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MSNBC, You Don't Own My Kid


Screenshot form recent MSNBC promo with Melissa Harris-Perry (Photo: MSNBC)

MSNBC apparently believes your children aren’t really your children. In a recent promo, they claim that investing billions more than many other industrialized nations hasn’t produced any real results because we aren’t viewing our children as community property.

I suppose this is inevitable.

Once upon a time,  people were treated like people.  Businesses didn’t have “Human Resources” departments, they had “Personnel” departments.  People aren’t a resource, they’re human beings.  A tree is a resource.  Coal is a resource.  Oil is a resource.  People are individuals who have a right to be treated like people.

Apparently, MSNBC doesn’t believe that.  They believe that my two children, an 11 year old son and a one year old daughter, are somehow the property of the community.

“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children.  Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility,” the promo says, going on to add, “We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children.  So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

So, how do they figure that my kids belong to the community?  Were they the result of the union of their mother and myself?   Of course not.  We did that.  It is our responsibility, as it has been the responsibility of parents for countless generations, to raise them to be good, decent human beings.

Some species do raise their young through a community.  Some cultures probably do as well.  I don’t give a flying flip.

The root of this idea falls from the same tree as all socialism falls from.  You see, our kids belong to “the community” because all people belong to “the community”.  All are equally entitled to the fruits of our labor, and are equally responsible for the burdens of another.  We are supposedly the property of everyone else.

I reject that.

It was not the community that felt the labor that brought my kids into the world.  It was not the community that encouraged my wife through those two deliveries.  The community wasn’t who got up at 2 am to feed them, or changed their diapers.  No, this “community” wasn’t anywhere to be seen.

I have no issue with that though.  The community had no stake in it.  There was no reason for them to be there.  After all, they’re my kids!  You don’t own them.

It’s like the people who believe that my newspaper is community property.  “You owe it to the community to cover this kind of news,” they say.  No, I don’t.  I owe it to myself to run the kind of stories that will attract readers.  I need those readers to make myself money.

Folks, you don’t own a soul.  The days of owning other people died a long overdue death in the 19th century in this country.  I don’t own anyone, and no one owes me a thing except in a handful of specific incidents based on either mutually agreed upon contracts, or fraud on the other person’s part.  That’s it.

My kids?  I don’t even own them.  They are people I am charged with taking care of and teaching until they can utilize ownership over themselves.  They are not property, they are people.

Maybe someday, the folks at MSNBC will comprehend that.

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