Missin’ the Old Man

This column will come out. No, not come out, be published, after Father’s Day. “Come out” means something different these days.

There are lots of things that mean something different these days, such as “man.” Chelsea Mitchell is one of four female athletes in Connecticut who are suing the state to preserve women’s sports for only women.

As we read the news (or listen, or watch) we rarely can take it for face value. Chelsea wrote an op-ed for USA Today. It was edited to change the word “man” to “transgender” without her consent. Thousands of readers rely on USA Today to present information to aid in their view of the world and the evidence shows that view is based on lies. Consider this when choosing public opinion over law as guidance for policy.

Policy is another word for theft anyway. I knew a young man who upon returning from his first session at college declared, “We voted for it.” He was referring to one of my usual rants against the welfare state. Think of what passes for news when you ponder how votes come about.

While my dad was not perfect, he gave me a gift that makes me who I am today. He was a businessman and there was no person that he met who he did not respect. He was a conservative Republican yet never fit the leftist vision of an elitist conservative. He was a kind and loving man and expected the same from anyone he met. But he was mature enough to know that people are often shaped by lies.

Dad has been gone almost ten years now. I still often refer to him as guidance in my daily life. I do things to make him proud.

He was a stock broker at E.F. Hutton in Santa Monica when I was a kid. Sometimes I sat on the floor by his desk while he worked. I have an acquaintance now whose parents were clients of his. He has expressed gratitude for Dad’s investment advice that enabled them to retire comfortably.

Think about that. Mr. and Mrs. Clark trusted Dad’s judgment of the worthiness of some companies so they could pursue the jobs they excelled at while earning the extra money to invest. Dad and the Clarks were free to do what they do best. The companies benefited from the Clark’s faith and Dad’s research and rewarded them.

Much of that perfectly simple system has been scrapped for a system based on lies. Renewable energy, steel tariffs, policing the world, and men in women’s sports are all based on lies. No one can prove otherwise. They can only change the meanings of words to justify deceiving us.

A father is more than a tool in the birthing person’s tool box. It is part of a team. I had a rough time for a while when Dad decided to leave his family. It was illustrative of his mysterious value as a father. In later years as we became best friends those rough times became valuable too as it inspired independent thought and a questioning of authority.

I’ve found that this column is being abandoned by some who don’t fit in with the choir. My relationship with Dad as mature adults never became the amen corner. We countered and sometimes changed our minds. I sure miss that.

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