Weekly Roundup: I Believe The Children Who Are Forced To March With Obscene Signs Made By Their Narcissist And Borderline Mothers… Are Our Future Edition

“If mass school shootings were the only form of gun violence in the United States, the case for treating the regulation of firearms as a pressing policy issue would actually be fairly weak.” That’s the brain trust at New York magazine explaining to us why we need more gun control even though violence in schools has “collapsed” over the past decade. The article also parrots a talking point that is getting a lot of traction lately: we shouldn’t have cops in schools, because cops in schools tend to arrest children for crimes and those children are overwhelmingly nonwhite. Naturally, this current iteration of The Narrative conveniently ignores the fact that nonwhite children are also disproportionately victimized by criminals in their schools — so when you take cops out of those schools, you are encouraging the child predators who make life miserable and even dangerous for the kids in the school who want to learn.

The New York piece makes the unpleasant but accurate point that school shootings, tragic as they are, do not rise to the level of statistical significance in a country with 325 million residents. Still, as Rahm Emanuel once said, you should never let a serious crisis go to waste. That’s why the “March For Our Lives” had no trouble obtaining eight figures’ worth of funding, including two million bucks from the Clooneys, Spielberg, and Jeffrey Epstein. It’s also why only about ten percent of the people marching were actually kids; the rest of the marchers were simply the usual progressive slacktivists who turn out for everything from gay marriage to Trump protests. Since this march was supposed to be about the kids, however, some children were compelled to attend. Which is where I start to have a genuine issue with this manufactured event and the people behind it.


We live in an era where the innocence of children is under attack from all sides. We expose our children to video games, tablets, and other Internet-connected devices from the age of two forward, even though there is no effective way to prevent them from being exposed to inappropriate or frightening content. There is an entire subculture on YouTube devoted to tricking children into watching disturbing or frightening material, often of a sexual nature. Very few people have any scruples nowadays about letting their children come into contact with all sorts of adult-oriented media. Last but not least, of course, as the American middle class falls into poverty more and more children will be put at risk as a result.

Yet all of those threats are external. We may fail as parents to prevent them, but we are not creating them. On the other hand, when we create obscene, combative signs and force our children to hold them at public rallies, or when we convince our children to act in a political cause that gratifies our own biases — that is tantamount to child abuse. Children are not political creatures. They are not politically aware. Even as teenagers, they are insufficiently mature to make political determinations. They do what they are told. They naturally trust adults to protect them, not to put them on the firing line. When we force our children to espouse our own political philosophies and then to march in the service of those philosophies, we are abusing them.

My son is eight years old, going on nine. He has no political opinions. He has never spontaneously said “Fuck the NRA” or “Fuck Trump” or “Fuck (INSERT NAME OR ORGANZIATION HERE).” He is not a Democrat, a Republican, a libertarian, a patriot, or a progressive. He is a child, and he will be a child for many years to come. If I went to a march or a protest, I would leave him at home. He is not simply an extension of my ego, my self-identity, my personal brand. He is his own person.

Some time ago I realized that I would eventually have to give John retroactive veto power on the things I’ve written about our relationship. When he is sixteen, he may not want his friends to be able to go back and read about him racing go-karts or riding motorcycles. That decision has to be his. Otherwise I’m no better than A.A. Milne, whose son was permanently traumatized by Winnie The Pooh and his father’s failure to connect with him in real life. Children have boundaries that need to be respected, ranging from the physical to the editorial. When we turn them into footsoldiers of our political protests — when we tell them that obscenity and confrontation are perfectly acceptable in the service of the “right” cause — when we rob them of their own self-determination — we are little better than the people who looked the other way as thousands of British children were molested by “grooming gangs”.

This guy, on the other hand… hey, he’s out there speaking his own mind without reservations. I might not agree with him, but I can’t say that he is using children to further his agenda. In fact, I’m kind of looking forward to the day he puts his plan into action. If you’re feeling froggy, friend-o, you should jump. Leave your high-visibility jacket on, why dontcha.

