Government Attacks the Family: Especially the Farm Family

Some Great American Leaders Grew up Working on Family Farms

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U.S. Government Says Farms Hurt Children

The U.S. government has decided that children need to be protected from working on their own grandparents' farms. Yes, with trouble in the Middle East, unemployment at staggering levels and urban unrest heating up again, the government has set its sights on "real" problems like kids doing wholesome outdoor work instead of watching a screen all day. I'm glad the government is telling me this because, unenlightened creature that I am, I always considered 4-H and rural life to be among the greatest parts of my childhood. Stupid me! I didn't realize how dangerous it all was.

Blake Hurst, writing for The American Spectator, reports that one government woman says kids who work on family farms are "robbed of their childhood." Idiot!! I suppose she wants them in the house playing ridiculous computer games all day instead of learning how to care for animals and grow food. The attack on children working on farms is just the latest in a series of government attacks. Dust regulations that shut down grain elevators when farmers need them most and government crackdowns on Amish farmers who provide raw milk to willing, educated and eager customers are a couple of examples. Jefferson's vision of the yeoman farmer surely did not include a suffocating swarm of know-it-all, city-bred bureaucrats.

The federal government, while unable to control our national borders, considers itself qualified to speak on matters of farming, parenting and every other aspect of daily life in fly-over country. The feds want to be your all-powerful helicopter parent—until the day you die! Furthermore, they certainly don't trust you to take care of your own children.

The enemies of liberty almost invariably claim to be promoting safety; however the real issue is control. Liberty's enemies want you to be helplessly dependent sheep with the intelligence to vote for them and obey them, but not to question them. I believe the farm is under attack because farm values are not compatible with the collectivist agenda. Farmers know how to take care of themselves and their communities. Children who grow up caring for plants and animals will have skills and self confidence, making them less likely to need an all-powerful government nanny. Children who are busy going to school and doing their chores will be less likely to have time to participate in the hedonistic culture embraced by the radical left. That is why the government must get those kids off the farm—before they soak up too many traditional values like hard work, marital fidelity and appreciation for God's creation.

Farmers need to get their pitchforks and fight this--I have one in my garage, so I think I'll join them! If you are not a farmer, stand with those who are. Otherwise you may find yourself someday saying, "First they came for the farmers…."

References:

2012 Hurst, B. An Imaginary Dustup? The Incalculable Harm of Regulation, The American, American Enterprise Institute



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4-H and FFA

Among the many clubs kids can join today and the many activities open to them, I still recommend 4-H and/or FFA. Nothing is better for modern kids than learning real skills like producing and preparing food, maintaining small engines, sewing a wardrobe, or caring for animals. In a world where so much of life is now virtual, there is a need for some hands-on work experience.

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hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

"Control" is exactly what this is. I had a major soapbox moment about this with my husband last night. The government doesn't want our children to learn self-sufficency, they want us to depend on them as much as possible. Learning about farming is dangerous. Being a video head and depending on the supermarket to provide, with no clue where it came from or how it was raised makes us good little sheep. I could go on and on about this, but then I'm labeled a kook. :) Anyway, voted up!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

h-h, don't worry about being labeled a kook. We are in good company. Some people thought our founders were crazy to take on England. People also said ugly things about Jesus, Gandi, Martin Luther King, Reagan (about almost every president, I suppose) etc. Kook is just what the sheep and the control freaks call those of us who want to live with freedom of religion, press, assembly, etc. Perhaps we should consider it a badge of distinction!


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katedonavon 4 years ago

i am always disturbed when I read about things like this. I grew up on a farm and feel that I am a better person because of the responsibility I learned at a young age. I had a great childhood and felt sorry for kids who had to live in town.

Fortunately, there also seems to be a current trend for shopping locally and learning about the origins of food, and I think this should be a great boon for family farms.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I also felt sorry for city kids. I used to sit out in the pasture or the woods and wonder how kids lived without acres of land, trees to climb and critters everywhere!


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nishlaverz 4 years ago from N.E England

To many teenagers are sitting on their bottoms playing computers and not going out and even looking for work. Kids brought up on a farm will learn a great work ethic and understand the importance of having to do even the dirtiest of jobs.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Our farmers are some of our best fighters when someone wants to trample on America. Now it's time for Americans to stand up for our farmers! Besides, what parent anywhere wants some high paid bureaucrat in Washington, DC telling them how to raise their children by making executive orders to force any parent to do it the "DC way!"


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

The WWII generation was still largely raised on farms, and they seemed to do quite well. they saved the world, then worked to give the nation decades of prosperity.


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Rhelena 4 years ago

This is well written. We need more people to stand up for what is right. I like how you said to get the pitch forks out.. lol. it is so true though.

I grew up on a farm, and there is nothing dangerous about it. Of course a child can get hurt, but its no different in the city. A child learns to be careful in whatever environment he or she is placed in, and with a little guidance from a caregiver, the dangers are minimized.

Thanks for writing!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I actually read something today in which a doctor said kids are less safe today because they get less active playtime and don't develop the skills and coordination that kids used to get on the playground. Today's playgrounds have been sanitized to the point that they don't let kids do anything really interesting or active.


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jacobkuttyta 4 years ago from Delhi, India

It reminded me of my old days. I learned many things while working at the farm. Life and learning in the farm is better than learning things in the class room. Prohibiting children from farmhouse labour is to be discussed seriously. (Forced labour is to be discouraged.)


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Attacks by the administration on family farms, Catholic schools and hospitals--I wonder who will be next to feel the wrath of the socialists?


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Updated with the latest news, 4/25/2012.


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kschimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Wow, given recent events we could write articles all day long: Government attacks small businesses, government disrespects veterans, government attacks Christians.....scary times in which we live

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