As of 2011, a whopping 47.6% of all households consist of homes headed by mothers. The fact of absentee fathers and the devastating effects on children in association with spiritual, emotional, and social troubles is hardly an obscurity anymore. What is less often known or acknowledged, however, is the philosophical and subsequent outcome of the degeneration of what Ronald Reagan so famously labeled the cornerstone of society: the family.
Since 1989, the threat to dispose of parental rights was embodied by a UN treaty under guise as Redeemer of child's rights. In addition, same-sex unions which violate the sacred definition and purpose of marriage were federally recognized and sanctioned, and federally supported abortion continue to challenge the very premise of life itself. For too long, government has rested in the minds of the US populace and elsewhere as a Benefactor of entitlements. The natural reaction to a vacuum is to fill it. Adolph Hitler knew this well and, in accurate spirit of the Statist worldviews toted by Marx and many of his contemporaries, responded with Hitler's Youth. If and when the institution of government becomes too powerful, it seeks to prey upon all that inhibit its growth. Fathers are natural guardians concerning what infiltrates their home. When that doorway ceases to exist, the home is left as prey. Unfortunately, a too-powerful government is more than willing to adopt children of its own. Rather than Servant, the institution swiftly assumes the role of Parent. Taking full advantage of this absence, a greedy government will foster dependence for its own advantage, in keeping with Hitler's slogan "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future."
In a 2013 campaign for the Lean Forward program, MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry eerily echoed this ideology:
"We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children...so part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities."
Perry's is the axiom of a practically atheistic society. Unless God is seen in His rightful place, government will be deified. Two temptations consist regarding a perspective on government. One point on the pendulum swings in favor of an all-encompassing, Parental overseer. The other condemns its utter existence as the root of all evil---respectively, the pendulum swings communism and anarchy. Social gospel-efforts remain a cheap imitation of Christ's Kingdom, however. The Scriptures tell is that a people perish for a lack of knowledge of the divine. The problem is rooted in a rejection of God's laws. These laws were carved on the simplest soul in furthest range from civilized contact as they were written on the hearts of men. Some call it conscience. Our forefathers acknowledged them as "natural" and "inalienable," "endowed by our Creator." Whatever the label, the age-old truth remains that where His laws are ignored, men will always displace them with his own, confusing oppression with power and progression. John Adams so aptly penned it, "Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all His laws."