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At TTAC, I considered a rather mysterious brake “system” and reviewed the 2017 Audi 2.0T Quattro.

For R&T, I argued for a new luxury brand and suggested that you start your trackday career with a front-wheel-drive car.

Brother Bark wrote about the New York show’s greatest misses.

Do we have time for a song with a few caustic notes on “protest culture”? Yes we do! See you next time!

46 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: I Believe The Children Who Are Forced To March With Obscene Signs Made By Their Narcissist And Borderline Mothers… Are Our Future Edition”

  1. Hogie roll

    These children’s rebellion against their communist brainwashing will be a beautiful thing to behold.

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  2. stingray65

    I agree 100% with you Jack, involving children in the violence and bad language of leftist protests is certainly child abuse. In marked contrast I don’t remember any bad language or violence at the tea party protests, nor any trash or vandalism in their aftermath, so there are family friendly ways to get involved if you are on the right side (literally and figuratively) of the political spectrum. On a related note, however, I also wanted to bring up another form of child abuse – teaching your child to be afraid of guns and dogs. I meet so many children today that are absolutely terrified of both, and they are missing so much by having that fear instilled in them.

    When I was a kid my 2nd favorite toy was toy guns (1st was toy cars), and I have many happy memories of my father teaching me how to safely and accurately shoot a BB-gun and later a 22 rifle and shotgun, and going pheasant and varmint hunting with him. I became pretty darn proficient with firearms, and learned to greatly admire the technology and craftsmanship of a fine gun. I also love dogs, and as a child was taught by family members how to safely interact with dogs and not be afraid. I also don’t remember any of my family members swearing in my presence growing up. If you want to do something good for your child, watch your language, get a dog, and take them to a shooting range or out hunting. Doing these things will help your children learn how to be responsible, well-rounded, and happier citizens – in other words the exact opposite of what those poor kids in the pictures above are learning.

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  3. David Florida

    C’mon Jack, you know that our ‘froggy’ neighbors will expect the 5-0 to do the jumping. You know, the ones who kill & imprison too many minority citizens? How’s that coalition with BLM coming along?

    I fully expect to live for another three decades, but I despair of seeing evidence of intellectual development on the Left in the remainder of my lifetime…

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  4. Duong Ngyuen

    Don’t people realize that kids will do anything to get out of class?

    Additionally, I think kids are going to have some serious issues when they realize their childhood was “shared” over social media and they had no say in the matter…

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  5. BlueOvalDave

    this is clearly child abuse but I also fear (as I think Jack does) that this is also linked to the kaballistic pedo agenda by making children appear as rational “adults”. And then you see what they are promoting with the staged behavior of Mr. Hogg. will the Actors Academy be honoring him next year? He is being promoted by their co-opted media as being more rational and forward thinking than any true adult.
    All per their grand plan. The only thing personally I can do to find consolation is really read the Bible. Happy Easter

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    • CJinSD

      The only material difference these days between the Democrats and the establishment Republicans seems to be this one issue. Do you want to remove constitutional limitations on governmental power under the belief that you’ll be among those living as royalty? Vote for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell! Do you want to remove constitutional limitations on governmental power under the belief that you’ll be among those living as royalty while raping children? Have we got a party for you!

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      • BlueOvalDave

        I can’t get too wrapped up in the left vs. right paradigm. It is really the Hegelian Dialect pitting two supposed opposites to achieve the wanted goal. There truly is no difference between the 2 parties when it comes to end goal. I think right now we are in a globalism vs. nationalism dialect. End goal of course is one world gov’t with banker/elite ruling class. and they happen to be pedo’s among other things.

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        • JustPassinThru

          It is a two-sided dichotomy.

          Not the way it’s presented.

          It’s the Elite Insider Party versus the Working-Citizen Coalition.

          The Elite Insiders pretend to be of two opposing parties; they are NOT.

          One side pretends to be what this nation was founded on: Limited government, protection of individual rights; preservation of Constitutional protections.

          They are not. CLEARLY not. The spending orgy that they inherited, and have now upped a notch, proves this.

