Does it seem odd that we expect our sixteen year old children to be able to handle a vehicle on the roads as soon as they get their license? In some states driver’s education is required to obtain the right to drive and a period of time with a parent or other related adult with experience sitting in the passenger seat, but once that license is obtained they are on their own. Typically the period of instruction and experience amounts to less than two months of normal driving for us as adults and if parents purchase a vehicle for their teen they are hitting the road with the thought of driving nearly as much as their parents.
At an early age, perhaps seven or eight, I knew I was a Republican. I wasn’t raised Republican by my apolitical parents. It was the message of self-reliance, the notion that the human spirit (guided, as I learned later, by the Holy Spirit) was capable of accomplishing so much more when rules that bind us are released. I was a small government conservative before I even knew what conservatism really meant. Since then I’ve learned empirically that America’s strength comes from an empowered people.