Strong families key to strong societies

info@islandpacket.comJune 14, 2013 

Thirty years ago, a friend from Communist Romania spoke very prophetic words. He said Americans were unaware of what was coming.

Growing up under communism, he knew that societal control required media manipulation, weapons confiscation, religious castigation, and destruction of the family unit and child-parent relationship. That relationship bears scrutiny.

Raising children is arduous enough without constant government intervention. Roe v. Wade resulted in abortion for minors without parental knowledge. Condoms in schools replaced sex education. Universities ignored parents' concerns. Today, liberal mantras are "it takes a village to raise a child" and "children don't belong to parents, but to a collective community." Hogwash. It takes two parents to raise a child with the community's cooperation. The progressive message is: Responsibility be damned, and if it feels good, do it. We'll take care of you.

New government nutritional regulations have led to schools' confiscating lunches from home and replacing them with "appropriate" foods, such as fried chicken nuggets. Now the morning-after pill is being made available to 15-year-old girls without parental consent. President Barack Obama says that women should have control over their bodies. Fifteen-year-old girls are not women and what will keep them from giving the pill to their younger friends?

This outrage disregards the dangers of unsafe sex and sexually transmitted diseases. The recurring progressive theme has been "without parental consent." The most primitive societies value a strong family unit with direct influence over their children. I wonder what my Romanian friend would say today.

Don Maresca


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