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  •  People also have legal duties regarding other (0+ / 0-)

    property such as cars (where they leave them), cows (where they wander), dogs (whether they trained). Even how their lawns are maintained can be regulated by law. Ownership and obligation are not inconsistent. If children are to be removed, the parents are entitled to legal representation to protect their rights. Children sent to detention for minor crimes aren't. Nor, for that matter, has the  U.S. ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. There is a good reason for that. We don't recognize that children have rights. If we did, parents could not give school personnel permission to beat them with a paddle.  That the law supports corporal punishment, as a matter of routine and especially in prison, which provides the predicate for what the rest of the world considers torture is not pleasant, but denying it won't make it go away.
    The commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is an aspiration that has never yet been achieved. But, we are making progress. It's what we are moving forward towards. Perhaps when we start respecting children's rights, we won't have a million runaway teens a year.
    Humans make poor parents, perhaps because they perceive it as an all cost/no benefit experience. Which is probably why most successful societies have invented reward systems to encourage good parenting. In Canada, for example, the community provides a monetary stipend for each child. In the U.S. it is considered progress when parents are enabled to ensure (pay for) health care for their children for five more years. In Africa, it is not only common knowledge that "it takes a village" to raise a child, but historically, it was the mother's brother who shouldered the obligation to provide material support for her children. Wich makes sense since, until recently, it was difficult to identify the father, but the whole village knew the mother, even if she happened to die in childbirth.
    "Families" in the U.S. is a euphemisms for authority. "Family values" is a euphemism for parental ownership, especially on the father's part.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 01:53:42 AM PST

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