Dear America,age of reason, edge of reason, tomayto, tomahto.
Considering my head is about to explode -- as there is simply way to much to opine upon for one day -- let me begin here, by diverting your attention away from the gruesome brain fragments about to plaster the page, and take you to the comments made by one of California's very own, Darrell Issa:
"We understand — these are in real time. And the administration is still — their paid liar, their spokesperson, pictured behind, he’s still making up things about what happens in calling this [a] ‘local rogue.’ There’s no indication — the reason the Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth [Amendment] is not because there is a rogue in Cincinnati. It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it. We have 18 more transcribed interviews to do...The president’s spokesperson is saying whatever is convenient at the time and the story changes..."
For more, go to The Daily Caller, here.
Ouch. The truth hurts.
If given the chance to piece together the barrage of responses from Jay Carney, specifically concentrating on the last year -- a twelve year old could figure out something is quite amiss.
In action, in reality, in living color, in broad statements, in swift and on the fly parsing of words, in stylistic changes -- taking full creative license to the max, in obstinate disdain, in an aloof display of superiority....Jay Carney prides himself of his very ability to distract, interfere, misrepresent, the whole truth. And honestly, Issa's observance is courageous and spot on, for Carney is being paid to do it: to Lie.
Carney's job is all about buying enough time on the backend of a scandal -- using whatever skills and untruths he can muster from his arsenal -- to allow for the people to forget all about it, to move on, and otherwise manage to scoff off magnificent assaults of the rule of law as if what we all know to be true, with evidence to show for it, is just a bunch of malarkey.
The truth is, it doesn't get any easier telling the truth -- either to ourselves, our spouses, our children, our society and specifically within the village we live -- even as adults. Thou shall not bear false testimony against thy neighbor isn't up for debate; it's not even open to conversation, let alone a question worthy of a truthful response.
It's kinda funny, considering truthfulness was a large enough issue in biblical times to count it among the Top Ten Things (for the good of humanity) per God, almost as if God saw this coming.
Human nature has a real hard time with telling the truth; while some might even say, being a wee bit deceitful is in our DNA, and will continue to be, until the end of time. [oooh, speaking of DNA]
One of the first things we should do is stop teaching the importance of telling the truth in our schools; yeah, let's stop all moral teachings and from whence it comes full stop. yeah, yeah, that's sounds sound; that sounds real good.
[happy snarky Monday to me.]
Have you watched any of the American Greed shows on CNBC? It's an hour snapshot on some really bad dude who takes advantage of one, and usually more, trusting souls who end up handing over their life's savings for a sure thing and super bad investment. The story is as old as time, right? Snake oil and fool's gold and swamp land and easy, sleazy, huge returns on investment with other people's money. Turns out -- the bevy of liars, cheaters, schemers and dreamers are well supported by an equal bevy of believers and dreamers who trust they are telling the truth.
At first blush, isn't it nice to know we are still so trusting, confident that the good in man as a rule, rules?
And yet how sad.
How sad that we still make people who unabashedly, unapologetically, see how far they can go ripping good people off and living the highlife on lies.
Leaders of corrupt countries do it by the billions [see current news on Equatorial Guinea, here and here.]
And how about really larger than life lies that we tell ourselves to rationalize behavior?
The spark between Erick Erickson and his comments arriving from the data of a recent Pew Research study showing that in 'four out of ten households,' the woman is the sole or primary breadwinner, and concluding: "having mom as the primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage, and reality shows us that's the truth."
The whole truth on this one kicks us in the gut, doesn't it.
The growing dysfunction in families -- with the proliferation of prescription drugs (both adults and children), increase of school drop outs, high divorce rates, the perfectly acceptable and common occurrence of unwed mothers, latch-key kid syndrome in both rich and poor neighborhoods, gang membership growing more attractive to the lost teen, the uprising trajectory raising the simply spoiled and rotten, shall I go on? -- society proves just how detrimental the loss of mom home after school truly is.
Sure -- some according to Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren -- manage to pull it off; your fellow contributor's on the Fox News Channel might just be Neanderthals. But as a whole -- as the collective meanders through this maze of misdirection, attempting to meet up the challenges with conscious solutions that satisfy the tremendous responsibility of good parenting and the security that comes with, and sheltering both our children and our ambitions in equal portion -- let's face the facts! We have some serious issues going on, seen and unseen. Not all of us do parenting well and effectively; and we would be lying to ourselves -- individually and collectively -- to say that we do.
And Erick Erickson, from www.redstate.com, gives us some serious rebuttal, too. Read THIS: The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean.
Complimentary roles are at play when it comes to the working family in order to fulfill the direct and many needs of the child (first).
The truth is, to have a single parent working full time, something's gotta give.
The truth is, to have both parents in a household working full time -- no matter who the breadwinner, something's gotta give.
What we have allowed to let go is the responsibility of childrearing, through the most formative years, to other people -- be it schools, household staff, grandparents, or no one at all.
This has been a conscious change, evolving since the sixties, coming out of the think tanks of the progressive, liberal, intellectually superior Left that has allowed for the traditional family to take a back seat (while today, looking more like being frowned upon).
Oh sure, disguised under the rights of women to have their careers and family too, no one wants to discuss the repercussions now. No one wants to discuss the issues we seem to be having with this openly and honestly; but no bother, pretty sure there is a pill to take for it anyway.
Do you think are kids are fairing well? Really?
Personally -- I think it's great news that 40% of our households are led by a female breadwinner. Halleluiah! That should nip tuck the whole conversation on the inequality in the workplace and at home, at the very least, right? Next.
Erickson pointed out another stat from the same survey, noting: "Three-fourths of those surveyed say these mothers make raising children harder, and half worry that it’s bad for marriages. About half of those surveyed felt it was better if mothers stayed home with young children. In contrast, 8 percent thought it was better if fathers did."
So 75% of those surveyed admit the difficulty of raising children, and "half worry that it's bad for marriages." And still half believe moms staying home with younger children is best. Real people reveal there is a real toll and recognize the whole truth. We give up a little something in the end.
Is it worth it? Is what we give up better for society and families in general, in the specific? [It's just a question. Don't hate.]
More from Erickson (although, easy does it, for some of you, it just might make your head explode):
"Life is terribly unfair. Sometimes a parent dies. Sometimes a parent is an abusive ass. There are unfortunate exceptions. But we should not kid ourselves or scream so loudly in politically correct outrage to drown the truth — kids most likely will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon."
yeah, something like this might as well be coming out of the dark ages...there is that; and then again, there is also the truth. And somewhere in between are some answers; answers that carry the potential to truly hit home and make the future bright.
But the truth is -- at the end of this day -- we seem to be excelling at the art of telling a little lie or two.
Make it a Good Day, G