Venker: The Future Of Men & Marriage Is Bleak
Sun, 06/16/2019 – 19:30
Authored by Suzanne Venker, op-ed via The Washington Examiner
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With Father’s Day upon us, the time has come to address as a nation what Heather Mac Donald noted earlier this year is “the greatest social catastrophe of our time”: fatherlessness. Fatherlessness is the No. 1 cause of nearly all social ills we face. We can’t afford to ignore it any longer.
To be clear, father absence is the more accurate term, since fatherlessness implies that men have become “deadbeat dads” — nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, this faction exists, as do “deadbeat moms.” But the two most significant threats to a father’s presence in the home are divorce and out-of-wedlock births.
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That’s really what we’re up against this Father’s Day: a lost generation of men. But it will be our loss in the end. We can’t afford for men to retreat any further than they have. The nuclear family is the foundation of America’s greatness; and a dearth of productive men invariably means, as Tucker Carlson noted in January, the subsequent disintegration of marriage.
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I agree that “family” is the bedrock of any society. The “launching pad” for a good posterity and even individual “greatness” — however you define it. We might even tinker around the edges of the definition of family. Since I come from a single mother home, my family was all my aunts, uncles, and grandparents that made sure I had more than enough. Throw in a few good Nuns and Christian Brothers, and maybe a few “crazy ones” too. I certainly had my start in the right direction.
I feel for those who didn’t have it as “easy” as I did. But “lemons and lemonade”. Even the silver spoon children have their own unique set of challenges.
But we as a society should recognize that “family” is critical to the USA’s “greatness”. Hopefully to come and not behind our generation.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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