Thoughts on 2012 from Parent Two

The current balance of political power is held by independents. Many political pundits and pollsters have concluded the rise in the fortunes of the GOP in 2010 was largely driven by a large shift in the voting preferences of independents. Yes, the tea party added passion and clarity to the GOP, but the votes came from independents. Independents who felt Obama was pandering to a base far to the left of the country. A base that demanded an agenda at odds with the majority.

Many people also believe the results of the 2012 election will also be driven by the fickle “middle”. If you want to hurt Obama’s 2012 reelection chances talk to the independents you know about how you feel about being “Parent Two”.

Yesterday I was “Dad”; today it seems I am “Parent Two”. Today’s Washington Post reports:

WASHINGTON — Goodbye, Mom and Dad. Hello, Parent One and Parent Two.

The State Department has decided to make U.S. passport application forms “gender neutral” by removing references to mother and father, officials said.

The change is “in recognition of different types of families,” according to a statement issued just before Christmas that drew widespread attention Friday after a Fox News report.

Official announcement of the change was buried at the end of a Dec. 22 news release titled “Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate Improvements” that highlighted unrelated new security features.

Frankly I feel insulted. I always aspired to be a “Dad”. Having the government define me as “Parent Two” seems to be demeaning. What’s next, an official change from Father’s day to Parent Two day? Please don’t get me wrong. I am “gender” sensitive. I am pretty sure many people who are “Mom” feel the same way about suddenly becoming “Parent One”.

I plan on talking to every political independent I know about how they feel about Obama not only redefining their life but also about his sense of priorities. I don’t recall turning me from a “Dad” to “Parent Two” being in his platform.