Steve A. Stone
Dear Friends and Patriots,
For a long time now I’ve been contemplating the odd preoccupation we see in our society on other peoples’ children. It’s historically unusual; an aberration. There are reasons for it. We all need to think it through to fully comprehend the “whys” of it. I believe I have a few hints, though I’ll never claim to have “the” answer.
For those of us who are grey-haired, bald or balding, paunchy, slow of pace, a bit stooped, and otherwise showing our true age, there are certain memories we carry of conversations with our parents. We all have them. They are important in understanding our parents, their points of view, and even those of our grandparents. After all, we are the sum of multiple generations of experience, assuming we took advantage of the presence of our elders and carried on good and meaningful conversations. For those who didn’t, you probably understand now that you missed out on something of infinite value.
One day at work (I worked for my father for almost five years) I heard a customer lamenting about some young people who were engaged in an anti-Vietnam War protest on a college campus somewhere. The customer’s comment was, “These damn kids are going to ruin this county. It’s all going to the dogs!”
The comment intrigued me. After the customer departed I asked my father if he shared the viewpoint just expressed. He said he wasn’t sure, “Maybe. I don’t know. We won’t know for a few years.” That answer impressed me. My father seemed to understand just how hard it is to comprehend history as it happens. Events are stand-alone. They can only be fully understood in a greater context of other events and time. I asked him, “Dad, what did you hear when you were my age? Did Grandaddy’s generation say the same kind of things about young people back then?” Back then – that would be the late 1920’s and the 1930’s. My father thought a moment, then replied, “Yeah, I heard the same things then. I’ve heard that kind of comment all my life. People always point their fingers at young people and say they’re going to ruin the country.”
When reflecting on today I try to refrain from finger-pointing. I try to understand the general phenomenon. I’m old enough now to think I have a few clues, aided by my father and his forebears. What those comments were about had to do with a universal truth – young people, in their efforts to establish their own separate identities, tend to reject their parents, the values of their parents, and that of overall “adult” society. They tend to always declare the older generations corrupt and the cause of their own difficulties. I saw it when I was growing up. I experienced it. I’ve seen it ever since. The phenomenon seems to be a natural part of every person’s evolution, to one degree or another.
Have you ever heard a saying that goes, “When you’re 15 you’ll think your parents are the dumbest people on the planet. By the time you’re in your mid-20s they’ll surprise you by how much they’ve learned”? I heard that in one of my psychology courses. It speaks to the incredible hubris of youth. The young are energetic and always seem to believe their capabilities are far greater than they are. The young have all the answers – just ask them. The world would be far better off if those between 16 and 30 ran the planet. That’s a point of view that may not be overtly stated by people in that age range, but it’s all too commonly held. Yes, I was one of those, too.
My point is, it’s a natural tendency of the young to rebel. That tendency wanes as we join the work force, marry, raise our own children, buy property, and … pay taxes. Life’s experiences tame us, train us, and give us a greater appreciation for our parents. We find out that life is hard and challenging, and only then do most look at parents as a source of inspiration instead of irritation.
I believe what I’ve described above is essentially the natural way. It’s the way humans are wired. But, today I sense something is wrong. Something is interfering with nature’s way and it’s screwing up society just as those old people used to predict. Today, if one complains that the young are going to kill our nation we know there’s a truth there. We see ever-less capable young people entering the work force. We know colleges and universities now offer remedial courses to ensure students actually know how to read, write, and do simple math. Young people can’t read cursive handwriting. They can’t make change at the store unless the register tells them how. We see training schools set up to teach young people very basic work skills. In the work environment we see young people who can’t seem to understand the first important skill every worker needs to know is how to show up on time. Is our country going to the dogs? Maybe it’s just me; maybe it’s a sign of my own age, but I hear those dogs howling all day and all night now.
