There is obvious humor in the fact my wife and I look normal and happy, as our son is reaching away from us and clearly wants out of the frame.
(Also, take notice of the couple in the upper right hand corner apparently embracing while they wait in line for a port-a-potty. Awkward…)
While dozens of people “liked” the picture on Facebook, no one specifically pointed out why they connected with it.
But I think I know why.
It’s because it serves as a somewhat subtle, visual reminder to fellow parents out there:
This is normal. This is good. Enjoy it for all it’s worth.
I think one of the biggest cliches in the world of parenting is this:
“Being a parent is the toughest job in the world, but it’s also the most rewarding.”
Well, I don’t buy that. Two reasons:
First, it seems pretty obvious to me that some of the toughest jobs in the world would include prostitution, coal mining, and truck driving. I mean… right?
Second, being a parent isn’t a job. It’s simply a necessary part of life.
Life itself is tough. I know, personally, I would love have access to my own free psychiatrist just to sort it all out.
But I don’t get that.
For me, I put parenting in a category like marriage. Attempting to be a good husband is not a job. In fact, it’s so much more than that.
Now that I think about it, how insulting it is to consider being married as a job. Instead, it’s a privilege with built-in responsibility and accountability so big that it can’t just be dumbed down to “a job.”
Being a parent is so huge that many moms and dads actually stay home while their spouse goes out to work in the “professional” work force. Because being a parent is that big of a deal.
It’s that time-consuming, that stressful, and that hard to put a salary amount on.
The value of a parent is essentially priceless.
So, no, I don’t think being a parent is the hardest job in the world. If nothing else, because I’m sticking with my weird prostitution answer.
Except for in the state of Nevada, prostitution is illegal in our country. It is against the law for a person to be paid for sex… unless that action is filmed, therefore making it hardcore pornography, which is perfectly legal in America as long as the “entertainment film” features consenting adults.
Why is prostitution illegal while hardcore pornography is not? It’s a lot easier to tax porn. Yes, money is the difference between a “legal” or “illegal” status.
Plus, we as a Christianized nation can’t allow for legalized prostitution; it would be like giving our approval.
I, for one, morally oppose both pornography and prostitution, but I recognize the fact that it’s impossible to outlaw pornography; because after all, what exactly constitutes as pornography?
Does it have to be explicit nudity? How about Michelangelo’s famous statue, David? You can’t censor classic art.
What about a large number of Beyonce’s music videos, featuring gyrating females wearing little clothing in the name of feminism?
What about that? Where could the line on pornography ever be drawn?
It can’t. So we tax it. Does that make it right? (Or does that make it even worse?)
But what politician would ever be practical and honest enough to acknowledge such a double standard which is based on tax revenue? Ron Paul.
He doesn’t necessarily want to legalize prostitution, he wants to leave it up to each state to decide, as he believes that is how our American Constitution was written.
Ron Paul doesn’t care about modern-day social expectations of what a man running for President should be like. If anything, that’s his downfall- he’s a politician who’s not political, in the negative sense of the word.
Instead, he is a man who has voted consistently throughout the decades. He stands for what he believes; no matter what. He has been married to his wife since 1957, around the time my parents were born. He sticks to his guns; no secret mistresses to be discovered with this guy.
As for me, I am a 30 year-old dad who doesn’t care at all about the word “Republican” or “Democrat.” I would like to say I don’t care about politics, but that’s not true because I care about social justice, as well as running our nation’s economy like a legitimate business.
Last week when 29 year-old pop star Kelly Clarkson publicly endorsed Ron Paul on Twitter, her record sales spiked 442% during a 24 hour period. What does that say about “our generation?” We get Ron Paul. We value his stubborn and (un)reasonable approach to political issues.
We could be the first generation to vote in a President who finally ends the expensive and ridiculous federal “War on Drugs,” where a man who is caught with possession of marijuana can be sent to prison for a decade while a child molester serves a shorter term.
Bless Ron Paul for calling our government out on so many of its asinine policies. No matter how he runs, whether as the official Republican candidate, or as an independent, I’m voting for Ron Paul. Even if I have to “write in” his vote.
Image credit for top photo: Gage Skidmore.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I am able to point out some of the major ideas that Ron Paul supports:
Paul calls himself “strongly pro-life”, ”an unshakable foe of abortion”, and believes regulation or ban on medical decisions about maternal or fetal health is “best handled at the state level”. He says his years as an obstetrician led him to believe life begins at conception; his abortion-related legislation, like the Sanctity of Life Act, is intended to negate Roe v. Wade and to get “the federal government completely out of the business of regulating state matters.”
Paul also believes that the notion of the separation of church and state is currently misused by the court system: “In case after case, the Supreme Court has used the infamous ‘separation of church and state’ metaphor to uphold court decisions that allow the federal government to intrude upon and deprive citizens of their religious liberty.”
Paul pushes to eliminate federal involvement in and management of health care, which he argues would allow prices to drop due to the fundamental dynamics of a free market.
He is an outspoken proponent for increased ballot access for 3rd party candidates and numerous election law reforms which he believes would allow more voter control. Referring to the federal government, Ron Paul has also stated that “The government shouldn’t be in the medical business.” He is also opposed to federal government flu inoculation programs.