While lying awake at night recovering from my latest chemotherapy infusion, I have a lot of time to think about the current state of affairs. Every time I open my laptop and browse my favorite websites, I am continually disappointed. When it comes to politics, nothing ever goes my way. From the recent SCOTUS ruling on the Arizona voter ID law to Obamacare.
I feel like liberals win every battle.
For some time now, I have felt completely alienated by the Republican Party. I believe in limited government, God, the right to bear arms, individual responsibility, strong national defense, and the Constitution. Nowadays, many Republicans are behaving more like Democrats, so I feel as if no one is truly representing my views. I actually think that most of them are embarrassed by their conservative base, and would love for people like me to just magically disappear.
When all of the scandals came to light, I kept waiting for Republicans to do something, like demand impeachment of our incompetent President. Maybe jail time for IRS workers who broke the law...do something about all the Obama flunkies lying before Congress. Sadly, I didn’t hear the outcry and anger I had hoped for. When the NSA surveillance scandal broke, I thought that finally the time had come for Republicans to stand apart from Democrats and the Obama Administration, and decry this invasion of our privacy.
I have very little patience for idiocy. Okay, you caught me, I have no patience for it. Maybe even less than zero, but then we'd be getting into imaginary numbers and advanced mathematics I'm not qualified to quantify.
It especially grates on my nerves when I see idiocy sprouting up around very serious issues. Except, these days, idiocy is being marketed as "innovation." Over the past few years, and ratcheting up over the past several months with the highly publicized shootings and subsequent swipes by government at our second amendment rights, there has been a lot of "innovation" to hit the market in the area of firearm-free self-defense.
Just when I think it's going to be safe to write an article about my favorite gluten-free vegan cake recipe, or my tips for half-marathon training, my friends on twitter send me articles like this (you know who you are @servative). This article comes from a blog post at Ms. Magazine, a feminist publication. It is by a brave woman on the left who decided to...ahem..bite the bullet and buy a gun. She did this as a response to Wayne LaPierre's statement that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." The author, a Brady Campaign board member named Heidi Yewman, wanted to know what it would feel like (for 30 days) to be that good guy, and this is the first week in her experiment.
With every day that passes I see more and more the erosion of parental rights at the hands of liberals and the current administration. The latest announcement by the DOJ last Monday that they would not fight the judge’s ruling to make the “morning after pill” available to girls of all ages without a prescription, or even consent of a parent, is just the latest example of this.
I truly believe that the idea of children belonging to the community as a whole and parents were not really necessary is the direct result of feminism run amok. In convincing ourselves that we are equal to men in every respect, we took to the workforce and left our children in the care of daycares and schools. Do not misunderstand, I am a working mother and had no choice but to leave my child in the care of another in order to earn a living and provide for the two of us. Not all of us can be stay-at-home moms and I am not talking to those women. I am talking specifically to the women who put their careers and social lives above being a mother.
In the 1990’s Hillary Clinton told us that “It takes a village to raise a child.” I didn’t agree then, and I most certainly do not agree now with Melissa Harris-Perry who said the same thing when she stated in a PSA, "we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities.” A mom and/or dad should be the most influential person(s) in the life of a child. Teachers, coaches, counselors and other authority figures all have an important role to play in the development of our children, but their influence should be secondary to that of the parents.
Every year when Father's Day rolls around, I feel less prepared than I was the year before for this important holiday. When I was young, my mom celebrated Father's Day as if it were Christmas in our home. Daddy was king of our castle, the very apple of her eye. Why she made such a big deal out of Father's Day is a mystery to me, because in our house, every day was Father's Day. Every meal we ate and every pie she baked, daddy got the first serving. Period. No negotiations. This wasn't at all something he demanded, it was one of the many ways she showed him she loved him, her way of honoring him, and her way of giving her children an example that would last a lifetime.
So, as Father's Day approaches, I'm once again unprepared...not because I haven't bought him a gift, or filled out the card he undoubtedly will fuss at me for wasting money on. Rather, because I never can find words quite adequate enough to express the love I have for my father, or for my husband, who is every bit the incredible father to our daughter that mine is to me. I realize the guys in my life are, these days, less common than they once were. For that, I feel incredibly blessed.
Men, specifically fathers, are often treated as nothing more than a paycheck in many families today. Hollywood seems to be on a mission to demoralize and emasculate the men in our lives. Manly men, like my father and husband, are often looked upon as if they're some sort of monster (Bibles and guns could be the culprit) while skinny-jean wearing men carrying man-purses and drinking skinny mocha lattes are hailed as heroes. (not that there's anything wrong with a man-bag or a skinny mocha latte...skinny jeans on men? Let's discuss fashion some other time!)