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No, your children are NOT angels

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A few years ago when my youngest was under 2 years old, I went to pick him up from his daycare late in the day. He ran to me as usual and I picked him up. I quickly noticed human bite marks on his arm. I calmly asked the teacher what happened and she informed me, clearly nervous about my potential reaction, that another child had bit my son. Still calm, I asked why. The teacher informed me that my son had pushed the other child down and took his toy.

The teacher was clearly afraid I would go off on them about it protecting my kid from the “bully,” and, as I found out later, that’s because that is the normal reaction of parents. I simply looked at my son and said, “I’d have bit you too!” My son was actually the one being a brat, and he got bitten for it. Served him right.

Last week, Dave Urbanski of The Blaze reported about 17-year-old Danta Wright laughing in court as his murder victim’s mother tearfully tried to read her statement to the court. The sad disregard for life and lack of empathy for this mother who’s life he destroyed is bad enough. What makes ME crazy is that his mother decided to make excuses for him, saying that his laughing is part of his “mental illness.”

Mental illness? Ok, I might buy that. But if he was that mentally ill, why was he out roaming the streets instead of home? Where were YOU mom? Why was he in a position to kill someone?

Back in 2015, a young man named Adric White held up a Family Dollar store. A licensed concealed handgun holder walked in on the armed robbery and shot White, defending the lives of the people White was threatening. This was the 2nd armed robbery for White in a month. When it was over, White’s family said the CHL holder should have “minded his own business.”

Minded his own business? Really? Their son held up a store at gunpoint and their response was that the hero of this story should have “minded his own business?”

Guess what? If they had done a better job raising this young man, the hero COULD have minded his own business, which I’m certain he would have rather done anyway.

Michael Brown is another example. His thug mother has been in trouble with the law plenty, and naturally she made the cop her son viciously attacked after robbing a convenience store out to be the bad guy instead of recognizing her son as the thug he was.

Hey, parents! Take some responsibility for your own actions and recognize your children make mistakes too. When they do, chastise them accordingly. When you don’t, they end up becoming a Michael Brown or a Danta Wright!

I know some people will think this is a racial or economic issue, but let me point out to you all the white, middle to upper-class kids joining Antifa and causing mayhem in the name of imagined injuries. Thugs are thugs, no matter what their racial or economic background.

Discipline your children! That’s part of parenting. Too many people today aren’t interested in parenting, just in breeding. Parenting in today’s me-centric culture is ugly and leads to people who have no place in a civilized society. Don’t like it? Too bad. The truth doesn’t stop being the truth because it hurts your feelings or those of the kids you failed to discipline growing up.

I refuse to let my kids turn into thugs like Antifa or your garden variety criminal. It will be interesting to see in 15 years if those parents who used to get mad at the teachers at my son’s school over the fact that their kids were bullies, will be proud of what their kids have become.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. SummerShine (@SilverSummerSun)

    August 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Thank you. I’m a Mom, Grandma and high school teacher. I’m not quite sure what is happening out there, but we have a current generation of students who are less confident, less responsible and less ambitious than any I’ve seen in over 20 years of teaching.

    Example: In an AP Studio class I was teaching I pushed a variety of different materials and approaches knowing that having experience in a wide range would make students more employable. Two different sets of parents took me to task for their students’ failures to turn in ANY work. One girl only wanted to do cartoons-and not original cartoons, the other one had an inflated sense of her own importance. With the first parents I stressed that I was trying to help the student adapt by having a range of abilities. The mother then told me in no uncertain terms that her child was raised to start at the top and that she was going to succeed by doing the same unfinished cartoons she had been turning in as project. Even my very liberals and normally reticent student teacher was aghast. It seems nobody is expected to pay their dues anymore.

    Even marginal students have parents filling them daily with affirmations of their abilities. And heaven help the teacher who dares question the work ethic of a student because outside of school is time for everything except studying. No wonder Russian and Chinese kids are kicking ours butts.

  2. Earnest

    August 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Nothing like good old fashioned personal responsibility when it comes to issues like this, Ben. When you don’t correct the child when they are young & teach them right from wrong then you end up with a bunch of entitled hellions. Well written & cosigned!!!

  3. renadee

    August 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    On #LivePD last night, there was a mother of an 11 year old and a 13 year old who probably had spoiled them all their lives. Now that they are teenagers, she can’t do anything with them so when they got into an argument over a bracelet, she called the police. That’s our America now!

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Is the Republican Party racist?

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Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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Kevin Swanson: Christian persecution is a good thing

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Kevin Swanson Christian persecution is a good thing

On the January 5, 2018, Generations podcast, Kevin Swanson points to the recent Oregon Court of Appeals ruling in favor of a lesbian couple who were emotionally distraught that Sweet Cakes By Melissa would not honor their same-sex wedding by making them a wedding cake. As a means of business transaction, the state of Oregon basically told its citizens that they must enter a private contract with certain parties just because they happen to be gay and want them to honor their marriage or anything LGBTQ related because they have “rights.” If someone wants to honor God’s Law and God’s Holy Word, you should not have the power to force them to sin against God which the state wants many Christians to do. The LGBTQ jihad have successfully destroyed a family-run business in Oregon.

As we all know, Christian persecution is nothing new but especially in America. It just seems to be magnified thanks to the LGBTQ/Rainbow Jhaid being the progressives ‘imperial stormtroopers.’ Swanson points out the times in which Samuel Worcester (who sided with the Cherokee Indians who did not want to abandon their lands thanks to President Andrew Jackson who wanted the lands to mine for gold and helped usher in “The Trail of Tears.” Lest we forget that Jackson used blacks as slaves and as his own prostitutes), Everett Siliven (a Nebraska Baptist pastor who had to shut down his church-run private school for children because it was not “licensed” by the state), and Randy Alcorn (a pastor sued by Planned Parenthood for “transpassing on their property” because they wanted to encourage women not to murder their unborn babies) lived in the persecution they had to deal with.

They may be footnotes in history, but they really should not be. It is the testimony of how the State wants to take God’s place in this world, and do whatever it wants regardless of who it harms for their respected personal gains. Compared to what? Jackson and company getting rich at the expense of displacing Native Americans? Giving up Christian education because you’re not licensed by the state and sending children to the government-run monopoly to become the next useful idiots for the pagans that rule the world? Or being able to murder pre-born babies so you need not worry about the procreation part of sexual relations?

Christians can’t be cowards in any day and age. If we don’t stand for God, then the pagans would have then and now scored victories against God and his Holy Law, in their attempts to break free of God himself and earn salvation on their own. Many people have died for the faith and they have been allowed by the Grace of God to be remembered. Other people have come to Jesus because of the people that gave their lives and freedoms for the Lord. In that sense, persecution is a good thing.

Reference

Inevitable Persecution for U.S. Christians

https://www.generations.org/programs/836The family bakery in Oregon lost their appeal, and now they are forced to surrender $135,000 to a lesbian couple for not supporting their wedding. Christians who believe even the most rudimentary Christian truths have fallen into the very slim minority, and are persecuted as such.  We go through the history of Christian persecution in the United States from Samuel Worcester in the 1830s to Everett Siliven, Randy Alcorn, and other familiar names of those who have suffered for the faith.

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