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Writer targets Republican push for parental rights: 'As Republicans long for a strong figure in power, they imagine the same figure in every home'

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Sarah Jones, a senior writer for Intelligencer/New York Magazine, has written a piece titled "Household Tyrants" that takes aim at the political right's push to elevate and defend parental rights.

"As Republicans long for a strong figure in power, they imagine the same figure in every home. Subject of a household tyrant, the child has no freedom. They had little enough at all: Their right to an education, to independent thought and action, has historically been secondary to their parent’s preferences. The GOP, with the Christian right behind it, would restrict them further, even if it places them in danger of neglect or abuse," Jones wrote in her piece.

"To the GOP, the parent exists to enforce the party’s will, as though the parent is simply the local arm of a national entity," she wrote.

"The GOP is the party of parental rights because it is increasingly anti-democratic. It has become the party of ruthless, cynical power, and children aren’t exempt from its schemes. In fact, they’re key," Jones declared.

People on Twitter sounded off about the writer's assertion.

"Media liberals really have no idea what lunatics they look and sound like now. Absolutely no contact with the outside world," one person tweeted.

"THIS IS THE STUPIDEST THING I HAVE SEEN ON TWITTER IN OVER A YEAR," another tweet declared.

Jones noted the negative reactions to her piece, tweeting, "this appears to have pissed a lot of people off, to which I can only say, lol."

She also tweeted that she spent years as a homeschooler — she wrote that "a pair of God-fearing complementarians" homeschooled her for eight years.

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