Death of the Family

I’ve seen a number of headlines regarding the Supreme Court taking up “gay marriage” that are variations of this: “SCOTUS Poised to Destroy Marriage.”

Now, I’m not implying that I disagree with the concept. Marriage, by its definition is a union between a man and a woman. So, yes, if the Supremes strike down state marriage laws that bar two people of the same gender from receiving a marriage license, then they will effectively destroy an institution that for several millennia has always been a union between a man and a woman.

But SCOTUS won’t destroy marriage.

Mainly because marriage was destroyed fifty years ago.

I have always referred to the War on Poverty as the War on the Family.

In fact, I write about that extensively in my book Liberals Gone WILD!!! The Not-So-Silent Conquering of America.

In the years since the “War on Poverty” was launched, the percentage of Americans in poverty has not declined. Not in the least.

The single biggest casualty in this “war” was the family.

The War on Poverty ushered in the death of the family.

In 1960 — four years before the War on Poverty began, the number of black children born into single-parent homes was 22%.

Now, 72% of all black children are born to a single mother.

Seventy-two percent. For those of you who learned Common Core math, let me help you out. That is 50% higher than in 1960.

From my book Liberals Gone WILD!!! The Not-So-Silent Conquering of America:

On June 11, 2013, at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “Equal Pay Act” of 1963, Barack Obama inadvertently declared victory in the fifty year war on the family (that we know by its Orwellian name The War on Poverty).
Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that in Obama’s Administration, women are paid less than their male counterparts. We’ll deal with the Liberals’ dividing of the sexes later.
Circled by his latest array of human props — this time, naturally, just women — Obama said the following:
“Women are now the primary source of income for nearly 40% of American families. Forty percent — almost half. That’s not something to panic about or be afraid about. That’s a sign of the progress and the strides that we’ve made…” [Emphasis mine]
You know why so many women are the breadwinners? In part because so many people have lost their jobs. But also because in the United States, let me repeat, 72% of all black children are born into homes without a father present. And this, according to Obama, is a “sign of the progress and strides we’ve made.”
In 1960, the number of black children born into single parent homes was 22%. So, over the same 50 years that we’ve had this Equal Pay Act, the number of black children living in a home without a father has more than tripled. And, according to Barack Hussein Obama, that is “not something to panic about or be afraid about.”
Because, that was the goal.
That was the intended victory sought when Liberals pushed on us the “The War on Poverty.”
The war was not to defeat poverty, but to secure in the American culture a permanent, government-dependent underclass. To ensure that a large swath of the American electorate looked to Government as parent, husband, provider.
And that is a “sign of the progress and strides we’ve made” according to Obama.
Believe it or not. Obama was actually speaking the truth. For Liberals that is progress. For Liberals undermining the family is making great strides in the conquest of our nation.
Liberalism needs to destroy its enemies. And a well-defined family unit is one of Liberalism’s enemies. Because the family is at the heart of the civil society.
This explains the War on Poverty. This explains the push to permit homosexuals to “marry” each other. This is explains the fight to make available over the counter an abortion pill to girls of any age — thereby removing parental consent. This explains the desire to see our children as “part of the collective” and getting away from the “notion that your children belong to you.”
The family is a target.
Nothing that Liberalism does is about helping others or solving a problem. To the contrary, Liberalism’s tactics tend to cause the very problems they claim they want to solve.
War on Poverty? Are there fewer poor people today than in 1964? No. Even taking into account population increases, the number of people in poverty today is the exact same percentage as in 1964. Fifteen percent. Taking into account population increases, that means the total number of people in poverty is higher today than 1964.
The sad fact is, prior to the passage of the “War on Poverty,” poverty in the US was on the decline. Then, after 1964, it began to climb and climb and climb.
Liberals didn’t seek to solve poverty.
The Liberals’ goal was weaken the family unit and deepen the dependence on Government.
Poverty was the goal.

The truth of the matter is, when you destroy the nuclear family, you do serious damage to the civil society.

It cannot function if one of its fundamental building blocks is obliterated.

Young black men don’t make up a higher percentage of the prison population because cops and “the system” are racist.

Young black men make up a higher percentage of the prison population because they are, by a higher and higher percentage, being brought into the world without the stabilizing influence of the nuclear family.