          The other side pretends to be “for the Working Man.” I don’t know how Open Borders, Gun Prohibition, restrictions on vehicle use, energy use, private-land use; and immediate votes for those Instant Citizens who came in illegally, is for the Working Man…but that’s their meme.

          What they demonstrate, is the power of Moar Free. D-Means-Free. Learn it, live it, love it. Vote D, early and often.

          That’s their purported stance. What they DO stand for, is GROWING GOVERNMENT. More; more powerful; more intrusive.

          They ACTUALLY are for Tyranny. Collectivist tyranny.

          So the Elite Insider Party has two factions – call them the Fabians and the Communists. They both want “Transformation” – it’s just a matter of how much, how severe, how fast.

          Who is outside? Us, the traditional Middle-American citizens in Flyover Country. We don’t count.

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  6. Spud Boy

    The latest hero of the Left who we’re supposed to let make gun policy is a foul-mouthed, 17 year old pencil-necked dork with a B average.

    As Jordan Peterson would say, learn to clean your room before you deign to re-architect society.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      That little pillow biter is becoming a major pain in the ass. He thinks the second amendment is BS, but clear back packs for students is a violation of his first amendment rights. I would ask that he at least read the amendments before he makes stupid comments as he has so far. But I must admit, watching the left beat up each others pet cause’s; BLM fighting antifa, pussy hat wimmen fighting LBGTXYZ, etc, does warm the cockles of a curmdgeon’s heart. It seems they can’t focus on which movement is the most important to them, so they jump from one to another.

      As a wise man once said; If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

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  7. Fred Lee

    I’m in complete agreement with this. I’ve always been disgusted when kids are coerced into carrying signs that support their parents’ political biases. Unfortunately this tactic is used by parents in misguided service of nearly every “cause”.

    Yes, right now the shrill voices are on the left, but that’s a change in the last two years. I’ve seen quite a few abortion clinic protests with kids carrying pictures of aborted fetuses. I’ve seen parents parading their kids in pro-gun and anti-Obama shirts at gun shops. Since it’s not clear these days whether the labor unions are republicans or democrats, I suppose it’s fair to mention the kids at union picket lines complaining about “living wages”. Hell, my parents were all too willing to parade me in front of our church at “confirmation”, despite that I had no business being “confirmed” as a pre-teen or whatever (for what it’s worth, I’m an atheist and was then as well).

    I suppose all parents try to mold their kids in their own image. Good? Bad? Did your kiddo pick karting and bmx entirely of his own volition? I’m not sure what the right answer here is. Parents involve their kids in their activities. I suppose it might be better just to hold your kids’ hands rather than draping obnoxious signs around their neck or dress them in rainbow t-shirts or rambo wife-beaters.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I agree with you… I don’t think children should be trotted out for anti abortion or pro gun marches either. And with regards to what my kid does… he chose BMX himself, I was against it because I had been injured so often doing it.

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      • -Nate

        “I agree with you… I don’t think children should be trotted out for anti abortion or pro gun marches either. And with regards to what my kid does… he chose BMX himself, I was against it because I had been injured so often doing it.”

        Children need to be engaged but not used as tools .

        At least _you_ are honest here, I’ve been continually embarrassed by so called ‘conservative’ folks Children being endlessly used as foils , I see lots if dishonesty here about this fact .

        Firearms safety training should be mandatory and done early on so Children learn they’re not scary just tools, dangerous tools like chainsaws, tractors etc. that must always be respected and never glorified .

        -Nate

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  8. tyates

    I was raised by hippies and commies and two protests come to mind – marching against the first Iraq war (1991) and participating in nuclear freeze protest (probably 87). Now that I am older and understand both of those situations better, I do believe I was on the wrong side of both those issues and I am disappointed with them for not being smart / strong / secure / etc to realize quite how much kool-aid they’ve been drinking for so many years. My best line about the election and my family is “Trump elected, wealthy white womyn hardest hit”.

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  9. John C.

