If you encourage them to act like dolts, they will

The other day I was having a conversation with someone that was telling me that we make kids grow up way too soon these days, and was absolutely baffled at how little this person really knew about what things really are like. When I pointed out that for countless generations, and millennia, due to the simple fact of life expectancy being low, kids became adults – they had their own kids, joined the work force, went to war, and had responsibilities and achieved great things – and did so in their early teens, I got a dumb ass look. being a typical lib, the person immediately went to the whole child labor and abuse theme, so I pointed out one of my favorite characters in history – Alexander the Great – had practically conquered the world by the time he was 23. More invective and nonsense, about how expecting children to be responsible, work, or act like adults before they are in their mid-twenties, followed, and the person almost dismissed me for telling them that the problem we have is exactly the opposite of what they believe it is. Our “children” are far less capable, responsible, and far less likely to want to be productive adults, because we no longer expect or encourage that. So queue the fact that we have more of these idiots that think the answer is to let them be even more irresponsible:

Now that the federal courts have spoken on “stop-and-frisk,” many people think teens in our community have less to fear from the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Far worse can happen to a child after being stopped.

In his State of the State address Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said what needed to be said: New York’s juvenile justice laws are outdated.

Every year, almost 50,000 16- and 17-year-olds are prosecuted as adults in New York State, and more than three-quarters of these charges are for misdemeanors like shoplifting and marijuana possession. Some 70% of the children arrested are black or Latino, as well as 80% of those incarcerated.

As Cuomo reminded us, now is the time for a change. The New York State Legislature needs to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility, and they need to do it this year.

Yeah, that’s the ticket! Lets tell them we will expect even less from them until they are way, way older. I am sure that will encourage them to act more responsibly and be more productive members of society. Fuck, I hate stupid, stupid people, and the people that have dumbed down society while pretending they are doing it for good and noble reasons.

Our kids, most of them, because some still manage to rise above the cesspool we have told them is the swimming pool they have to be dunked into, fail to grow up because we have failed them. How sad. When you promote bad behavior, you will get more of it. That lesson is a simple one to grasp, but one that the left seems to completely be immune to.

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  1. Miguelito

    I say, embrace it. Go right along. Make sure that you agree people need a few more years to mature and follow any gains with “improvements” to the bill. i.e. If they want to raise the age of adulthood for crimes from 18 to 21, then make sure to also raise the age to vote the same. Then follow up that the age to drink should be similarly bumped from 21 to 24.

    Then pop the popcorn and sit back.

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  2. Hal_10000

    I don’t think they should be mass-processing 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, especially for bullshit like possession. There is a huge amount of evidence that all this does is turn them into lifelong criminals (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/15/throwing-children-in-prison-turns-out-to-be-a-really-bad-idea/). And there is a racial component here. Rich white kids busted for pot get treatment; poor black ones get tried as adults and sent to prison where they learn to be better criminals. I don’t agree with raising the age of responsibility but I don’t think we should be lowering it either.

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  3. AlexInCT *

    I don’t think they should be mass-processing 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, especially for bullshit like possession.

    I don’t think they should be processing anyone for pot possession. It’s a waste of time. If people want to bake their brains, I say we let them. Only make sure all users know there will be no safety net to cover their asses when the shit goes wrong. The one objection I have to drug use, which is the same one I have for alcohol consumption or smoking, before someone asks, is that you do it all on your dime. I don’t want to pay for any of that shit or the consequences of it. Your rights stop at my wallet.

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