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Hear Dem Chickens Roostin’?
Murphy Brown’s Stinky Fish and Broken Bicycle
by Steve Finefrock - Hollywood Forum [scriptwriter] 4/2/07

Rebecca Walker, daughter of author Alice Walker [“The Color Purple”] made a startling assertion on the now-defunct “Late Late Show” to NBC’s Tom Snyder [previously host of its short-running “Tomorrow” show].  A wee-hours timeslot was the perfect place for the ardent feminist – who took her mother’s maiden name, abandoning her Jewish father’s surname after years of alternating between the coasts in a bi-coastal joint-custody arrangement – to admit something at such an early date, which now is confirmed in formal, sociological study conclusions just published in the New York Times.
Walker observed that some new social research was discovering the potential enormous impact on children from the ever-rising phenomenon of daddyless homes.  She knew of what she spoke, having witnessed the phenomenon arising particularly bitterly in the poor black communities.  Unlike even earlier bellwether utterances by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, nor later raggin’ of Bill Cosby, Walker’s observations went unheralded by the MSM, and thus she escaped the Cosby Treatment.


Founder of Hollywood Forum, a speaker-bureau and panel-discussion vehicle to "Bring the Potomac to the Palisades" on issues that overlap politics and culture with the Hollywood film-TV influence on such national concerns. His scripts have addressed politics [including a TV series pilot/bible package about state political combat, called "A State of the Union"], hazardous materials [from twelve years in emergency management, including six years managing FEMA's Superfund curriculum for hazmat], terrorism, equestrian reincarnation, serial murderer killing journalists in the nation's capitol, and fantasy about time-wasters.[go to Finefrock index]

