An America First Family Policy

A startling new study by the Pew Research Center reveals a staggering statistic. The United States is No. 1 globally . . . but in a shameful category. Of the 130 nations surveyed America, by more than a factor of three, had the greatest number of fatherless homes: “The U.S. has the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households. Almost a quarter of U.S. children under the age of 18 live with one parent and no other adults (23%), more than three times the share of children around the world who do so (7%).”

When you consider America’s “margin of success” on fatherless homes, it’s almost as though there’s been a systematic plan to—in the words of Black Lives Matter—destroy the Western nuclear family, and in so doing destroy American society. It’s as if organizations, elected officials, and “thought leaders” spent the past 70 years doing everything in their power to remove fathers as authority figures in the home and replace them with the state: destroy the nuclear family, reshape society.

At its root, a fatherless nation is a rudderless nation, adrift and doomed to decline. A strong family with an authority figure is the foundation of society and is inextricably tied to our nation’s founding principle of self-governance. Our self-governing republic needs strong families raising people to govern themselves, but the founders intended far more: They intended every individual to govern himself or herself because if people self-govern as individuals it leads to greater freedom for the nation.