Another Assault On Childhood
Today it was reported that the State of New York’s Department of Health has decided that games like Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Freeze Tag present a “significant risk of injury” that they must now be regulated at day camps. My question for these bureaucrats is very simple, “are you all out of your minds”?
At one time in this country children could be children. They were not only allowed to go out and play, they were told by their parents to “go out and get some fresh air”. Children in a neighborhood would play from the time the sun came up till well after it went down on a warm summer day. Games were played that they would make up on the spot and create rules as they went along, all the while having fun. Yes, there were bumps and bruises, but nothing that could not cured with a band-aid and having mom kiss the boo-boo.
Today though it seems that everything children want to do have to be controlled by a bunch of liberal bureaucrats who believe that fun is a four letter word. Want to play skip rope? You better make sure that you do it on an OSHA approved closed-cell foam pad that conforms to “Moron Requirement 13. 35. 67.95 of the uniformed don’t have any fun code”. Planning on using that pogo stick? You have to make sure that you have a Department of Federal Stupid Regulations approved Pogo Stick helmet, Pogo Stick elbow pads, Pogo Stick knee pads, Pogo Stick steel toed sneakers, Pogo Stick Kevlar gloves and that your parent’s homeowner insurance policy has the required Pogo Stick endorsement to cover any and all injuries that might result from a catastrophic Pogo Stick accident. But remember, no matter what, have fun!
The President’s wife is running around the country telling the American Public that the nation’s children are plain old fat. Well Michelle, the reason is simple; the government does not want them to have fun! If they were allowed to run around, jump up and down, do cartwheels and just plain act like children they would burn up that extra fat and have a good time doing it! Instead though, the government runs a fear campaign to convince parents that everything that a child does or comes in contact with will cause them permanent harm.
Since I started this post, it has just been announced that the State of New York is going to ease off on these latest regulations that they had proposed regarding children’s games. But, that does not make a difference as far as I am concerned. We have to stop these people before they even think of crap like this.
Only a few months ago we had the nut-job Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) who wanted to require every bicycle to have a license plate in New Jersey. Of course this would have come with a little extra; a $10 registration fee per bicycle. It was only a huge public outcry that got her to retreat on this piece of stupidity.
Right now in Chicago a parent cannot send their child to school with a homemade lunch! A Chicago principle had this to say about it; “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” said Principal Elsa CarmonaÂ. Again, another overpaid, underworked government lackey telling parents that big government knows best.
Why do we tolerate this assault on our children? Why do we tolerate this attack on our rights as parents? Who knows what is best for your child; you or the government? When are we going to stop accepting this intrusion by government into our lives? When are we just going to tell the government that we are taking our bat and ball and going home?