Bill Murchison

How did it get to this point anyway, that some (likely many) in power think the definition of sex roles is the government's business? It got to this point because it seemed like good politics. The relationship between men and women -- which there was once nothing more personal and less political -- got redefined through laws and regulations meant to advance women's civil rights -- and win their votes. The problem with putting human relationships on the same level as highway building, war fighting, and industry regulating is obvious. Government might know how to fight a war, but what does it know about the comparative values of the workplace and the home, viewed as operational bases for women?

Raising children is easier, less valuable work than closing a business deal? Stability in marriage matters less, as a matter of public policy, than overseeing transportation safety? You could kind of get that impression these days.

A better impression to get would be that many of the things the federal government makes its business on aren't the federal government's business at all, except insofar as government has a duty to do none of us any harm.

Could we leave Ann Romney to get on with the business she clearly thinks more important than deciding the life choices Americans should make and presumably, the pay and perks they deserve for making them? A minor flap all this may be -- this business of how hard the lady has or hasn't worked. It gives us, all the same, an unsettling look into the souls of those who always, in every temple of power, seem to think they know what's best for us.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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