Abusing Our Children With Our Own Bitter Pills
June 1, 2009
By J.J. Jackson
Little Johnny wakes up, the same as he does every morning, to find his father sitting at his bedside. As he wipes his tired eyes his father smiles happily. "Good morning son," he says.
"Good morning father," little Johnny answers.
"Are you ready for your pill?" His father holds out capsule for him to take as well as a glass of water.
"Father," little Johnny speaks up, "I was thinking last night."
"Oh?" his father responds. "That's always a good thing son. Now, take your pill."
"But that's just it father. I have been thinking about these pills that you have been having me take each morning."
His father frowns. "Son, it is best if you really don't think about it much."
"But father, what I don't understand is why I am taking this pill every morning. I don't feel sick and the doctor said just last week that I'm healthy. Plus that pill is so bitter and it seems to get bigger every day. It hurts my stomach. Why must I take it?"
"Oh son, the pill is not for your health - it is for mine. I'm very sick. I have a very bad addiction."
Even Johnny realizes the strangeness of this response. "Then shouldn't you be taking it father?"
Johnny's father laughed. "Oh no, son. This pill is too bitter and too big for me to swallow. If I were to take it I would not be able to stomach it and would suffer great pain."
"But father, that is exactly how the pill makes me feel and you ask me to take it. If the pill is for your health, shouldn't you be the one taking it?" little Johnny asked again. "Me taking the pill for you is not going to make you better."
"Son," his father said leaning in close to him to add emphasis to his forthcoming words, "please don't make me force you to take this bitter pill. You don't want me to force you to take it do you?"
"But father -"
"No buts son. I'm going to count to three. One. Two. Thr - " Before the final part of the word three could pass his lips little Johnny reached out and took the pill, hurled it into his mouth and downed it down with water which only slightly lessened the discomfort. "Good boy."
Now, would we as a society put up with this kind of action from any parent towards their children? Would we let any parent get away with forcing their child to take their own medicine because they simply did not want to take it? Well we do. Every day we do.
Because this is exactly the way the parents and grandparents of this country are treating their children and grandchildren as well as their children and their children's children by living high on the hog, racking up enormous governmental debts they have no intention of repaying and then forcing their posterity to bear the punishment of having to swallow the bitter pill they themselves have concocted because of their own addictions. All because they do not want to take that horrible pill themselves.
Every time you, as a parent, draw a dime from a federal or state government program paid for by the taxes of your children-or that increases the debt load of our country that your children will have to bear and pay back so that you can have some benefit today-I dare say that you are doing just this. You are abusing not just your children but all children of this country. And that is about as sick as it gets.
It is time Americans take their own pills instead of forcing them down the throats of their children. Stop whining about how bitter the pill is and take it. Stop being such cowards and grow up.