Almost lost in the shouting, anger and arm waving at ABC’s Democrat Presidential Debate on Thursday night, were Joe Biden’s remarks about parents and their kids:
“We bring social workers in to homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not want they don’t want to help. They don’t, they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television, excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the, the, make sure that kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time they get there(ie: school).”
“THEY DON’T KNOW QUITE WHAT TO DO”
Switching from reparations to federal interference with parenthood lead many viewers to believe he was talking about black families. There is no limit to the arrogance of Democrat politicians, is there?
This is certainly a novel way to look at child raising. Who said this old white man didn’t have new ideas? But, a deeper look at his assumption is even more frightening. Biden, as most Dem politicians, believe people, especially certain people, are incapable of handling their own lives. They demand more & more control over how Americans live.
SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION IS OWNED BY THE FAR LEFT
When social work was a new profession, this writer has no doubt those who went into this line of work genuinely wanted to help people. And the great majority of 2019 social workers and others in the helping professions still enter the profession wanting to help people.
But, today’s social workers are trapped in a fantasy world created by Liberalism. They are first trained to seek out and wipe out “injustice,” and secondarily, to help people who are struggling in their lives.
Unfortunately, if a social worker doesn’t buy into the Far Left’s agenda of picking victims and oppressors, they won’t graduate from college or grad school. And they will not fare well with employers, especially government agencies and government contractors. Christian and Conservative values* are not welcome in this fantasyland.
If the Liberal oppression from employers isn’t enough to keep social workers in line, the licensing agencies are there, threatening to pull their licenses to work. Social workers, like many attorneys, work under the shadow of losing their licenses if their Conservative & Christian ideals are revealed.
SOCIAL WORKERS’ CODE OF ETHICS TELLS ALL ONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS “HELPING” PROFESSION
One only needs to read down to the first line in the second paragraph of The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics to discover what the power structure deems to be social workers’ main reason for being:
“Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients.”
The Code provides further guidance for the hapless social worker:
“Value: Social Justice, Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice. Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.”
Does this mean that a well-heeled (white) client/patient will get short shrift from modern-day social workers? After all, under the “rules” of social justice, he is the oppressor and not a victim.
White, heterosexual men are much maligned by “social justice warriors.” Will that patient get genuine help from social workers, or just lip service? Worse yet, will he be set up for some kind of punishment? What if he owns a gun? What if he made a donation to the Trump campaign?
NEEDS OF CLIENT/PATIENT ARE LOST IN THE ZEAL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Is the social worker left to define “social justice” for him/herself? This ill-defined term varies considerably from person to person, agency to agency, activist group to activist group. One person’s “social injustice” is another’s idea of natural consequences brought on by the “victim’s” own behavior.**
If the social worker is in private practice he/she probably has more freedom in using his/her own judgment. Not so with those who work for government agencies. There are piles & piles of official and unofficial rules dictating how one spots “social injustice” and what to do about it.
Is a drug addict helped on his road to recovery if he is told that he is a victim, and will always be a victim of something he can’t control? Can a struggling single mother improve her life by being convinced that more money from her oppressors (those who work) will solve her problems, instead of being trained for a job?
What does “social oppression” have to do with a grieving widower who needs help adjusting to his (unwanted) single life? Does a chronically unemployed man really need to hear that it is society’s fault he can’t keep a job, instead of being told the politically incorrect truth?
Can a man with “anger management” problems learn to control his outbursts because he is told that he suffers from “toxic masculinity?” A mother charged with child neglect will not learn to be a better parent if she is told that decades of “oppression” made her a bad parent.
A veteran suffering from PTSD cannot be helped by a social worker who views him less as a person in need and more as the cause of others’ problems. A person wanting help for depression should not have to worry that her counselor will find out she is a Conservative.***
Or are social workers mostly just gateways to government “entitlements” as the last sentence implies?
Diane L. Gruber
*A disabled veteran who went back to school to earn his Masters in Social Work so that he could help veterans is considering leaving the profession. He now finds himself in a field where males are alienated and berated, especially if they are white.
Even though he works for a government agency that is paid by tax dollars to help struggling military members and veterans, he is forced to counsel them within a “social justice” framework. This ties his hands in offering clients the full range of his expertise. He predicts that many good people will be leaving the profession in the next decade due to the oppressive restrictions placed on them.
**Raised when public schools taught kids how to think, not what to think, this writer can’t grasped what “social justice warriors” are even talking about 99% of the time. I invite readers to provide me with their meaning of “social justice” and/or “social injustice.” These last few years I have been struggling to understand Liberal logic.
***This writer signed up for a six-session retirement seminar this spring put on by social workers working for the Oregon State Bar. Before being allowed to sign up for the free seminar, I was individually interviewed by the two social workers. They asked this writer numerous questions about my plans after retirement.
What would I do with my time? I rattled off a number of my hobbies and plans as they nodded in agreement. When I said I had just signed up as a volunteer for my local GOP organization, their demeanor changed. They quickly glanced at each other as if they didn’t know what to do. Finally, one of them said: “there will be no discussion of politics at this seminar.”
You guessed it! During the first session, one participant remarked that it was so difficult to practice law with Trump in the White House. Say what? As a real estate attorney, this man’s law practice had nothing to do with who was in the White House and who wasn’t. During this first 90-minute discussion, dislike for our president was mentioned by three of the 10 participants. The social workers leading the discussion did not say “there will be no discussion of politics at this seminar.”
This writer attended three sessions of this six-session discussion group. I obtained the information I needed to close up my practice and retire. I saw no benefit in attending the other three sessions, waiting to be insulted.