Being a father is a tremendous responsibility.
In the blink of an eye, a man is plucked from his youth, forced to put down Sports Illustrated and pick up a copy of Dr. Spock. He's suddenly forced to care for another living being, teaching and guiding him through his first steps, his first time riding a two-wheeler, comforting him through his first nightmare.
But that responsibility doesn't end when Junior moves out of the house; it continues from cradle to grave.
When he starts hanging with the wrong crowd, it's up to dad to gently guide him. When he gets into trouble, it's Dear Old Dad who usually bails him out.
Former President George Bush might want to pull Junior aside and have a little chat.
His son, President George W., has obviously been hanging with the wrong crowd, and is about to get the United States into serious trouble.
His proposal to abolish the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty is the worst idea we've heard in his first 100 days in office.
The president wants to dump the treaty, calling it an antiquated ideal.
"Security of both the United States and the Soviet Union was based on a grim premise: that neither side would fire nuclear weapons at each other, because doing so would mean an end to both nations," the president said Tuesday.
Pulling out of a time-honored treaty that has kept the world at peace and, as President Bush proposes, replacing it with a $60- to $100-billion missile defense program that the experts say will be antiquated by the time it's built is lunacy.
Listening to the president try to sell this idea, one gets the impression that George W. isn't as concerned with national defense as he is with carving out his own legacy.
Calling for a completely revamped missile defense strategy, the president deduced, "Unlike the Cold War, today's most urgent threat stems not from thousands of ballistic missiles in the Soviet hands, but from a small number of missiles in the hands of (rogue) states."
The bombing of the World Trade Center and the federal building in Oklahoma City have shown that today's most urgent threat also can come from within the very borders of our own states, delivered in such innocuous ways as a briefcase or a rental truck.
For further proof that backing out of the ABM is a bad idea, look to the lukewarm reactions of our Allies. Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan have all issued responses, saying they're not in favor of Bush's plan, but would cautiously consider the final proposal.
The reaction of our former enemy is also a red flag. In the first official response from the Kremlin, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said, "(The ABM Treaty) cannot be separated from the general architecture of disarmament. This is why we are so insistent in keeping and strengthening (the) ABM."
The time has come, former President George Bush, for you to show your son the destructive path he's on, and guide him back to reality.