    On the Audi, it was interesting comparing the ubiquitous 2.0 turbo with the eta engine from BMW in the 80s. Think a difference might be the high weights today. The 80s 3 and 5 series were such lightweights. I am surprised there wasn’t any pushback in BMW dropping the eta when the 10 percent heavier E34 5 series debuted for 1989. Less torque, less mpg, with more weight and revs needed for the many using them for business travel and choosing the automatic.

    On the protests, the aesthetics of the marchers are never a plus. In Albert Speer’s book he told the story how Hitler wanted Luftwaffe search lights brought in to Nazi rallies to take peoples eyes off the drunken overweight sots that were the parties functionaries. Even Hitler did not have confidence in the aesthetics of his master race.

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    • CJinSD

      The etas were dropped because they were becoming truly uncompetitive. All but the 1988 model 325 had 121 hp, and that isn’t much even for 2,800 lbs of car. The ‘super-eta’ of 1988 may have had as many as 127 hp. The cranks weren’t strong enough to support higher engine speeds while meeting durability standards, although many a BMW hot-rodder combined the eta crank with the M20/2.5’s camshaft and intake to create a 190 hp E30.

      What we’re seeing today is what happens when Nazis are defeated politically instead of militarily. It isn’t pretty.

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      • John C.

        The eta always fascinated me because the Germans actually doing their own American style engine. Not just hoping their too small engines could maintain the high revs necessary. For example, the 88 2.7 eta engine was at 2000 rpm at 70 mph, the 89 2.5 was at 2800rpm at the same 70. However it was probably inevitable that the Germans would get back to their comfort zone.

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        • CJinSD

          I had an ’88 325 5-speed with a 2.93 axle ratio. Some of the earlier etas had 2.70 axles, IIRC, which may have given the mph/rpm you’re listing. My car needed almost 2,300 rpm to reach 70 mph in 5th. The E30 325is had a 3.73 axle ratio, so it probably would have turned almost 3,000 rpm at 70 mph.

          I lived in the Netherlands in 1984. There was an E28 525e with the 2.7eta engine that was one of the best selling BMWs of the time. Fuel economy was king, and it was certainly a more satisfying drivetrain than that of a 518i. Soon tax policy would force high mileage drivers into diesels, and that may have been why there was no follow up to the eta. In the US, we simply stopped caring about fuel economy because there is more known oil every day. BMW gave us powerful and refined gasoline engine and they gave Germans toxic compliance garbage. With direct injected gasoline engines pumping out particulates while running as smoothly as diesels, its toxic compliance garbage for all now.

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  10. Suto

    Hogg somehow bullied several large companies to drop sponsorship of Laura Ingraham, after she pointed out that Hogg was complaining about not getting into some college with a high rejection rate. How dare she criticize a SURVIVOR…

    One of the companies boycotting Fox News is Progressive Insurance (Ironic? Coincidental? Obvious?). Anyhow, are there any car insurance companies that are not google/facebook level converged I’ve never watched Ingraham, but I can’t abide by a large company that would so eagerly be cowed by that loudmouth idiot.

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  11. James

    YouTube is a creepy place for children.

    In Seattle, an activist-womyn family has been in the news, for sad reasons. The photos run by the news sites–pulled from social media, one assumes–of the two mothers and their six adopted children wearing matching t-shirts at the then-current protests du jour turned out to be good predictors, if you knew how to read them.

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    • CJinSD

      It seems like there were warning signs aplenty, but the people who should have been looking out for the children were more concerned about the utility of the womyn.

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    • BlueOvalDave

      that whole story is sick. I think that data mine is pretty deep. I’ve only seen a few pictures but that was enough. On top of that one of the boys was prominent at some protest hugging a cop.

      the programmers must be toasting each other with glee.

      read Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare by Hoffman. then all of this stuff looks like a TV show.

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  12. dzot

    Equally sad is the lesson these children are learning: Being a victim leads to praise, status, and power. They will now seek that out for the rest of their lives.

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  13. Jeff Zekas

    Well stated, Jack… wasn’t there a Bob Dylan song, “Only A Pawn in their Game”?… only now, the pawns are the leftist propagandists and their puppets in the media.

