This is one of those stories that I couldn’t help but comment on. It outrageously puts into perfect alliteration the disease of entitlement affecting our nation’s young people. On one hand, it’s such a disgusting reflection of narcissistic behavior and yet, on the other hand, you have to sit back and acknowledge with a shrug of sadness that it’s a behavior that is being taught from our big and out of control government and trickling all the way down to our elementary schools.
Entitlement. The world owes you everything. You don’t have to earn it. Simply demand it.
Rachel Cunning is the 18 year old girl who provides us with a face born from the ugly symptoms of this disease. After defying her parents demands for a reasonable curfew, refusing to participate in any family chores, or reconsidering a boyfriend that they didn’t feel was appropriate Rachel decided that life outside of her ‘mean’ parent’s home would provide her with the freedom that she deserved.
She said her parents are abusive, contributed to an eating disorder she developed and pushed her to get a basketball scholarship.
(GASP! God forbid, a parent push their children to do something admirable to help facilitate and support their own future.)
They say they were supportive, helped her through the eating disorder and paid for her to go to a private school where she would not get as much playing time in basketball as she would have at a public school…
She moved in with a friend, who’s daddy happens to be a lawyer, and he is leading her in a lawsuit demanding $650/week and tuition for the private school that she attends.
“We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into court. She’s demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn’t want to live at home and she’s saying, ‘I don’t want to live under your rules,’ ” Sean Canning said, according to the Daily Record of Parsippany. “We’re heartbroken, but what do you do when a child says ‘I don’t want your rules but I want everything under the sun and you to pay for it?’”
My curiosity is aroused by the father of the young woman that Rachel Canning has moved in with. John Inglesino is as much to blame for this disgusting behavior as anyone. In fact, in my opinion he’s driven this in a direction that it probably would not have gone. He’s financed over $12,000 for this lawsuit saying:
“Rachel is likeable, communicates exceptionally well and is highly motivated to attend and excel at a college appropriate for her. That is why my wife and I have decided to fund this lawsuit. We know that if Mr. and Mrs. Canning are not required to fulfil their legal obligations as parents, that Rachel’s ability to fulfil her potential will be greatly diminished.”
What a disgusting example of adulthood and responsibility she has in John Inglesino, a man fueling this narcissistic behavior and promoting terrible decisions that will follow her for the rest of her life. This suit has done nothing but reveal a spoiled rotten, entitled little brat and that reputation will be a hard one to live down. Google will now be haunting her every move, and boy, she’s going to regret this.
Thankfully, this week, a judge in Morristown struck down her plea saying:
“Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house?” Bogaard asked.
The New Jersey Star Ledger reported Bogaard’s caution to legal counsel in his initial ruling against an emergency order. It “would represent essentially a new law or a new way of interpreting an existing law,” he said. “A kid could move out and then sue for an XBox, an iPhone or a 60-inch television.”
Rachel, there are so many young women who weren’t raised in a beautiful home, given the opportunities to have a private education, they didn’t have two parents who pushed them to excel and to do their best. They would have given anything to have that and would willingly have exchanged it for a little respect, a little responsibility and a few chores, and a good attitude. You are now 18 years old- an age where I also moved out of the house and never asked for another penny in return from my parents.
Get a job, maybe join the military (probably the best thing you could do for yourself), learn what being a “big girl” really is without the overwhelming “burdens” that living in a posh suburb of New Jersey lays on your shoulders. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that instead she will become the latest “Julia” for the progressive cause. The woe-is-me liberals have a new face of entitlement, without any obvious sense of decency, now at their disposal.
*You can follow Brittany Pounders @LibertyBritt.