Max Hastings at the British Daily Mail has had the courage to describe the rioters who have been burning the UK for the past several days–a courage not seen in any other British media outlets that I’m aware of.
He described the source of the fodder for these riots that have gripped half a dozen major British cities: “Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters.”
Hmm. He hit two birds with one stone there. He not only described these rioters, but told us what created them. Everyone knows a core component of liberal dogma is Marxist class envy, so it should be no surprise to us when we hear young people reveling in property destruction who tell us
It’s the Government’s fault, conservatives. It’s about showing the police we can do what we want…It’s the rich people, people who have got businesses. We are showing the rich people we can do what we want.
Yes, even though liberal Tony Blair ran Britain for most of the last decade, things suddenly got bad overnight and the evil conservatives decided to deprive these youth of their glorious socialist utopia. Sure. But by golly, those evil rich people who have been taking money out of the pockets of the poor and spending it on cigars and cognac, now they’re finding out that the lower classes can “do what we want.” Since those evil rich people have been robbing the poor by taking their property away from them, now it’s time for the poor to exact some revenge by destroying the property of the rich. That balances things out in the Marxist mind, doesn’t it?
Sure. In reality, it has all the logic and facts backing it up as the sentiments of an average spoiled kindergartener. It’s no wonder Hastings says this:
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others.
Our welfare situation isn’t as bad as Britain’s (I lived in England for three years and have seen their welfare state up close first hand), but we have a great deal of those elements in greater or lesser degrees among many of our youth and too many of our adults here in the United States.
Having worked in management in a major corporation, I’ve had opportunity to interview (and sometimes, mistakenly hire) a number of such people: barely capable of dressing appropriately for an interview, incapable of showing up on time with any consistency, ever-seeking any excuse to “call in sick,” displaying a poor attitude, and unwilling to do a good job for their employer. The only thing that gets them excited are those “instinctive animal impulses.”
So how do human beings end up behaving this way?
A key factor in delinquency is lack of effective sanctions to deter it. From an early stage, feral children discover that they can bully fellow pupils at school, shout abuse at people in the streets, urinate outside pubs, hurl litter from car windows, play car radios at deafening volumes, and, indeed, commit casual assaults with only a negligible prospect of facing rebuke, far less retribution.
All of this begins, of course, at home with parents who have either swallowed the “let your child determine their own morality” bunk completely, or they’re just too consumed with themselves (careers, personal recreation, or something worse like their own addictive behaviors) to bother teaching or instilling any discipline in their children. The effect is then fostered and amplified by a disengaged community and public education system.
I’ve been out of law enforcement for many years now, but even back in the early 1990s we were reaping the fruits of 10-20 years of parents “raising” children with little or no discipline, often left to raise themselves for the most part (they were called “latch key kids” back in the 80s…and just “regular kids” by the 90s). The crop was coming in, not only in the form of poor academic results, teen suicides and emotional problems, but in alarming levels of teen crime (drinking, drugs, theft, vandalism, assault, rape, etc.).
Now that generation of self-raised children are raising and have raised yet another generation that knows even less of civilized behavior, and the second generation seems even more “bountiful.”
We here in the United States can choose to point smugly at these out-of-control British young people…but we would do well to remember how often the American Left insists that our country needs to follow in Europe’s footsteps. We also shouldn’t forget the Rodney King riots of 20 years ago; or the death threats, property damage, employment fraud, and general childish and self-centered behavior we saw in Wisconsin in the past year as the unions were de-fanged.
What’s more, look at what has happened in the last week here in the relatively “small town” South Dakota city of Rapid City. Last week, a 22-year-old young man opened fire in broad daylight–right in front of a church and five blocks from Wal-Mart–on three police officers, shooting all three and killing two of them.
The Rapid City Journal reported that this 22-year-old (whose own violence boomeranged on him) had a rap sheet of 17 charges in the last four years that he had pleaded guilty or no contest to (it was not reported how many others he might have pleaded “not guilty” to). Four of these were for assault, with of the assaults committed against a police officer and another of them committed less than six months ago. I cannot tell you just what kind of childhood this murderer had, but I guarantee you it was not one where morals and discipline were taught to him with words and deeds from his elders.
My fellow Americans, we are reaping what we’ve sown and what we’ve allowed to grow. Liberals sowed (and the rest of us sat silently on our rear ends and let them do it) the seeds of greed and an entitlement mindset, and now we have a class of people (like those on display in Wisconsin a few months ago and in England now) who feel entitled to whatever they can get away with at your expense. Leftists sowed (while the rest of us said nothing and did nothing) the seeds of license, lack of discipline and immorality, and now we have a class of people who feel entitled to do what they want and blow you away (even if you’re a cop) if you interfere with their desires.
If we want to get our country back on the track of the successful one we knew for 200 years, it’s time to get into the fields. There is nothing we can do as citizens about the bad seed that have already been sown in our society; we’ll just have to harvest and separate them as best we can. But we can be busy firing the sowers of bad seed and clearing them from the fields of our public policy. We got a good start on that in 2010, but there is much more work that needs doing for 2012.