On the afternoon of the Sandy Hook massacre, Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew On Call”, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer the wholesale massacre that occurred just a few hours before was the result of a grossly dysfunctional society. Dr. Drew went on to say, “[T]he fact is we have to begin to operate healthy within our families, within our communities, within our states, within our government.”
“It is time for our government and our culture to act like a healthy family. Divisiveness is starting to have its effect amongst the most vulnerable amongst us and it is time to stop. We have to lead our way out of this and we need our leaders to behave in a healthy manner,” Dr. Drew also told Blitzer.
The analogy goes like this --- a dysfunctional family has a higher risk of having dysfunctional children. Those children may grow up without fully understanding what society expects of them, since children learn appropriate behavior from their parent or guardian. Likewise, Americans take cues from their state and national leadership as to how to act. It is that simple. If our national leaders create an environment of chaos, bedlam then results in our communities and families.
Unfortunately, examples abound that prove Dr. Drew’s point.
Recently, a couple from Steubenville, Ohio pled guilty to endangering their children, when they sealed them in plastic storage containers, with only a small hole in the top for air. According to CBS News, the couple, James Taylor and Samantha Taylor forced the children, ages 5, 6 and 8, into the plastic boxes as punishment. The holes cut were just large enough to expose a portion of their faces.
Not to be outdone, a New Mexico couple was charged with child abuse when police discovered an 8-year-old girl locked in a homemade wooden cage in a corner bedroom of their mobile home. NBC News reported the mother, Cindy Patriarchias, 33, locked her adopted daughter in the cage before she took her three other children to the movies. The girl and her siblings have been removed from the home and placed in protective custody.
The question now is how many children have to be abused, abducted, murdered, massacred or caged before our nation’s leaders decide to provide an example of trickle-down parenting. Right now, they seem to only care about the divisive, pointless, non-productive and circular arguing over trickle-down economics.