Parents Need To Go Back To Beating Their Kids
Like pretty much everyone else this week, I bought a copy of Grand Theft Auto V.
And as you might have heard, it’s quite possibly the greatest video game ever made, and it also does an unbelievably good job of skewering our country’s vapid, self-important, and lazy society.
In the handful of hours that I’ve gotten to play the game, my absolute favorite thing that I’ve seen in it, is that one of the main character’s son (who’s in his late-tees or early 20′s) has a tattoo on his neck that reads: “Entitled”.
You can probably imagine how annoying that this character is in the game if you haven’t played it yet., and I assure you, he most certainly is.
Rockstar Games did a bang-up job in making him an amalgamation of that pompous, horrible generation, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that I despise this character, because I HATE teenagers and young adults in their early 20′s with the power of a thousand suns.
I know, I know.
That just made me sound like your stereotypical, bitter old man who thinks that “youth is wasted on the young” (and it is, and I am) but you can’t possibly tell me that how most people that age act nowadays doesn’t make you want to strangle each and every one of them.
If you disagree, and think I’m being all “GET OFF MY LAWN, YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPERS!”, perhaps what I’m about to tell you will help to persuade you to my way of thinking about these spoiled brats in that age group.
In case you didn’t hear of it yet, there was a blood boiling story out of upstate New York that made national headlines this week in which former NFL player Brian Holloway’s Labor Day weekend was ruined after he discovered that hundreds of teens had busted into his home for a massive “Project X” style party which caused thousands of dollars in damage.
While Holloway was in Tampa trying to launch a new business venture, his son spotted Twitter and Facebook updates about the party, and since then, the former Patriots and Raiders offensive lineman ended up re-posting many of the photographs that these scumbag teens were taking of themselves and the party on a website called HelpMeSave300.com in an attempt to “teach our kids to be accountable.”
Rather than doing what I would have done, and that’s having each of them prosecuted to the fullest extent, or murdering each and every one of them in their sleep.
Anyway, he estimates there is $20-40K in damage, including smashed windows and glass doors, an “enormous amount” of graffiti, urine-soaked carpets, and holes in the ceilings. On his website (which he referred to as a “warning disclosure”), he asked the entitled, selfie-taking monsters who did this to come to a picnic for veterans at the home and help clean it up. “These 300 lives are in real jeopardy,” he said. “Why don’t you help clean it up, let’s turn it into something good. Because I don’t want this place to be remembered by the scar of this ridiculous situation.”
Guess how THAT got received?
Well, according to Brian Holloway, not only has just ONE teen and parent come forward to help him clean up the damages, he’s now BEING THREATENED WITH LAWSUITS FROM MANY OF THE PARENTS- saying that he’s spoiling their kids chances of getting into college.
Holloway, who’s a father of 8, told The New York Post, “You would not believe the calls that have come in, threatening to firebomb me or hurt or sue me – any manner of things.” He went on to say, “Some complained that this will ruin their kids’ college plans. Others have threatened me, saying ‘Take my kid’s name down, or I’m gonna press charges against you.’
Oh, and even though he’s turned over all of the photos as evidence to the police, no arrests have been made.
Ok, so maybe my anger is misdirected.
Maybe it’s not “Generation Entitled” that I should hate, but the idiot parents who helped bring them into this world and make them feel like they’re special and that they can get away with murder with absolutely no repercussions. I dunno, they’re both equally terrible.
Actually, what I think I REALLY want, is for parents to go back to being able to beat their kids when it’s deserved without worrying about getting ratted out by nosey neighbors and having the state coming to take their “precious little angels.”
Folks, this story, and the fact that these scummy kids will no doubt get away with it without even a slap on the wrist, is indicative of all the “time outs” the “talking about feelings” and pharmaceuticals that have been shoved down kids throats for fake disabilities like ADHD as pseudo-punishments for the past 20 years, when all that they’ve REALLY needed is a good ol’ fashioned beating.
Now look, I’m not condoning beating up kids just for kicks; I’m not a sick, twisted sadist.
No, what I want is for that generation to know that there’s a cause & effect.
A payback for horrible behavior, if you will.
Do you even KNOW what I would have had to have dealt with if I was a part of this at that age?
Not only would have I been marched right back down to Brian Holloway’s house for a face to face apology, I would have been made to pay for damages, and help repair this guy’s home.
All of that after my dad would have smashed me in the face with a right hook, and all of it would have been my rightful punishment.
If you disagree, quite simply, you’re wrong and part of the reason why teens and young adults (if you can even call them that) act the way they do nowadays.
Just take a look at Twitter, instagram and other social media sites. You’ll see the trend towards “I can do anything I want and there is no punishment from anyone.”
Parents give out what punishment will be in advance and kids decide if its worth breaking the rule and then most of the time, they are only punished for a few minutes, if at all. Parents have put their lives on auto pilot, often ignoring the signs of their kids going down a bad road until its too late, rather than paying attention and doling out REAL PUNISHMENT when it’s warranted.
Go ahead, you touchy-feely parents who think that your kid is a special little angel. Keep doing the wonderful job you’re doing raising a generation of entitled brats who act like the world owes them something.
Because the next call you get, might be that your kid is dead because you didn’t care enough to pay attention to what they were up to, or perhaps more accurately, because you didn’t teach them the difference between right and wrong, and that actions like trashing some stranger’s house should have serious, violent repercussions.
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