It might be a trite expression but children really are our future. Our children are key to the advancement of the ideas and values we hold dear, to what we want our society to look like in 10,20…50 years. For this reason, feeding, nurturing, loving and educating our children is one of the most sacred responsibilities our government has.
The state provides much of the basic support structure our children need in order to grow up into useful adult citizens of tomorrow. We think of sanitation, common core educational standards, access to affordable health care and pharmaceuticals, flouridization of water to ensure strong teeth, education about sexual health and reproductive rights. Whilst much of this basic apparatus simply didn’t exist even a hundred years ago, and has transformed society beyond all recognition for the better, it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. We would like to think our children are well-placed for the future, but all is not rosy.
In truth, the great social advances made by the tireless Obama administration have been more than reversed by Trump and his pack of Rethuglicans. The tragedy is that, if the right president had been elected, we would already be in the promised land. For Hillary Clinton offered our youth a vision of a fair society; a nation of justice, truth, common values; a land where anyone could marry anyone/ anything they wished; where gender fluidity (or none) was a reality; where access to abortion at any stage was every womyn’s right; where not only would the lamb lay down with the wolf but also widows and orphan investors lay down with Goldman Sachs and all would prosper.
Trump stole this beautiful dream and has robbed our children of their future heritage. Like Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown in Back to the Future, Trump wants to send America back to the grotesquely patriarchal 1950s. We forget what a terrible society America was in the 1950s. Novelty black and white postcards of the ‘nuclear family’ enjoying cosy time together and smiling lovingly at each other are propaganda of the worst kind.
The unpleasant reality is that, in the 1950s, womyn were literally being butchered to death in their tens of thousands on a daily basis because they had no access to safe abortion facilities. For womyn living in those dark times, the 1950s was the Greater Holocaust.
We must NOT forget.
We need to protect our vulnerable youth from harmful propaganda. We must instill in their young minds the values we cherish, the right way to think, and how they in turn should bring up their progeny. We have written in the past about how a family audit could address the disconnect between the valuable life lessons our children learn at schools and the racist, sexist, homophobic bigotry they are taught at the hands of oppressive parents. Family audits are helpful to correct the worst of the excesses, but more radical action is to need to protect our children.
We have in mind a state-sponsored youth organisation to train and educate all our children in progressive principles. This organization will be a far cry from the blatantly Christian set-up of many youth organisations today like certain scouting groups. Our aim is for this youth organisation to take its ideas from Hillary Clinton’s election campaign and other progressive thoughts.
Our working name for this organisation? The Hillary Youth.
We demand that the Hillary Youth throw themselves into the national struggle. The Hillary Youth must be tough as leather, hard as Krupp steel, fleet as greyhounds. Weakness must be stamped out. The world will shrink in terror from the youngsters who grow up in our fortresses. A violent, masterful, dauntless and cruel younger generation – that is our goal. There must be nothing weak or soft about them. Their eyes must glow once more with the freedom and splendor of the beast of prey.
This then is how we will save our youth. In time, our youth will be the adult generation, the leaders of tomorrow. Only then will we achieve one people, one nation and one leader (Oprah).