Is it not time to start treating the cause of the illnesses we are experiencing in this country rather than pushing measures that will not only NOT treat the symptoms, but will merely punish law-abiding citizens while leaving the problems to grow? Not going to apologize if this post offends anyone, the stats are the stats and the facts are the facts. Bottom line, this country needs to relearn the concept of responsibility.
Society today has turned its back on, and even tends to look down upon the concept of the so-called “nuclear family.” Yet the breakdown of the American family can be blamed on many of the problems we are facing in this country. Here are some of the statistics:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes- 5 times the national average (U.S. Dept. of Health)
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the national average.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes- 20 times the national average. (CDC)
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes- 14 times the national average.
- 71% of high school drop ours are from fatherless homes- 9 times the national average.
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
- 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes
Instead of talking about how to further restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, why are we not looking at statistics such as those above to get a clue about what appears to be the root cause of many of the problems this country is facing? Could it be because the concept of personal responsibility is no longer something this society places importance on? Could it be because we do not want to take responsibility for the society we have created? Surely the liberal push to create more dependence upon government is playing some part in completely ignoring the story these statistics tell. There are still a few organizations standing firm in the belief that the family is the bedrock of our society, and the destruction of that family is leading this nation to crumble upon itself. Yet they are generally ignored and blown off as some type of radicals. When did being responsible, keeping commitments and not seeing ourselves as the center of the universe become radical?
The above statistics tell us without a doubt that the breakdown of the family is a very strong contributing factor in so many issues this nation is facing. Violent crime, drug abuse, mental illness and even poverty. It seems to have begun with sexual revolution; the liberalization of established social and moral attitudes toward sex, particularly that occurring in western countries during the 1960s, as the women’s liberation movement and developments in contraception instigated greater experimentation with sex, especially outside of marriage. Then in 1970, and of course California was the first to pass such a bill, we began the “no-fault divorce” revolution and during the ’70’s and ’80’s the rest of the nation followed. So much for “’til death do you part.” No one is suggesting that any person should remain with an abusive spouse, but that is not what we are talking about here. What we are talking about is generations of selfishness, if it feels good do it damn the consequences. Well America, welcome to the consequences.
We have become a nation of cry babies that need their safe spaces if someone dares have a different opinion than our own. Responsibility and commitment mean nothing in today’s society. We have become a people of “me, me, me” and “I want” that have no regard for right or wrong or the consequences of our actions, not just on ourselves, but the consequences that others face as a result of our self-centered actions. Come on America, wake up and smell the coffee, look at the facts instead of avoiding responsibility and let’s figure out how to turn this nation around. It is going to take strong individuals doing what is right and being responsible human beings to begin fixing this problem. It is going to take parents taking their commitments to both their spouse and children seriously to begin fixing this problem. It is going to take adults, parents, and even our elected representatives teaching children by example to begin fixing this problem. How about you, are you going to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?