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The government is becoming the family of last resort.
[Family] ... to love the little platoon we belong to in society ... is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country and to mankind...
from his first speech on conciliation with the American colonies
Though out-of wedlock births in the United States have skyrocketed in the past several decades, the number of babies available for adoption has plunged. Only 1 percent of women with unplanned pregnancies choose adoption. ... The decline in domestic adoptions is lamentable not principally because it denies children to infertile couples, but because it almost universally translates into more unhappy children. ... What is so troubling is to witness every segment of society with influence over young pregnant girls setting them up for trouble. ... It seems doubtful that the stigma against premarital sex will return with its former authority. But at least we can remind girls, at every step of the process, what a wise, unselfish and moral thing it is to place a child for adoption.
Jul. 7, 2000 - from "The baby dearth", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
Even without a PhD in sociology, the average person, using his common sense, should be suspicious of studies that claim spanking increases societal violence. The first question the skeptic asks: Was there more violence and crime in the '50s and '60s than there is now? The answer, of course, is no.
Jul. 1998 - from "Bum rap", published in
The Next City
Magazine, Summer 1998
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
The evidence indicates that the child support guidelines [for Canadian courts] were never about the best interests of children but were instead about a transfer of wealth from support-paying parents, mostly fathers, to support-receiving parents, mostly mothers, under the guise of child support. The child support guidelines used a design model intended to punish support-paying parents and intended to drive non-custodial parents, mostly fathers, out of their children's lives, and reinforced the fracturing of relationships between children and parents in divorce. The child support guidelines were bad economics, bad public policy and bad family law. That a purely feminist ideological theory on economic relations between men and women should be constructed into regulations under the
, under the guise and title of child support, is a serious matter and deserves study.
Apr. 6, 2000 - from a speech in the Canadian Senate
After decades of assault upon what made America great, upon supposedly obsolete values, what have we reaped? What have we created? What do we have? What we have in the opinion of millions of Americans is crime and drugs, illegitimacy, abortion, the abdication of duty, and the abandonment of children. And after the virtual devastation of the American family, the rock on which this country was founded, we are told that it takes a village, that is, the collective, and thus, the state, to raise a child. The state is now more involved than it has ever been in the raising of children, and children are now more neglected, abused, and more mistreated than they have been in our time. ... I am here to tell you, it does not take a village to raise a child. It takes a family to raise a child.
Aug. 15, 1996 - from his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Gairdner, William D.
[Statistics Canada no longer collects statistics on marriages and divorces] It can only be a political statement that the natural family is not an important organization. ... The philosophy of modern liberalism has penetrated so deeply into the public consciousness that it means nothing to Statistics Canada to throw out a statistic like this. To the government we are all individuals, and they are not interested in the institutions we form.
Jul. 22, 1996 - quoted in "In the eyes of God, but not of Ottawa", by Michael Jenkinson, published in
I believe that Government has the right to be involved in the growth and progress of our children..
1996 - from a speech at the Democratic national convention
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
The best way to rear up a new generation of friends of the Permanent Things is to beget children, and read to them o' evenings, and teach them what is worthy of praise: the wise parent is the conservator of ancient truths. As Edmund Burke put it, 'We learn to love the little platoon we belong to in society.' The institution most essential to conserve is the family.
1993 - from
The Politics of Prudence
Mill, John Stuart
The fact itself, of causing the existence of a human being, is one of the most responsible actions in the range of human life. To undertake the responsibility--to bestow a life which my be either a curse or a blessing--unless the being on whom it is bestowed will have at least the ordinary chances of a desirable existence, is a crime against that being.
1859 - from
The inner city crisis is not racial, but economic, and it is economic because of the breakdown of the black family. Blacks and whites must suppport pro-marriage legislation and look for ways to change the cultural attitude regarding sexual promiscuity. Remember, 70% of our welfare caseload were never married and with children. Black leaders need to address this (but will they ever do it?) and so do white leaders.
Aug. 4, 1999 -
from an open-line chat at townhall.com
I went through high school in the late '70's, when in every social environment society was throwing out all of the rules. There were no more absolutes. So I bought into that social message, and my parents did not want to question the decisions I was making. As you recall, Dr. Spock and the rest were teaching our parents "you should give children more leeway." And of the choices available in my life, I chose the easy way, which was downhill.
Mar. 15, 1998 - from an interview published in the
One's vision first and foremost rests on values. Values because values are the conscience of a society. Values that must be lived; not just preached. Children learn values by watching their parents in their homes. Values which are then reinforced in their churches and in their places of worship, in the schools and in the communities in which they live. Values fuel families, families that are bound together by love and commitment. Families that then have the strength to withstand the assaults of contemporary life, to resist the images of violence and vulgarity that flood into our lives every day. Families that come together as communities to defeat the scourge of drugs and crime and incivility that threaten us.
Oct. 11, 1997 - from an interview published in
Quayle, J. Danford
The intergeneration poverty that troubles us so much today is predominately a poverty of values. Our inner cities are filled with children having children, with people who have not been able to take advantage of educational opportunities, with people who are dependent on drugs or the narcotic of welfare. ... When families fail, society fails. The anarchy and lack of structure in our inner cities are testament to how quickly civilization falls apart when the family foundation cracks.
May 19, 1992 - from a speech to the Commonwealth Club, quoted in
The Quotable Conservative
by Rod Evans and Irwin Berent
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
... there is much wisdom that requires no genius. It takes no education and no great intellect to know that it is best for children to be raised in two parent families. Yet, those who dare say this are often accused of trying to impose their values on others. This condemnation does not rest on some great body of counterevidence; it is purely and simply an in-your-face response. It is, in short, intimidation. For brutes, the most effective tactic is to intimidate an opponent into the silence of self-censorship.
Feb. 13, 2001 -
from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
It takes a whole village to raise a child.
African proverb, interpreted by Hillary Clinton to mean that meddling governments need to be involved
None but a mule denies his family.
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
In 1967 the abortion laws in [England] were liberalised and we were all assured that this would not lead to abortion on demand or a decline in respect for unborn life or pressure on medical staff to become involved in abortion against their conscience. Five million abortions later those claims look hollow. It was the same with the divorce laws in 1969. We were told liberalisation would not lead to the breakdown of the institution of marriage or to widespread divorce and now forty per cent of marriages end in divorce. ... The issue here is not whether one thinks it a good or bad thing that these have been the effects of those laws; rather the issue is that quite undeniably the effects were not foreseen. For that reason l believe that if we were to legalise voluntary euthanasia then, no matter how tightly the law was framed, in ten years time no Granny would be safe.
1998 - from the introduction to the
Inner Temple Year Book