I think that most libertarians have come to recognize “children” or “kids” as a marker for “Bullshit Alert Ahead”. Take this example from President Bush’s State of the Union Address.
[Many Americans, especially parents] are concerned about unethical conduct by public officials and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage. They worry about children in our society who need direction and love, and about fellow citizens still displaced by natural disaster, and about suffering caused by treatable diseases.
We, as a society, MUST discriminate against homosexuals – it’s for the kids!
We, as a nation, should love our children because Katrina was a terrible calamity!
We must guide our children to a better tomorrow through government intervention because people die of diseases everyday!
Wow, be careful of the word child it’s a powerful word and should only be used for good not evil – I almost talked myself into giving to the Red Cross and there hasn’t even been a natural disaster for months now!
HatTip to RollingDoughnut for highlighting that section of the SOTUA