 Along the way came the Murphy Brown v. Dan Quayle battle, revisited briefly in 1995 when Candace Bergen’s husband, French director Louis Malle died, and she commented on his vital role in their children’s upbringing.  A quick-witted reporter [rarity in these matters!] queried about the Quayle controversy, leading her to comment that she had agreed with him then, but said nothing for fear of hurting the show [and likely hurting her career – no Blacklist in HWD?].  But yes, she added: a father’s role is critical in children’s “modeling” on the same-sex and opposite-sex parent.  A confirmation of Walker’s late-night admission [itself un-noted by the media].
All this is direct contravention of the feminist mantra, A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle – quite popular in these three decades of women making bastards, akin to the Jenny Field character in “The World According To Garp” in 1982.  That role made the career of Glenn Close, her cold matter-of-fact style of securing a “sperm donation” from a paralyzed patient {Technical Sergeant Garp, thus the initials “T.S.” she gave her son] rather effectively summarizing the essential coolness of feminism.  Something personified later by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
From Moynihan’s observations to Walker’s and thence the admission by “Murphy” and now the latest study about daycare, and Voila we have liftoff – children need their parents, they need fathers, they need the loving attention of unconditional love from at least one parent providing 24/7/365 care and feeding and reinforcement of values and discipline and self-control.
This week’s study release of daycare effect on preschool children’s self-esteem, leading to disruptive behavior that lasts as late as sixth grade, by a federally financed study will cause the feminazis to rail and rant, and dismiss the study.  Entitled “Study of Early Childcare and Youth Development” with funding by 200,000,000 your federal tax dollars, it offers one hope for those who think fish and bicycles are sufficient substitute for Mom and Dad: parents chose where their children were assigned, thus no “control group” for the study, and it fails to factor for turnover of daycare staffers.
When established relationships at a commercial daycare center are disrupted by a worker leaving employment, “children experience this as a loss, and that does have an effect on them.”  DUH!  No, make that a DOUBLE-DUH, even triple it and then cube it.
A decade ago, this study package’s earlier findings gave feminist moms an “out” with a summary of its findings, which was ballyhooed by feminist journalists, who clung to the abstract’s findings, and dared nor inform their audience of its real discovery: yes, the “average” of children in daycare was only slightly deflected downward from average healthy attitudes of children reared by a blood parent in the child’s home.  But, the study had two groups, one comprised of commercial daycare – drop ‘em off with a hug, and pick ‘em up at the day’s end – and another of relatives giving the care to children, inside their own homes.  That is to say, the two groups were averaged, meaning one group was way low [commercial care] in children’s self-esteem and other ratings, and the other was quite high [relative-care].
Did ya remember that “nuance” as the left likes to apply to Kerry’s comments?  
Look for many “nuance” searches for this one, as women who breed and give screeds about the sufficiency of “Heather Has Two Mommies” or two men rearing a child, or one woman being all a child needs “so long as it’s in a loving home” and re-think what Rebecca Walker admitted in a late-night venue, and which “Murphy” belatedly confessed.  Children need BOTH PARENTS, and the differential shown in the earlier study and this newest entry will slowly erode the fish-&-bicycle myth.
Oh, yes, a woman can get along without a man – ask Eleanor Roosevelt – but the children need a father, and a mother, both heterosexual, present in the house when the kids come home [at least one, whichever gender], as perpetual models [however imperfect] of a complete family.
Do you hear the mea culpa arising from the left?  Nope, but the truth has cost us $200 million to discover, four decades after such utterances earned Moynihan the brand “racist” and recently led to a book attacking Cosby – and these issues aren’t even race-limited.  But the commentary is designed to protect the higher bastard rate among blacks, and among white trash, such protections issued by Candace Bergen types who would themselves be horrified at children being without a father.
Maybe Ms. Walker will speak further, on girls’ lack of father-image leads to early sexuality, and single-motherhood, which repeats itself generationally, in black and white homes, and now even in brown and yellow homes.  Those chickens of liberal divorce laws, easy welfare qualification, driving the father out, devaluing of fatherhood, and sanctifying single mothers as “just as good” as a two-parent family are now roosting in the inner pages of the NY Times.
Ditto for dropping the kids off to a big, burrocrat-managed building filled with strangers who can never know, or love, or guide a child like its own parents.  And if you think it’s disruptive for a daycare employee to suddenly leave a child’s life, whatcha think about losing the parent five or six days a week?  It’s bad enuf for there to be one parent in the home, without being dragged out of the home into an institutional setting filled with strange kids, strange sounds, unfamiliar smells and mob-feeding settings and dirty toys and all the rest which is common in even the better daycare environments.
Hear ‘em clucking?
So now the fur will fly, as feminazis struggle to deconstruct this study, their sisters in the media working the hardest, as they did a decade ago, for they want their careers, Coach bags, velveteen dresses and personal assistants, and get credit for being a mother.
More like a Muthah, it is now being proven.  So many Jenny Fields, and so many of her bastards, and only now the ammo to disarm these long-defunct notions.
But, in the meantime, the price has been beyond rubies, far more precious a cost than the current $200 million – it’s the loss of children’s esteem, and “modeling” on a two-parent family, seeing a father and mother and daily interaction which is the best teacher of how to be an adult, how to be a loving parent, a passionate partner.  What you don’t see, you can’t learn.
And we’ve reared a generation composed of millions of blind children.  Dan Quayle was right.  Murphy Brown was wrong, even if the actress who played her was right in her own mind [but too cowardly to give aid-&-comfort to GOP stalwarts, then or now]. Rebecca Walker had it right, even if uttered in ratings basement of past-midnight talk show ghetto.
Is it now obvious that children need a mother, and a father, and any woman who’s going to breed needs to discard the fish-&-bicycle mantra?  Single women who choose to remain childless, or are compelled by biology’s cruel lottery to be infertile, or who forego harassing a court to grant adoption [are you listening, Rosie O’Donnell?], may rant about bicycles and fish.  But if you have a kid, that child’s birthright is two parents, caring for that child in the home, and not farming him/her to strangers in an institutional building.
And it cost only two hundred million taxpayer dollars to prove this dictum. CRO

copyright 2007 Steve Finefrock





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