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Father's Day - the worst thing American President Richard Nixon did
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 14/06/2008 | Gill Hornby

Posted on 06/15/2008 2:50:25 PM PDT by forkinsocket

In the third week of June 1972, Richard Milhous Nixon committed an injustice with which the Western world is still struggling. Yes, two men broke into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building - but we're no longer bothered about that. What still affects us today - or rather tomorrow - is that the then President that week brought the American nation together by making Father's Day a public holiday. For this high crime and misdemeanour, his name should live on in the annals of infamy.

Now, of course, it's over here. It's just like Hallowe'en - another American import. One year we're marking it with a quick ghost story before bed, the next it's a national drama involving all major shops and food outlets. The American business press has cheerfully predicted that this weekend is "recession proof". $11 billion will be wasted on Father's Day tat. Why wouldn't British retailers want us to do the same?

The economy must stimulate itself somehow. But the most worrying thing is that there is a new generation of impressionable young minds who might somehow get the Days of Fathers and Mothers confused. They may even, given the strength of the commercial message, judge them as equal. It is essential to clarify the differences.

The first is historical. Mother's Day was born out of the sacred rites of the holy church, in the 16th century. It was a day to celebrate the role of the Virgin Mary in the life of Christ, and for women to meet up in their own mother church and re-establish their family bonds. Father's Day was invented by Hallmark, and blessed by Richard Nixon.

And the second is in the rites of the celebration of the day itself. Gifts are exchanged on Mother's Day; of course they are. Flowers are delivered, cards are sent. But those are not the important things. The traditions that really matter are the breakfast in bed, and the lunch being cooked by others for once, and being allowed to read the paper in the afternoon. It is a day away from the domestic coalface. And how quite do we adapt that this Sunday?

Of course, there are single fathers who deserve every treat coming their way this weekend. But although one quarter of all families live with a single parent, only one in 10 of those parents is a father.

In two-parent families, the culture of fatherhood has changed significantly over the past generation. Men are, on the whole, much more involved on a day-to-day basis with their children and noticeably more demonstrative emotionally than their fathers were.

There is sympathy and accommodation in the workplace for them to be actively involved in family life. They attend births and change nappies and drop off at schools. They are great. Give them a soppy card and a copy of the new James Bond book.

But real co-parenting is still a rare and remote ideal. For all the family activities that men do join in, a few still, bizarrely, get overlooked. Nit-combing remains a female preserve. As does the dentist's waiting room, the scrum of the school uniform sale, the toy stall at the fete. But most important, recent research shows that, among couples with children, regardless of who goes out to work, women do a whopping 10 hours more child-generated housework per week. How can men have a day away from the coalface if they never look down the mine?

And then there is the question of taste. Mothering Sunday one associates with a charming church service and a hand-tied posy of violets. This week, the image most employed in the celebrations seems to be that of Homer Simpson.

But now the day is upon us, it would be rude to ignore it. In this household we will be celebrating as in all others. We'll cook him lun… hang on, we always do. He can read the pap… nope, he always does. Put his feet… they're always up. It'll just have to be the Bond.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dads; fathersday; nixon; parents; presidents
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1 posted on 06/15/2008 2:50:27 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

**Father’s Day - the worst thing American President Richard Nixon did***

The worst thing Nixon did was drop the interstate speed limit to 55mph. I got mu first speed tickets then.

The only worthwhile thing Clinton ever did that was restore the speed limits to their pre- Nixon limits.


2 posted on 06/15/2008 2:55:31 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: forkinsocket

Either you have full equality, or you fully take account of biological, psycho-emotional, social and cultural differences. There is no well-defined, sustainable middle ground.


3 posted on 06/15/2008 2:56:02 PM PDT by sourcery (Libertarians are not Conservatives. But then, neither are most Republicans...)
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To: forkinsocket; writer33
Yes, two men broke into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building...

For history's sake, just how many illegal break-ins were there - on both sides?

4 posted on 06/15/2008 3:02:04 PM PDT by Libloather (June is Liberal Awareness Month.)
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To: forkinsocket

***Men are, on the whole, much more involved on a day-to-day basis with their children and noticeably more demonstrative emotionally than their fathers were.***

I beg to differ.


