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Levy: Obama on Letterman and Father-daughter Dances

By Mark P. Levy

Dear Mark: Mitt Romney has been exposed for the out-of-touch elitist that he really is. The recently surfaced tape of Romney bashing the 47 percent of the country who don't pay taxes proves it. It's time to let President Obama finish his job and take the country back from Romney and his rich cronies who are ruining America. Why doesn't he just quit now? — More Hope and Change

Dear More: While discussing who's dependent on government, Romney's only error was making too broad a statement — a tactic quite common with liberals when talking about the tea party, for example. Romney stood by his comments as he realizes this election is about two very different philosophies concerning the role of government in people's lives.

I understand David Letterman is a comedy show, but President Obama's response to the Romney tape of, "My expectation is if you want to be president you've got to work for everybody not just some," was a joke. In the spirit of Letterman's show, let's put Obama's pathetic performance under Letterman's stupid human tricks.

Since his inauguration, President Obama has done nothing but divide the country on race, income, gender, health insurance status and union membership. He has demonized Wall Street, business owners and doctors. He's incited phony wars on women, public servants and immigrants.

Don't crow too soon, as Obama has his own tape to defend, where he discusses his support of wealth redistribution. Sadly, this tape won't damage the president, as many of the 47 percent don't seem to care that they're taking money from fellow citizens.

Dear Mark: The ACLU and its thugs did it again. A school district in Rhode Island caved to this fascist organization and banned father-daughter dances.

At a time when family values are under assault by politicians and the entertainment industry, we need to strengthen the family unit, not eliminate wholesome activities. Today, many of society's ills can be directly linked to the absence of strong male role models, yet the ACLU and this idiotic school system feel there's something wrong with father-daughter dances. What the heck is wrong with this country? — Proud Poppa in Pampa

 

Dear Proud: As the father of two beautiful daughters myself, the father-daughter dances have been some of the best memories of my life. The problem in our country is that we are too worried about people's feelings. Whether it's an individual or the feelings of an entire religion, there are too many in the United States who believe that the world should be free of anything that could be hurtful. Unfortunately, organizations like the ACLU have gone to the extreme and threatened many of this country's proudest traditions and organizations in the name of defending someone's right to not be offended.

This ridiculous episode was started when a single mom complained that her daughter was not able to attend the father-daughter dance. Instead of seeking some sort of alternate solution (maybe the school could have made an exception and allowed the mom to escort her daughter), the school just cancelled the event. The ACLU can put another notch on its holster, but what did it really accomplish by violating the rights of all of the father-daughters in that school system?

Don't fret because if President Obama is re-elected, the ACLU will be put out of business. Unfortunately, it will be because Obama Part 2 will pack the Supreme Court with uber-liberal justices. It's not the best scenario, but I'm trying to see the silver lining through all of the tarnish.

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  1. giraffemomComment by giraffemom
    September 24, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    I am a GS leader and our “father daughter” dances allow young ladies to be accompanied by any male over the age of 18 that isn’t a boyfriend of an older scout – grandfather, brother, cousin, family friend, another scout’s father, etc. This is a matter of a cry baby mom making the entire community pay for her choices. I apologize in advance if she is a widow, but she is setting her daughter up for failure if she thinks she won this battle. We cannot all do EVERYTHING that we want to do. Sometimes choices have to be made and sometimes we are excluded from activities. If she could not find an acceptable substitute for the absentee dad, why couldn’t she and her daughter go out to dinner and a movie or bowling and make their own fun?! As for Mitt alienating the people who don’t pay taxes… Obama should be considered the one out of touch – his lavish vacations, numerous rounds of golf and skipped security briefings speak volumes about how much he respects the common people. NOT AT ALL!

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  2. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    September 24, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    My dad was out of town for my Camp Fire Girls Daddy-Daughter event. A friend of the family took me and we had a good time. I doubt if this girl would have been scarred for life by not having a father to escort her to the event. You would think there was some man in her life (grandfather, uncle, family friend) who could fill in.

    When I first heard of this, I figured it was probably a lesbian mom protesting it because it was sexist. If the mom is a widow, it should make her appreciate even more how important it is for the girls to spend time with their fathers while they have them. She shouldn’t be so selfish as to deprive others because of her own tragedy.

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  3. NY GrahamComment by NY Graham
    September 24, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    I feel sorry for the girl whose mother filed the complaint. Now, not only does she not get to go to the dance, she is also the most hated girl in the whole school. Nice one, mom!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      September 24, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      No kidding. “Hey, aren’t you the girl that got our dance cancelled?”

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  4. braines57Comment by braines57
    September 24, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    As the single mother of two daughters who has faced similar problems over the years, I feel compelled to post something about this. First, I have to say that I am sad not only for the girls who had their dance cancelled, but also the young lady who was not going to be able to attend because of her family situation. Traditions like this are important milestones in the lives of our youth and should not be arbitrarily eliminated. I think that the organizers of the event should have had something in their planning process to reach out to some coaches or pastors within the community to see if they would be willing to escort a young lady who wanted to attend but didn’t have a male family member available. As I stated, I am a single mom – both of my parents are deceased – my dad, since my oldest daughter was a baby, and their other grandfather has passed as well. Their father has chosen over the years to not be present or participate for most of the important events in their lives – events just like this. Therefore, over the years, there have been several times where I have faced a similar dilemma. I would never seek to have an event cancelled because I believe there are other options. The organizers of such events need to be sensitive to the young ladies for whom such an event was created and be prepared to offer some alternatives. The saddest point about this whole thing is one not mentioned: there are a lot of kids growing up now who don’t have any father figure in their lives. Rather than make these kids feel more left out than they already do, it might be nice to use a little creative problem solving to find a way to include them.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      September 24, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      I agree. The solution didn’t have to be cancelling the dance. Unfortunately, schools have been so cowed by the ACLU that they are afraid to stand up to them. Perhaps the mother should have chosen another avenue other than the ACLU if she wanted a real alternative as opposed to outright cancellation. By going to the ACLU, she ruined the activity for everyone.

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    • giraffemomComment by giraffemom
      September 24, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

      As was stated earlier, it is very easy to open the dance to “me and my guy” any male over the age of 18 – cousin, grandfather, uncle, neighbor, coach, etc. The reality is that no matter how “creative” people get, there are still absentee parents out there and the hard fact is that sometimes we CAN’T do everything we want to. There are choices between sports; sports and scouts; religious ed and a movie with friends. Too many parents these days want the activities to change for their children rather than explain sometimes we don’t always get what we want. The moms/dads can get creative too and reach out to the same people that the groups do. The groups do not enter these activities saying, “Let’s see who we can exclude…” the father daughter dance was probably something someone felt nostalgic about and wanted this generation to experience. Parents have contacts, neighbors and friends and can make these requests, too.

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  5. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    September 24, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    ACLU response to complaints.

    http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/father-daughter-dance-cancelled-due-to-complaint

    This had nothing to do with the daughter not having a father. It had to do with feminazis who don’t think girls should enjoy a formal dance because that is too girly.

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  6. hitthedeckComment by hitthedeck
    September 24, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Little Sue has Polio and her feelings are hurt because she can’t dance. Her Mom complained that school dances make her daughter sad and calls for all school dances to be banned, meanwhile Billy wants to take his homosexual partner to the prom dance and there are plenty of kids that feel offended but will be intimidated if they complain . What happened to the days when the kids were tough enough to control their feelings, or should I say their parents feelings?

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