I got tagged by the Tenured Radical. According to her, unlike the original game of meme, I am supposed to create and answer my own questions. I would love to read your response to my Q & A. For the record, I am trying to have some fun with this. Let us see if I can get this right:
- Why do women instead of men take off of work for a sick child? This is an easy one: women do not trust men. I suspect it has a lot to with their fathers. Men tend to rub dirt on the problem and pray that it goes away; however, professional women who had loving fathers growing up assume their father was the exception and not the rule. Ladies, send your significant “male” other home for once. I suspect this is an excuse to get out of committee and/or department meetings. For the record, I have no children of my own. I really do not have an answer here. I will say this, I would love for the government to push legislation demanding that employers provide at work day care. I am willing to pay more in taxes for this.
- What is so taboo about hiring a 13 year old boy to baby sit? When I was 13, all of my cool female friends were hired to baby sit after school. After a number of efforts to secure such employment, I was never offered a job. I realize that I probably would have called all of my buddies over to play a game of indoor football, but the parents hiring did not know that. I say end gender discrimination.
- If the Establishment Clause is designed to protect the individual from state religious authority, how is it that people have allowed the government to politic this type of religious authority on members that might be atheist or agnostic?According to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, Congress cannot establish a national religion or preference one religion over another. Clearly the Framers put such a document in place to protect Americans from the authority and persecution of a religious state; yet, I read campaign e-mails asking Americans not to support Obama because he supposedly is Muslim — which he is not.
- Why do “some” white women lock their car doors when they see a black man walking toward them? I prefer to think they would do this regardless of a person’s skin color; however, my experience with this situation has taught me differently. Either some of them watch too much T.V. or they learned from their own mother. I wear bow ties and sport jackets; if you are going to fear me, I would do so for a number of other reasons. A black man in a bow tie can only be dangerous in thought, not action.
- Why are people so conservative? I think too many Americans fear being different. They fear embracing different types of people, ideas, and experiences. It is far easier for one to conform rather than be different. Liberalism has taught me to love and embrace all people. Funny, but the Bible teaches this as well.
- What in the world does “traditional values mean?” I like to spend a lot of my reading and writing time at this great Bohemian spot that welcomes all types of people. True diversity is the most beautiful thing one can experience; if that is the case, why does society use the term traditional values to show their disapproval of diverse views and people? I often hear that the 1930s and 40s were the last decades of traditionalism. Families were cohesive and moral; young men worked hard for an honest dollar; and young ladies behaved the way they were expected to behave. I do not think people know what traditional values mean. During the 30s and 40s I had few rights thanks to Jim crow. And, both women and liberals had little voice.
- I teach advanced history courses to bright high school students. Do I have an easy job? Not at all. I am in a position to challenge and be challenged almost everyday. My prep work involves reading, reading, and more reading. To do my job one must love to read. Furthermore, the ability to juxtapose then compare multiple arguments are important to teaching an analytical history course. I have long stated that I do not prepare for class by drafting a lesson plan; I prepare by reading. If you enjoy reading, writing, research, traveling, and grading, you can do my job. I am doing what I always wanted to do. True, it is not like pouring concrete during a hot July month, but it is an endurance test of the mind.
- Is Hollywood “really” liberal? In comparison to the rest of America, yes. Let us see: Hollywood has given America what it fears the most: a black God; Will & Grace; a female president; a black president; interracial couples; and free speech. Though, have you noticed that TV commercials do not use interracial couples in its advertisement. I realize this is less of Hollywood and more of capitalism.