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  14. Ronnie Schreiber

    I wonder how the parents who made their kids carry those signs feel about parents who send their kids to Christian or Jewish schools.

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    • BlueOvalDave

      I suppose they think it is child abuse. But having gone from Catholic school to agnostism to atheism to fundamentalist Christian I don’t look back at my background as abuse but rather a good childhood and foundational learning experience. I just can’t see the above kids having the same outcome.

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  15. ASWOJoe

    Thoughts on the latest incarnation of the gun control movement:
    – I really respected the more honest, original name, of “Handgun Control Inc.”
    – The idea that the motive force behind this is children not feeling safe at school is ridiculous. If there was a non-negligible risk of a student being shot at a school, what parent would send their child there for 8 hours a day? This is akin to studies which purport that our colleges are awash in sexual violence (the oft-reported “1 in 5 women” statistic) on par with sub Saharan Africa, where rape is employed as a weapon of genocide.
    – These young men and women have voluntarily placed themselves squarely in a hotly debated topic of both public policy and morality, thus forfeit the protection accorded their status as minors. The whinging on this point by their defenders is intended to permit them to be used as “human shields” for the gun control movement. This is as despicable as it was predictable.
    – The morally stunted who can’t or won’t exercise their obligation of self defense in the face of violence are evolutionary dead ends who exist only at the forbearance of those comfortable with violence. They exist because we allow it, and will end when we demand it.

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  16. silentsod

    The general coarsening of society and increase in public obscenities is not doing us or our children (a clone will be birthed in November or so if all goes well) any favors.

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    • -Nate

      @Silentsod ;

      Congratulations ! .

      Another Scorpio on the way .

      This will be the hardest job you’ve ever loved .

      -Nate

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      • silentsod

        Thanks, Nate. We’re excited/nervous as this is our first and I am trying to figure out paths forward to making the transition from married with no kids to married with child(ren).

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        • -Nate

          The primary things to remember are :

          #1 you’re the _Parent_ not their friend .

          #2 _Never_ lie, not even *one* white lie ~ this can be very hard at times but if you want your Children to grow up as good well balanced Adults it’s very important .

          -Nate

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    • CJinSD

      Why you no fret about poisonings? Maybe you just don’t understand that you’re a bigger troll and reprobate than people who know what the death toll for abandoning the Bill of Rights will be.

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      • -Nate

        Yep ;

        Those suicides are mostly White Males, you know, like you who don’t understand nor care about cause and correlation .

        Your ignorance and hate are going to cause us to loose Firearms rights, not any ‘gun grabbers’ who don’t actually exist .

        -Nate

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        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          Nate,

          Given that 36% of Democrats currently support repealing the 2nd Amendment I think times have finally changed in that regard.

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          • -Nate

            We’ll just disagree then .

            I know many Democrats and few are the whackos everyone who doesn’t live in “commifonia” thinks they are .

            I’m serious when I say Firearms safety and training should be mandatory .

            I grew up long ago when the NRA was actually concerned with helping American Citizens learn to shoot and handle firearms safely, hell ~ they’d even get you a nice used (! non torch cut !) 30.0 M1 Garand rifle for $35 once you took the class and learned what every Weapons owner needs to know .

            I don’t want Americans to be restricted, I want them to BE SAFE .

            -Nate

  17. Booty_Toucher

    Seeing kids with those signs makes me roll my eyes, but let’s be honest, most of the kids who aren’t holding signs are being exposed to the same rhetoric and political conditioning, albeit within their own homes. Most of us share the same politics as our parents well into adulthood. And that goes for both the left and the right.

    I do disagree about teenagers not being capable of having political ideologies. Teens are much smarter then they’re often given credit for, particularly older teens. There are plenty of teens whom I would trust voting or making other political decisions compared to the general adult population.

    And on that point, I think it’s pretty shameful the way some media outlets, as well as commenters in this very thread, have attacked the students from Florida. I mean, really, if you want to debate the policies they’re promoting, fine, but attacking them personally is in really poor taste.

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