Here's how parents are being brainwashed into fear for their kids and contempt for their communities. Remember: This fear is NEW. Our parents weren't browbeaten into thinking that any time a child opened the door and stepped outside, the parent was a negligent hussy and the kid was dead meat. But here's how "The Talk" introduced the Free-Range Parenting bill:
Julie Chen: A new law passed in Utah is encouraging, quote, "Free-Range Parenting." The law, which takes effect next month, specifies it is not a crime for parents to allow kids who display maturity and good judgment to walk to school alone or play outside unsupervised." Lawmakers say the legislation was introduced to encourage more self-reliance among children. However, some critics feat the new legislation could put kids in harms' way. What do you think of this law?
Chen's disgust for the law -- and for anyone who trusts their kids to do anything on their own -- is palpable and the audience understands its job: A Greek Chorus groaning at the crazy idea that mature children with good judgment should ever be allowed to venture beyond the couch. Then Sharon Osbourne pipes in:
Osborne: Is this a joke? I mean it's ridiculous, that's what it is. Free-Range Parenting? That's a joke. There is no way that you're going to let your child go off to the park. Perverts hang out in the park. We all know that! 'Just go off with your little friend, go play for a couple days, see you after the weekend.' It's ridiculous!
Finally, a third panelist refers to the case of Etan Patz, who was "the first milk carton kid! He had been begging his mom and dad to let him walk to school alone, it was just two blocks away, and finally they let him go -- and he disappeared."
The Etan case happened in 1979, or 38 years ago. That means that 152,000,000 American children have been born since then. If we mention Etan's tragedy, so rare that we all remember it, why are we not also mentioning the thousands killed by car crashes?
They don't count because we can't shame the parents.
Just once I'd like to see a talk show open this way:
Up next! A new law would allow parents to drive their kids to the dentist! (Audience boos.) Some critics are saying this could put kids in danger. After all, the #1 way kids die is as car passengers. We'll talk about one mom's tragic decision to get her son's cavity filled 38 years ago. (Audience hisses) Here's his picture.
Panelist #2: Don't parents know that streets are for accidents? Let your kid sit in the backseat while you drive someplace? It's ridiculous!
Panelist #3: Yeah, great idea, mom: 'I'm going to drive my kid to Dr. Pruzansky.' " WHAT was she thinking?
Panelist #4: Maybe in the old days you could get on a horse and ride your kid to the dry goods store but those safe, happy, zero-accident days are gone forever.
Anyway, I could not find the embed code for the clip, so all I have is this Facebook link. Help us come up with a way of fighting this corrosive practice of insisting any time a child is unsupervised they are automatically in danger and the mom is automatically to be booed. - L