I just saw a PSA for "Fatherhood.gov"
I want you to let that one sink in.
Is it sinking?
Good, let us commence.
First, I know the intention of the site is good. It is promoting fathers. No problem there. BUt I cannot help but realize how the website is a contradiction.
The "fatherhood" and "gov" are antithetical to each other. The government should not be the father. The government should have no role in fatherhood. But apparently men are just "so bad at fathering" the government needs to step in. It's, in economic parlance, a example of "market failure" and the government needs to step in.
This is of course a testament to the genuinely crappy fathers out there, or the complete lack of them. Whether the fathers ARE genuinely crappy OR the system has forced them to be absent OR the mothers chose poorly, it has come to this folks. The government now needs to step in and tell us how to be good fathers.
Second, who is the federal government kidding? If the federal government was REALLY concerned about the importance of fathers it would immediately relinquish it's role as "substitute father," cut off WIC, EBT, and refocus the attention on the individual and family, and ultimately the father as the head of the household. The federal government would get out of the business of being a father and husband to single moms forcing women (and men) to think long and hard about bringing children into the world as they would suffer the full economic consequences of having children they can't afford. And the federal government would lower taxes so parents would have more money to afford either a stay at home dad or mom. Of course, millions of union government workers rely on the fact parenting has been outsourced to the state, and don't give a rats ass about the family, fatherhood, mothers or the children, rendering "Fatherhood.gov" a marketing gimmick.
Third, it's too late, the federal government is the "ultimate alpha male." Limitless funds, couldn't care less what the woman does, won't hold her up to standards, and will always pay. No man can compete against the federal government. He has not the funds, the patience, nor the ability to be that kind of provider. Worse, you have roughly three, maybe even four generations now of single moms relying on the government as surrogate husband and father and they're accustomed to it, even preferring it over a real flesh and blood man. It's laughable the government is now calling on men to become participatory fathers when the government kicked them out of being the head of the household.
Enjoy that decline.