You know, we must live in a very stupid culture. How many times have you heard the same old crap about how family issues are not as important as economic ones? That people don’t want to talk about moral issues because it’s not a winnable election issue, like the economy is, for instance?
Well, having run three times for political office, I am rather convinced that the electorate does indeed think this way, but that does not mean that the electorate is right. As you may have guessed from my musings, I don’t subscribe to the stupid idea advanced by most politicians that the “electorate is always right”. Far from it.
Take the issue of crime, for instance. How many times have we heard the left and the right talk about what can solve this problem. They both talk about “solutions” that don’t stand a snow ball’s chance in hell of succeeding, simply because these solutions are simply window dressing. The Left talks about more social spending on community centers and the right talks about more cops to walk the beat. They are saying the same thing: the State will fix your problem.
No, the State won’t fix your problem at all. In fact, it’s going to get a lot worse. What the electorate and the public at large needs to understand is that THEY NEED TO FIX THE PROBLEM THEMSELVES BY TAKING ON PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THEIR OWN PERSONAL LIVES.
Yes, that’s right. I said it. Your personal life does indeed have an impact on what happens on our streets. It’s a mind blowing, revolutionary idea, Buckwheat, but it’s true nonetheless.
Want to get a handle on crime? I have a solution that doesn’t cost a public dime, but costs a lot more in personal sacrifice and responsibility:
Start parenting your children, and stop shoving your responsibilities on to the State.
The State in turn should support policies which encourage parental responsibility and punish deadbeats who are not doing their job. Revolutionary idea, I know, but that’s what is necessary. That is, if you want to get serious about crime.
Read ‘em and weep……….
CRIME – FAMILY BREAK DOWN
Ø Students from broken homes were 30% more likely to miss school or cut class. These children were also at a much higher risk for smoking, drugs, alcohol and premarital sex. [U.S. Centre for Marriage and Family released a Study entitled “Family Structure and Children’s Educational Outcomes”]
Ø Children coming from families without a father at age 10 more than doubles the odds of a child being arrested at 14. [U.S. Centre for Marriage and Family released a Study entitled “Family Structure and Children’s Educational Outcomes”]
Ø Children of divorced parents are 12 times more likely to engage in activities which result in incarceration than their intact counterparts. [Source]
Ø Kids who exhibited violent behavior at school were 11 times as likely not to live with their fathers and six times as likely to have parents who were not married. [Boys from families with absent fathers are at higher risk for violent behavior than boys from intact families.] [Source: J.L. Sheline (et al.), "Risk Factors...", American Journal of Public Health, No. 84. 1994.]
Ø Forty-three percent of prison inmates grew up in a single-parent household [-- 39 percent with their mothers, 4 percent with their fathers -- and an additional 14 percent lived in households without either biological parent. Another 14 percent had spent at last part of their childhood in a foster home, agency or other juvenile institution.] (Source: US Bureau of Justice Statistics, Survey of State Prison Inmates. 1991)
Ø Only 13 percent of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contrast, 33 percent have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44 percent have parents who were never married. (Source: Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Social Services, April 1994.)
Ø Seventy-two percent of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers. Sixty percent of America’s rapists grew up the same way. Source: D. Cornell (et al.), Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 5. 1987. And N. Davidson, “Life Without Father,” Policy Review. 1990.
Ø Even in Finland, that mecca of socialist utopia itself, criminality was more common among both males and females from single-parent families compared with the traditional family. The results showed that the risk of violent offending and recidivism was increased up to 8-fold if the cohort male member had been born and raised in a single-mother family over most of his childhood.
Ø Many of these kids are coming from broken families. The vast majority of them don’t have a mother and a father so they don’t get an ordered sense of authority, discipline, responsibility, and respect. And because of that, they turn to gangs where, in a very perverted sense, they get all those things but it’s in the service of violence instead of in the service to society and the common good which the traditional family points them to. And so, you know, people some time ask me how does the issue of marriage affects them. Well, considering the statistics you have just heard, I think you all now understand that the strength of my marriage is directly proportional to your safety on the street.
Ø At least one-third of children experiencing a parental separation “demonstrated a significant decline in academic performance” persisting at least three years. Source: L.M.C. Bisnairs (et al.), American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, no. 60 (1990)
Ø Fatherless children — kids living in homes without a stepfather or without contact with their biological father — are twice as likely to drop out of school. [Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Survey on Child Health. (1993)]
Ø Children of never-married mothers are more than twice as likely to have been treated for an emotional or behavioral problem. (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, Hyattsille, MD, 1988
Ø Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely that those in father-present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity. Source: P.L. Adams, J.R. Milner, and N.A. Schrepf, Fatherless Children, New York, Wiley Press, 1984.