Friday, December 01, 2006
open thread- family values
what is it with americans and 'family values?' what the hell are family values anyway is what i would like to know? most folks i know don't seem to have the traditional kind- and it isn't because gay folks are bringing us down either. when i hear the words family values, the cleaver family comes to mind. the second thing that comes to mind- it is a fantasy. every family is different because every person is different- and actual people make up families. i know that that will come as a surprise to the evangelical folks. they have this fairy tale image of the way life is supposed to be: dad kissing the family on his way to work after morning bible reading; mom putting on her apron and chucking junior number 5 into the playpen; muffy, buffy, joe, and biff off to christian school in their uniforms- all smiles and no cursing or dreaded rap music to be heard. fantasy. real life is messy. people have stress and problems to solve and folks don't always like each other. as a culture, we here in america do not raise our children in the old fashioned way. we are overly indulgent; overly permissive and prefer to treat our offspring as peers rather than grow up and be the parent. so, it comes as no surprise that our baby boomer president has had trouble with his own two offspring. first the wild parties and underage boozing while in college- and now the fiasco that was their trip to south america. no sense of responsibility or care for folks who are looking out for them. i would think that if you know that the entire world is watching you- because you are 1) the offspring of the most disliked president america has ever had and 2) you are in south america where you aren't as well liked as hugo chavez- well i would think that you would be mindful of your actions. as for george w.- well, his dad is proud of him. for what? i don't know. i guess it is something parents feel obligated to be once they give birth. my suggestion to the bush family- don't try to impose your 'christian' values on the rest of america. we are screwing up enough kids as it is.