Since we've all gone off to work and allowed the State to raise our children, should we be surprised that our own children have embraced the State?
Oh, blather on about the hypocrisy of the Left and the Media. I don't see the point in any more self-satisfying observations about the outrageous duplicity of our overlords. They mean slavery for you and I, but not for them.
We may not be able to turn this tide from the top down, since it got its votes from the bottom up and now controls the vote count as well. I hate to think of myself as a pessimist, opting rather for the role of likely realist. And I'm as likely as the next to soar on inspiration and belief and urge others to it, but the ground and gravity will win out, I fear.
So let's go to ground and make it our ally.
I found myself mulling all of my own fine recommendations for the job of au pair. I raised one fine son, why not another's? Music, art, and classical literature, bi-lingual, up-to-date on computer technology (except for BlackBerry. Crap!) and a more-than-casual Judeo-Christian theological background. Why not rock another's cradle and raise up a leader or at least a voter? And who has the sort of money to pay me my worth and keep me in comfort and security while I do such a dastardly deed? At this rate, only a government employee.
I am sure they would be delighted to see many once-prosperous and well-educated Americans doing the important work of raising their children to at least be able to read and write, do math, and hold a knife and fork correctly. If anyone understands the failings of the public school system, it is those who foisted it upon us. We could be the next bragging point for the Foggy Bottom set:
"Our au pair used to run an international financial management concern!"
"Oh how nice, but you just must meet our over-qualified Margaret. Our kids adore her administrative skills and ability to fend off spammers and telemarketers from their iPhone! She used to be an executive secretary for Goldman-Sachs!"
You just know that will go over big with their footling under-secretaries, goading more of them into a clamor for our services. And Hollywood celebrities would follow suit, like the thralls they are. Mexican gardeners will be as last-season as the petunias. Desperate Housewives or Househusbands will have fantasies about the professional educator and companion they've hired for their spawn. We've already seen a propensity for Nanny-chic from our government and the reality TV shows. I think it could work. Of course, someone will need to manage a fine stable of modern philosopher-slaves for the nouveau elite and I'm downtown with that idea. Perhaps I could score a sweet government grant if I knew just the right politician.
I would start a series of community au pair organizations around the country and only hire like-minded oppressed classes of small business owners, office workers, insurance adjusters and engineers. Wouldn't hurt to have a bevy of building contractors and some carpenter framers for families that want their kids to have a summer camp experience of old-fashioned diligence, building barracks for the poor (and getting an earful of real political sedition.) Plus, busy government moms need eye-candy, too.
This would work fine for doctors, as well. Children love and respect the Doctor. Why shouldn't a small army of patriot health care providers be involved in the home-health of the children of privilege, reporting their parents to one of the soon-to-be Health Committees? How nice to be the Obamas' doctor and report them to the Authority for Home Health because they smoke around the kids and use salt and butter. I'm sure that would serve some political adversary's goals for drawing political blood in a political shark tank.
If we shall be reduced to begging for work, make it a point to position ones self where menial labor becomes the very first shot in organizing ourselves for a better future. After all, our enemy (yes, I believe that's a proper definition at this point) started from the cradle up. We may not like the long and patient way ahead of us, but truthfully--all the feints and brave talking aside-- you will never take up arms against your stupidly benign neighbor who is hiding securely behind the State's Authority, so it's best to get started now.
You can practice writing your CraigsList ad in the comments, if you like. I'm nothing if not all about padding my resume with attributes like helpful to strangers.