Boyd Matheson: If we want to solve our nation’s problems, we need to strengthen families

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“Strong families are a driving force for good. If we want to improve education, cut crime, reduce poverty and solve our nation’s problems, we need to strengthen families.”

A man in his late 20s squeals his car to a stop at the side of the road on a darkened street. He jumps out and starts to run. He sprints past some shady characters making a deal under a lamppost, darts around people loitering in front of a convenience store. He pauses in front of an elementary school as the sound of sirens echoes in the distance.

Finally he dashes into the building and into the auditorium — where he slides into a seat next to his wife who is looking at her watch with a raised eyebrow. The man begins to cheer enthusiastically as his young daughter dances across the stage.

There are plenty of things we should run away from in this country, but one thing we should be running toward is the family.

Countless organizations, politicians and government agencies are shouting that we must run away from the plagues of poverty, drug addiction, crime, unemployment and violence. Unfortunately, many of those same individuals and groups are also running people away from the family — the most obvious and historically proven solution to such problems. Policies that penalize married couples through the tax code or limit parental choice in education are just the beginning.

It is stunning that some of the entertainment and intellectual elite, who often make the loudest calls for improvement in our inner cities and struggling communities, spend an equal amount of time undermining the sovereignty and strength of America’s families.

Technology, affluence and a solve-every-problem form of big government have lulled us into believing that we can outsource the power and influence of family to other entities and institutions. Such a mindset atrophies the muscle that is at the heart and soul of American society and has been the bedrock of successful civilizations for millennia. The family, not government, holds the keys to solving our nation’s most pressing problems. For example, the poverty rate…

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