The family had traditionally played are large role in most societies. Families created along blood ties were established to take care of its members. The family's chief responsibilities was to take care of its members. The weakest members of course were the main beneficiaries of this responsibility, while the strongest had to expend their resources to take care of the weakest. The very old and the very young had to be taken care of in this arrangement by the family.
However, when social security came along, it took a huge responsibility away from the family. Now the family was no longer in charge of taking care of its very old, now its only responsibility was to take care of its young. Thus the family in America shrunk. The elderly became increasingly relegated to the corner of American society while the so-called "nuclear" family reigned supreme. More distant family connections became more and more tenuous because they no longer shared in taking care of their common parents, and soon disappeared almost entirely as such relationships became unnecessary.
Thus family shrunk while government and business grew. The triangular relationship was thrown off kilter. Government and business decided to throw a party and not invite the family. This would define the trends in America indefinitely to the present.
|Legislation passed by the government will serve|
business and sacrifice the family.
This trend has only just begun, and will continue to increase. Slowly the government would usurp the responsibility of child rearing, just as it has usurped the responsibility of taking care of the elderly. Sooner or later summer break will disappear. A government sponsored daycare will be created. Kids will live in dorm environments at school just as they do in college. Everyone will be on board with these developments. Democrats will love the idea because it rings with egalitarian sympathies. The poor single moms will at last be able to pursue a career while raising their kids. Bad choices will have their consequences minimized because raising children will no longer burden everyone who cannot afford "childcare." It will equalize the playing field. Now the poor as well as the rich would be able to afford selling off their kids to professional parents. The rich would have little reason to oppose it, for it simply will be an extension of the public school system, and their money would go to their kids, not someone elses. The fact the program will lack a redistributive element to it for the most part would put alot of Republicans on board that wouldn't otherwise.
It will happen slowly, like most things do. We will lose our kids without even realizing it. By the time this comes to fruition, no one will even care. Having government taking care of our kids will be seen as a given just as its a given we have no responsibility to take care of our parents when they are elderly.
The reason this is inevitable is because the family is falling apart. Their is no question about it. Divorce rates are through the roof. The percentage of single parents is rising. The fundamentals that made families functional for raising children are falling apart. Raising your family is seen as a lesser priority to pursuing your career. Investing in the long term prospects of your children is no longer about developing them morally but turning them into money making machines. Now that we no longer value the intangible values that only a parent can give, and that we only value cold hard cash, raising children in a traditional sense would no longer be seen as necessary shortly enough. Our aggressive business culture insists that the traditional family give way to an arrangement more conducive for workaholism.
|If all we care about is how much money we make,|
it makes sense that sooner or later the traditional
family will be sacrificed for a more
lucrative modern arrangement.
Government and business have done much to create a climate in which the family is unnecessary. Some may see this as simply another step in the "progress" of our society. Now we are just one big happy family now right? However I do not think most see it that way. Those like me that believe the family is important should fight hard to defend it before it falls off a cliff. Time is running out, lets fight for the family.