WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether a California law banning the sale and rental of violent video games to minors violated constitutional free-speech rights, the first time it will consider a video game case.
The justices agreed to hear an appeal by the state after a U.S. appeals court based in California struck down the law, which also imposes strict video game labeling requirements, as unconstitutional.
What I don't understand about this case is why SCOTUS is going to rule, based on a First Amendment argument. IMHO, what this boils down to is one simple fact - Who do the kids belong to? In other words, who are the parents?
1) The parents
2) The State
Knowing the answer to this question is to know why the California law is being ridiculously argued as a First Amendment case. There are certain areas where the government should not have any control whatsoever, and that is in the area of child rearing. Sure, some of these video games are not good for children, but it is not for the government to decide. It is for the parents to determine if these games are right for their kids. Government should never be in the business of bringing up kids. With all due respect to the First Amendment, what parents teach or fail to teach their kids is none of the government's damn business. They should just keep their nose out of other people's business.
If the government doesn't want to that, then perhaps they can pay the bills too. Better than that, let there be a governmental Department of Child Rearing, where bureaucrats can be assigned to watch kids play their first baseball game, attend birthday parties, change dirty diapers, and do everything else that goes along with parenthood. It must be nice for our government nannies to claim ownership on families, without having any of the responsibilities that go along with ownership. Such is our government, whose desire is to be the best absentee parents in the entire world. And, don't forget, they are doing it for your own good, of course. LOL.
Article is here.