I found this nugget on churchofcriticalthinking.com (click on the title of this post for link), a post about South Dakota senatorial race between daschle and Thune. One of the commenters wrote:
"There are plenty of people out there who think dogs and children should be punished on a regular basis just to "remind them who's in charge". "
That is the most succint and revealing explanation of the whole Strict Father mindset. Who's in charge? That is the only question. "Who has the power?" conservatives ask. "Who does not share in the power, and why not, and until when?" is what progressives ask. "You got the power!", Dean used to say. We do, but until when? We better start using that power we still have before is completely taken away from us during next four years of totalitarian rule.