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Jack Cafferty wants to beat your children

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Not technically youth sports, but given the amount of bitching about parents that goes on in it, this seems highly appropriate.

CNN’s resident curmudgeon wants to tell you: your kids aren’t that special.


Acknowledging he wasn’t the World’s Greatest Dad when he was drunk and getting divorced from his kids’ mother, Cafferty (pictured above) spins a bad night out to dinner into a symbol of Everything Wrong With America. Apparently we’re in an epidemic of teen pregnancies, school dropouts and underage drinking and drugging because Cafferty can’t get some peace and quiet with his filet mignon:

Exhibit A: My wife and I have just been seated for dinner when the maitre d’ walks over and seats a young family at the table next to us and the kids start carrying on like orangutans on a leash.

The parents are going, “Timmy, that’s not nice, don’t throw your food, stop stuffing your mashed potatoes up your nose.” Are mom and dad having fun yet, picking food up off the floor, apologizing to people like us, and wiping food flung across the table off their faces?

Some parents still have this attitude that their kids are too special to be burdened by discipline. And the rest of us are supposed to put up with their little mutants. That attitude really pisses me off.

I hate to break it to them, but the kids aren’t special, and I don’t have to put up with their behavior. If you can’t control your obnoxious little brats, leave them home.

They don’t belong out in public annoying other people, period. I don’t remember a generation of kids ever so indulged and enabled to behave so badly. What’s going on?

I remember as a kid I was expected to behave myself out in public or suffer the wrath of one very angry father. And of all the things that used to piss him off, those expectations didn’t seem unreasonable. Something’s gone terribly wrong here. My guess is it has to do with the breakdown of authority, the collapse of strong family structure, and the abdication of parental responsibility, dictated in part by the necessity that both parents work.

Before you begin your debate on the veracity of Cafferty’s remarks, please note that his parents combined for 11 marriages, that Cafferty blames his father for making him an alcoholic by bringing him frequently to the neighborhood saloon, and that Cafferty told NPR that he has “a compulsive distrust for authority figures.”

You were saying, Mr. Cafferty?

Written by rkcookjr

March 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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  1. Ok, well I don’t have kids so I will say it. YOUR KIDS ARE NOT THAT SPECIAL. Too many parents who do want to make the adult decision to have them but cannot find the time to raise them are the ones who keep having them. And this crap about childrens’ sports where everyone wins? Just the kind of garbage we need to keep bringing the US to its’ knees. Let’s have a bunch of snot-nosed punks in the workforce who do not understand competition that way we can provide mediocre at best goods and services…oh wait, it’s too late! Great job liberals, pat yourself on the back for being a cancer to society all the while thinking you are accomplishing some great utopian world.

    Ed Nies

    March 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

  2. I don’t have any kids either, but I see my friends who do struggling with things my parents never had to deal with. My mom was home all day, but most of my friends who are parents both work to make ends meet. TV was not such an influence in my childhood- for kids it’s a defining influence that is a wild card for parents to deal with. There is so much information coming at everyone so fast, and it’s shaping our nation’s children. Parents, who used to be THE major influence on their children, are now just one of many. Kids are a lot of work and pretty much a full time job. Don’t have a solution, but blaming liberals or parents isn’t the whole story and it’s not helpful.


    March 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

  3. Part of your response I get, but we are not supposed to blame the parents? Yet another excuse for people to do as they wish with no repercussion. If you can’t raise them, DON’T HAVE THEM! I think about my friends who tell me, “If I spank them, they threaten to call CPS.”. If I had done that to my dad, he would have said, “Well you better call an ambulance for yourself while you’re at it”. It starts early. Establish a sense of discipline and respect. But yeah, you are on to something with the TV thing. That is the babysitter of the new generation. Actions have consequences. If the “poor parent” works too much or is too tired to spend time raising the kid, again…DON’T HAVE THEM. Women need to quit being fooled my men who trick them into having them and men need to step up and be a man if they cause one. All boils down to people not wanting to be responsible for their actions. Save the excuses for Jerry friggin’ Springer!

    Ed Nies

    March 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm

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