5 posted on 06/15/2008 3:03:53 PM PDT by wastedyears (Like a bat outta Hell.)
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To: forkinsocket

Just wait till we have illegal alien day


6 posted on 06/15/2008 3:06:19 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Libloather
"Yes, two men broke into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building... For history's sake, just how many illegal break-ins were there - on both sides?"

I have no answer for that - but God forbid they would have stolen 100 FBI files!!

They probably would have been hung!

7 posted on 06/15/2008 3:06:50 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: forkinsocket

Bull!!! The world’s worst criminal (and sinner) was the dumb@$$ (most likely a womxn) who first proposed the idea that man and woman should be equal (the same)...


8 posted on 06/15/2008 3:08:13 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It was the republican congress in 1995 that changed the speed limit. Clinton reluctantly signed it. That was when we had some leadership.

http://www-cgi.cnn.com/US/9511/highway_bill/11-28/index.html


9 posted on 06/15/2008 3:15:12 PM PDT by landerwy (Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness!)
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To: al baby

Every day is illegal alien day. :)


10 posted on 06/15/2008 3:15:49 PM PDT by drierice
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To: forkinsocket

I'm not a crooook.

11 posted on 06/15/2008 3:19:30 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Libloather; writer33; forkinsocket
Yes, two men broke into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building...

For history's sake, just how many illegal break-ins were there - on both sides?

For history's sake we should begin by noting that five men were arrested at the scene of the Watergate burglary, not two.

12 posted on 06/15/2008 3:21:52 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

55mph is the exact speed at which I get sleepy.


14 posted on 06/15/2008 3:26:20 PM PDT by donna (I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth. - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: TXnMA

Yeah, but it was men voting that made it happen, LOL.


15 posted on 06/15/2008 3:28:39 PM PDT by donna (I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth. - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Libloather

I get it. Father’s Day = Nixon = Crook = Father’s are crooks?


16 posted on 06/15/2008 3:30:00 PM PDT by writer33 (I'm Still Whining That Rush Limbaugh Isn't Doing Enough To Elect A Conservative)
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To: forkinsocket

The writer stresses the role of church on Mother’s Day. This morning our family went to church to celebrate Father’s Day. The sermon was about the role of the father in the family and why he is so important. I do not consider this day wasted at all.


17 posted on 06/15/2008 3:33:32 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Nor do I. Fathers are to be revered and respected. Just as I do mine. If we had more fathers acting like fathers the country would be a much nicer place. There are few more deserving of the honor of a day out of the year, than Fathers!


18 posted on 06/15/2008 3:46:40 PM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: forkinsocket
Dick!
19 posted on 06/15/2008 3:47:27 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: forkinsocket

Next to the obama trash collectors Nixon was a saint.


20 posted on 06/15/2008 3:50:54 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Hallmarks of Liberalism: Ingratitude and Envy))
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To: forkinsocket
But now the day is upon us, it would be rude to ignore it.

Soooo....it would be rude to ignore the day entirely, but an article bashing it in the newspaper is not? M'kay.

21 posted on 06/15/2008 3:53:02 PM PDT by retrokitten ("You mean those clothes of hers are on purpose? I thought she was escaping a burning building.")
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To: forkinsocket; grellis; xsmommy; tioga; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; SoftballMominVA; Amelia; metmom; ...
MOM Ping for Father's DAy.

Personally I found the article rather insulting.....but this just cracked me up :

But real co-parenting is still a rare and remote ideal. For all the family activities that men do join in, a few still, bizarrely, get overlooked. Nit-combing remains a female preserve.

Not in this household. All of you that know me have heard of the on-going problem we have with this and also know that Daddy is the absolute expert here. My husband has far more patience than I do -- and better eyesight.

Happy Father's Day guys!

22 posted on 06/15/2008 4:00:35 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: forkinsocket

This author has problems.


23 posted on 06/15/2008 4:02:59 PM PDT by Faith
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To: boomop1

Your language is like mine is sometimes, not all that clean and pristine. Having said that, you were right, in spite of your naughty word interspersed within your comment - Nixon’s trespass looks pale in comparison to the manure (see the creative alternative?) spread on a daily basis by the Clintons. Poor Nixon was villified and hounded to his grave by the Democrats and liberals in the media, not for arranging anything except a cover-up. The media this go around had to work like crazy to get rid of Hillary, to try to do away with the Clinton monster they had created when Bill was in office. . . and they still can’t really breathe easy completely, the Clintons are like the monster in the movie that keeps on rousing up from apparent death and attacking the hero or heroine of the movie.


