Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. That was a great line – but there were many great lines.
    I doubt Obama can corner the youth vote with his record, and an oponemt like this guy.
    He knows all the facts and has the answers, and has the ablity to put complex things in words that the average Joe can understand.

  2. I have always found the notion of “leaving home,” as an essential rite of passage a curious one.

    I am 67 years old and have always lived in the same house. It has been my family home since at least 1617, when the Register of Sasines was established and the earliest recorded title is a precept of clare constat to an incoming heir.

    The families in four of the nine neighbouring farms have been here as long.

    The Seymour family has owned land in the parish since at least Alexander III’s time (1241-1286)

    I never recall a time, when I wanted to “leave home.”

  3. I left home because I had to — my parents were moving out due to my dad’s job change. My mom helped me find an apartment when I was 20 because I wanted to stick around my hometown, Grove City PA, and start a rock band with my friends. I always thought of home as a state of mind, not a physical location, and “leaving home” is euphemistic for “growing up”. I think that’s how people take Ryan’s words & that’s why they resonate.

    Besides, doesn’t Genesis use the same euphemism? “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother…” Not a Biblical scholar, but sounds close to me.

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