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Watching TV Leads to Premarital Sex So Please Be Careful
This week, the legislators that we elected to go to Boise and make decisions on our behalf, spent time working on a measure that would “urge” the FCC to enforce standards of decency in TV programming. This action was taken up by the Idaho State Legislature because Republican Darrell Bolz, of Caldwell, feels that people watching television programs that portray premarital sex contribute to people engaging in premarital sex. Do what!?!?!?! You’re kidding me?!?!?!
Let’s examine this bureaucratic leap of logic that is both a waste of time and tax payer money.
We will begin with my weekend plans. I plan to go watch the movie “Olympus Has Fallen” on Saturday. It is about the White House being taken over. I think it is pretty safe to say that by watching this movie I will not have an overwhelming urge to organize a Coup de tat of the United States Government. However, if we employ Representative Bolz’s line of thinking, my watching this movie could potentially lead to this exact outcome. Two words; crazy talk. Perhaps I need to watch the movie twice for it to really sink in? If this is true then I have watched the movie Taken about 20 times, so perhaps buried deep down inside of me I have some amazing Liam Neeson courage and abilities?
A very popular evangelist advises people to guard your thoughts. Before you can do it in real life, you have to do it in your mind first. I agree with this assertion, but only to a certain degree. Mental imagery is powerful, but I doubt it is powerful enough to cause an adult’s morals and values to do a sudden 180 on either a conscious or subconscious level. Notice I used the word “adult” in the previous sentence. Children, on the other hand, are a product of their environment and are heavily influenced by what they see and hear. I think a strong argument could be presented that if a child is brought up in a home where it is acceptable to curse, odds are the child will curse too. The same could be said of many other types of positive and negative traits and values. With this in mind, if Representative Bolz’s proposed legislation was directed at protecting children, then he is still off the mark because do we really believe the government can and should pass that laws that dictate all households are required to be rated G?
Let’s take our discussion in another direction.
When you include both broadcast and cable television, most of the programs televised are not intended for children. This is a fact that most every parent either knows or should know. If you didn’t know that, then now you do. Please don’t let your kids watch The Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men. They deal with adult humor and are not intended for children. A few years back I was running a FOX station in Texas. One afternoon I received a call from a lady upset about the FOX program Family Guy. The lady was completely taken back when I agreed with her on every level and concluded by saying, “You are right. The show’s content is not suitable for kids.” However, when I asked her why she allowed her kids to watch a program that began with a parental warning she became defensive and initially said she didn’t know what they were watching and then recanted and said she allowed them to watch the show because it was a cartoon. She also said she had never seen the show prior to the previous weekend. I then replied, “So if I understand this correctly, you are mad at me because you did not properly supervise your children.” She did not like my response.
Ok, we need to slow down.
Folks, the problems that the youth of today face are almost 100% based on the lack of parenting that takes place in the home. You can play the blame game if you want, but it has virtually nothing to do with TV, video games and the Internet, and almost everything to do with parents, or should I say “Life-Creators” for the people who made kids, but do not want to be actual parents.
As the parent, YOU make the decision to allow your kids to have an X-Box. As the parent, YOU make the decision on what games your kids play on that X-Box. Why, because it is YOU who pays the $60 for the latest edition of Mortal Kombat. With the exception of the 17-year old who has a job, my kids are broke. What they have, I bought. So, back to where I was going. As the parent, YOU made the decision to allow the Internet into the home, and YOU are also the one who is responsible for making the rules on how it is used. As the parent, YOU are the one who brought the TV into your home. Again, YOU should be the one deciding what content you allow into your home. The last thing we need is more growth in the ever-expanding Michael Bloomberg Nanny State. In my house, my wife and I will decide what is and is not appropriate for our children. Not the government. As I said, I have a son that is 17. He is old enough to watch a show like South Park. On the other hand, my daughter that is 12 is not allowed to watch programs like South Park. On top of that, she knows that if her parents were to catch her watching that program, she is going to be in trouble. Most kids are great. I am lucky enough that all 3 of mine are well behaved and know right from wrong. Even still, when it comes to my kids Ronald Regan’s words ring true; Trust, but verify. We choose to watch our kids closely, but what you do with your kids, short of abuse and neglect, is your business.
Speaking from the position of a television broadcaster, how is it my responsibility to raise your children? How is it my responsibility to be the disciplinarian in your home? For that matter of fact, how is it the responsibility of television networks to raise your kids? Go one step further. How is it the responsibility of the FCC to raise your kids? Sure the FCC can set rules and all, but it is your responsibility to raise your kids and filter what they see and hear. Not the government.
It is no secret that I am a card carrying member of the Republican Party. The party I endorse speaks to smaller and more limited government as well as personal responsibility. Perhaps Mr. Bolz needs to stay true to the ideas of the party and concentrate on his own morality and leave mine the heck alone. Republicans, you can’t chastise Michael Bloomberg for limiting the size of fountain drinks and then turn right around and say you want to limit what I allow inside of my home because it is not in line with your own personal morals and values. Last year, I made a to cut back on soft drinks. I did it because I wanted to do it, and not because the government told me to do it.
The FCC rules currently in place are just fine Mr. Bolz. The FCC does not need additional help from you or the Idaho Legislature.
If you feel that a TV program is inappropriate, then change the channel or turn the TV off. If you want to go to an extreme, get rid of the TV completely if you feel you need to in order to protect your family. The same can be said of video games, internet, music and even books. But please, whatever you do, do not ask or allow the government to raise your kids. Mrs. Clinton; I do not need assistance from either you or “The Village” to raise my children. I got it this. Besides, when I was a kid all of the moms in my “Village” had an agreement. That agreement included carte blanche as relates to spanking any and all misbehaving kids. This may sound draconian today, but my best friend’s mom, Mrs. Allen, scared the living daylights out of me and I never stepped out of line at her house. For that I say thank you Mrs. Allen and thanks for reading this blog.
PS – This week I heard some advice that I think is spot on.
Life is in balance when you have three things:
1. 1. Work to keep you busy
2. 2. Someone to love
3. 3. Something to look forward to