My assessment of all this is based on personal experience and pointed observation. Education is partly at fault. Our public schools manifested the imprint of progressives back in the 60’s, when I was in high school. By the early 80’s that imprint was showing up in elementary schools. The first intrusions that could be seen were in social studies. US History was increasingly tailored to the untraditional views of Howard Zinn. Science courses increasingly pushed evolutionary theories in everything and … environmental concerns. Even English courses were affected, with more and more emphasis on the writings of Marxist-oriented poets and authors. It seemed there were occasional complaints from parents and education interest groups, but not many. Do you wonder why?
At the same time the progressives were invading high schools in a big way there were changes in federal laws that were to alter some very basic notions of our culture. Social welfare programs had a remarkably negative affect on the entire concept of nuclear families. Two-earner family units became the norm. Those phenomena were reflected in TV shows we watched, where single parent households and two-earner income households were portrayed as normal and common, when in fact, they weren’t. There was a social backlash in the early ‘70s against June Cleaver, Margaret Anderson, Ruth Martin, and Donna Stone. If you don’t relate to that last sentence, you need to do some study. The rejection of the “mom at home” stereotype became total. Women were almost required to pursue careers. The rise of the first and second wave of the Women’s Rights Movement pushed for the rejection of the old and adoption of the new. It was sold as “women’s liberation.” Was it? Or was it truly a rejection of the idea that children need parents who are present and engaged in their lives? Was the true objective to liberate women or to initiate the destruction of the innocence of the young? It’s a thought worth your time.
The “dumbing down” effect of the decline in performance standards in our schools cannot be denied. If you understand the 29 June 2023 Supreme Court decision in Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President And Fellows Of Harvard College in the right way, you’ll understand the incredible results of that dumbing down process. The issue in question was Affirmative Action and whether or not such schemes are Constitutional. We have to peel that onion to fully understand it. Affirmative Action was created to deal with the notion of racial imbalances in education. The concept being promoted by Affirmative Action was – America is a racist society and the only way minorities are going to see true fairness is if they are given advantages in admissions and in job selections. “Given” is the key word in that sentence. Affirmative Action sought to replace merit as the primary consideration for advancement in American society. The Supreme Court was 100% correct in their decision to strike it down. Now, we’re left to consider the truth that if the issue wasn’t brought against Harvard and that university’s overt discrimination against Asian applicants, the issue might never make it to the SCOTUS. We are a black vs. white-focused society. Affirmative Action was an overtly racist policy that was put into place specifically to increase the percentage of black students in colleges and universities. Asians weren’t part of the original complaints or thought process. Now, it seems, our Asian minority population reacted in legal ways that return us toward Constitutional rule. Ask yourself why.
Asian families tend to be more traditional. The majority of them are hard-working strivers. They tend to emphasize financial responsibility and advanced education as their preferred means to get ahead in America’s society. Young people in Asian communities are usually kept on a short leash. The expectation of their families is they will study hard, learn, and become responsible adults. That’s no longer the expectation of any other major group in our nation. Asians who live in Asian-dominated communities transplanted the ethos of their homelands and tend to reject much of the trappings of America’s culture that isn’t considered acceptable according to their traditional culture. In other words – Asians, on the whole, don’t tend to be socially progressive. What’s been the result of their own culture – their young people seem to be amazingly smart when compared to average American kids. In California, which outlawed Affirmative Action several years ago (odd to think about, isnt’ it?) there are several colleges where Asian students are in the majority. If Harvard had accepted students strictly by merit, it would also have a majority Asian student population.
Are Asians smarter or do they just work harder? Do they have any natural advantages, or do they just outwork us? That’s a dumb question, really. The proof is obvious when you examine the cultural norms of all the various ethnic communities of our country. Asian parents, as a distinct group, tend to emphasize merit in their children’s upbringing. They ensure their kids learn good habits, work hard, and continuously strive. That used to be the very same ethos that dominated our nation since its colonial days. Official government policies and actions since the mid- 1960’s have intruded into our culture to the point that Asians, who never bought-in to progressive ideology in the home, are now considered unusual and socially backward.
The success of Asian young people when compared to all other groups is all we need to contemplate to understand how far progressive policies of our federal and state governments have promoted the decline of our national culture. The pure truth is – Asians aren’t succeeding nearly as much as the rest of America is failing.
