What we have condemned with such severity — without having the balls to out-and-out condemn it — is inter-generational transfer of knowledge. Bar Mitzvahs, taming the wild mare, the institution of marriage itself, Ten Commandments, Pan Far…these are traditions that got started for a reason. And the reason is that these are traditions that got started for a reason. And the reason is that some requirements, some customs, some prohibitions that are needed for a society to continue to thrive, are absolutely essential. Among those are essential, even if you’re a real smart ticket it’ll take you a long time to figure out they’re helpful. Like, to age fifty or so. Well, we don’t have time for everyone to reach age fifty and figure it out. And so traditions are handed down from mother to daughter and from father to son. Rules are recorded in books, and then they’re followed. Old people are going to have to tell young people what to do, and then the young people are going to have to do it without asking questions about everything.I was in the car today, which is the only time I ever hear Dr. Laura ... if I happen to be in the car around noon-ish ... and she was playing Bristol Palin's statement that having had sex out of wedlock and having become pregnant -- she had learned a lesson, and she vowed abstainence until she gets married in some teen magazine article.
She was on Oprah Winfrey's show, and Opra was apalled. She "bristled" (Oprah's words) at Bristol's words. "Why set yourself up for failure?"
I hear the women on The View were cackling disapprovingly at it as well.
This is one big difference between progressives and conservatives. Conservatives, especially Christian conservatives (they're usually the targets of these charges) tend to shoot for standards to better themselves, understanding that they may fail.
Progressives say "Why try? You might fail!"
Jesus Christ himself said that even the just man sins seven times daily. You are not expected to be perfect. You are expected to try.
Misunderstanding this, progressives call those who fail "hypocrites" -- and they themselves are immune to the charge because they believe in no such standards to try live up to. Which brings me to Things I Know #29.
29. I much prefer people who have standards and sometimes fail to live up to them over people who never fail to live up to theirs because they have none.You can't be a hypocrite if you have no standards. Unless of course you want to criticize people for their failures to live up to standards that you don't hold yourself.
They can't stand the fact that Bristol is determined to try her best and thinks it's the right thing to do -- because they don't even want the standard out there for anyone to try to live up to.
Here's the kicker. In another story yesterday, an increase in teen pregnancies last year is blamed on .... wait for it .... abstainence programs implemented during George W. Bush's presidency. That evil GW. Getting girls pregnant by not having sex. My favorite comment on one of the Oprah/Bristol videos on YouTube was
"Abstinence doesn't work without sex education and access to condoms."Yup. That's right. Abstinence doesn't work without condoms. This is like saying that diets don't work without food ads and mouth plugs.
If you assume the worst about people and expect nothing, you can expect more destructive behavior. If we expect people to live up to a standard, more people will do it, or at the very least try harder to. And there will be less of the destructive behavior.
How many years of sex education and passing condoms out have we had? Is the problem better, or worse?
What are you telling kids when you pass out condoms on prom night? What are you telling the girl who would like to abstain, but feels the pressure of the culture that results from saying "Hey, it's ok. We know you're going to do it anyway!" and her boyfriend is looking at her, slappin' the free condom packet against his hand in the parked car or hotel room?
Of course the progressive answer will always be, "oh, yes, but it would be much worse if we hadn't implemented these policies" with absolutely no requirement of themselves that they back that claim up with anything approaching hard data. Just speculation and theories. It's what they always do. And the answer is always more of the same.