So the most popular story that ” never was” , is the one about the 13 year old presidents daughter on a school sanctioned trip to Mexico. The White House has asked news outlets to take down the story for fear of what exactly? Are they afraid some Mexican drug lord is going to kidnap her? Or maybe some of the presidents enemies in this country or even those farther away then Mexico. Given the way this president offends people I guess it’s not such a strange idea.
As usual the problem goes much deeper, because let’s face it life is complex. If we were to start at the beginning we might mention that;
- What parent of a 13 year old girl would allow her, school trip or not, to travel to Mexico for “Spring Break”. Mexico a country the State Department has warned other older students, you know the ones “Spring Break” has meaning for, the COLLEGE students, not to travel to.
- Why are we the people paying for the 25 secret service agents that have to follow around a 13 year old girl and try to keep her safe in what some people describe as a war zone between drug cartels. Law enforcement has given up in Mexico and the cartels are the ones in charge.
- Why would someone encourage their child to pretend to be older than they are? Why would they approve of an activity which is not appropriate for their child’s age?
In the beginning of this mess the fault was laid at the door of those in the new media that wrote about the trip, saying that the presidents children are off limits to reporters. While I understand the sentiment, remember that these children have been on something like a permanent vacations since their father was elected. This latest nonsense is just the tip of the “elitist ” iceberg. Even though Ms Obama has come under fire for her elaborate and expensive vacations, reporters have left the children alone. This time it’s different. This time it’s not her life Ms.Obama’s putting in danger.
One wonders at the parenting skill set modeled by the Obamas. The encouragement to their daughters to “grow up” too soon. To become partakers of a habit that has not only become questionable but dangerous. To allow others to pay for their needs, nay their wants.
So contrary to the White House I will post a story about Malia Obama’s Spring Break Vacation. Here’s a tip though. My problem’s not with the girl, she’s simply a product of her environment. My problem is with parents who are too busy being their children’s friend, which never ends well than to be parents.
Grow a back bone. Say no, you can’t go on Spring Break to Mexico. No you can’t run the roads all night long, you can’t date until you’re 16 unless in a group and you can’t single date until you’re 18. You can’t rob banks, homes, people , or hurt others in any way (assault, rape, murder)
I wonder if this kind of parenting has been around long? By the rate of incarceration in this country and around the world, I think maybe it has.