Douche of the Week: Everyone Involved With the Story of the Girl Suing Her Parents
By RU Twisted
I would ask the question, “what the filth-n-flarn is wrong with the youth today,” but I think I already know the answer.
Let me paint you a quick picture: 18 year old cheerleader gets told by her parents that she is now on her own and not to expect any handouts. Girl then hires a lawyer—who also happens to be her neighbor—to sue her parents to get the money necessary to go to college.
According to CNN, the lawsuit also states that the parents be required to pay for her last semester of private high school as well as her current living expenses and, of course, her legal fees. Which she incurred by choosing….to sue her parents.
Rachel Canning, the girl in question, states in court documents that she chose to leave home because of “verbal and physical abuse,” though there seems to be little evidence of the physical part of that accusation. Her claims that mommy was mean and dad claimed to want her as “more than a daughter” serve as her reasoning behind leaving in the first place, which makes this utterly confusing because she apparently can’t decide if she was kicked out or left on her own due to the abuse.
Where to begin…
While it would be ridiculously easy to spend the rest of the article trashing young Rachel for being the obvious drama queen and entitlement princess that she is, I think that’s only part of the story. People, after all, don’t turn into this overnight and suddenly want everything handed to them—there’s a reason they think that way.
The simple fact is, like the title of this piece indicates, basically everyone involved in this story is a pretty terrible human being. Well, except for the judge who denied the first suit; he may be okay.
Consider the quote by the father in the court room, stating that “we are good parents.” Hey pal, I realize there is only so much we can do for our kids and that sometimes, beyond any rational explanation, they turn out to be giant douchebags. But I also know that kids don’t wake up one day at 18 years old and suddenly think that filing a lawsuit against their parents for money to pay for stuff that people 18 and older pay for is not a rational course of action for a kid that was raised to, you know, appreciate hard work ‘n stuff.
Funny thing about human behavior, especially at a young age—it tests the limits of what can be gained and then asks for a little bit more. So Rachel certainly didn’t grow up in a strict, constructive household, only to one day shout “I’m outta here!” and then go before the courts demanding that she be given what she is “entitled.”
Then we have the lawyer/friend’s dad. The scum-sucking, bottom-feeder of a man who said, “yes! Let’s tie up the courts with this drivel and make a mockery out of our already-weakened justice system! This is why I went into debt for law school in the first place!”
It’s not like lawyers hold a highly-esteemed place among most of us anyway, but this guy took it to a new low by not only becoming involved personally but by egging the already mentally diminished 18-year old some assuredly sound legal advice. He then forked over approximately $12K in cash to fund another lawyer (because this story needed more than one on each side, naturally) so they could really stick it to her parents.
The hired attorney—or, most likely both of them—state that the reason Rachel is entitled to the finances she seeks is because of the fact that she plans on attending college and can’t pay for it herself.
Oh, well okay then, I thought it was a stupid reason like her UNWILLINGNESS TO GET A F&$#!NG JOB AND EARN SOMETHING FOR A CHANGE. Apparently I was wrong—she’s entitled to the money because she gets good grades and wants something really, really bad!
The judge who rightfully denied the lawsuit in the first round of court brought up the obvious; namely, that were this case to move forward and be successful, it would set an amazingly bad precedent for the future (kind of like our politicians have been doing for decades, maybe?). Think about it: where is the line drawn in what a child is or is not entitled to, based on the supposed financial situation of the parents? If little Johnny wants a 60-inch big screen in his bedroom and his parents can technically afford it, should the court mandate that he be granted his wish?
Of course that’s absurd, but the reality of our current society leads us down this very path. When we have numerous politicians claiming that “everyone deserves to go to college,” we breed people like young Rachel who honestly believe it to be her Constitutional right to do exactly that. And why shouldn’t she? All those super smart individuals who were elected “of the people, by the people, and for the people” said so on the television…?
Entitlements foster entitlement whoredom. The more one is given for nothing, the more that same individual will expect for doing exactly the same (or possibly even less). That’s why it isn’t just her or her parents that earn the title of Douche of the Week on this one—it goes much bigger than that.
When a New Jersey judge is seen as the only rational human being in a story, it may very well be time to pack up your things for that cabin in the woods and call it quits.