Focus on the Dobson


James Dobson. I don’t talk about James Dobson enough, do I.

James Dobson has a question for his Friends.

Are you tired of hearing about same sex marriage coming from President Obama, liberal Congressmen, media spokesmen, leftist commentators, activist judges, entertainment moguls and homosexual advocates? These and other powerful influencers have set about redefining marriage as it has been known for 5,000 years.

Yeah, 5000 years. Or wait – wasn’t it more like 50? The Donna Reed Show – that wasn’t 5000 years ago was it?

Marriage 5000 years ago meant men with whole stables full of women, which I don’t think is what James Dobson is urging on our attention, although maybe underneath he is, the filthy devil. You rogue you, James Dobson!

Do you get the feeling that James Dobson is kind of haunted by President Obama, liberal Congressmen, media spokesmen, leftist commentators, activist judges, entertainment moguls, and homosexual advocates? I do. I think he should add folksingers, too, for that retro touch.

He haz a sad because there was women’s liberation and then women felt all ashamed about wanting to be WivesandMothers.

I was counseling a “co-ed” (oops, wrong word,) one day about some things that were troubling her, and I asked what she wanted to do with her life.  She paused, leaned forward and said in a hushed tone, “Can I be honest with you?”

“Of course,” I said. “That’s why you are here.”

“Well,” she replied, “I really don’t want to have a career at all. What I most want is to find someone to love and to have a bunch of children and to be a full-time homemaker.”

So he helped her escape the country via the underground railroad, and she is now happy amongst her 23 children in Yellowknife.

My purpose in recounting the Mommy Wars today is not to express disrespect for women who want or need to work outside the home. Again that is nobody’s business but women and their husbands.

Nice touch!

Perhaps you have been reading in the secular press that millions of women, including some who call themselves “liberal feminists,” have begun leaving the workplace and found joy and fulfillment in doing what their grandmothers did: staying home with their children and devoting themselves to domestic duties.

No no no no, honey, not millions of women – just Caitlin Flanagan millions of times.

But seriously. The secular press has been running stories like that all along, dude. The secular press tells us and tells us and tells us that it was all a bit of a mistake and really women just want to let go and let daddy. James Dobson has spotted an exciting new trend that started 5000 years ago, or was it 50,000.

It’s about time the culture began applauding the contributions made by families, and recognizing what a division of labor can accomplish in the lives of children. It’s all about the kids. We must reexamine the chaos of modern life with its constant obligations and impossible schedules, where every member of the family, children included, careen through endless days with their hair on fire.  Children are not designed for frantic lives. They need moms and dads to guide them as they are growing up.  Obviously, my bias is that the family, if possible, should have a full-time manager to keep everything on an even keel.  (Moms make great managers.) Indeed, there has to be a better way of running our families than how we are doing it now!

There has to be a way to make sure that all women will do what James Dobson thinks they should do and not what they think they should do. There simply has to!

Comments

  1. sailor1031 says

    In the interests of domestic tranquillity, I won’t be bringing this post to my wife’s attention.

    Yellowknife? I can see Dawson City maybe or even Whitehorse, but (gasp) Yellowknife?

  2. says

    So he helped her escape the country via the underground railroad, and she is now happy amongst her 23 children in Yellowknife.

    In godless, supergay, socialist Canada where abortions are as plentiful as Timbits? I think not.

  3. becca says

    I strongly recommend “Marriage: a history” for people interested in the background that goes into the current “marriage crisis” – it’s very well researched, and I found it fascinating. “biblilcal marriage” maybe dates back to the Victorian age, and the over-sentimentalization of “the home” – that shaped our 1950s “traditional marriage”.

  4. Your Name's not Bruce? says

    “James Dobson has spotted an exciting new trend that started 5000 years ago, or was it 50,000.”

    Nope. The universe is only 6,000 years old. Or is it 10,000. Can’t have trends being older than where they’re supposed to be taking place.

    On a more serious note, maybe Mr. Dobson can point out to the economic powers that be that most families can’t get by on a single parental paycheck. Without breadwinners winning more bread, stay at home parents of any flavour are pretty much a pipe dream.

  5. Claire Ramsey says

    Christ almighty, in the US all we hear about is the damn traditional family. Its contributions get plenty of applause. Dobson doesn’t know shit from shinola about the history of marriage.

    On another note, I am amazed that he used the “hair on fire” metaphor. I wouldn’t have thought he’d know it.

  6. Ulysses says

    Your Name’s not Bruce? @6

    On a more serious note, maybe Mr. Dobson can point out to the economic powers that be that most families can’t get by on a single parental paycheck. Without breadwinners winning more bread, stay at home parents of any flavour are pretty much a pipe dream.

    My wife is a stay-at-home mother. She’s also 100% disabled with multiple sclerosis. My single, adult daughter provides the other income without which the family would not be in the middle class.

    Dobson’s ideal American family isn’t based on past or present reality but on 1950s TV sitcoms like “Leave It To Beaver” and “Father Knows Best”.

  7. mildlymagnificent says

    And I don’t get the women-who-work-outside-the-home-can’t-do-domesticity thing either.

    In my family my mother managed to keep the house full of neatly dusted shelves and fresh flower arrangements and a home-cooked meal each and every night along with full time work. I and my husband managed a household with a brace of kids along with home cooked meals, home made bread, shelves groaning with home made pickles and bottled fruit – as well as helping out with school council and sports coaching/transport/supervision – along with full time work. We just used formal after school care instead of the playing with friends until tea time routine that was common when I was young.

    It isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible.

  8. iknklast says

    A woman who is in the home when she wants to be elsewhere often makes a terrible mother. I was home for six weeks after my son was born, and I needed to go back to work. If I had not worked through his childhood, I would have been unable to mother him at all, because I probably would have gone insane.

    Having kids should not be a life sentence. At no time should the kids lives totally overrun your life. You need to work to find the balance, because you are still a person. Many people feel that Mommy means the only thing in your life should be your kids (and taking care of your husband’s needs in the bedroom even when you’re too tired). Why don’t people think Daddy should mean only kids? Because Daddies are people, too; Mommies are just mommies. This is the vision of Donna Reed that Bill O’Reilley promotes. And, obviously, he doesn’t realize the horrible truth: that nice Donna Reed smile was plastered on many women’s faces through the liberal use of Valium and/or alcohol.

  9. iknklast says

    Sorry, make that James Dobson. I apparently had Bill O’Reilley on the brain from some other article. My bad.

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