The classic strip that we saw on the eighteenth of May, 2008 had a rather questionable moral. Elly clearly realized that all her bellowing and rage was wrong and would probably mess her children up pretty bad. Her remorse, however, did no one any good because she went on to state that she was trapped in the role of huffy nitwit disciplinarian. As I've mentioned before, she and her family have a strong urge to not admit they wrong to those they have wronged. Just as complaining is good for you as long as you're not complaining to the person you're complaining about, admitting error is something you have to do in private. This childish way of thinking stems from an attempt to avoid appearing weak so as not to have remorse held over one's head forever. It should also be noted that fessing up to being a jerk usually entails having to change how you do things so it ain't something the Foobs feel comfortable with. Since the Pattersons believe that they're trapped being who they are, they can whine in private about how their actions affect those around them and think that's all they can do. None of that personal responsibility nonsense for them, thanks loads. They're stuck being what they are because that's their destiny. They don't have free will because if they did, they wouldn't be victims of an unkind fate.