of a friend who gets divorced, you are 33% percent more likely to get divorced.

The researchers say this is because people follow their friends’ examples. If your friends get divorced, you are more likely to consider it yourself. You might think: “if they aren’t happy, then maybe I’m not really happy either.”

I say that just because your friends do something, that doesn’t mean that you have to. It’s like what I tell my kids: if your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Liberals Want You To “Deal With” Obamacare

An MSNBC host unleashed some Grade A insanity on Obamacare the other day, telling people: “You can’t keep your crappy coverage, deal with that.”

My oldest son is self-employed, and his premium almost doubled after Obamacare went into effect in January. I’m sure he would absolutely love to keep his “crappy plan.” Now he has to pay twice as much for a plan that puts doctors out of business. 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

My View on Politics

Conservatives need to start taking politics seriously again. We need to stop letting the silliest voices on our side dominate the conversation. We need to show Americans the truth — that our best candidates are the most qualified leaders that America has to offer.

In 2012, Mitt Romney was more qualified than Barack Obama in every single way. Yet the fringe element in our party turned the primary into a three-ring circus. By the time the election rolled around, America was so sick of the theatrics that Romney didn’t stand a chance.

In 2008, John McCain caved to talk radio types and picked a little known Mayor from rural Alaska as his running mate. Sarah Palin gave him a boost…for about three days. I agree with many of her positions, but even supporters realized that she was clearly not ready for the job. Conservative women were set back a decade by the time the liberal mainstream media finished cutting apart Palin.

This happens all the time, and it needs to stop. Attention – grabbing candidates and media personalities have been sabotaging the Republican Party for too long. America’s future is too important to let this continue.