Most of my favorite memories growing up include my father and my two grandfathers. They involve hunting, fishing and camping. I remember my parents being there for all my extracurricular achievements in school.
Interestingly many of my fondest recollections during the last 30 years revolve around my children and their accomplishments.
Now my two sons have started a family of their own with their spouses this past year.
I bet many of you if you think about it, have similar experiences.
That is not the case for everyone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.3 million children — one in four — live without a father in the home, whether biological, step or adoptive father.
This has been growing over the last 60 years. In 1960 only eight percent of children grew up in a household without their fathers.
Two things happened in the 1960s that contributed substantially to this rise. As usual, the government can take a big part of the blame. The first was the Great Society, a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Part of the Great Society was its war on poverty, where the government began subsidizing single mothers. That program broke apart the family when it made it easier financially for mothers to raise children on their own.
The unintended consequence of those welfare programs has been a rise in fatherless households.
The Brookings Institute, a non-profit American research group founded in 1916, has stated that, “welfare made it harder for married households.”
According to author Warren Farrell, when children grow up without fathers, they do worse in 70 different areas. He points out that boys who grow up without a father are more likely to be disobedient, delinquent, drop out of school, go to jail, etc.
These are the boys who perform school shootings.
Nearly all of society’s ills facing America today can be traced back to children raised without a father in the home.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fatherless children are:
• Four times greater risk of poverty
• Seven times more likely to become pregnant
• More likely to have behavioral problems
• More likely to face abuse and neglect
• Two times at risk of infant mortality
• More likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
• More likely to go to prison
• Two times more likely to suffer obesity
• More likely to commit a crime
• Two times more likely to drop out of school
There is also a link between fatherlessness and those who don’t believe in God. Without a strong father to look up to, it’s hard to worship God the father.
The second deed in the 1960s which harmed families was the feminist movement. It was responsible for some good, like expanding the sense of purpose for girls in society to more than just raising children.
On the other side of the coin, that moment told women that they didn’t need men. During the height of the 1960s feminist movement, Gloria Steinem said, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”
In 1992, Dan Quayle was denounced in the media and by feminists in general when he condemned the television character Murphy Brown for giving birth out of wedlock.
The Left wants you to believe that what is devastating the black community the most today is racism. They are wrong. It’s the breakup of the family.
Before the Great Society, black families were intact. Economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out that the poverty rate for African-Americans fell by 40 percent from 1940 to 1960 —all without the help of the welfare programs from President Johnson.
These programs have created a permanent underclass in America by subsidizing fatherlessness and unemployment. The Left essentially uses these subsidies to buy votes.
In middle and high school, I hung out with a group of six friends. One of us did not have a father in the home. That friend spent less and less time with our group during high school until he started using drugs. From what I understand, he never was happy. A few years ago, I attended his funeral.
Happy belated Fathers Day to all dads. Remember, the most important thing you can do in raising your children is to love their mother.
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