“Don’t Buy the Cookies” is Jane Chastain’s column complaining about the hijacked values in Girl Scouts. She argues that an increasingly politically correct/left-wing agenda in their governing board has led to official endorsement of role models such as Eve Ensler, author of the Va*** Monologues (no, Va*** doesn’t stand for Virginia). I still love Girl Scout cookies and recently bought some, in spite of my principled concerns about child labor (a concern for numerous fund-raising events: pity all those poor exploited children forced to go door-to-door, earning nothing as they rake in the bucks for the Big Fund-Raising Industry and, in the case of Girl Scouts, the Big Cookie Industry). My moral objections and principles concerns, of course, are outweighed by my desire to “help the kids,” expressed primarily through consuming large quantities of Thin Mints and edging my pancreas ever closer to Type II diabetes.
I don’t mean to pick on the Girl Scouts. There are numerous influences on young people of all genders that make me wonder how our society can continue. Our kids need virtuous role models who can succeed, inspire, and impress without taking drugs, uttering profanity every fifth syllable, prostituting themselves on the screen or stage, debasing our currency and morals, backdating stock options, or failing to leave tips in restaurants.
As a trained whiner, it’s easy to see the problems in current role models. But who do you see that offers some hope? I’d like to make a list of the top 10 bright spots in modern popular role models for youth. Who should be on it? I started my own list, but couldn’t get past Ron Paul and President Thomas S. Monson. There’s got to be more. Suggestions?