I am a 69-year-old man. During my lifetime I have seen several groups of citizens seek and obtain increased rights. I remember the rights quest like this: civil rights, prisoner rights, voting rights, women’s rights and disability rights. While many citizens were increasing their rights, children have been steadily losing their rights. Consider this: More and more children are being born into single-parent homes. This is bad. Children need the support and guidance of both parents.
More and more children are requiring government assistance for the basic necessities of life. This is bad. Our government cannot provide an adequate living for an ever-increasing number of needy children. Children’s parents must be the primary providers for their children. More and more children have divorced parents. This is bad. The mean spirit that very often develops between divorced parents is not good for children. Children need their own Bill of Rights. This document should give details for a minimum standard of care for a child. Parents who do not provide this minimum standard of care for their children should be treated as lawbreakers. Many of our children have become second-class citizens and this is a crying shame.
David Shaner Wetumpka