It’s a moonshot! An audacious, close to impossible idea that nobody attempts because nobody wants to fail. Yet sometimes the imperatives are just too great. George Washington took on the strongest power in the world — and won. Abraham Lincoln vowed to preserve a nation that had already split apart prior to his inauguration. Frankin D. Roosevelt knew that failure was not an option in World War II. And John F. Kennedy literally committed us to the ultimate moonshot.
Well, I’ve got one — rebuilding the American family. More specifically, rebuilding the American black family. We will never be whole again or, in current lingo, we will never Make America Great Again so long as more than 70 percent of black babies are born out of wedlock. Period. Or, as I’ve been saying for way too long," There isn’t enough money on the planet to save a community without fathers."
No more denial. The thug we see on the nightly news seems to always be the same; male, black, young, illiterate, and fatherless. Our society is being eaten out from the inside.
So much of our crime is concentrated in our urban areas (think Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore) but the effects are everywhere. Our crime rate is too high by orders of magnitude. Same for our insurance costs — auto, health, and homeowners.
We see horrific crimes that should be unimaginable. We have infant mortality rates that are unacceptable, almost totally driven by the same demographic. We have drive-by tragedies seemingly on a daily basis.
I want my moonshot. The purpose of this essay is to arouse some public official or ambitious office holder to rebuild America’s families; to make this the centerpiece of a residential, senatorial, or gubernatorial campaign and to create the governmental infrastructure to move us in the right direction, recognizing that this is a generational, not a two or four year, program. By the time we put a man on the moon President Kennedy had been assassinated. Presidents Johnson and Nixon had to continue the dream; bipartisan and pro American. And while I have some general thoughts on ways to move forward, that’s not particularly important. We need commissions covering a broad spectrum of public policy opinion to provide goals, direction — and money.
My own thoughts may or may not be helpful but I offer some as a way to stimulate your thoughts.
My first goal is modest. Reduce the black out of wedlock birthrate from 72 percent to 60 percent by the year 2025. It’s doable. It’s measurable. And when we succeed at that we will have learned what works. Going further will get easier. After all, putting a man on the moon taught us how to take close up pictures of the planet Jupiter.
I see one overriding condition that will make or break this effort, the controlling organizations must be private. I’m thinking the Salvation Army, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, Zuckerberg, etc. No Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). No teachers unions. No political agendas. No broad brush one size fits all new entitlements to entice the scammers.
Observe, I listed the Salvation Army first because faith based organizations will be essential to this effort. Private charities know how to separate strivers from shirkers, while the government doesn’t even try.
Other thoughts include, greatly expanding school choice so that families are empowered to do what they think is best for their children. Continue the excellent Trump initiative of breaking up the gangs. Healthy families are monopolies. They don’t need armed competitors. Turn the welfare system upside down. Reward good behavior. Pay less for out of wedlock births and more for two-parent family births. If Lyndon B. Johnson could use public money to break up the black families we can use a lot less to rebuild them again.
And that gets us back to you, my readers. I want my moonshot to be our moonshot.
If you read my posts then you are probably politically active. You rub shoulders with congressmen, senators, even presidents as you exercise your volunteer muscles. Let’s start something great. Rebuilding America’s families would be a compelling centerpiece for an upcoming senatorial or gubernatorial campaign. We all know people.
It’s pro-American, inclusive, and necessary. And it’s right here on earth.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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