The Lefts War on the Family

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    www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=3390

    Comservatives have long advocated the importance of strong families and deplore efforts, by socialists, feminists, and government bureacrats, to weaken family ties. Indeed, for many conservatives, the family --the traditional, "nuclear" family is the fundamental cornerstone of society, and absolutely indespensable form of social organization.

    Leftists, by contrast have taken a decidedly jaundiced view of the traditional family. To them, a household consisting of an adult male and female--united in matrimony--and their offspring is an antiquated, repressive institutions standing in the way of constructing a "better," more egalitarian world.

    The famous 19th century socialist Robert Owen included the family, along with marriage and private property, in his "triumvirate of evil", which he asserted "cursed the world ever since the creation of man." He advocated public care for children at his utopian community "New Harmony" in POsey County, Indiana, the family, Owen declared, must give way to the "scientific" association of from one hundred to two thousand people. By association, Owen meant that children care be transferred to be transferred form parental to institutionalized care. This was a task heartliy embraced by one of Owen's chief "lieutenants." William Maclure. He developed a Spartan system of education for the children of "New Harmony," which consists of divorcing children from their parents and placing them in communal living arrangements.

    Communists have likewise almost invariably proposed to destroy, change or regulate the institution of the family. Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto were hardly coy about their distate of the family, declaring the "hallowed correlation of parent and child" is nothing more than "bourgeois claptrap." They went on to add, "Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead gulity." Engels even devoted an entire book, his The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, to an extended attack on monogamous marriage and the family.

    Many contemporary leftists, especially Marxist-inspired feminists, would conspire with the sentiments of Engels and Kollontai. Indeed, many have taken up where their 19th century forbearers left off. Gloria Steniem, the famous celebrity feminist once declared, "We have to abolish and reform the institution of marriage...By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, no God..We must understand what we are attempting is a revolution, not a public relations movement."

    Novelist and feminist Toni Morrison concurred, announcing, "The little nuclear family is a paradigm that just doesn't work. It doesn't work for white people, black people. Why we are hanging on to it, I don't know."

    Linda Gordon, a radical feminist writer, attempted to rally her sisters by announcing, "The nuclear family must be destroyed, and people must find better ways of living..Whatever it's ultimate meaning, the break-up of family is now an objectively revolutionary process.

    With all this in mind, it is time for conservatives and those who value American society to stand up and redouble their efforts to preserve and defend the traditional family. It is alos time to peg leftists with their true label--enemies of American society!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Don't forget "It takes a Village" Hillery! Coming soon to a voting booth near YOU!
     
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    When you consider the incredible divorce rate and the huge number of kids from broken families or in foster care, the assertion that marriage and the family are sacred institutions is a pipe dream. And come on, you dont think only communists and leftists get divorced, and not conservatives. Get real
     
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    What a crock! How can you extrapolate your ill-considered conclusion that "the assertion that marriage and the family are sacred institutions is a pipe dream" from "the incredible divorce rate and the huge number of kids from broken families or in foster care"? How does the fact that the divorce rate is up somehow cause the concept of marriage as an important and "sacred" institution to become suddenly fallacious?

    First of all, it is the influence of liberal secularists who have been responsible for the erosion of marriage. Leftists even refer to young married couples as being in a "starter marriage". Their view is that the first marriage is predestined to fail and that, like buying a house, the first marriage will be something you move out of for a bigger, better domicile sometime in the future.

    No, I don't think only communists and leftists get divorced and neither does the author of the article. Either you misread or you are attempting to employ the time-honored lib deceit of twisting an argument onto your terms. NOWHERE in the article was such a statement made. The author merely quoted the philosophy of communists and certain lib feminazis in regard to the FAMILY. You cannot deny that libs share the communist disdain for the family. All you have to do is listen to Hillary Clinton's assertion that "it takes a villiage" to raise a child. That is nothing more than a thinly disguised philosophy that children should be raised (and indoctrinated) by the government.

    But a thing that puzzles me is this; If liberals have such a huge disdain for the family and a total contempt for marriage as you seem to display, then WHY ARE THEY WORKING SO FEVERISHLY TO APPROPRIATE THAT RIGHT FOR HOMOSEXUALS????
     
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    The idea that because there is a high divorce rate, and children coming from broken families, has nothing to do with the article which asserts that leftists have an absolute agenda to destroy the fabric that holds our society together, by impuning marriage and parental authority. Not only is that ridiculous, it is dangerous. Isn't it always the Liberals that don't want anyone telling them how to live, so here we have Liberals telling us they are going to have a revolution to destroy Marriage and the family.
    The family unit has been strong throughout history, look at any other culture besides Western Civilization, and you will see the family was at the very core of survival for every one of them.
     
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    I probably believe in the value of family at least as much as you do.

    I have never heard of anything like starter marriages but anyone who buys into that sort rhetoric is grasping at straws. No one has to get married and no one has to get a divorce. My point was that a person who gets married/divorced has shown a certain disrespect for the commitment they made. This really isnt any leftist communist plot.
     
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    What the article demonstrates is clear examples of the Leftists view, hatred and the desire of a co-ordinated effort to eradicate traditional marriage and family.They come right out and say as much.

    True many of us are guilty of not honoring our committments in some way at some point in our lives, but that casts no reflection on marriage or family itself, just our lack at times to respect or appreciate those things.
     
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    Okay, but that also wasn't the point of the article. The author was asserting that communists and liberals are attacking the concept of the nuclear family.
     
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    I strongly value the concept of a strong nuclear family. But didnt we all learn alot as kids when we went to a friends house and realised that they lived differently that we did at home. For instance you might go to someones house for dinner and they say grace before a meal, or they swear, or they have cookies and milk before going to bed, or they have to do their chores and homework before they get to watch tv, and their parents might even care what they watch or have blocks on what they do on the internet. I know I learned alot from the "village" about diversity. I grew up in a blue collar middle class family in the 1950's. I went to kids houses who had swimming pools and maids. I went to kids houses (some of my best friends) who had never even gone on vacation because their dad was self employed and couldnt take time off. So dont put down the village. A strong nuclear family gives us our values as we go off into that village. For some unforunate kids it is actually the village that offers them more than they get from a dysfunctional home.
     
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    I'm getting the impression that we're wasting keystrokes here as there appears to be little real disagreement.

    In regard to the "village" business, yes it is helpful to have public assets available to serve as a back-up in case the family structure fails. But as I perceive H. Clinton's agenda, she wants the government not to augment the family, but to supplant it.
     

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