We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As narrow-minded, knuckle-dragging traditionalists, we Maggie's Farmers honor fathers: fathers that stick around and do their best to do what grown men need to do for their families and for their communities.
Few of us can reach the Atticus Finch ideal.
Here are a few Dad-related links from our archives:
I always wonder about the filial thing - about why it takes so many years for a child to understand his parents. Youth and innocence aside, it seems to me much time is wasted before one's offspring comes around and sees his parents as people.
"How do I raise my sons to be better than their father?"
What a cool article. Sure raised a few talking points, though - with the AAUW making weenies out of men by insisting 'For in my way they lie." (I changed Bill's words a tad.) Stupid feminists. They've done more to ruin our society than anything else.
Anyway, for those of us who didn't come from great childhoods, and even for those of us who are naturally thoughtful, I love that line, "How do I raise my sons to be better than their father?"