A world turned upside down.
First up, a liberal line from a conservative pundit. Though some of you on the right side of the aisle may think "that's not conservative, that's just common sense!!" C'mon down to the Sizzle (St Simons) and try to win an election by saying "we've got to be careful about the way we develop property..." You would be called a communist and a traitor, even if you were saving money on flood insurance by switching to Geico.
Second, a scathing critique of the leadership of the left, by a liberal! Pay attention Democratically leaning voters: we're losing elections because we're pandering to special interests. Nothing truer has been said. I especially like the line "Democrats always walk right into the punch." Yup.
And the New (Old) American Family and Why a National Consensus is Important. Quick rundown of what you get and don't get when you enter the legally sanctioned and approved contract of marriage. Now, I'm not a fan of the nuclear family any more than I'm a fan of the single mother or the 'it takes a village' motif. But I was discussing this with my Pops the other day, and I couldn't beleive that he and I really have such wildly different values.
1. He followed a job away from his extended family and friends, and suffered through the inconvenience that caused. I will eventually move to a place either very, very close to my extended family or my friends or hopefully live someplace they all like to visit constantly. My future job will be based on the geography of where I live, where I live will not be based on the geography of my job. If I have kids, they will benefit from having family and friends so close.
2. I don't know what my Dad's best friends look like. My kids will never, ever have that problem.
3. Pops thinks I should just settle down with the next girl that comes along, start a family and that will calm me down. (As long as she's not obnoxiously liberal or a communist or anything...) He thinks that I should do this even if there are glaring things about the next girl that I don't like. (Like, if she doesn't have a job and doesn't cook.) He thinks I should buy a car based on impressing girls rather than economy and utility in order to expedite that process. ('Cause girls will think a guy that does that is cheap...) He thinks a man's life is only complete when it is part of a family like his, and most other men are not living up to their potential if they don't have one.
And he wonders why his generation is the first one to hit the 50% divorce rate. He blames liberals like me, 'cause my 'free love and nickely moonshine' ideals just don't jive with his definition of the 'family.'
Now, I'd love to get married and have a family. But I'd rather never get married my whole life than get married to someone I don't like, have kids I don't like with someone I don't like and get a divorce and screw up my life, her life and those kids' lives. Why? Because 1) I'm obnoxiously liberal, 2) there are a great many things I don't like and I don't mind commenting on such things out loud, 3) she ain't got to have no skills in my kitchen, but she better be ready to pay some rent, 4) I am a cheap utilitarian, unless it comes to music, football or eating out 5) I got to be good with my life and where I'm at before I make those decisions jointly.
So I thought I'd throw that article in with that commentary.