4. They’re advocating child labor again.
What’s the matter with kids today? According to a number of conservatives, they’re not being put to work in factories and farms. Child labor, one of the moral blights of 19th-century America, is increasingly popular on the right again.
Child labor laws do not permit children under the age of 14 to work in non-agricultural settings. That is “truly stupid,” Newt Gingrich said last year while running for the Republican presidential nomination. Children aren’t learning the proper “work habits,” said Gingrich, who proposed firing most school janitors and giving the jobs to underage minority children instead.
Republican Senator Mike Lee has called for abolishing federal child labor laws (although he says he isn’t opposed to state laws). Lee said that labor and manufacturing are “local activities,” not “interstate commercial transactions.”
“This may sound harsh,” said Lee, “but it was designed to be that way. It was designed to be a little bit harsh.”
Arkansas congressional candidate Tom Cotton also believes in child labor. “We need more young people who’ve worked all day in the fields, not less,” said Cotton during his 2012 campaign. Cotton won his race and now serves in the House of Representatives.
As the Germans said, Kinder statt Inder, or children instead of Indians.
The time to learn good work habits and skills is when you are young and curious and energetic. And a kid who has some tough summer job is going to appreciate school and learning much more than a kid who spent the summer mashing buttons on video game joysticks or sitting around texting and absorbing Jewish media poison in it’s various forms.
And imagine how great it would be for local employers to be hiring local kids, instead of Mexicans. If they reform these stupid child labor laws, local people should definitely pressure businesses to hire local kids instead of Mex and Guats.
April Gaede told me that in California in the 1980’s, the whole point of “child labor laws” was to take those jobs (sorting and packing fruit) away from American teenagers, and give the jobs to Central American immigrants.
Employers function as extra parents as well, teaching discipline and good habits in a way that would be resisted by kids if the biological parents did it. The English would do “child trading” precisely because of this effect — kids will obey a non-parental adult more readily than their biological parent.
As if I didn’t have enough reason to hate liberals, I hate them even more for all the summers my daughter spent bored at home when she could have had a job. Liberals gave those jobs to Mex instead, the swine. The few times I’ve been able to give my daughter some kind of compensated employment, she was so proud of herself to be making a little money and doing something useful. But no, liberals deprive children of the work experience, not to “protect” children, but to give the jobs to Mex and Guats instead.
Liberals “protect” children from summer jobs and from happy, same race, opposite sex, two parent biological families. Such “good” people, aren’t they?