Liberals have spent the last 50 years doing their best to rip up traditional American values and replace them with a form of secular humanism in which society not only tolerates the intolerable, but encourages it. To succeed in this nefarious endeavor, it has been necessary for liberals to undermine the institution of marriage, since this is the institution most responsible for maintaining, supporting, and encouraging traditional values in America.
Thanks to sustained attacks on marriage by liberals in Washington and Hollywood—coupled with government policies that encourage and even reward single parenting and cohabitation—the current marriage rate is one of the lowest in our nation’s history: approximately 44 marriages per thousand unmarried women. Correspondingly, the divorce rate has almost doubled since 1960. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of marriages in America can be expected to end in divorce. The number of cohabiting couples has also increased rapidly, so rapidly in fact that single-parent families—supported by government handouts—are fast becoming the norm in our country.
This is bad news for America, but good news for liberals. It is no exaggeration to say that liberals are killing America one marriage at a time, and they are doing so purposefully with cold-hearted ruthlessness. Liberals know that the irresponsible, self-centered, narcissistic lifestyles they favor cannot be sustained when the core of society consists of intact families that are based on marriages between men and women who make lifelong commitments to each other and their children. Liberals favor broken families because they are easier to keep on the plantation of entitlement and dependence, the domain of the left where the government serves as de facto husband for single mothers and de facto father for their children.
The benefits of marriage for adults, children, and society are well known and copiously documented. According to the Family Research Council, marriage increases the likelihood that Children will:
1) Become happy, healthy, and morally upright citizens;
2) Receive the love, attention, direction, correction and example of a male and female role model during the most critical years of their development,
3) Be safe from neglect and abuse;
4) Enjoy better emotional and physical health than those raised in broken families;
5) Fare better economically; and
6) Enjoy higher academic achievement in school. As for the adults in a marriage, they tend to live longer, healthier lives, and enjoy higher levels of income than single adults. These benefits of marriage to children and adults in turn lead to a better quality of life in local communities and a stronger society overall.
With the benefits of marriage comprehensively documented, one would think liberals would be supportive of the institution, but, of course, they are not—and far from it. Why? As was stated earlier in this column, marriage as an institution tends to challenge the worldviews, inhibit the lifestyles, and undermine the political agendas of liberals. Responsibility and service to something larger than self are indigenous requirements of a successful marriage. To liberals—who value self above all and for whom responsibility is anathema—traditional marriage represents a threat.
So committed are liberals to their irresponsible, secular-humanist lifestyle, and destructive political agenda that they are willing to ignore the results of that lifestyle and agenda. The results of the liberal lifestyle and political agenda can be seen in what happens to the children of broken families and, in turn, to society. Children raised by single mothers commit 72 percent of juvenile murders, have 70 percent of all teenage births, commit 60 percent of rapes, commit 70 percent of suicides, and make up 70 percent of high school dropouts. On the other hand, nothing stabilizes society and enhances the overall quality of life more than marriage.
These facts are well-documented and well-known to liberals. Yet, for the sake of maintaining their destructive lifestyle and the political power to promulgate policies that encourage that lifestyle—policies supportive of such things as abortion and welfare—liberals are willing to ignore and even deny these facts. Instead, when tragedies occur that are the logical result of their misguided policies, liberals are quick to refocus the dialogue by throwing up a rhetorical smokescreen (e.g. their pathetic, illogical arguments on gun control). As Americans we are reaping the bitter fruit of cultural trees planted by liberals over 50 years ago.