Trump is Teaching Our Children All the Bad Things

Trump is Teaching Our Children All the Bad Things

Trump is Teaching Our Children All the Bad Things

Charles Blow, a New York Times columnist, laments that President Trump is a bad, bad influence on our kids. In a column entitled, “What Trump is Teaching Our Children,” he writes:

“Part of the President’s job is to inspire young Americans to be better citizens. Trump is doing the opposite.”

I suppose we could get into the constitutional weeds to search for these words in a Presidential job description. We wouldn’t find them, however. Article II of the Constitution lists the president’s responsibilities, and inspiring children is not one of them.

But aside from that, I would remind Mr. Blow that the ship SS Bad Influences set sail a long time ago, and Trump wasn’t its captain.

Remember the phrase that campaign strategist James Carville cooked up when Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992? “It’s the economy, stupid.”

I would rephrase that for Mr. Blow with: “It’s the culture, stupid.” 

Let’s start with Blow’s first sentence:

“When our children are young, we work doggedly to foster in them a deep and abiding sense of morality, ethics and character.”

Who’s this “we” in “we work” when 41% of children are born to single mothers? Moreover, in minority communities the illegitimacy rates are even higher: 77% among blacks and 49% among Hispanic immigrants. So where are the fathers who are working “doggedly” to “foster” this “sense of morality, ethics, and character”?

I worked for seventeen years as a speech pathologist in a public school district, and I can tell you that the kids with the worst behavior problems came from single parent homes. It didn’t matter if they were black, white, or Hispanic. A fatherless home was the great equalizer among ethnic groups.

Blow continues:

“. . .but there are many tangential teachers as well, at family gatherings, at school, at places of worship, on playgrounds, and also in literature, on television and on social media.”

Yes, let’s go there, shall we? Let’s talk about the cultural cesspool in which too many children learn their lessons, especially when both parents aren’t around to guide them.

For example, here’s the latest Miley Cyrus video, “Mother’s Daughter.” I’ll also give you a warning — it’s not safe for work, children, or your elderly parents, either.

By the way, that’s Cyrus’s mother whom we see in the video, cuddling with her freakish daughter. Yeah, she’s no candidate for Mother of the Year, except among the Teen Vogue crowd.

But continuing on, Blow has another accusation about Trump:

“He is teaching little boys that women’s bodies exist as playgrounds for privileged men, and that there is no price to be paid if you are popular enough or rich enough.”

“Women’s bodies exist as playgrounds. . . ”

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“. . . for privileged men, and that there is no price to be paid if you are popular enough or rich enough.” Now of course Blow is referring to Trump, but how strange that he overlooked Democrat donors Jeffrey Epstein or Harvey Weinstein. He also failed to mention rapper R. Kelly, who’s being held without bond in Chicago for a ton of sex crime charges — with underage girls. What’s more, this isn’t Kelly’s first rodeo either — he escaped conviction in a 2008 trial for child pornography.

Popular or rich enough, Mr. Blow?

Blow then praises President Obama.

“My own children came of age in their political awareness under President Obama. I didn’t always agree with his policy, but he was an honorable man whom I could point to as an honorable example.”

But maybe Blow should point to one of Obama’s predecessors who was anything but an “honorable man.”

I’m speaking, of course, of one William Jefferson Clinton.

Perhaps he could advise his kids to not act like Clinton, who took sexual advantage of intern Monica Lewinsky in the White House. He could also regale them with the story of how Bill Clinton escaped Paula Jones’s sexual harassment charge. There’s also the sordid rape account of Juanita Broddrick, of whom Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen recently wrote: “I thought Juanita Broaddrick wasn’t credible. I was wrong.”

But Bill Clinton was a Democrat President, so never mind.

I’m sure we can all agree that President Trump is no saint. Perhaps some of you cheer that aspect of him, or maybe you’re like me and cringe at many of his comments. But let’s not kid ourselves: Donald Trump is not the cause of All The Bad Things our children and grandchildren witness. Rather the Bad Things emerge from a culture saturated in illegitimacy, raunchy entertainment, and elites getting away with stuff that would destroy our reputations — maybe even put us in the slammer. Sorry, but President Trump is not driving that boat.

 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

12 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Spot on Kim! The dims have been driving the destruction of our culture and morality for decades, and it has been an intentional attack, so for them to blame President Trump is not only sad, but it’s pathetically hypocritical!

