Prostitutes, Druggies & Unwed Mothers

There is a widely-held belief in this country that there are such things as victimless crimes, but that is essentially a myth. Anything that tears at the moral fabric of society makes victims of us all. You don’t have to be an evangelical or Rick Santorum to acknowledge that prostitution and drug addiction not only destroy the lives and souls of those who indulge in the buying and selling of their bodies and the baking of their brains, but wrecks the lives of their friends and family.

I would add that the millions of children born to unwed mothers are even more destructive to society. For one thing, those who prostitute themselves and take part in the illegal drug trade are very likely to be people who grew up in just such homes. I am not ignoring the fact that these women did not give birth through some magical or miraculous process. On the contrary, I would make it a law that every time an American baby is born, the father’s name goes on the birth certificate and that he be compelled to pay child support. If the mother happens to be in doubt as to his identity, a blood test would be provided to all the likely suspects.

A recent study showed that 53% of women under the age of 30 giving birth are unwed. Among black women, the number soars to 73%. One could make a case for the fact that a great many female celebrities provide role models for these women, but the problem is that the ladies who make millions of dollars acting and singing can afford to pay nannies to raise their children. The poor schnooks who idolize these sluts tend to be ignorant and penniless, pretty much guaranteeing that their offspring will wind up equally ignorant, penniless and, more than likely, wards of the state, whether in or out of jail.

In much the same way that these young women identify with wealthy Hollywood pinheads, young male drug addicts tend to identify with irresponsible rock stars. The difference is that the young wannabes with their air guitar fantasies generally only manage to screw up their own lives, whereas the young women are placing a curse on their babies similar to those curses in the old fairy tales leveled by disgruntled old crones.

With the exception of pedophiles, there is no group responsible for more child abuse than these selfish young women and the irresponsible sperm donors they take up with.

A Boston firefighter recently took me to task because of my frequent attacks on public sector unions. Typically, he tried to pretend that there is no difference between trade unions and the sort of union he belongs to, and accused me of hypocrisy because as a TV writer, I had to join the Writers Guild of America.

I replied that the difference is that when public sector unions negotiate, they’re not dealing with an opposition looking to smack them down and bleed them dry. When the members of the WGA periodically went on strike against the producers, networks and studios, neither side wanted to give an inch because the money was coming out of their own pockets. That’s why one of our last strikes lasted nearly six months.

However, when the public sector unions negotiate, the folks on the other side of the bargaining table are politicians, who are only too happy to capitulate, knowing that in exchange for tax dollars which cost them nothing, they are buying gratitude that will show up in the form of future votes and campaign donations.

Public sector unions, as I tried to explain to the firefighter, are on a collision course with reality. Thanks to the inflated salaries and pensions spineless politicians have given them, the golden goose is already on the chopping block, just waiting for the economy to finally go bust, much like it has in Greece.

Some dire consequences are unintended, others such as allowing Civil Service employees to unionize, turning a blind eye to the soaring illegitimate birth rate or electing a community organizer to the Oval Office, are both predictable and inevitable.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write!

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Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • BurtPrelutsky

    cma: We have the rights on paper, but leftists on and off college campuses continue to shout down conservative guest speakers.

    Speaking of Canadian laws, what was the outcome of the Mark Steyn trial when he was indicted for speaking the unvarnished truth about Muslims?  Inasmuch as I occasionally hear him on talk radio, I assume they didn’t draw and quarter him.  But how was it finally resolved?


  • cmacrider

    Burt:  Always love your witty comments … makes my day.  One thing we don’t have straight in Canada is the fundamental right to freedom of speech.  V.P. Cheney just cancelled a speaking engagement in Vancouver when he learned the left wing wacko’s were planning a major demonstration during his speech.  It’s  a disturbing pattern … we could use some inalienable rights if the U.S. has some to spare.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Glen: No, we’re not, but even a generation ago, we weren’t so hot.  In fact, we’ve been on a long slide for the past 50 years.

    Patriotbelle: Don’t you love it when talentless people who have become enormously wealthy, thanks to capitalism, decide it’s a terrible system?  For my part, the best argument against capitalism is that it has enabled people like Tyler Perry, Michael Moore and Susie Orman, to make millions of dollars.

    cma: If you keep pointing out the superiority of Canada’s laws, you’ll have nobody but yourself to blame if millions of us move up there and triple your drive time and take up all the parking spaces.

    Regards, Burt

  • Glen

    What have we come to that enough of us are willing to slay the golden egglayer, to have it easy while our children and their children face the harsh new realities?  We aren’t the Americans of a generation ago.

  • patriotbelle

    Tyler Perry, Michael Moore, Susie Orman and others were just on stage being shown on c-span talking about bringing down our  current system of capitalism and free trade (that is their and Obama’s intent) but they were unsure of just what to replace it with. Obama is fully aware and not just idealistic like O’Reilly tries to protray. They need to wake up and stop giving Obama the benefit of the doubt. All this turmoil in America is being done intentionally and it is EVIL….

  • Bruce A.

    Speaking of Greece, I am afraid we will soon be there shortly.  What will happen when the govt. realizes there is no money to keep shelling out for so called entitlements.  Add on the cost of Obamacare.  I for one do not want to be whipped harder to pay for everyone else.  I have my own family to support.

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  You said ”
    On the contrary, I would make it a law that every time an American baby is born, the father’s name goes on the birth certificate and that he be compelled to pay child support. If the mother happens to be in doubt as to his identity, a blood test would be provided to all the likely suspects.”  

    You may be interested to know that in Alberta we have a law very similar to your proposal.  In cases where unwed mothers are receiving welfare, the Province pursues the putative father … inclusive of mandatory blood tests .. and if X is established as the father, then the Court stipulates child maintenance which the Gov. has ample powers to collect.