The path from Homer Simpson ringing Bart Simpson’s neck—his main parental action—to our country’s miserable paternity leave rules might be more direct than we think.
Well before homosexual marriage became a public policy issue, heterosexual America had already redefined marriage. In the modern dispensation, the purpose of marriage was not lifetime mutual support whose love’s goal, if not necessarily actual fruit, was biological children; it instead had morphed into an alliance of two individuals maximizing their own interests in any way that suited them, dissoluble anytime either party desired. Transitioning from men and women to same-sex partners was a small step once marriage was so redefined.
Our modern-day phobia that our world is unsafe, especially for our boys, is creating an environment where they are finding it ever more difficult to find that place of self-worth through external moments of potency and success. We now run the risk of creating a generation of frustrated and angry young men…
Our children’s lives tend to be micromanaged, over-supervised and planned, and there is very little freedom and autonomy.
Baby Boomers entered the workforce during one of the greatest economic miracles in modern history: U.S. real GDP per capita decreased only two years between 1950 and 1970, and the resulting bounty was distributed rather equitably. We, meanwhile, have borne the brunt of the largest economic disaster since the Great Depression and watched middle-class real wages stagnate throughout our lives.
These class differences have predictably resulted in conflict. The older set has taken to newspapers, radio and print books to denounce their underemployed descendants as narcissistic, lazy and clueless: a “Generation Me” uninterested in hard work. We have responded from our own turf, in our own language, with a new Internet meme. Here are seven popular examples of the striking ways that our parents, or grandparents for some, just don’t get what we go through.
Born-again Christians have been reliably pro-Israel. But a younger generation of evangelicals is taking a more balanced view as pro-Palestinian groups make inroads.
The Truth About Circumcision
Stefan discusses a rather taboo topic that every parent needs to consider!
To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
|—||H. L. Mencken|
So let’s allow as many good people to own guns as possible.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun from hurting anyone, is stricter gun laws so that he can’t get his hands on the fucking gun. Fire doesn’t kill fire!
Perhaps you misread this. It says “… a bad guy with a gun …” (i.e. already possessing a gun). The gun used in Newtown was already used illegally because of the killer’s young age. How effective was that law? As long as there are laws, laws will be broken. Who then can we trust to save us? Are we to trust the omnipotence, omniscience, and benevolence of a government whose laws are easily broken? Or can we trust in the spontaneous and voluntary assistance of gun carriers around us? Are we so afraid and powerless to help ourselves and each other that we must depend on the virtue of a uniform and a badge?
And let me say that I’m not suggesting more gun carriers is the only answer to gun violence. A casual look at our movies, television, video games, sports, and the sizable political support of perpetual war overseas, etc. will reveal how violent our culture actually is. There is no legislation that will cure our thirst for violence. Only our personal choices and lifestyles can address this critical underlying problem. Here is a brief yet good commentary on the shooting worthy of a read.