Tailless Cats and Dads
Joe says, “It’s all in your perspective.”
Joe’s use of “perspective” is defined in a couple of instances as:
( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/perspective ) . . .
5. the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
6. the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
7. a mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.
With that in mind, consider please the following commentaries by Ernie Branscomb– “Who Would We Vote For?” and “Minnesota DFL Endorse Franken.” Thoughtful commentary on the complicity of fancy words and trust. He concludes “Who Would We Vote For” with this admonition: “We need to join in the cause of America. ‘that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’ Abraham Lincoln”
Perspective? Fancy words used to obscure the truth. Never mind his butchery of the Constitution and human life he caused, all in the name of “FREEDOM.” Today there is absolutely no doubt what his “new birth of freedom” really meant for America and the World. It is manifest to all in glaring reality. We certainly don’t want to forget one of the main benefits of Abraham Lincoln’s vision, “the cause of America,” the emancipation of The Second Half.
Why my goodness, just look at all the unintended consequences of all this freedom listed in Tracy Barnes Priestly’s article in the Tuesday, June 10, 2008, Times Standard “The role of ‘dad’ has evolved with the boomers.” She notes:
* Seventy-five percent of the fathers sampled reported hugging their children or showing them affection every day.
* Thirty-three percent said they tell their children that they love them on a daily basis.
* Sixty percent say they joke and play with their children each day.
* Nearly 90 percent reported that being a father is the most fulfilling job a man can have.
* Eighty percent of the dads said they were involved in choosing their children’s activities, while 67 percent helped select their children’s day care and schools.
Isn’t that just great! Father’s love their children – today! THEY GET HUGS!
She continues: “These are encouraging results, as they signal good stuff for those children fortunate enough to be living with both of their parents. But this study also left me thinking about how all of the children in single-parent households are fairing.”
“I have a personal interest in this because, believe me, when I was growing up Ward Cleaver wasn’t pulling into our driveway every night. Nope, in the 50s my brother and I were a bit of an anomaly — a couple of kids being raised by a single working mother and a single working grandmother — right there, smack dab in the middle of southern California suburbia.”
“But what do I know from my own experience? I’m happy to report that children from single-parent households can, and do, grow up to be healthy, happy adults. Truly, some of the best fathers I know were raised by single parents — like my big brother.”
GOOD STUFF? What does she really know from her own experience? Without any male energy in the form of a man in her brother’s and her life, did they really grow up to be “healthy, happy adults”? She says, “some of the best fathers I know were raised by single parents.” No doubt!
To get some perspective to this question, Joe asked his cat, Tinker, if she wouldn’t be a much better cat, a healthier, happier cat if she was a mother and had a tail? Do you know what? She never said a word. She looked at him as if he was absolutely stupid. Then she disdainfully turned her back on him and walked away swinging her black backside at him as if to say, “What do I know about Tom Cats and Tails?