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Nothing 'Systemic' About Avoiding Responsibility

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By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 15 August 2020 08:05 AM Current | Bio | Archive

America doesn’t suffer from "systemic racism."

America suffers from systemic irresponsibility.

A lack of responsibility aided and abetted by therapeutic, leftist government.

The Heritage Foundation's multimaedia news organization, The Daily Signal, recently analyzed a report from the Joint Economic Committee of Congress titled "The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home."

The numbers are shocking and prove individual decisions determine one’s outcome in life. Not "systemic racism" or some other personal responsibility solvent.

The foundation that individual decisions are based on is cultural values and that is where the problems begin. As values erode or are trashed by the prevailing secular culture, the result ripples dangerously through the population.

"The report exhaustively presents data showing the shocking collapse of marriage and traditional family in America and then explores possible explanations for why it has happened.

"In 1962, 71% of women ages 15-44 were married.

"By 2019, this was down to 42%. In 1962, 5% of women ages 30-34 had never been married. By 2019, this was up to 35%.

"And the percentage of births to unmarried women has risen from 5% in 1960 to 40% in 2018."

The demographic breakdown of those ominous figures explains much of what is ailing and attempting to destroy our nation today.

The Center for Equal Opportunity reports, "Late last year, the final data for 2018 were published  . . . For all racial and ethnic groups combined, 39.6% of births in the United States were out-of-wedlock. For blacks, the number is 69.4%; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 68.2% (Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders were at 50.4%); for Hispanics, 51.8%; for whites, 28.2%; and for Asian Americans, a paltry 11.7%."

Those figures alone explain the different economic outcomes among demographic groups in the USA. Not "systemic racism" or "white privilege."

Two–parent privilege is the most important factor in a young child’s life.

Yet big government encourages irresponsible lifestyles by subsidizing dysfunction. The Daily Signal again, "The report examines several possible factors, a major one being the dramatic growth in the welfare state supporting female heads of household. According to the report, 'The value of the safety net for single-mother families is 133% higher today than in 1940, and 56% higher than in 1960.'"

That is the government undermining personal values at the expense of those children’s and the nation’s future.

The three keys to success are simple and the formula was offered by a scholar with the leftist Brookings Institution named Ron Haskins: "American adults who follow three rules— finish high school; get a full-time job; and wait until at least age 21 to get married and have children — have a 2% chance of being poor and a 75% chance of being a middle-class wage earner."

Proving it’s not the system blocking progress for minorities in the United States.

It’s personal decisions.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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