“When your old–ss parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the f—king phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government. Our parents don’t know how to use a f–king democracy, so we have to.”
That is young David Hogg, the 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas student, who has been relentlessly promoted as the face of the gun protests that have broken out in the wake of the mass shooting at that school.
It is terrible that kids don't feel safe in schools and they have good reason not to. The Stoneman Douglas students were failed on multiple levels and multiple times and because of these failures seventeen of them are dead.
But those aren't the only failures Stoneman Douglas has laid bare.
Old–ss parents, as young Hogg refers to the people who have presumably fed and clothed him all his young life, and other adults are showing shortcomings far more serious than not being proficient with iMessages: young Mr. Hogg's parents should be concerned about their son's ignorance, egotism, and smug disdain on worldwide display in profanity-laced interviews.
Adults in the media should be ashamed of promoting this young man. Instead of washing out his mouth with soap, they have given him an international platform: that is because he is a mouthpiece for their views.
Hogg is "calling out" the law-abiding members of the NRA:
"It just makes me think what sick f–kers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected,” he said. “What type of sh–ty person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs.”
Ironically, David's father Kevin Hogg worked for the FBI, from which he retired in 2014. The FBI, far more than the NRA, bears some responsibility for not acting on tips that the shooter posed a threat to others. But David has not criticized the FBI (now very much in favor with liberals).
Far from being embarrassed by his son's outbursts, Mr. Hogg has said this:
“He’s been very successful with anything he’s chosen to do,” Kevin said. “He’s very driven. He’s much more well-spoken than I am.”
Well-spoken this young man is not, Dad.
Many of us had serious jerk tendencies at David's age–but and the media didn't turn us into stars.
We can perhaps cut Davidslack because of what he has been through. We should not cut the media and his parents any slack.
David Hogg didn't get this way on his own; he did it with the help of adults. Let's hope he will grow up and find some humility.