“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 whole communities.”
– MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry
Much has been said about Melissa Harris-Perry’s claim that kids don’t belong to their parents and families but rather to the community at large.
It’s worth pointing out that this statement, which agrees entirely with the philosophy of genocidal tyrants from Adolf Hitler to Josef Stalin, was not just the spontaneous raving of one crazy, irresponsible, thoughtless cable TV show host. It was a calculated, well-considered statement, edited and approved by MSNBC’s management and marketing team and used as a network promotional ad.
So maybe we should examine the consequences of the irrational and inconsistent philosophy behind it.
Melissa Harris-Perry and the corporate network for which she works promote abortion on demand.
They do so by claiming it is appropriate to kill unborn babies because it’s a “woman’s right to choose.”
Yet, they believe once those babies are born, they belong collectively to all of us; thus we’re all responsible for them and their well-being.
Do you recognize the intellectual incoherence? Do you see the cognitive dissonance?
Perry expanded on her thoughts recently, adding:
- “I stand by that statement. Families have first and primary responsibility for their children. The private sphere of our homes and families deserves great deference in policy and in practice … but I believe our children are not our private property, they are not just extensions of ourselves. They are independent, individual beings.”
- “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.”
- “Our kids who will inherit our nation belong to all of us and we have a collective responsibility to them. I hit a nerve with a 30-second promotional ad, and the nerve that I hit is connected to the central nervous system of our democracy, at the synapses of civic engagement is the electrical current that forges our more perfect union.”
She meant what she said and she said what she meant. And the corporate media network for which she works stands behind her.
It’s obvious this is not a person who has the least respect for the Judeo-Christian and American tradition of individual rights.
Yet, she and her network believe an individual woman has an absolute right to extinguish the life of an unborn child for any reason or no reason whatsoever.
How can it be that individuals have the perfect right to kill preborn children (and many like her, including Barack Obama, would include post-born children as well), but their rights with regard to children end at some point thereafter – at which point they become wards of the state?
Does that make any sense?
Let’s pretend, for a moment, we agree with Harris-Perry that children belong to all of us collectively. How can an individual decision be made to snuff out the life of a child either in utero or shortly after birth?
If all kids really belong to everyone, then the logical conclusion is that no individual has the right to take the life of any child – born or unborn. You can’t have it both ways.
But, then again, the post-modern notion that the state has the power to invent “rights” for the purpose of dividing society into groups for the purpose of empowering government has always been intellectually, spiritually and morally bankrupt.
It leads only to totalitarianism and genocide.