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I just finished reading “A Bridge Too Far” and want to ask: Is Mr. Collins aware that this is the 21st century? His article is horribly illogical and seems like something that should have been written back in the '50s.
Mr. Collins speaks about the problems of children being left motherless if their mom is called into active duty in the military and is killed in action. While this is very true and very tragic, it is not exclusively a problem for women. What about single fathers who leave children behind? They must also find someone to take care of their children. Perhaps there is a mother that is alive and in the picture, and perhaps there is not. Mr. Reid does not even discuss this possibility, except in his last line where he states that it is better for men to leave children orphaned than for women.
Perhaps a better argument could have been made for removing all single-parents from the military. That would at least have made for a consistent argument.
Mr. Collins should also be ashamed of using the example of an abused child in Texas to advance his position. Is he really suggesting that this incident happened because the mom was called into duty, and not because the grandmother had some sort of dysfunction? What about other single parents who have left their children with grandparents? Did the grandparents in general abuse the grandchildren? What about men who left their children with the mother and the mother subsequently abused the child? Mr. Reid doesn’t even discuss these possibilities.p>The fact is, this was one isolated incident. It’s like saying that we should take away the children of all women who are suffering from postpartum depression because one or two have killed their children. One person’s pain and dysfunction should not be used to brand an entire group of people. Unfortunately, Mr. Reid plays directly into a stereotype that has not done the children of this country any great favors. He believes that the place of a mother is with her children, and a child’s need for his father is insignificant. This myth disparages the contributions that a woman can make to the workplace, the impact that a man can make to the home, and the need of a child for both of its parents. br> — Paul Heer br> Saint Louis, Missouri /p>
I am a man that finds Reid Collins’ argument sexist. As long as women are expected to be breadwinners it isn’t fair to bar them from a career of their own choosing. Many people, men and women, use the military as an opportunity to get away from a bunch a dead-end choices.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?