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"Democrats Have and Are Tearing the Nuclear Family Asunder"
From * In Defense of Rural America *
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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"You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it's all about family."

Rod Stewart

The glue that binds us all together is the bond forged in families - husband, wife and children. It is a powerful bond, held together by love, mutual respect and a large dose of pre-programmed genetics. The saying that "blood is thicker than water" gets it roots from the bond of family. Families are the natural order of life on this planet, at least for most mammals, but it is especially true for the human animal. The character of family for we humans is several orders of magnitude above our other earthly creatures and considerably more complex. Being complex, it leads to more complex problems.

Sure, family life is more complicated now than it was before, with both parents working to maintain their lifestyle and a schedule for children with education and ancillary activities that has gone way beyond what we used to do in the 1940's and 50's with sand-lot baseball and kick-the-can, without television or Iphones.

And yes, our adopted contemporary lifestyle has weakened the bond of family a little and increased the complexity of daily life, but still our families survive and thrive, in spite of that lifestyle. Yes, our new lifestyle has fractured the family some and divorce rates are up, but even with the added strain, at least 50% of families still stay together. We need to work a little harder on getting the number of stay-together families higher because the damage on children in divorced families has an impact on the entire culture. But all things tend to run in cycles and it takes time to adapt to rapidly changing technology and the rapid pace of our lives.

Raising children in this environment is not easy, but when has raising children ever been easy? Still, the joy that children bring adults, or each other, is incalculable. The birth of newborns, babies first step or first word, joy during the holidays, the elation and pride that comes from achievements in school or sports, the first date, marriage and its promise ..... all difficult sometimes, but all very worthwhile in the cycle of life. Yes, raising teenagers increases the complexity of growing up with hormones on the rise and the wide swings in behavior that tests the metal of most parents.

In spite of these conditions that shake the very fibers of the nuclear family, those fibers and that bond are the true strength of America. Responsible families produce the current and next generation of thinkers, intellectuals, hard workers, producers, consumers and prayers. Some lose and some win, but most people that lose pick themselves up again and get back in the game .... sometimes all by themselves, sometimes with the help of family and sometimes in spite of family.

Sadly, the nuclear family has been under attack by socialist Democrats for at least the last 50 years. Rooted in the flawed ideology of IRRATIONAL COMPASSION, Democrats trolling for votes, have shattered the American family into what might be irretrevable pieces of a culture going sour.

Government welfare policies have told dads they are no longer needed in the family unit. Instead, irresponsible fathers are impregnating many women, women who end up having multiple babies from multiple fathers, an invitation to cultural collapse. Welfare mothers become trapped in an endless cycle of government dependency from which there is no escape. Children without fathers turn to crime and gang membership. Gangs clash with gangs and perpetuate gang wars with many times high death counts. Innocent children and adults are caught in the crossfire and become victims of cultures in decline, cultures turned violent. The black community has taken the hardest hit from this ill conceived, poorly managed, contrived government socialist policy with tragic results.

Chicago and Baltimore are just two cities where cultural collapse in heavily Black communities has led to interminable violence, killings and competing gangs. The police can't control it. Both failing cities are run by Democrats, as are the West Coast Cities of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where crime, homeless encampments are on the rise with no solution in sight. The city of Seattle has a policy of not prosecuting smaller crimes. According to a recent report, out of 1,800 property, drugs and related crimes, the City of Seattle prosecutors only prosecuted roughly 800, letting 1,000 criminals back on the streets to repeat their crimes. All these "do gooder" socialist Democrat policies eat away at the American family and are based on the flawed policy of "survival crime" where society says it is OK for people down on their luck to steal or do drugs without penalties.

Socialist Democrats have taken over our public schools and colleges with curriculums designed by socialists. Under these curriculums history is altered to fit the socialist mantra. Capitalism, free markets, free choice, individual freedom and personal responsibility, all American principles, are ignored. They are replaced with social and environmental justice, collectivism, multi-culturalism, political correctness and double speak. These flawed policies are embedded in all of our institutions to the point that the average American, after three generations of brainwashing, believes that what they see and experience are normal.

Socialist Democrats are especially intent on changing the natural order. The natural order, in a civilized society, is one man, one woman and the offspring that comes from that union. To cement that union man invented marriage, marriage between one man and one woman. It has been the natural order for at least two millennia and it has served man particularly well. Any other derivative of this type of union is in direct conflict with the natural order. We don't approach the issue from a biblical perspective. We approach it from a one-man, one-woman marriage's highly functional practicality. Nevertheless, we have a great respect for those who believe in the roots and sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, as coming from a Supreme Being. Who are we to challenge the prevailing wisdom?

That bond of family is even stronger under the umbrella of freedom and it is that bond that will allow Americans to hold onto their freedom. In the end, it is the ultimate responsibility of the parents in the family to pass on the heritage of our freedom and liberty to their children, even if our public school system isn't doing it. It is the family's responsibility to teach their children about the documents that established that freedom and how important it is to preserve, protect and defend those documents. The preservation of freedom lies with each individual but each individual's drive to preserve freedom is best nourished in the safe environment of a loving family.

It is up to the parents of the family to initiate the conversations about freedom and America's founding documents. It is up to the parents to show their children the rich heritage of this great nation and learn about those who sacrificed so much that we might live free. With most families having one or more computers and access to the Internet, the information about America is literally at the family's fingertips. Talk about these issues when you gather together for holidays. But the most effective environment in which to discuss America is right at the dinner table when all are gathered to share the evening meal and the day's experiences, that is if family members can tear themselves away from the obsession of their Iphones for a short while.

To help in those family discussions, we have assembled a large body of documents about American freedom dating back to Aristotle and Plato and from the Magna Carta to John Locke and from the Declaration of Independence to the Federalist Papers and finally to the Constitution. Included are the Madison debates on the Constitution and the powerful benefits of Capitalism, plus much more. We call this body of documents our "Empowerment Package" and it is available on our website HERE. This information would fit right in with those that home school. It is indeed unfortunate, but your children are not learning to understand the history of American freedom in their public schools.

President Reagan stated that, "freedom is only one generation away from extinction." If American families care about the preservation of our liberty and American sovereignty, they must teach their children about freedom, so that it is carried on from generation to generation, or freedom will die and our culture of liberty and our very sovereignty will be absorbed into a socialist nightmare and the one-world-order without a shot being fired. America will become but a footnote in some history book that will improperly paint America as some strange anomaly that could have never lasted very long anyway. Americans need to do everything in their power to see that that footnote is never written. Losing is not an option.

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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached by e-mail for comment at or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.

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