I have read all of the posters up to this point in the thread and in my opinion NOBODY gets it!!!
J Pat or Sullivan, or whatever name you would like to be referred to, you are the one who does not "get it"! I have seen your name in the police news many times and you have been through the Monroe County Court system more than once. In fact, you have spent time in the Monroe County Jail system also. I believe you do not know what the "cure" is or what the "problem" is. You have not been rehabilitated nor have you been honest and forthcoming with this audiance of posters or any other audiances.
[/quote]We have taken the authority away from parents and redirected it to the responsibility of government who turn around and charge us as taxpaying citizens for the authority taken from us to raise OUR children.[/quote]
The Court system is in place to protect Children from parents like you. If parents like you could be rehabilited then the court system would not be forced to be the bad guy. It appears you are crying to loudly when you refer to the courts.
[/quote]We have further compounded that problem by" guting the authority" of our teachers and even the police officers for fear of legal reprisal.[/quote]
You have compounded your own problems by asserting your "preceived authority" on those in opposition to you. Your apparent disdain for any authority other than your own is alarming to say the least.
[/quote]It is a vicious and agenda based cycle that can only be remedied by a return of real authority to the parents as the first line defense against the societal ills we try to foolisly stave off like the liitle boy sticking his fingers in the hole of the leaky dike and running out of fingers ($$$$) before he runs out of holes to plug./quote]
I think to many parents like yourself have slipped through the court system and that is why we continue to have over crowding in our jail systems. When children are abused, they grow up to be abusers unless they have a desire for change, which you do not have. Therefore, you can not be rehibilitated. You have to seek change.
[/quote]Promote parental involvement and ENCOURAGE and ENFORCE the rights of BOTH parents to be parents of their children and you may see different and positive results occur that are less costly.[/quote]
If both parents are mentally functional, by all means, they should both be involved! I think you spend too much time laying the blame for your actions on other people.