Growing up with your father is, increasingly, a thing of the past.
In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.
America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows.
People “look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” he said.
Marriage can be challenging. Monogamy can be difficult. In generations past, there was little choice but to do the heavy lifting of family maintenance. Broken families resulted in severe economic hardship.
Because we are human, we often fail to do the right thing, Increasingly, government policies encourage vice. Today, government programs provide options. Marriage and fathers are optional and increasingly, people opt out of intact families. Children grow up without fathers and the result is a world of government imposed social pathologies.
At the core of this state-sanctioned and subsidized amorality is the leftist belief that faith, family and work are confining. The left rejects the traditional culture: faith, family, children, love of others, the home, and the womb. It sees these as “oppressive institutions” to be undermined by the state.
The result is that more and more children grow up in a dysfunctional culture of broken homes and poverty amid plenty. The only question is are the consequences of leftist social engineering unintended or are they the fruits of Cultural Marxism?
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