Tonight, as I drove in from work, my son called me on the phone. Since the surgery to remove the cancer from his body he is now moving around pretty good. His spirit is up, after being crushed the day he first learned he had cancer. Now, he's back to playing video games, so I know he's feeling better.
The kid plays shoot-em-up games, normally, but his phone call to me was to inform me that he bought a new baseball video game, and he wished to challenge me to it. That's pretty much all I'll play, when it comes to video games - sports games - especially baseball.
At first I was going to tell him no, because I had a million things to do, and not enough time to do it. Then I got to thinking. All the kid wants to do is play a game with me - to spend time with his dad. Isn't that a part of what being a father is?
Sure, I work hard to put food on the table, and all that jazz, like a good dad is supposed to, I suppose. But as a father, it takes more. A father is supposed to be there for his children, not only to play video games, but for other things as well. A Dad is supposed to be the spiritual leader of the family, teaching his children through example, as well as with a strong set of values.
But somewhere along the line dads decided to start bailing out on their families. According to DivorceMag, the percentage of the population in 2000 that was married was 59%, down from 62% in 1990, 72% in 1970. The percentage of the population that was divorced in 2000 was 10%, up from 8% in 1990, 6% in 1980. And as divorce ravages our society, radical feminism uses their hatred of maleness to help strip father's rights. As far as these radicals are concerned, men are nothing more than sperm doners. In fact, it is the goal of the politically correct/radical feminism/far left crowd to eliminate the need for the traditional father as well as traditional relationships based on Judeo-Christian values by promoting gay marriage, sex education in school to promote alternative life styles and sexual promiscuity, the early sexualization of children, the promotion of pornography, death of the unborn by abortion (woman's right - no rights are allotted to the father to allow him to stop such a murderous practice because he isn't actually carrying the child), lowering the age of consent for intercourse, abolition of the important and essential position of fathers as role models and heads of families, the merits of an end to male circumcision, punitive taxation for two-parent single income earning families, and the inclusion of ALL women into the work force.
I, then, wish to show my appreciation of fathers that have not abandoned their families, and have been the spiritual leaders of their households. I salute men who have upheld their duties and responsibilities, contributing to the welfare of their family. I say thank you to those that hold respect and love for these fathers, agreeing that the father is an important part of a strong and healthy family.
I believe being a good father is difficult. It takes a man that puts duty, responsibility and obligation to God, family, and country first. The welfare of our nation begins with the welfare of our families. Stable homes and families produce better adjusted and stable children. Our society depends on strong fathers. Without men acting as good husbands and fathers, our future is dim.
God Bless our fathers. And, Happy Father's Day.
Gary W. Moore wrote a book about his father - Playing With The Enemy. He will be my guest on Political Pistachio Radio at 4pm Pacific Time, Saturday, the day before Father's Day. Visit his site, learn a little about him and his book, and then submit a question to me at my e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the start of the show and if I choose it to use in the show as one of the top two questions, you will receive an autographed copy of Playing With The Enemy.
By the way, my son and I enjoyed the video game together. We played while my daughter and wife went out to get their nails done together.