The Assault on Family Values

The Assault on Family Values

Publicizing, promoting and featuring the worst of this nation’s stage parents has become an epidemic in our media. From “Dance Moms” to Octo-Mom, they can be seen everywhere…nearly always without critical comment. I have written that “In the absence of Shame, all conduct becomes acceptable,” and that’s our problem. Shame has been discarded in our Society. How many careers have begun with a sex tape? Not good…not good at all. The message being sent out to our children has and will have devastating consequences in the looming future. “The Scarlet Letter” has no bearing in today’s media world where so many purveyors of popular entertainment produce programming they won’t allow their own children to see. The hidden danger, my friends, is that many of these falsely named ‘reality shows’ are actually being watched by teenagers on alternate devices…and they see in these shows proof that adults are hypocrites…and in their own peer-to-peer communications root for the abused children who are clearly suffering at the hands of misguided parents. No one comes to the rescue. How did we come to such a place? I’ll stand by the messages delivered by “The Donna Reed Show,” thank you very much.

Paul Petersen