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This Christmas Let’s Recommit Ourselves To Building Strong Families

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and it is, as Pope John Paul II told us in his Christmas1994 Christmas message, also the time that "...our eyes will rejoice at the mystery of the Holy Family… recognizing in it a kind of prototype of [our] own family."

But if Christmas is a celebration of the family, today, as First Lady of the conservative movement Phyllis Schlafly reminded us in her column, the American family is in serious trouble.

Last year, 41 percent of all babies born in the U.S. (including 53 percent of babies born to women under 30) were born outside of marriage. “It is obvious,” said Schlafly, “that when the mother of these children has no husband to support her and her babies, she calls on Big Brother Government.”

This is an important point to keep in mind as we take a holiday break from the battle over the fiscal cliff, taxes and spending.

America’s urban liberal elite, who are the arbiters of popular culture, constantly promote the idea that the family is irrelevant, motherhood is demeaning and stay-at-home mothers are a burden on the state.

After forty-five years of the sexual revolution, urban liberal feminists, the media and an amoral government-run education system have convinced less educated Americans that marriage and the “role of father or husband or wife” are not only unnecessary to emotional fulfillment and economic advancement, getting married will get in the way of the activities celebrated in the popular media, such as partying and casual sex.

Establishment Republicans don’t want to talk about marriage and the family. It all sounds so judgmental around the bar at the country club.

However, as Phyllis Schlafly noted, the breakdown of the family drives government spending because you and I then pay the bills for welfare, after school programs, Head Start and a host of other expensive and largely unsuccessful federal efforts to replace the nuclear family.

This is very much what Rick Santorum was saying out on the campaign trail during the Republican primary elections, but it is a truth that disappeared from the political conversation as soon as Santorum suspended his campaign.

This Christmas, please join me in celebrating the family and, in the midst of our battle over federal spending, let’s re-dedicate ourselves to helping to solve our government’s fiscal crisis by solving our nation’s family crisis.

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Let's recommit ...

Excellent suggestion!  To implement business and Industry should:

1. hire American

2.Pay higher wages and full benefits

In this way we can restore the single earner household, thus providing an alternative to latch-key kids and nanny care.

reclaim the cohesive family experience

          My feeling (using today’s labels) is
we used to have a Conservative approach to life spiced with important Liberal
influences. Arts and Charity come to mind. Today, Liberalism has taken the
place reserved for religion for too many and has overwhelmed education and
media. This encroachment into the family unit has crowded out our natural
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          If we are to reclaim the cohesive
family experience and its ability to serve as the safe harbor against life’s
evils, then we must begin to combat the Federal Government’s ability and wish
to manage every aspect of our lives. It must be forced to reduce in scope, cost
and power by devolving state and local issues to state and local
responsibilities. Doing this will force people to confront and solve more of
their own problems and influence those around them to do the same. We used to
call it “peer pressure”.


          I wish I was as confident about “how
to do” as I am about “what to do”.