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Father’s Day

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Twice this week, on Thursday and Friday, I wrote of how good people are made, not born.  I have so written because we seem to be short good people in highly visible positions these days.  The country is actually full of good people, but they are too busy being good to attract any attention.  And so we find our vision filled with bad examples.

Part of the reason for this is an absence of fathers.  The statistics are stunning:

  • An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live absent their biological father.
  • Of students in grades 1 through 12, 39 percent (17.7 million) live in homes absent their biological fathers.
  • 57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.

Yes, those stats focus on biological fatherhood and there are alternatives, but those alternatives are not picked up that often.  The consequences of fatherlessness are stunning.  Just a few:

  • Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.
  • Children of single-parent homes are more than twice as likely to commit suicide.
  • 71% of high school dropouts are fatherless; fatherless children have more trouble academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, mathematics, and thinking skills; children from father-absent homes are more likely to be truant from school, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to leave school at age 16, and less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood.

Fathers matter.  And while today, as a holiday, is a creation of the greeting card companies, I think it a great day to consider the importance of fathers while we pour out our affection to each of our fathers. (Miss you Dad! – I have every day since you died.)  Despite our societal rejection of the Bible, it is simply chock full of wisdom about a lot of things – fathers among them.  I cannot think of a better way to consider fathers than to consider just a few Proverbs.

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Missouri Attorney General and Senatorial Candidate Josh Hawley on MSNBC w/Hugh

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The audio:


The transcript:

HH: Josh Hawley is the attorney general of the state of Missouri. Before winning election to that post, he attended Stanford University, Yale Law School, clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts, taught law school as well as being in private practice. One of his areas of specialty was the 1st Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause. He was elected the state’s AG in 2016, and he’s now running against Claire McCaskill, who was elected to the Senate in 2006. Welcome, Attorney General Hawley, good to have you on the program this morning.

JH: Thanks for having me.

HH: I want to begin with a political story. Your opponent, Claire McCaskill, got caught doing on RV TV thing, but that turned out to be part RV and part airplane, private plane. How big is that going to be in the election?

JH: Well, it’s very big, because Hugh, it just shows what a phony Claire McCaskill is. I mean, it shows that she is not what she pretends to be. She can’t tell the truth about an RV tour around the state? I mean, she can’t spend even a day on her luxury RV before she hops on her luxury plane? But that’s not even the most prominent way in which she’s out of touch. She says she’s independent. She says she’s been bipartisan, but that’s all phony, too. She votes with her party almost 90% of the time. She’s voted with Chuck Schumer over 2,700 times. She’s a party line, rigid, liberal Democrat, and that’s something neither Missouri wants nor Missouri needs.

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Thoughts on the IG Report From 35,000 Feet

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OK, let’s start by consolidating sources.  Here is a link to the report itself.  (Fair warning – the Executive Summary is 14 pages.  This thing is a Russian novel, not a report.)  I have only skimmed it.  I am more interested in the “meta” aspects of this whole thing than the nitty-gritty – advantages of not being a lawyer.  If you have not, you should definitely take in the first hour of the radio show from this morning.  The host relied on some great sources as I will in this post.  First John Hinderacker at Powerline.  Second Kimberly Strassel at WSJ.  Finally, the host cited Andrew McCarthy’s Twitter feed this morning on the show, to which I will add McCarthy’s great NRO piece from later in the day which begins with appropriate sarcasm:

You’ve got to hand it to Michael Horowitz: The Justice Department inspector general’s much-anticipated report on the Clinton-emails investigation may be half-baked, but if it is, it is the most comprehensive, meticulously detailed, carefully documented, thoughtfully reasoned epic in the history of half-bakery.

Why say do I say the report “may be half-baked”? Why don’t I just come out and declare, “The report is half-baked”? Well, I figure if I write this column in the IG’s elusive style, we’ll have the Rosetta Stone we need to decipher the report.

See, you probably sense that I believe the report is half-baked. But if I say it “may be” half-baked . . . well, technically that means it may not be, too. I mean, who really knows, right?

As the day has worn on the self-contradictions and doublespeak of the thing have been mounting to the point that I am not sure I will even eventually make my way through it in detail.  I prefer my nonsense in comic books and professional wrestling.

I really want to comment on three things that do not require a detailed reading given the good sources cited above, one political and two philosophical.

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The Implications Of The IG Report, Explained

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I devoted the first hour of my show Friday to explaining the significance of the IG Report, with assists from the writings/tweets of the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel, Powerline’s John Hinderaker, and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy.  Here’s the audio of that explanation:



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