So far, I’ve covered a lot that involves policies and the effects of those policies. I haven’t talked about “the whys.”
To destroy our nation as a merit-based Constitutional republic was always the goal of the progressives, and it’s the current goal of the globalist order that has virtually subsumed the progressives. Our nation is the biggest target of the New World Order Cabal. I’ve written on that subject extensively. The mechanisms employed against us touch on every aspect of our society and culture. We are engaged in total warfare, with one exception. It’s not a shooting war, but the result may well be the same as if it is. The social warfare we’re engaged in today will determine if America, as a nation, lives or dies. The key to it all lies in whatever we decide as a society we’re going to do about our young people. The old natural way has been subverted. We can’t wait for the young to mature and grow into socially responsible adults. That is not the future that’s been engineered for them.
Years ago those enemies of western civilization (yes, it’s not just us) determined that to succeed fully they had to intervene in the natural maturing process young people experienced. They understood that to do that they had to develop a replacement social order, then intrude into the structures that affected the maturing process. That meant – home life, education, skills training, jobs, and relations between various distinct components of society. It also meant replacing all notions young people had of families, marriage, and personal identity. Interference with the “natural way” became one of the main areas of focus for those whose intent is to demolish our nation. I challenge you to think of all that and analyze what you’ve seen in your own experience.
Today relatively few children grow up with a parent at home full-time. Relatively few children are taught fundamental principles and their importance. Relatively few are pushed to excel in academics. Relatively few are pushed to read as a means to increase their personal knowledge and awareness. Relatively few are taught to understand the value of merit when compared to the exercise of legal rights. Too many children today are denied proper support as they grow up. They are virtually abandoned by parents and grandparents. They learn progressive, Marxist, socialist, and communist oriented principles in their public school experience. Only those who have a very strong religious focus in their lives are exposed to natural principles; the very same principles that inspired our nation’s founders. In a very real sense, for the past 20 or 30 years our children have been emotionally, intellectually, and philosophically starved. My contention is – it was all done for a purpose.
No nation can survive long if it loses control over the hearts and minds of its young. When the young turn against a nation’s past – the value systems of the nation’s older generations – and instead promoted any ethos not founded in natural law and principles, the prevailing culture of the nation will surely die. That’s the precise situation America finds itself in. We are a culture in decline, and unless actions are taken immediately to reverse that course, our culture, our society, and the nation we used to know are doomed.
We see things every day that we don’t connect. We see the various aspects of “wokeness.” We see the negative effects of National Common Standards on the abilities of our young people to succeed. We see the intense interest of the LBGTQQ++ community in the young. We hear the subtle and not-so subtle messaging of contemporary media and entertainment. We see and hear the effects of gender confusion. We read and hear of initiatives of our government that are aimed at allowing children to have total autonomy, even in their pre-teen years. We see the continual governmental emphasis on abortion. We see the purposeful promotion of social division. We tend to think of all those various things and more as crazy, but what we don’t tend to do is understand it all as parts of a whole.
The true bottom line is the enemies of freedom understand the path to their goal of total subjugation of all peoples of the planet depends entirely on their success in capturing and controlling the minds and actions of the young. They, as a demographic segment of society – are the biggest targets, and have been for well over 30 years. They are subjected to decades of propaganda and ideological conditioning to ensure they have no will to fight for arcane notions of freedom and liberty, as understood by their elders. In the past it was normal and natural for young people to gravitate back toward the lessons they learned from their parents. That’s no longer true. Today’s past two generations appear likely to be radicalized for life.
If we’re to be “woke,” let us be woke to who our enemies are and how they work. If you aren’t actively fighting for the future of your children and grandchildren, then you’re allowing them to be converted into weapons that are being used to destroy us all.
Get involved. Don’t abandon the kids. They are in desperate need of our attention and efforts. Without us, they will have no chance. Without them the nation has no chance.
Steve© Steve A. Stone
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