HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE – Which Party Will Win the Parents’ Vote? by Stephen Baskerville
Social & Domestic Issues
Which Party Will Win the Parents’ Vote?
by Stephen Baskerville
Posted Apr 24, 2006
With Republicans facing the â€œtoo long in powerâ€ syndrome and the Democrats licking their chops each time their opponents shoot themselves in the foot, the GOP has an opportunity to regain the moral and electoral high ground and to do so in a way that demonstrates both a commitment to traditional conservatism and an ability to adapt.
The Republican renewal in the last election was occasioned by the assault on marriage.Â Marriage and the family have become issues of electoral salience for Americans, and beyond habitual Republican voters.
Gay marriage did not emerge from nowhere.Â It grew directly out of changes in family law over decades, whose consequences are only now becoming apparent.Â The most serious fallout is the decline of fatherhood, about which we have heard so much but whose full implications we have yet to understand.
While the devastating social effects of fatherless children are now well known, we are only beginning to see the political impact of childless fathers.Â For what the policy wonks have told us is fathers abandoning their children is in reality a tyranny of courts and government bureaucracies confiscating vast numbers of children from their fathers.Â What officials call â€œdeadbeat dadsâ€ are more likely plundered pops: solvent and responsible citizens who are being looted by extortionate child support, coerced attorneysâ€™ fees, and other government expropriations that — despite claims of it all being â€œfor the childrenâ€ –
border on thievery.Â (more…)