Remind your children of natural consequences

Failure to hold criminals accountable only reinforces bad behavior

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How many have seen this — you go into a supermarket, and a distressed looking Mom has kids in the cart, and there is that kid that starts kicking and screaming, and throws himself on the floor and starts throwing things and demanding that he wants a candy bar, and the Mom leans over, and says, “Oh Herkimer, you need to make good choices. Don’t do that,” and then reaches down, and gives the kid a candy bar. I guarantee at some time or another, you find yourselves thinking, “I wonder what that kid is going to be like when they grow up.” Well, now we know.

In Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Illinois, Minneapolis, (fill in any other blue state here) we have protestors looting, rioting, breaking things. Windows smashed, and people showing their political activism by stealing TVs and stereos. They are “equal opportunity” — they break into “BLM supporting” Target stores, courthouses, Mom and Pop markets. When they get arrested (if they get arrested), there is an attorney general or prosecuting attorney that looks at them, sighs and says “Herkimer, you need to make good choices. Don’t do that!” and gives the kid a candy bar and releases him out into the public. The “social justice” prosecuting attorneys will explain that they are just releasing their frustrations with the “systemic systems” that are keeping them victims and that they cannot help themselves. They are just participating in “free speech.”

George Floyd, for example, had in the past been arrested for aggravated robbery and passing counterfeit money. He led a group of five men who broke into the home of a woman, and put a gun against her abdomen, and held her, while they ransacked her house. He was arrested multiple times for drug charges, trespassing, and general theft.

In a touching memorial, Sen. Nancy Pelosi said “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice.” The camera shot was kind of fuzzy, but it might have been that she placed a candy bar into the 24 karat gold-plated casket (the last part was a metaphor).

In this country, we have what is called “agency” – meaning “we can do what we want” – but the other half of that, is what is called “consequences of our actions”. You hit your hand with a hammer, it hurts! You put a lit match under your hand, it burns!

Our current society is removing the “natural consequences” of our actions. For groups of people, we are in effect saying “Oh … they can’t help it, we need to be more understanding.” Parents, by all that is holy, please teach your children there are consequences for everything they do. And remember, it is alright, on occasion, to show them the consequences.

David Cannon


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