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I was researching Father’s Day and saw that it was Richard Nixon who made it a federal holiday:

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910….

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

It seems to me that with all that fathers do for our country, it is the least that can be done. Fathers are important, just like mothers and it is unfair to pretend that they are not.

So Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

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This is what gets me about Father's Day. One weekend a year fathers are praised. Everyone is encouraged to buy gifts for their fathers. Commercials suddenly promote fathers. C'mon, it a promotional stunt. It's only done to promote commercial sales for a weekend.

The rest of the year, fathers and actually all men are ridiculed, even damned, in the media and academia, and abused by the court system. Father's Day weekend is the one weekend when men are postively portrayed. For a promotional stunt.

This is the exact opposite of Mother's Day. Everyone loves their mother, or those that had a good one do. So naturally everyone is going to buy their mother a gift. They don't need a blitz of commercial promotions to do so.

The rest of the year, mothers, particularly single mothers, and all women, particularly divorced women, are praised, in the media and academia, and rewarded by the court sytem solely based on their sex. They're liberated!

So, we have a Father's Day and a Mother's Day. I guess you could call that equality.

What does that have to do with the law? With presumptive paternity? With no fault divorce? With abortion on demand? Nothing.

Here's the joke. More and more women are becoming single mothers. Do you think those children celebrate Father's Day? Most of them probably don't even know who he is. More and more women are getting divorced, essentially raping their husbands in court for money and custody, and then poisoning their children's minds with lies about their fathers. How many of them do you think celebrate Father's Day?

Think about it, a commercial blitz to children who don't even know their fathers or who have lost their fathers due to divorce, on the one weekend of the year when men are positively portrayed. And this is a $1 billion industry? Does that make any sense? It seems rather cruel to the children to me.

Meanwhile, women march along their merry way. She only gets married for guaranteed child support, whether the child is her husband's or not. Oh, how she can feign affection. And then she gets divorced and walks away with half of everything, including the house and the child, leaving her ex-husband to pay for everything, sometimes including a child that isn't even his.

So this is all a facade. One weekend a year we celebrate fathers and men. Only for the purpose of commercial sales. The rest of the year, we denigrate fathers--all of them are rapists, you know--and ridicule men as incompetents.

This is a sick culture. But the underlying problem here is with the law. Until real and substantial changes are made to the law, neither of these holidays will have any real significance.

Millions of men are paying child support for children that are not theirs, and there's absolutely nothing they can do about it. Do you think they're celebrating Father's Day?
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Thank you for your kind words. Too few for Dads these days.
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