    This Epstein case could very easily sink many on the left, including one William Jefferson Clinton that you mentioned above.

  • GWB says:

    (Trigger warning)
    we work doggedly to foster in them a deep and abiding sense of morality, ethics and character
    What you mean, ‘we’, kemosabe?
    (That is an old Lone Ranger/Tonto joke. And I’m sure someone somewhere just choked on their kale reading that.)

    cultural cesspool
    Yep. And who made it that way? PROGRESSIVES. That is, every person and group who worked to throw off the constraints of “conventional morality” from the 1960s onward. From hippies to homosexuals to hedonists – free love, free drugs, can’t-tell-me-what-to-do, if-it-feels-good-do-it.
    Yeah, sorry, but you don’t get to lay that at someone else’s feet, Chuck.
    (Oh, and let’s not forget the a**holes who refuse to show respect to their country.)

    He is teaching little boys that women’s bodies exist as playgrounds for privileged men
    And this would be news? Heck, I knew this when I was 12 or so. Ever heard of this dude named Hefner? *eyeroll*

    there is no price to be paid if you are popular enough or rich enough.
    Also not news. But this is also a terribly ironic statement, given how it’s always the rich and powerful (like Hollyweird) telling the rest of us what prudes we are, and look at them, they haven’t been hurt by drugs or infidelity or a lack of morals.

    [0bama] was an honorable man whom I could point to as an honorable example
    Then you were horribly naive and ignorant or you were lying to your kids. I’m going to guess we should embrace the power of “and” here. He was NOT an honorable man (throwing your grandmother under the bus, lying about your citizenship status to gain college admission, smoking dope in college, hiding your records so others can’t judge your past, exposing sealed divorce records to smear your opponent, etc.), and that’s long before we get to his lack of accomplishments and his political lying.

    I’m sure we can all agree that President Trump is no saint.
    Amen to that. Sheesh. I doubt he’s any worse than someone like LBJ or Kennedy (or Clinton) – or really much better. You want to talk honorable, let’s talk Bush 43 – who failed to achieve anywhere nearly as much ‘conservatism’ as Trump has.
    But, Trump is without hypocrisy. Oh, he might be full of sh*t. He exaggerates, too. He’s crude. He isn’t a conservative. But he is not afraid to simply be who he is – in public, not just behind closed doors and off-the-record.

    Oh, and a reminder: you might think you want a saint for President, so he can save the country and you. But don’t put your trust there. Humans will let you down when it comes to salvific acts. The only way to “save” America is for enough of us, spread widely enough across the 50 sovereign states, to guard our ideals, our freedoms, and our heritage (rule-of-law, etc.) zealously and jealously, and to VOTE THAT WAY.

  • Scott says:

    MUch more eloquently stated than mine GWB (and yeah, I did spew a bit at the Kemosabe joke-Watching Lone Ranger re-runs right now in fact)

  • GWB says:

    Oh, and I LOVE that picture for the post. Just sayin’. 🙂

  • Harlan says:

    Trump is teaching children to stand up for what’s right, and to not let the moral reprobates on the left make up the rules of the game as they go along.

  • kevin says:

    GWB said, “But he is not afraid to simply be who he is – in public, not just behind closed doors and off-the-record.” I don’t think anyone really knows who this guy is. He lies so much it’s hard to tell if he understands truth versus fiction. “I tried to stop the ‘send her back chant'” when in reality he stood there for 15 seconds … let someone berate your loved one for 15 seconds and it’ll feel like a lifetime. You are right he’s not a conservative … or a christian (or any other religion) … or honest … or faithful to his wives … or a person of integrity … he is your standard bearer though and you deserve everything he brings.

    • GWB says:

      Well, I’ve criticized Trump. And I don’t really consider any politician my standard-bearer.

      But if I deserve the things he brings, I’ll consider that high praise. He has brought prosperity and returned some measure of our freedom. Better than what the last president brought. Much better than what the progressive movement has brought over the last 100+ years.
      I’ll take it. And demand even more.

    • SDN says:

      Go away, Pharisee.

      “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” Matthew 23:24

  • Bill Smith says:

    Spot on. Bravo!

  • John C. says:

    I remember young people during Clinton’s term saying that oral sex wasn’t sex, so they could do that if they wanted. I had a guy at work say, “If it can’t produce a baby, it isn’t sex.” I replied, “If it can produce a divorce, it’s sex.”

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