Thursday, May 29, 2008

The cultural hubris of the welfare mafia

Consider for a moment the cultural hubris of the welfare mafia in this country that sets out to announce that girls in a polygamist sect are 'under age.' I'm not talking about the truth of the charge now
because there wasn't a damn bit of truth to it.

I'm talking about the ridiculous pretension that the United States of America has any sort of standard for 'under age' sex (or that anyone cares about polygamy.)

The 'child protective services' culture in this country presides over the most perverse, permissive culture of sexualized young children ever seen in Western Civilization, if it can still be called civilization. Indeed, the welfare mafia and its associated government enforcers make young motherhood a valid career choice for scared young girls -- so long as those girls DO NOT GET MARRIED.

If the girls do not get married, and remain the never-married mothers of out-of-wedlock offspring, they are offered all sorts of perks -- a free apartment, free food, medical care, spending money and FINALLY free education. There are a host of ridiculous programs out there that cater to the legion of unmarried knocked up girls -- Mentor Mothers comes to mind. This is a silly ass group that, among other things, has a prom for its moms. Oh I feel all warm and fuzzy. It is all up for grabs for any freaking 12-year-old who screws around and gets pregnant.

The problem doesn't appear to be about young girls having sex and becoming mothers. That's great! The problem isn't about polygamy. No one much cares about polygamists. After all, very few people today are monogamists.

No, the problem is about MARRIAGE. Young girls having sex is a-okay. Young girls having children is a-okay. Young girls getting married -- now we just can't have that.



Blogger Leo Pusateri said...

Unless the young girl marries another young girl. Then marriage is cool.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Leo, Oh yes, you are so right. That is indeed the exception to the 'no marriage' standard for youth sexual activity.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Jamie Carin and Claudio Romano said...


EXCELLENT post!!! You are of course SO right! This whole ordeal has been a true travesty and a lesson in pure irony.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

thanks Jamie. Imagine taking young girls out of the polygamist sect and plopping them down in high school. They'd be pregnant in a year -- just like their 50% of their classmates.

8:15 AM  
Blogger said...

It is about marriage in a sense, but it's more about religion. The problem with the FLDS compound was it's religious. Fundamentalist, even. They had the nerve to try and hold on to old-fashioned moral and religious values, thus any abuses--the Yahoo story says that perhaps 5 of the 400 kids taken from their parents may have been abused--were an excuse to take the entire thing down. The implicit argument is that fundamentalist Mormonism somehow equates to child abuse . . . though they somehow never reach the conclusion that public education and the welfare system equates to teen pregnancy, illiteracy, spousal abuse and drug addiction. Statisically, there's a much greater correlation between those things with public education and public assistance than there is between fundamentalist religious compounds and child abuse.

But . . . it's classical overreach. If the state had gone in to address specific, verified issues of child abuse (the possible 5), rather than to "bust up the cult", they probably would have been fine. But it wasn't about saving abused kids, it was about using any possible abuse as an excuse to take out those weird fundamentalist Mormons down there. They's differnt from us.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

As usual, you are right, Kevin.

What absolutely outrages me is the utter moral bankruptcy of the welfare/child protective system, which neither protects children nor their welfare. And these are the people who are hunting down evidence of abuse.

10:51 AM  
Blogger said...

Unacountable bureaucracies are always bankrupts. Historically, before the welfare system, people were taken care of--as far as possible--by their communities, friends and families, and churches. This was at a time before the economy was as robust as it is now.

Thomas Sowell often makes the point that economic growth for the poor and minorities and pay scales for women and so on were all going up higher and faster BEFORE government programs to "fix" the problem. Illegitimacy rates were going down . . . and so on and so on.

But why let individuals, neighborhoods, and churches do well what the government can do poorly (or actually make situations much worse), but at the same time take your money and restrict your freedoms?

Alas, moral bankruptcy is inherent in large, bureaucratic systems that are unaccountable, and where the great majority of the people who make up the cogs are unaccountable. Dictatorships and Communism have given us plenty of evidence of how well centralized bureaucracies do at managing economies, the culture and improving circumstances for individuals.

Human beings are sinners. Accountability makes us better people. Take away that accountability (and lots of people want that), and moral bankruptcy is sure to follow.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Extremely good points on this post, Walker! You are so right. this society does nothing for the nuturing of it's young women. As a Texas citizen I am truly ashamed of what my adopted state did in this matter. They acted like Nazis!

5:58 PM  

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