Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

I happen to have the most incredible parents in the world, and I see this more as every day goes by. They both sacrificed so much to give their children a better life and taught us the meaning of honesty and integrity.

Doctor Zero writes today about these gifts, particularly from fathers, and how our world dismisses the importance of fathers far too often.
A good father reveals the nature of honor to his sons and daughters through his conduct. He is loyal to his wife and children, despite the easy temptations offered by the modern world. He works to build a better future for them, rather than waiting for it to be dropped in his lap, or demanding others provide it for him. He rejoices in this task, and his joy is so obvious that his family forgives his occasional moments of weariness or frustration. Through marriage, he has chosen duty over indulgence. He sees the intricate beauty of permanence, when the flickering neon light of passing fancy is more obvious. Honor is one of the many frequencies of love.

The absence of a father is a terrible burden for children, and their mother, to bear. I know, because I’m one of the many children who grew up without my father in the house. It’s a pain that is not always easy to understand. What’s missing is too big to be seen clearly. Generations have grown up listening to the seductive lie that fathers are less than critical. They are portrayed as a dangerous accessory, prone to explosion and meltdown, easily replaced by a wad of cash or a government check. Some men have disgraced themselves by allowing this lie to spread, because it suits their convenience. Some women spread it because they have lost faith in the human race, and believe they armor themselves against an inevitable tragedy.
He is absolutely right, especially in our inner cities and minority communities. It breaks my heart to think of so many kids growing up without their fathers. It infuriates me that liberal policy-makers think an extra $25 added to a welfare check and public housing somehow make up for a missing father.

Doctor Zero also mentions that opponents of freedom continue to spread the lie that fathers are unimportant because fathers teach their children about honor, and "honor sustains liberty."

So happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there, and thank you to my own for teaching me about honor and therefore, teaching me about liberty.

Doctor Zero is quite possibly the most poetic political analyst/blogger out there and he has published a book with a collection of his essays, which you can find here.


  1. This was a nice post until the attack on a false liberal stereotype at the end. Who the heck says that fathers are unimportant, or can be adequately replaced by a welfare check?

    I recall once reading an extreme fringe feminist essay that longed for a man-free society, but other than that, I can't think of anyone who would agree with what you accuse Liberals of believing.

    Of course, no father may be better than a terrible father - for example one who physically and sexually abuses his children. But any sane person left or right would want all children to have a father who meets at least some of the ideals in the first paragraph you quoted.

  2. Dancar, I agree that when asked, liberals would of course agree that a father (as you said, not a terrible father) is better than a welfare check. However, thoughts and opinions and intentions are not the same as outcomes in reality, and the reality is that liberal policies produce unwanted outcomes in regards to families. An incredibly important part of the successful welfare reform passed by the Republican Congress and signed into law by Pres. Clinton was the part that stopped rewarding single motherhood.

    Unfortunately, incentivizing unwanted behavior is a common theme within liberal social policies. When liberals pass laws that reward fatherless homes and make it easier for families to break up, even if the intention is to help the single mother out more (good intentions), the realistic, long-term effect are more fatherless families. So there is a disconnect between what a liberal probably thinks about fathers and the policies put in place.

    One of the best articles on fatherlessness is here:

    It's still a pretty nice post... eh??


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