What It Means to Be a Father


Part of being a father is making sure my kids have enough to eat, have a roof over their heads, are protected from harm in our neighborhood.

These are all fairly traditional notions of fatherhood.

But being a father means more than that . . .

Didn't See it Coming

Imagine that you're a father living in 13th century Mongolia. A farmer, you work hard, put plenty of food on the table, keep a waterproof roof over your kids' heads, and protect them from the local thugs.

Good enough?

Not if your village lay in the path of Genghis Khan 's invading army. Unless you get your family out of harm's way, or figure out a way to organize all of the villages together and train them up in warfare, your kids aren't going to have it very easy, and all of your fathering will be for nothing.

Okay, that was pretty obvious, right?

Let's talk about another hypothetical example. Let's say you're a father in Germany in 1930. A banker, you work hard, and give your kids the best of everything.

But you fail to see the gathering storm as Adolph Hitler consolidates more and more power, and even after fire is set to German's Reichstag building and the fascist Enabling Act passed, you still naively hope that things will turn out okay.

They don't, and unless you get your family out of Germany or figure out a way to successfully organize resistance against the Nazi regime, your family is going to suffer mightily.

Seeing the Big Picture

As the above examples show, being a good father doesn't just mean paying attention to things within your house or neighborhood. It also includes protecting your kids against enemies within the seat of power in your country as well as outside your borders.

So let's talk man-to-man. Be honest with yourself. Don't pretend that just because you go to your son's little league practices or whatever, you're a big family man.

If you really cared about your children, you would work to protect them from the real, big-picture threats. You would fight for a level economic playing field and a solvent economy, so that your kids can have a fair chance. You would fight to reveal the hidden history of false flags so that new, bigger ones aren't carried out. You would fight to restore the Constitution and the rule of law in our country, so that your children would live in a just and free society.

Do you really care about your kids? Well, the imperial warmakers in Washington, whose loyalty is not to the people of America, are the new invading hordes. We've had our own Reichstag fire, and the new Enabling Act has been passed.

Do we just sit passively by and obsess over trivialities, or do we fight to protect our families?

Will we be real men and true fathers? Or will we just accept the role that the new ruler from abroad or the new homegrown tyrant tells us we should play?

We are deciding our children's future with our choice.

This essay is dedicated to my father, a successful man, who put his backside on the line to help the oppressed, who was the most honest man I've ever met, and who treated even the least valued members of society with respect.


You are right GW, we are fighting a battle that will determine the nature
of the world our children stand to inherit. This is also a battle that if we don't fight
now, our children may have to fight in the future against perhaps a better equipped and
more determined enemy.

"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."
Winston Churchill

Well said

Have you ever seen a small bird boldly feinting aerial attacks against a hawk whose beak and talons could make quick work of it? How its ferocity makes the hawk appear slow and feckless? How it relents only when the hawk has been driven away? That bird is a parent.

“On the altar of God, I swear eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man."--Thomas Jefferson

Beautiful Article GW

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

Hope Obama reads your article GW.


"......I know what it means to have an absent father, although my circumstances weren't as tough as they are for many young people today. Even though my father left us when I was two years old, and I only knew him from the letters he wrote and the stories that my family told, I was luckier than most. I grew up in Hawaii, and had two wonderful grandparents from Kansas who poured everything they had into helping my mother raise my sister and me - who worked with her to teach us about love and respect and the obligations we have to one another. I screwed up more often than I should've, but I got plenty of second chances. And even though we didn't have a lot of money, scholarships gave me the opportunity to go to some of the best schools in the country. A lot of kids don't get these chances today. There is no margin for error in their lives. So my own story is different in that way.

Still, I know the toll that being a single parent took on my mother - how she struggled at times to the pay bills; to give us the things that other kids had; to play all the roles that both parents are supposed to play. And I know the toll it took on me. So I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle - that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father to my girls; that if I could give them anything, I would give them that rock - that foundation - on which to build their lives. And that would be the greatest gift I could offer......."

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

no kids myself, but thumbs up to this article & all the comments

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Well said, hey GW can you give my wife a call?

Thanks, for this sort of piece is needed from time to time to makes us feel we are doing the right thing!

We" my family" gave up a holiday and a Spa bath(wife's) to fund the campaign this year(so what), some are giving up everything and doing it very tough indeed. We all can and should do more and I think the best example so far this year is Blair Gatsby's effort!

Kind regards John

9/11 24/7 UNTIL JUSTICE!!

While my daughters often groan when I start talking

to their friends about 9/11 and can't yet fully understand how severely their quite comfortable SF bay area lifestyle is about to change, they know that I love them deeply and that all the time I spend doing 9/11 activism I do out of my profound love for them and everyone we share this beautiful planet with.

If only more of our parents had seriously questioned the Kennedy and King assassinations and then acted upon the answers, think of where we might be today.

Parenting is more than just putting sushi on the table and uggs on their feet; it is, first and foremost, teaching our children about the eternal spiritual reality that cherishes each individual and demands integrity of all things, especially ourselves.

Thanks for another important and meaningful post, GW.

We are all brothers and sisters on this big, beautiful blue ball.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.