The idea of a child license has been written about before, but a recent news report of a woman that left her baby in a (120 deg) car struck a nerve.
My wife works for the County Mental Health Dept and sees (first hand) the devastation to minor children at the hands of incompetent parents. She does not divulge any personal details, but shares the destruction they suffer day after day.
They are most likely born addicted to crack (or some other substance) and then left to fend for themselves while mom goes out and pimps herself… for more crack.
“Where is Dad?”, you ask. I forgot to mention he is in jail, or there are so many different guys it would be impossible to find out who the father is.
By the time social services steps in, the kids have been imprinted to a life that we can’t even comprehend.
It takes every bit of her skill and training to bring them back to reality and help them decide to become whole again.
It’s completely mind numbing how irresponsibility affects a multitude of people… mostly the victim though.
So… Here is where it gets Real controversial.
Yes, we all have rights and a don’t tell me how to live my life attitude, but when it comes to our choices that hurt someone else… small children at that… Is it right to just do as we please when there are consequences waiting to happen for others?
At what point can someone else decide what others can do?
We require people to get a permit for a pet dog. We train our young ones to pass a test for a driver’s license, but then turn them loose to go make babies in the back seat of the car… All without any thought or regard for the welfare of whom they produce.
Think about it, if someone passes their driver test and then goes out and crashes, causing horrible devastation to others. Who is ultimately responsible? Hopefully the driver is. They were trained, tested and released to be responsible with their choices. If they decide to drink and drive or be distracted, it should fall on them. Sure, there is compassion for true accidents…and should be, but… what if they are repeat offenders? They go steal a car and do it all over again. What then?
The same should go for people that destroy their children though neglect or outright abuse. Did they ever get tested to see if they can handle the responsibility? Why should the system take the burden? Even mentioning this gives me chills.
On one hand, having an agency test and decide whether a person is qualified to parent is a scary thought. Who needs more big brother telling us what to do?
On the other hand, would it be wise to require prospective parents to pass some kind of class or test for the right to produce a baby, and then impose limitations or consequences if they don’t meet an acceptable standard of care?
Wow! This is like discussing gun control. Regulations that limit even the good people, but the criminals will still get them and do bad stuff.
It is sad enough when people do harmful things to themselves, but who will defend the innocent? At what point does society stand up and say enough!
It’s hard to picture the nightmare of having some sort of sex police come into people’s lives to see what they are up to. Abortion certainly is not the answer either. Imagine sending the message…
Go have irresponsible sex and then (let the government) kill your children since we don’t want to raise them either.
Sheez… this is getting harder to write about with each typed character. It makes me want to vomit, hit the delete key and go watch a movie instead…
Maybe the reason it is what it is… is, this topic is so large and touches so many deep nerves that even the smartest minds can’t comprehend it… I certainly can’t.
What about you?
Do we license parents to have children?