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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Benefits of the Nuclear Family

The Left is always ready to attack when somebody stands up for the nuclear family. In my new book, Who Killed the American Family?, I explain why. The truth is that the nuclear family helped make America into the greatest nation in history. If liberals want to transform our country, they have to undermine the source of its strength. A family made up of a mother, a father, and their own children maintained that strength for generations. Parents taught their children right and wrong, how to treat others, how to be good citizens. Virtues were handed down from one generation to the next. Children learned to make their way in life. When they became independent, they would start a family of their own, and the cycle would continue. A family that supports itself is less likely to depend on government for handouts, and a child with parents actively involved in his education is less likely to be controlled by a government-imposed curriculum.

The American nuclear family’s rules about marriage within families are also important to our success. Many other cultures permit cousins to marry, which encourages the formation of clans. Instead of clans fighting each other, Americans formed nuclear families that joined with others in peaceful communities, or in pioneer days struck out on their own to explore and settle the frontier. A society without warring clans doesn’t need so much government to keep the peace.

The long-term goal of eroding personal freedom, individualism, and limited government requires undermining the nuclear family and making people more dependent on government. Short-term political reasons are important, too. Single people are much more likely to vote Democratic, while married people are more likely to vote Republican. The next time you hear somebody attack the nuclear family, remember that they probably have a broader agenda in mind, maybe a political agenda.

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