To paraphrase the words of President Reagan, freedom is never more than one generation away from being extinct. We cannot take this great experiment in self government for granted. We must defend it, and we must nurture it. We must raise responsible citizens.
The future of our nation begins in the home. If you have any doubt about this, look up the statistics on fathers.com of children who are raised in fatherless homes: “A 1% increase in the proportion of single-parent families in a neighborhood is associated with a 3% increase in an adolescent’s level of violence.”
The data also shows an increase in fatherless environments resulted in a decrease in students’ educational achievement coupled with an increase in drug and alcohol abuse. It also shows an increase in teen pregnancy, which starts the cycle anew and exacerbates the problem.
So many, one could argue all, of our negative behavior statistics are heavily influenced by the role of a father in a citizen’s life.
Why is this? It’s because fathers offer emotional stability to children in their most vulnerable stages of life. Fathers provide for their family. Fathers keep their family physically safe.
We’re not perfect, and we make mistakes. Every one of us. That doesn’t matter nearly as much as a father’s physical, mental, and emotional presence in the life of his children. How does a father spell love? T-I-M-E
So on this Fathers Day, celebrate your dad and encourage the fathers you know. It’s more important than you may realize. Nearly a quarter of U.S. children currently live in a home in which the father is absent.
How different could our culture be if American dads would embrace their role as fathers? If freedom is never more than one generation from extinction, then for America to continue to be a leader in the world, American fathers must first lead their families.