The past few years haven't been particularly easy. Repeated job losses, health concerns and the near moribund state of Michigan's economy (and the total absence of leadership on the part of the state government) have made for a rather difficult time.
Still, these hardships have helped focus my priorities. This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for what I have, all of it. I had a realization last summer and in the months since I've only become more convinced of it. It is simply this: the most important job before me is being a parent.
Now this may seem to be a bit of a cliche to many of our readers. That's because liberals have turned this truth into an empty slogan for raising taxes. Basically anything becomes an excuse for higher taxes (or more state intervention - usually both) to the a liberal.
However, one thing that I have noticed is that unlike the allegedy money-grubbing conservatives, liberals have a highly developed sense of greed and entitlement when it comes to their values.
For example, their idea of "reforming" schools is to pay teachers more for the same work. I guess the idea is that if they all could drive Cadillacs and had only half as many students, they'd actually get something done.
Similarly, the feminists are always the ones talking about "comparable worth," which basically assumes that the most important job in the world - parenting - has a dollar value. This is of course should be insulting to every parent. No one could pay me enough to change diapers, wake up at 4 a.m. to soothe an upset daughter, or do any of the other myriad things which involved parenting requires. To reduce these acts of love and devotion to a mere commercial exchange is to strip parenting of its significance and to reduce the father-child (or mother-child) relationship to a business arrangement.
This probably explains why so many feminists love day care - which does reduce parenting to a business arrangement.
Anyhow, I'm deeply thankful for the three wonderful kids I have, their gorgeous mother, and all the blessings I've had his past year - not the least of which is this fine web site.
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving.