Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Lack of Consequences

Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem
To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction~ Part of Newton's Third Law of Motion

A couple of days ago I was watching the View, and they were discussing a famous person's refusal to pay child support. The members didn't know the circumstances under which the child was conceived so they were speculating. Ms. Goldberg said under certain circumstances she didn't think a man should be held accountable for the child. In other words, if he didn't intend to conceive the child, he shouldn't have to pay child support. Her point is that some women trick men in the bedroom. The other members of the View disagreed. Ms. Hasselbeck held up a sign that said "If you lay, you pay."

There are some aspects about Ms. Hasselbeck's politics that I don't agree with, but she is a pro-life proponent and believes in the welfare of children. Ms. Goldberg and myself do not agree on most things especially this one.

I'm sure that there are some women who "trick" men, but they are very few and far between. More often than not there is a failure in the method of birth control. Society in general and Ms. Goldberg in particular seem to believe that we should not be held accountable for our actions because of our intentions.

This logic doesn't make sense. If a man goes in to rob a bank with a gun without the intent to use it but ends up shooting a clerk, is he not accountable for robbing the bank with a gun? Should we excuse him since he didn't intend to shoot anyone? Certainly not. He knew what he was doing was wrong (unless he was insane like Jared Loughner clearly was, which is something else entirely).

I suppose that a man not fully in-charge of his faculties should not be held responsible for a child conceived. This to me is rape, which is different. Ordinarily, most men make the choice to have sex. To say that sex is devoid of the consequence of conception is silly. There is always a chance, always. He knew this, or should, and should be held accountable regardless.

If you lay, you pay.

Society would have us look the other way about actions. "We'll give free access to contraceptives and abortions to all women, but let's ignore the fact that women and men need to be held to a higher standard of accountability. Oh, and don't worry, we'll find a way to finance all this while the market keeps nose diving." I've known a young teen who got pregnant again and didn't know what STD she had was. I imagine after her first pregnancy she was told about the birds and the bees but ignored it. Some people never will learn.

Or "Let's give gays the right to marry, and force people who object for religious/moralistic reasons to accept this. We'll take away those religious bigots rights to decide whom to serve." The first Amendment is thrown out the window.

Or "Let's take away the rights of parents to decide what morals to teach their children or the right to enter into a place of business."

At some level are they not expecting some sort of back-lash? Do they really think people are going to roll over and play dead? Do they really think that their actions are pure without repercussions? Eventually all this legislative nonsense all in the name of lack of consequences will blow up in our faces. Unfortunately it will take down our country too.

1 comment:

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