Happy Fathers Day to all the men in the world who do the most important job on the planet - fathering children, raising them to the best of their ability, and guiding them throughout their lives. We need engaged responsible fathers today more than ever. 

The school shootings, the suicide rate, the drug use, the gang killing, the overall anger and lack of moral clarity in our nation, can be traced directly to the effects of the war on men and fatherhood that has taken place since the 1960's - particularly in the black community. When was the last time you saw a TV commercial that did not portray the boyfriend/father/ husband as a total insensitive fool? That's the lie and that's the problem.

Today I celebrate men who are strong, who are capable, who are loving, who are engaged with their wives and their children, who are serious about doing the most important job on the planet and doing it well! We wish them all a Happy Father's Day because they are a critical part of making all our lives, and our entire world, great! Today we thank them for their hard work, their love and their wisdom.

Tom Zawistowski
Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party

Father's Day Quotes

"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys."
[Author Unknown]

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. 
Mother would come out and say, 'You’re tearing up the grass.'
'We’re not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We’re raising boys.'” 
[Harmon Killebrew]

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, 
he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."
[Charles Wadsworth]

"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy."
(Robert A. Heinlein)

"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve." 
[Roger Lewin]

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." 
[Billy Graham]

"The most important thing that parents can teach their children is 
how to get along without them."
[Frank A. Clark]

"The father who loves his children will not substitute toys for time, replace commendation 
with condemnation but will be their teacher not taskmaster." 

[R. Robert Flatt]

"My father didn’t tell me how to life; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
[Clarence Budington Kelland]

"A father's words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house "
[Paul Lewis]

"He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. "
[Clarence Budington Kelland]

"Children seldom misquote you. 
They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said."
[Mae Maloo]

 "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged."
[Colossians 3:21]

"An effective father devotes himself to become an instrument and model of human experience to his children...
accepts and affirms his children for who they are, appreciates them for what they are accomplishing, 
and covers them with affection because they are his."
 [Gordon MacDonald]

One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters."
[George Herbert]

"The footsteps a child follows are most likely to be the ones his parents thought they had covered up." 
[Author Unknown]