24 posted on 06/15/2008 4:07:12 PM PDT by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT !!!)
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To: forkinsocket

“..by making Father’s Day a public holiday.”

Just another touchy-feely, feel-good liberal gesture. And this coming from a father of two sons. Of course, the 18-year old bottle of Glenfiddich is welcome, regardless.


25 posted on 06/15/2008 4:09:47 PM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: donna
Touche'!!"
26 posted on 06/15/2008 4:18:51 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
We went to church and heard an excellent sermon about the father in the parable of the prodigal son.

Then we took Dad out for barbecue and gave him some gifts that he wanted, left him alone long enough to watch the new Rambo movie...yes he can do that every week if he wants and yes, I do wait on him a bit on the weekends. Every weekday, however, he leaves the house around 6:00 a.m. to go to work and usually does not get home until 11 or 12 hours later. He works hard so I can stay home and homeschool our one remaining child and so our kids can go to college. I think Father's Day is great and I am privileged to pamper him a little on the weekends on a regular basis. He takes great care of us!

27 posted on 06/15/2008 4:27:32 PM PDT by aberaussie
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To: al baby
"Just wait till we have illegal alien day"

Cinco. De. Mayo.

28 posted on 06/15/2008 5:01:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
The only worthwhile thing Clinton ever did that was restore the speed limits to their pre-Nixon limits.

This was something that not even Ronald Reagan, in his two terms, could accomplish.

29 posted on 06/15/2008 5:23:12 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: forkinsocket

Moderator is a nitwit.


30 posted on 06/15/2008 6:02:29 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: forkinsocket

Been here too long to be insulted by some do good moron.


31 posted on 06/15/2008 6:03:53 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: forkinsocket

Just another crybaby Brit who hates the “colonies”. The only bad thing about Father’s Day is that is seems to confuse the inner city kids.


32 posted on 06/15/2008 6:06:08 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Gabz

Happy Father’s Day to Cool Breeze and all the other dads out there! May your grills be clean and your charcoal(or mesquite and hickory) baskets be overflowing.


33 posted on 06/15/2008 7:37:33 PM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: Gabz

I guess I am exceptionally fortunate. Fourteen years of school so far with no lice brought home.

I never had them either as a child.


34 posted on 06/15/2008 7:39:01 PM PDT by Politicalmom (I've left the Grand Ol' Plantation. / GOP '08,- NO Soup for YOU!)
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To: forkinsocket
Mother's Day was born out of the sacred rites of the holy church, in the 16th century. It was a day to celebrate the role of the Virgin Mary in the life of Christ, and for women to meet up in their own mother church and re-establish their family bonds. Father's Day was invented by Hallmark, and blessed by Richard Nixon.

Not true. There is and was no Church feast celebrating mothers in May. The closest equivalent is “Mothering Sunday” celebrated on Laetare Sunday, fourth Sunday in Lent. Mother's day was was invented by Anna Marie Jarvis and “blessed” by Congress and President Wilson in 1914.

If that counts for a traditional observance of Mother's day, then the Solemnity of St. Joseph counts as traditional observance of Father's day.

She can engage in Father bashing all she wants, but she shouldn't try to use Church tradition as a prop. Both dates are really just Hallmark profit makers anyway.

35 posted on 06/15/2008 7:52:13 PM PDT by Flying Circus
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To: forkinsocket

“$11 billion will be wasted on Father’s Day tat. Why wouldn’t British retailers want us to do the same?”
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Hey! I didn’t get any tat today! Of course if I had, I would’ve just tried to trade it in for the other thing.


36 posted on 06/15/2008 8:09:28 PM PDT by Terpin (Missing: One very clever and insightful tagline. Reward for safe return!)
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To: forkinsocket

STFU Gill.


37 posted on 06/16/2008 11:12:48 AM PDT by NucSubs (Cognitive dissonance: Conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between beliefs and actions)
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To: forkinsocket
In the third week of June 1972, Richard Milhous Nixon

but, but , but, we can't mention Barack Hussein Obama's middle name.

38 posted on 06/17/2008 12:17:21 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Typical white person, bitter, religious, gun owner, who will "Just say No to BO in Nov.")
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