Study after study has shown that children born into a stable home with both a mother and a father do far better. Even children of divorce do better than children born to single mothers.

Take the time to read Clinical Psychologist Wade Horn’s speech from a 1997 Hillsdale College event on Education.

Here are some interesting points he raises:

Almost 75 percent of American children living in fatherless households will experience poverty before the age of eleven, compared to only 20 percent of those raised by two parents. Children living in homes where fathers are absent are far more likely to be expelled from or drop out of school, develop emotional or behavioral problems, commit suicide, and fall victim to child abuse or neglect. The males are also far more likely to become violent criminals. As a matter of fact, men who grew up without dads currently represent 70 percent of the prison population serving long term sentences.

Dr. Wade explains the invaluable role fathers have in socializing children.

Fathers are also critical to the proper socialization of children because they teach by example how to keep negative impulses in check. It is through boys’ observation of the way their fathers deal with frustration, anger, and sadness that they learn how men should cope with such emotions. It is also through the observation of how fathers treat mothers that boys learn how men should treat women. If fathers treat mothers with dignity and respect, then it is likely that their sons will grow up to treat women with dignity and respect. If fathers treat mothers with contempt and cruelty, then it is likely that their sons will, too. Fathers are also critical for the healthy emotional development of girls. If girls experience the love, attention, and protection of fathers, then they are likely to resist the temptations of seeking such things elsewhere—often through casual sexual relations at a very young age. Finally, fathers are important in helping children make the difficult transition to the adult world. Boys require an affirmation that they are “man enough.” Girls require an affirmation that they are “worthy enough.”

What the War on Poverty did was remove the need for a nuclear family to provide financial stability. Instead, the Government stepped in and took over the role of “provider.”

The victims of this are the children who were born into fatherless homes.

Marriage is an institution that has existed for as long as man has existed. Not because of “custom” or “tradition,” but out of a necessity.

The death of the family has ripple effects through all of society.

This isn’t rhetoric.

It is fact.

We are living with the fallout of the death of the family.

These riots that are ripping cities apart are not rooted in police “brutality” or racism.

They are rooted in the death of the family.

The solution isn’t spending more money in urban areas. In the fifty years of the War on Poverty, fifteen trillion dollars has been thrown at the problem. The only result is creating generations of dependence on government and the death of the family.

Take a look at this chart from the Heritage Foundation:
The Death of the Family

It’s time we as a society recognize that, for all the good intentions claimed in waging this “war on poverty,” the end result has done serious damage to the social structure of our society by destroying one of its primary building blocks: the family.

All of this violence, all this rage.

What else could we possibly expect from the death of the family?

What is happening in Baltimore isn’t happening in a vacuum. This misguided, destructive dependence on Government over family could have no other outcome than this.

Diann Russell is the author of
RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
Liberals Gone WILD!!! The Not-So-Silent Conquering of America,
RANT: Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
and two novels: Sliding Home Feet First and Under the Cloud

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Diann is the owner of — a Conservative & Christian T-shirt Store.

She is a political dissident residing in The People’s Republic of New York.

6 thoughts on “Death of the Family

  • April 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Brutally truthful. The family has been under attack from government for decades in all matters of life: economically, socially, health-wise, educationally, and so on. And yet I remain hopeful. Why? Because in the past five years or so I’ve seen a very noticeable resurgence of families attending Mass every Sunday…and not sitting in the crying rooms, but in the pews. Families are returning to church. About this Obama may well be right, in times of trouble we cling to our guns and our religion. Well, I’m hoping that in these times of trouble I’ll see even more families in the pews. God willing, “the family” will recover it’s rightful and prominent place in our society.

  • April 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Just because “the black family” has been destroyed by the Left does NOT in any way mean that MARRIAGE has been destroyed.
    This kind of fatalism/nihilism is poison.
    Please stop it.

  • May 1, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Dianny – Just because CofD has a stick up his butt today doesn’t mean your words are really poison. In fact, it was a good analysis. Please DON’T stop what you’re doing. 😉

  • May 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Can’t believe I just now got what Dianny has been telling us all along, about this “war on poverty.”
    I really never understood the connection until I read this article. Makes perfect sense.
    And now, I want to read the book too.

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