POSTED ON Oct 04th 2013 BY LESLIE LOFTIS UNDER Online Debate, Politics, Sons, The Federalist Links
My first piece in a new webmag, The Federalist, posted this morning. It is about how heartless conservatives are. It proved quite timely in this household.
“What’s a bastard?” nine year old Calvin asked as he got off the bus yesterday. Whether because I had just finished my article that morning and had the subject on the brain or because I know my son, I asked, “Were you talking politics on the bus?”
He was. He got into a ‘I’m a conservative’/’I’m a liberal’…banter with a couple of 5th graders. They told him that if he was conservative that made him a bastard.
I explained the historical meaning of the term to him first. That he hardly got that at all. What did it matter if your parents were married? You’re father is your father. But he got the second and intended meaning, cold and heartless. We had a long discussion about mistaking preferred methods with seeking different results. I used the ‘teach a man to fish’ story too. That worked best for him.