Government at every level often seeks to justify its enacting of laws, rules, and regulations by claiming that doing so is for the health and safety of our children. This is the case even when our children are teenagers and young adults.
Here are three examples.
A crisis exists in the state of New Jersey. It turns out that nineteen and twenty-year-olds in the state “currently purchase about 8.2 million packs of cigarettes per year.” A bill pending in the New Jersey legislature would raise the legal purchasing age for cigarettes and electronic smoking devices to twenty-one. In addition, “almost all forms of smoking materials and devices would be subject to the new law, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipes.” If the bill becomes law, retailers who violate it “would face penalties up to $250 for the first violation, $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for each following citation.” Plus, anyone who gives a tobacco product to someone under age twenty-one “would receive a petty disorderly persons offense.” In a handful of states, one must be nineteen to purchase tobacco products.
In every state of the union, the drinking age is twenty-one, but not exactly because of any federal law that mandates such age. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 (H.R.4616, P.L. 98-363) mandated that the states raise their drinking ages to twenty-one or their federal highway funding would be cut by 10 percent beginning in fiscal year 1988. All of the states compiled. The United States is one of only three developed countries in the world with a nationwide drinking age over eighteen.
On the national level, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to ban individuals under eighteen from using indoor tanning beds. It seems that 1.6 million teenagers tan indoors every year. According to the American Academy of Dermatology: “Exposing oneself to the radiation from indoor tanning can increase the likelihood of developing melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer that kill 9,000 individuals in the United States annually, by 59 percent.” And according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “Over 3,000 emergency department visits occur from injuries related to indoor tanning.”
But in spite of these things, it is clear that the government doesn’t really care about your children at all.
If there is one thing that the government wants American children to do it is join the military. Why do you think the government spends millions of dollars every year to recruit them? A seventeen-year-old can even join with parental consent. But if the government cared a whit about American children, it wouldn’t want them to join the military. This is because enlisting in the military can be hazardous to one’s health, safety, and morals. Here are just ten examples.
1. Hundreds of male soldiers suffered wounds on their genitals during the Afghanistan or Iraq wars. Some lost their penis. Ouch.
2. Soldiers march while chanting filthy and violent military cadences.
3. One in three women in the military will be sexually assaulted.
4. Male victims of sexual assault in the military outnumber female ones.
5. Female sailors on submarines are sometimes filmed in the bathroom and in the shower.
6. There are 4,493 U.S. soldiers who died for a lie in Iraq and 2,358 U.S. soldiers who died in vain in Afghanistan.
7. There are over 58,000 U.S. soldiers who died in Vietnam to get their names inscribed on a wall.
8. Hundreds of military personnel and veterans commit suicide every year.
9. Some soldiers die in training accidents without ever even seeing combat.
10. The world’s prostitution industry is dependent upon the young men in the U.S. military.
Don’t look to the government to protect your children. Protect them yourself. And at the top of your list of ways to protect them, write down this: Keep them out of the military.