When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-1800s, he wrote: “There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America.” Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous Middle Class that was the envy of the world.
Much has been written about the decline in the percentage of Americans who live in a traditional nuclear family. The scholar Charles Murray pointed out that the shocking rate of illegitimate births (now 41 percent) is the most serious social and fiscal problem America faces because it is the factor that drives everything else. It has caused the dramatic rise in government spending. The nuclear family doesn’t need government busybodies to tell them how to raise their children or spend their money. When mothers have no husband or father of their children to provide for them, they turn to Big Brother Government. What our kids need is a revitalization of the “nuclear family” that contains a married mother and father and their children. Only with this healthy system can we truly “close the gap.”
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