kATHLEEN PARKER’S brilliant article highlights:
That America’s fathers need to embrace their most important role is no secret.
But neither are all absent by choice, as Obama’s message implied.
His plea to fathers came on Father’s Day, a time we usually reserve for praising good men.
We pause briefly to ponder the kind of response Obama might have received had he decided to criticize negligent moms on Mother’s Day. No one in his right mind would do such a thing, but we’re so accustomed to dissing dads that even a Father’s Day reprimand leaves America’s eyelashes unruffled.
Changing the system won’t be easy, but Obama is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the conversation. He should begin by saying that bringing fathers back into the family means ending the demonization of men and the culture’s trivialization of fatherhood.
That would be a change we could believe in.