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Happy Fathers’ Day!

June 17, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Today we celebrate fathers.  We should do so more often, but this is fathers’ special day.  Fathers are vital to children and children’s well-being.  They’re vital to the well-being of the adults children become.  That means they’re vital to the health and well-being of society. And yet, in many ways, we marginalize fathers in children’s lives.  That is our society’s gravest error.  We see its consequences every day in our educational system, suicide figures, crime, addiction, emotional deficits and the like.  Like mothers, fathers are special.  They bring special benefits to children.  They are irreplaceable.  Today, we must rededicate ourselves to rectifying the many ways in which this society denigrates and sidelines fathers.  The science on our need for active, involved fathers is by now beyond question, so we must bring public policy and law into line with that science. 

Today is just a single day.  But every day of every year, we should be doing our utmost to bring fathers and children where they belong – together.

 

Barbara Kay: The Crisis of Fatherlessness

June 15, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

With Fathers’ Day fast approaching, we can expect the usual wave of articles and commentary, much of it nonsense, some of it kind, some of it malicious. But the ever-excellent Barbara Kay’s piece won’t be found among the latter (National Post, 6/13/18). Her topic is the urgent need for our societies and cultures to once again place value on men and fathers. Of course, she nails it.

It is difficult to overstate both the positive effects of growing up with a father and the negative effects of father absence, especially for boys. These myriad benefits and perils are on record, undisputed and easily accessible. But in this gynocentric era, what is good or bad for boys does not seem to attract the interest of our cultural elites.

 

Judge in West Case Invented Law, Ignored Evidence

June 14, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This post continues yesterday’s regarding the Ryan West child support case.

District Judge Cynthia Wheless ignored the pleadings of the parties, the evidence before her and Texas law in order to rule that Ryan West, the custodial parent, owes child support to his ex-wife. From where I sit, it’s hard to not conclude that Judge Wheless decided the outcome she wanted and simply ruled accordingly.

 

Ryan West Update: Bankrupting the Best of Fathers

June 13, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The Texas judicial system is hard about the task of ruining a thoroughly decent man and excellent father, a man whose current girlfriend calls him “a saint.” That man is Ryan West, about whom I first wrote here. West’s case appears from here to be one of outright, unconcealed anti-dad bias on the part of not one but two family court judges.

West is such a good dad that Judge Margaret Barnes awarded him primary custody of his daughter Alanna. He has her about 70% of the time, his ex has her the rest. The bias appears when she awarded child support. Barnes ordered West, the custodial father, to pay child support to his ex, the non-custodial parent. Now that’s not supported in the child support guidelines that are supposed to direct judges’ rulings, but Barnes did it anyway.

 

The Times Discovers Dads It Can Like

June 11, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Is this progress (New York Times, 6/7/18)?  On one hand, it may actually be that the New York Times has discovered fathers of whom it approves.  On the other, those dads are all Hispanic and from countries other than the U.S.

So it’s hard to know what to think.  The self-appointed “paper of record” has, to my knowledge, never before located a father it could stand.  Indeed, its descriptions of fathers in the past has run to words like “ornamental” (Maureen Dowd) and “inessential,” (Pamela Paul).  Others depicted dads as flummoxed by the simplest parenting tasks (Filip Bondy).


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